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Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #45
Yeah, to be honest, the headlights weren't milky, they were just heavily stone chipped and the clips were broken.
Waited for one of their bigger discount offers and went for a pair from Euro Car Parts, only cost me £80 for the pair.

As for the AC, that's on stop while I restore the other one, but I very much want to get it going again and complete for next summer.
I've heard that mk4 units fit better, just need to get hold of one now and have a play.
I've installed the mk4 stuff in a mk4 before and it's all solid with not much play in anything.
I think with my engine, that won't leave any room, so I'll stick to the flexible stuff for the time being.
Also, with my condenser being a lupo one, it's got a dryer as part of the assembly, so I can use that.
It's actually a project I'm looking forward to getting stuck back into, just have a couple minor jobs to finish on the red one first! :))
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Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #46
Just realised I'd not followed up on the clocks and gauges switcharound.

Well after seeing those new Blaupunkt retro head units, then falling over seeing the price, I decided to save for four months till I could afford it and if I still wanted it, then I'd go buy it.

So naturally, this happened!
Untitled by Dave Ackerman, on Flickr
I think it looks properly at home in the dashboard.
Untitled by Dave Ackerman, on Flickr
And the colour is adjustable, there are a couple of hundred different colours/tints.
So I could match it up just right to my LED swapped heater panel.
Untitled by Dave Ackerman, on Flickr

So that just led me to relocate the gauges to the centre console.
I wanted to make it completely reversible, so I 3d printed a bracket that could be stuck to the inside of the console and the plate was screwed to that instead.
Untitled by Dave Ackerman, on Flickr

And I also have a mk4 shifter, but I really wanted the golf ball gear knob.
So I found a mk4 anniversary one, but that had 6 gears, so I bought a mk3 anni one and swapped out the 5 gear shift diagram.
Untitled by Dave Ackerman, on Flickr
Bit of a long way around, but I'm happy with the results.

If it was going in the red one I'd have been looking for mint items, but this is a very much used car and I don't want to be too afraid to drive it.
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Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #47
Blaupunkt really have nailed it with these... best of both worlds, but wins on looks alone.

Are you old enough to remember the 'key cards' some of the top end units had?



Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #49
I remember the key card units, novel idea, shame they never caught on.
But Blaupunkt was always a little too expensive for me back then, I was more into the cheaper and flashy looking Kenwood or Alpine units!
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Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #50
Amazing project, a great read, thanks for sharing.

Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #51
Thanks!
I do plan to revisit it for some more tweeks - air conditioning being one.
But right now, the red one is taking up all my time and money!!
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Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #52
What ate the chances of you printing another gauge holder? I have a boost gauge rattling around loose in that location so I was thinking along the same same lines as I really don't want to screw or fix into the dash or console...

Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #53
I can print another, sure.

How many gauges you after?
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Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #54
Amazing, I'd be looking for 3 holes like yours...Let me know how much  8)

Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #55
Will do, I'll fire up the printer when I get home from work and let you know.
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Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #56
Amazing, I'd be looking for 3 holes like yours...Let me know how much  8)
Sorry, this completely slipped my mind, are you still after one?
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Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #57
So it's been a while since I've done any update on this one.
To be honest, all I've been doing is giving it a kickings from time to time, or taking it to shows/meets.
Case in point, couple weekends ago, there was the National meet, where I gave it a thrashing on the Saturday and Paulina on the Sunday, thanks to Ben for the photos BTW...
Untitled by Dave Ackerman, on Flickr
Nice to see it picks up a wheel
Untitled by Dave Ackerman, on Flickr

So we got back from the meet with the only failure being the rev counter (looks like the Ardunio unit is dead).
Considering the absolute hammering she received, I'm quite pleased with that, but there was no rest for her.
Untitled by Dave Ackerman, on Flickr
On axle stands, fresh brake fluid, oil/filter and a general check over as Wednesday I was off to my favorite place on the planet...
That's right, a queue!
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Yes, with covid out of fashion, we can once again resume our pilgrimage to the Nurburgring, been three years since I was last out there and you can certainly see how it's affected the accommodation industry. So many places have shut down and the ones who survived are struggling to get staff, as most moved on to more robust industries. But they were doing their best and it was a nice place to go to, will definitely be going back to see how things are picking back up.
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First lap out, had a huge brake vibration after the first few corners, so limped the rest of the lap and returned to the hotel to investigate.  Odd how as it cooled the vibration completely went away.  Turned out to be the brakes expanding with the excessive heat was just enough to start rubbing on the inside of the wheel! :o

Fortunately, it was part of the caliper that was not bringing anything to the party and could be removed without an issue.
So into town we went and I picked up a file (some great stores in Adenau). Once a mm or two had been filed off, the area was marked up with pen to monitor any further contact and back out we went!  This time it was much better, and I managed a fair few more laps before starting to feel the bearings complain towards the end of the trip. But the tyres were finally starting to let go, so I thought it best to rest the car for the journey back and just to the tourist thing.
Untitled by Dave Ackerman, on Flickr

The return journey was pretty quiet, car ran absolutely fine, but she needs some TLC now, two suspect wheel bearings, four definitely knackered tyres and a worn thrust bearing. So I'll probably take her back off the road soon to start looking at a minor refresh in general, as well as a few upgrades.
She's put in 4/5 years hard service since the original conversion and has done me proud.
Untitled by Dave Ackerman, on Flickr
Untitled by Dave Ackerman, on Flickr
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Re: Monkeys R32

Reply #58
Looks like you had great weather at the ring and nice photos too. Is it your front bearings that have gone? I've seen a post somewhere about using redline cv2 might be worth a look for the hard use you give it?