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Old September 18th, 2014, 08:46   #196
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They dislike the smell of mint as well.
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So what are the plans for this golf? Why is it hanging around and not being used?
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Old September 26th, 2014, 21:05   #198
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So what are the plans for this golf? Why is it hanging around and not being used?
Good question! At some point we had our fourth child and I decided to become a stay at home dad and also take care of my nephew. I needed a car that seats at least six every day and I could not justify $1200 a year for insurance on an extra car that only seats five. I would love to drive the TDI again some day, just not yet. Also, the Volkswagen needs so much constant maintenance and has so many miles that is it pretty much worthless to anyone else.

Here is a picture of the fourth kid and my current daily driver:
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Old November 1st, 2014, 09:33   #199
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Talked myself out of putting the Volkswagen back on the road with insurance and registration today. That was a close one. My wife has said that $100 a month is okay for a hobby that I really enjoy, considering that I don't spend money on television or movies or any other entertainment really, but I still can't justify it knowing that it is going to cost more than that, and winter is coming, and I am really enjoying the parking spot for my new van (Honda Odyssey) in the two car garage beside my wife's car (the Kia Forte 5 which originally replaced the Golf).

Maybe when my neighbour finishes their new shed and gives me their temporary shed (enclosed vinyl with roll up door) then I can set up a place to work on the Golf and I will insure and register it again.

One of the things that helped me talk myself out of putting the Volkswagen back on the road was going back and reading this thread. I read from where I re-did the exhaust up until where I retired the car from service. So many good times but also so much time and space needed. It was fun, but right now I have got kids and property maintenance that just about consume all my time.

The other thing is that I don't want to do is to split my time between the Volkswagen and the new van. It would be neat to park the new van all winter but I need it four days a week on the afternoons when I am watching my nephew and my two younger ones and have to pick the two older ones up from school (if you do the math that is one kid too many to fit in the Golf).

I have to keep reminding myself that there are too many reasons not to drive the Volkswagen.

I do have just enough time to occasionally clean and modify the new van, so I started a thread on Odyclub.com so that I can have a place to post pictures.
Here is the link: http://www.odyclub.com/forums/53-int...ml#post1190434

Here is another picture of the new van, after showing it some attention:
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Old December 5th, 2014, 20:45   #200
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I put a brand new battery in the Volkswagen today! My first Absorbed Glass Matt (AGM) battery too! I did a whole bunch of research and found that an AGM battery would be perfect for a car that sits out in the cold, only does short trips, and completely discharges its battery occasionally.

LOL, WHAT? This guys sounds crazy, he just paid 50% extra for a battery for a car he doesn't drive and if you look at the pictures he didn't even get the right size?!?

Let me explain some more.

I had killed the Group 94R (OEM Size) battery that was in the TDI

I had a Group 47 battery (wrong size, I know, it was sold to me by an autoparts store before I knew better) but it had been abused and was very weak.

I plan on using the Volkswagen as a backup generator by connecting it to a 3000 Watt inverter. I already have had great success using this setup to power a 4.5 HP shop vac that can be used as a back up sump pump. I looked into getting the biggest possible deep cycle marine battery that would fit on the TDI's battery tray, but then I did so more research and found that and AGM automotive battery would make more sense because it is designed to provide cranking amps yet would withstand greater levels of discharge and would recharge faster than a regular flooded lead acid battery. Besides, I would not be using the inverter without the engine running so I don't need a deep cycle battery.

Still, the price of a new battery for an old car that might only get used as a backup generator didn't make sense, until, I had EUREKA moment! I could justify the price of a really nice battery if it would also fit our new Honda Odyssey! The Honda takes a Group 24F battery that is slightly undersized for the TDI but about the same size at the Group 47 battery that I was sold years ago. Here is a comparison I cut and pasted together, note how much larger the 94R battery is:



Today I went out and bought this fresh new battery for my favorite toy (Group 24F in foreground, Group 47 behind and the Group 94R was not available for this picture because it had already been returned for the $20 core charge)



There is a bunch of extra space in the battery box, space for 20 more amp hours, oh well, this is a compromise for a battery that can serve duties in our Honda at a moments notice. Another important thing is that the factory VW hold down clip actually works here:



