While it isn’t a German auto, we never turn down the opportunity to keep people’s daily drivers in tip top shape. This little Civic came in to catch up on some past due services and to replace the lower control arm bushings (compliance bushings) on the front suspension. The front control arms essentially connect the bottom of the wheel hub to the subframe or chassis. There is a rubber bushing in the front and a rubber bushing in the rear …

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Been waiting on a turbo core to be rebuilt for awhile, and it finally showed up today, so I set about replacing the turbo on this 944. The compressor nut had come off and the turbo essentially ate itself due to the loose tolerances. Not a good situation, but I think we have it under control. Luckily we had a couple of cores laying around so we didn’t have a dead car sitting at the shop. Bibbed up and ready …

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While most people were home watching the Chiefs get demolished, we were at the shop trying to catch up on some stuff. Wes finished polishing another set of headlights on a 996TT (which we also installed a short shifter in). Val painted the upstairs office/entry: While they were doing that, I decided to try and seal up some leaks on the building that we have when it rains. Part of the issue is the gutters are so clogged with junk …

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The 2nd weekly gem in the shop last week. A timing belt/waterpump/spark plug job for a friend’s kid hauler. With 100k miles on the rig, it was time to get the timing belt done. While in there, it is smart to throw in a waterpump as well, and replace the spark plugs since they were due with the mileage. We also found a leaking radiator, so had to tackle that as well. While I was across the shop cussing at …

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Nov 06 2011 porschedoc VW No Comments

Had this little gem come into the shop last week for a new tranny and a lightweight flywheel conversion. She has lived a hard life, and so getting things apart was a bit of a chore, in fact almost everything fought me from the lug bolts to the transaxle bolts, but we got it done. New tranny ready to go in. Cracked engine mount: Ouch. Old disgusting transaxle out and ready for the new clutch and flywheel Ooooh boy. Going …

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RUF RGT

Rolled this RUF RGT through the shop this weekend. It was having an issue with the blower fan in the interior as well as a fuel gauge issue. After a little tracing, the blower fan issue was the result of a relay going bad. Then was on to the fuel sender unit. It was jammed on some hoses in the tank, so after reconfiguring that, all was well again.

Odds and Ends

We had to fix an exhaust leak on an SC the other day that was caused by a couple of loose header nuts. Pretty easy fix to drop down the exhaust and re-anneal the copper gaskets on that side. Friday was turbo day in the shop 🙂 Three 996TT’s, a 3.6L 965, and a 951. We have also become a full service Mini Cooper repair facility. Boy, they seem even smaller in person. It takes “mini” tools to work on …

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1994 3.6L Turbo

Prepped this little 21k mile gem for PCA Palooza here in a couple of weeks. Inspection, oil change, and brake flush and she is ready for a romp through the Arkansas hills. But wait, there’s more…..how about some new Bilstein HD’s? Lets see if we can get that done this week 🙂 Great to see the IA billet valve covers in place 🙂

Oct 28 2011 porschedoc VW No Comments

Replaced the hydraulic cam followers/tappets (or lifters as some people refer to them), on the Jetta GLS today. It has been seen in the past on the blog for clutch jobs, etc. Ahhh 2.0L’s of fury….or maybe furry. Hard to believe this car is about ready to roll 212k miles. Still looks like it has only 75k miles on it. With the intake and associated plumbing off, and the valve cover removed, we can see the camshaft and the followers …

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Things keep rolling long here at the shop. I have been backing up on my blogging, so will try and catch up by the weekend. Not only have I been neglecting the blogging, but I have been neglecting MiniMoo. For those that don’t know MiniMoo (and i’m too lazy to find an actual picture of him), he is the toy hauler 2500HD that has been featured a time or two on the blog before. The 1-3 settings on the interior …

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