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Eddypecks forth installment - Lucy

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Re: Eddypecks forth installment - Lucy

Postby eddypeck » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:26 pm

rickygolf83 wrote:Excellent progress

Did the old thermostat housing remain in one piece? Always good practice to have one on standby as you did; i didnt when i changed one in 2010 lol

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From previous experience I treat the housing as a single use item, if nothing else they warp so re-use is not an option. Especially with PAS in the mix, not a job I want to do too many times. It’s a right pain getting that out the way, especially as the pas pump is low down and gets all the grime, water and all the bolts seize up. Happy to report appears to be leak free first time this time and no air lock.

Although I should have followed my previous experience and bought the new water pump to start with too.
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Re: Eddypecks forth installment - Lucy

Postby rickygolf83 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:03 pm

Had a better look at your carpet pic; a very notable difference of pile there

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Re: Eddypecks forth installment - Lucy

Postby Damien.wrl » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:27 am

Must be a load of older carpet sets up for grabs
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Re: Eddypecks forth installment - Lucy

Postby tabbie » Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:35 pm

Had to pop on here just to see your progress Eddy ,great effort mate love the new addition.
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Re: Eddypecks forth installment - Lucy

Postby eddypeck » Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:55 pm

Thanks, been away for a few days - took in the Haynes and Beaulieu Motor Museums (been sticking loads of pics on my Insta @akaeddypeck) so no further updates but using the car for work and I can report it's toastie hot inside.

A little bit too much condensation building up though so I need to work back through my own guide to make sure I'm 100% dry inside as right now I fear I'm not. There will be more to follow.
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Re: Eddypecks forth installment - Lucy

Postby eddypeck » Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:13 pm

Few small jobs over the weekend tweaks

First, the roof areal is rubbish but looking for a quick win I bought an FM amplifier of eBay for a fiver.

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It made things better, I could pick up Radio 1 outside of work, but still had a couple of miles of radio black-out on the M5.

Needless to say i didn't use the red scotch block, I crimp fitted a bullet and plugged it into the radios blue accessory feed so it only comes on when the stereo is on.

I also bought a new (Genuine NOS Alpine) CD changer lead, since even though I kept the retro Alpine, I left the old lead in the old car as I'd trapped it under the carpet behind the heaterbox and was too lazy to free it.
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So the CD changer is currently in temporary residence in the first aid box caddy to testing.
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I say temporary, because although this ended up being the permanent location in the old car. The old car didn't have stupid low profile tyres on 17" rims with cheap coil-overs! so although I've actually be surprised how smooth the ride is, it actually must be a lot more "crashy" than I realise as it's certainly not smooth enough to play a CD for long without skipping. Luckily I do a lot of motorway miles where it's mostly OK as long as I don't hit a catseye too hard changing lanes.

So with the heater-box complete, and now I've finished playing with the front end of the audio I finally refitted the lower dash panels and tucked away all of the alarm wiring and crossovers etc that I discovered.

Milestone, the car's just rolled over to 130k miles last week.

I also bought an adapter ring so I could fit my Italvalonti VW Motorsport wheel to the large spline momo 'type' boss. Since the original boss is small spine and I didn't want to mess around removing the large spline adapter - in case I wanted to revert back to the OE wheel.
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It wasn't cheap :eh:

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However I discovered the horn didn't work. Which made me suspicious as it used to in the old car, but since the horn didn't work on the fake OMP wheel that was on there when I got the car this got me to thinking....

But it wasn't till yesterday afternoon when I was sitting in the passenger seat as I was letting my 16 year old daughter have a drive round a local disused car park that I caught a glimpse of something from an angle I wouldn't normally have.

The cheapo eBay boss that came with the car sits about 5mm away from the horn contact.

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So now I'm on the look out for a genuine large spline momo boss for not too much money. I have a spare small spline one I might need to pop up for sale to fund said purchase.
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Re: Eddypecks forth installment - Lucy

Postby rickygolf83 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:43 pm

I too have a spare small spline boss.

Had to buy a large version. They have gone up £3.50 from heritage since i bought one in June

Wheel looks awesome

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Re: Eddypecks forth installment - Lucy

Postby nige t » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:40 pm

Car's coming along nicely.
Great work as usual, looking forward to more updates.
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Re: Eddypecks forth installment - Lucy

Postby bacardincoke » Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:11 pm

Does your aftermarket hub come with it's own horn ring or does it utilise the one from the VW wheel?

If it has it's own and it's doable maybe swapping to the original one may help?

Do you find the 3x hole to 6x hole adapter affects the steering feel, saying as it also acts as a spacer bringing it closer to you?

Some Audi Quattro / Porsche hubs are available in short and long versions for road / racing applications though there's much more of a difference in length than the 1cm or so your adapter likely creates.

The 205 has no PAS, I was speculating if the wheel was closer to me might it give better leverage? Ive seen 2cm spacers avalable.
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Re: Eddypecks forth installment - Lucy

Postby eddypeck » Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:28 pm

The aftermarket boss has its own horn ring but it’s very poor quality. It’s very short since it was fitted with a deep dish wheel. so with a flat wheel and even with the adapter ring it’s still short and too close to the stalks. the mfa switch on the stalk could do with a bit more clearance.

I had one of these adaptor rings before to convert a momo boss when I bought a nardi wheel, that did bring it forward. Most difficult thing is it put the stalks at a further reach.

Anyway, Turned out the spare boss I have is for a bmw e30. I guess I should get that on eBay.

A decent momo boss should sort me when I get round to getting one.

I did a few other jobs this weekend that were on the list.

Previous owner had a set of Recaro seats fitted. He refitted ‘badly’ the originals before the sale. Unfortunately they we’re bolted straight through the floor. Meaning 4 holes on each side. At some point in the future I’ll weld the floor properly but for now I’ve put in some stainless coach bolts with large washers and coated in waxoil. The bolts were from some I bought to fit the beetle bumpers.

Also hooked up the seat mech and got the seats sliding back and forward as I said, fitted badly, so they weren’t previously free running. Need to get new plastic sliders and gummy bears to sort it fully though.

Undid the rear wiper lay flat mod, and put that back in it’s appropriate place.

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Much better :thumbs:

And replaced the coolant flange on the side of the head. It started leaking after I did the heater matrix and stuff, presumably I upset it swapping the pipe work. The one I took off had been gunged up sealant.

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Washer jets work now as well.

Had a look at the boot lock. As It doesn’t lock with the central locking. Wasn’t sure why, but with my son as a second pair of eyes at the back we were able to determine that the boot actuator isn’t functioning. So that’ll need further investigation.
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