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TDI Conversions Discussions on converting non TDIs into TDIS. More general items can be answered better in other sections. This is ideal for issues that don't have an overlap and are very special to swaping engines.

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Old July 6th, 2018, 08:35   #151
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Went back to the JY for the Jetta TDI engine harness. Picked a day that was close to 100į and got a minor case of heatstroke....

Stripped the headlight harness, thinking I may want to use it in the Rabbit. For those that start with this harness for their projects, what a headache...




Being a glutton for punishment, I cleaned out 2 more harnesses from the B4. I was able to get some decent lengths and colors to stitch into my harnesses. I havenít been using too much of the purchased wire.







I think Iíve crossed the midpoint with lengthening the engine harness. Will need to start putting the engine together to establish final lengths, before terminating the other side of the Weatherpacks.

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Old July 6th, 2018, 09:05   #152
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Your project is looking very clean.
...and I hear ya on the harness(even more difficult when you have no idea what the plugs were plugged into.)
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Old July 6th, 2018, 10:20   #153
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Thanks. I couldn’t imagine doing this, if I didn’t pull the harnesses or at least have the wire diagrams, but there isn’t really too much in the engine harness, that’s required to get the engine to run.

Somewhat project related. I had a hemlock taken down about a month ago. I couldn’t get the guy back out to grind the stump, so I ended up calling someone else.







I’ve been wanting to get the driveway widened. I was tired of all of the pollen and tiny pine cones that were always finding their way into the rain trays and body gaps... also tired of parking on the dirt and having mud splash on cars, when it rains.

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Old July 6th, 2018, 22:22   #154
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I can sympathize with you, I have three mature white pines always dropping needles and cones all over the place, plus if you park under one and it's hot out be prepared for some sap on the body, one reason when I'm home the car is in the garage.

Can't say I'm going to be too upset when I sell this place, I'm just not motivated to work on it much anymore...

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Old August 28th, 2018, 13:46   #155
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Alright Todd-The-Thorough, how do you plan on testing the wiring harness prior to actually starting the car? Ohmmeter on each end of each wire? Hook it up to a battery, old fuse box, and ignition switch and measure voltages at sensors?

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Old August 28th, 2018, 17:47   #156
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Well, I suppose I could do all of that... it wouldn’t really be that difficult.

Seriously, I was just planning on inserting, them turning the key.

Since my last post, I think I terminated another Weatherpack housing and added to my Weatherpack legend. .... slow progress.

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Old August 29th, 2018, 19:29   #157
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Todd:

Just found your thread. I am not impressed with your persistence and attention to detail, I am in AWE. I think you may well end up with the finest A1 on the planet.
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Old October 8th, 2018, 18:01   #158
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Lol, I appreciate the comment, but I seriously doubt it!

In other news, I found a patch of rust bubbling on the rear pan, at the bumper receiver. That’ll need to be ground out, before it spreads.

I went into the shed that stores my interior and found chipmunks made several nests.... no clue how they got in. There were some ant nests too, which was pretty gross. They felt my vengeful Ortho treatment.

The chipmunks ate the vinyl from the door panels, ripped apart the jute padding for the hatch carpet, ate a hole in my perfect rear seat, pissed all over my cleaned carpet, etc. Makes me wonder what’s going on in the B4 shed...

A lot went into the trash. Any cardboard boxes were tossed and all parts (that fit) went into plastic tubs. The front seats and resprayed dash still look decent, but I didn’t go over them. At this point, I may go with red GTI seats, from the crawl space, but that’ll likely be a decade from now.

I’ll be building some shelving for organization.

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Old October 13th, 2018, 08:08   #159
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Lol, I appreciate the comment, but I seriously doubt it!

In other news, I found a patch of rust bubbling on the rear pan, at the bumper receiver. That’ll need to be ground out, before it spreads.

I went into the shed that stores my interior and found chipmunks made several nests.... no clue how they got in. There were some ant nests too, which was pretty gross. They felt my vengeful Ortho treatment.

The chipmunks ate the vinyl from the door panels, ripped apart the jute padding for the hatch carpet, ate a hole in my perfect rear seat, pissed all over my cleaned carpet, etc. Makes me wonder what’s going on in the B4 shed...

A lot went into the trash. Any cardboard boxes were tossed and all parts (that fit) went into plastic tubs. The front seats and resprayed dash still look decent, but I didn’t go over them. At this point, I may go with red GTI seats, from the crawl space, but that’ll likely be a decade from now.

I’ll be building some shelving for organization.

-Todd
Sorry to hear about your losses. We have way too many chipmunks and squinnies here and they just ruin so much. I think half the concrete slab for the garage is sinking because they've tunneled under it extensively. Once it cracked it's just been settling even further.

When I had a cat they were kept at bay, same with the squirrels who like to dig in the ground looking for nuts, but now that she's gone the rodents have free reign to do as they wish, and they are!

As for storage, plastic tubs are awsome, and cheap for storing things you don't want rodent urine to hit. As for the large things that don't fit I'm not sure what to do. Door cards just don't fit in anything reasonable, at least the molded ones anyway. Seats are another thing that almost have to go inside somewhere.

Rodents are always trying to weasel their way inside something, especially this time of year where we're heading into winter. That's when you really have to watch out!

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Old December 17th, 2018, 07:24   #160
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Bump....wheres the progress, sir. We demand a running TDI mk1!

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Old December 17th, 2018, 17:39   #161
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I feel awful... I haven’t done anything to the car in months. The only thing I’ve done is getting the water out of the hatch, after a heavy downpour.

To make it worse, I bought a ‘84 GTI, on Saturday. I can’t get GTIs, out of my system. Need to swap a drive flange, then I can register it, and start driving it.

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Old December 18th, 2018, 06:19   #162
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I feel awful... I havenít done anything to the car in months. The only thing Iíve done is getting the water out of the hatch, after a heavy downpour.

To make it worse, I bought a Ď84 GTI, on Saturday. I canít get GTIs, out of my system. Need to swap a drive flange, then I can register it, and start driving it.

-Todd
Completely understandable, I have a water leak in the hatch still for some reason myself, everything's new so not sure what the heck is going on.

I would love another mk1 GTI myself, unfortunately I'd have to offload my G8 as soon as possible before I get into another project.
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Old December 18th, 2018, 08:04   #163
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The obvious hatch leak culprits are the body seal, hatch hinges, defrost wiring boots and the tail light seals.

If you installed a headliner, be sure the fabric isnít too long and allowing water to wick in.

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Old April 7th, 2019, 16:16   #164
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Minor update. Iím sure most of you go through the cleaning process then find your clean hardware is now rusted. My new hobby...








First batch.... a little too dark








At this posting, Iím still plating. I canít begin to qualify my time in this. I was hoping the vibratory tumbler would make this as labor free as possible. I still needed the blast cabinet and wire wheel time.

Realistically speaking, 99% of these parts are for the new GTI. A few things are for the project car, so this post is permissible.

I think I officially hate my new hobby.

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Old May 22nd, 2019, 21:27   #165
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Went back to the JY for the Jetta TDI engine harness. Picked a day that was close to 100į and got a minor case of heatstroke....
Stripped the headlight harness, thinking I may want to use it in the Rabbit. For those that start with this harness for their projects, what a headache...
-Todd
I started with that harness and went the same route you did, fortunately on my project I didn't have to shorten or lengthen anything to make it work. The B3 is very similar to MK3 at the cowl so it was close enough to use "as-is." I did have to strip out all the excess garbage though, like headlight harness etc. Those things weren't necessary and wouldn't have worked out the way I wanted.

Have to say that moving on to plating is an interesting turn of events for the project. I had no idea that it was going to go like this.

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