The 24F is a bit taller than the 47 and 94R, and the plastic "fuse holder bridge" is under tension, but it is held down by its own clips:



There is room to tuck the CTEK charger down the passenger side of the battery, but for now I have just set it where I can see the eight stage charge indicator. Maybe in the future I will use the CTEK ring terminal adapter and zip tie the charger to the inside of the battery box and re-install the battery cover. For now, I just have the clamps and everything out in the open, but protected from rain and snow under the hood. I found out the hard way that CTEK chargers (and others) are "weather resistant" but not "water proof" so they need some protection.



I really enjoy just standing back and looking at the engine bay after a fun job like this, so many good times... it would be nice to clean it one day.



Almost forgot to mention, cranked the engine with the new battery and it really jumped to life. Nothing like a new battery after beating on a tired old battery for too long.
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Old December 6th, 2014, 04:05   #201
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Great post! PS, I use the same charger.
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Old December 6th, 2014, 05:27   #202
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Great post! PS, I use the same charger.
One of the smartest battery chargers in the world!
I did some research and this particular model is small yet powerful enough to revive a dead battery as big as 110 Ah. Also it has the more LED indicators than others

details: http://smartercharger.com/products/b...-multi-us-4-3/
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Concur. In retrospect, wish they had a 12/6v option for the neighbors with 6v batteries.
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Old January 27th, 2015, 16:29   #204
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EXHAUST UPGRADE!

I was at my favorite store the other day...



...when I spotted a really nice exhaust tip, with a flow thru muffler attached, and it was only $40 so I figured, why not?



It turns out that this flow thru muffler really sweetens the sound of the exhaust that otherwise was only passing thru the turbo and the catalytic converter. It also happened to fit really nicely over the old exhaust tip which allowed me to test it on and off the exhaust live tonight during a garbage run to end of the driveway. Really excited about mounting this thing properly in the spring.

This item is listed on Princess Auto's web site, link here: http://www.princessauto.com/en/detai...er/A-p8596025e
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Old January 27th, 2015, 19:52   #205
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You going to put the old girl back on the road?
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You going to put the old girl back on the road?
Maybe, one day...
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STARTER REPAIRED!

One Tuesday night before garbage day this winter, not sure how many weeks ago, the old girl did not start; it seemed like a starter issue. It has been one of the coldest winters on record in the Southern part of the province of Ontario in Canada this year, and I had the luxury of waiting until the temperature got above zero before investigating the starter issue. Turns out the little wire that connects the starter solenoid to the starter motor had rotted off. I had a ring terminal and some heavy gauge wire on hand so that part was easy. The only time consuming part was finding replacements for a broken solenoid bolt and a rusted nut at the local hardware store.

Here are some pictures from the glorious above-freezing day we had today:









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Old April 12th, 2015, 19:07   #208
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After months of careful consideration, my wife and I agreed that I need a hobby. The insurance was up for renewal on the Kia Forte and the Honda Odyssey so I went ahead and got a couple of different quotes and found I could add the Volkswagen to our policy for less than I thought. Friday morning I took my temporary insurance slip to the Ministry of Transportation office and received a sticker that made me the happiest of any sticker ever:



I was so excited to go for a drive that I arrived in Dundas a full 20 minutes early to pick my daughter up from half day kindergarten. I had just enough time to drive up the escarpment to one of our (the car and mine's) favorite spots:



The car went into limp mode a few times due to over-boost due to sticky vanes (had the VNT actuator off and checked a few weeks ago). We drove from Dundas to Ancaster on the twisty "Old Dundas Road" to get to Costco. Elizabeth, who is three years old, told me she really likes the twisty roads. Evan, who is 18 months old, really like the turbo "choo-choo" sound every time I shifted gears, which was really loud, because apparently my "temporary" flex pipe repair from a few years ago had come loose:



After picking the older two (Emily and Ethan) up from school I took all four kids to my parents house in Burlington. I had not told my parents I was putting the Volkswagen back on the road and when I pulled into their driveway my Dad happened to be outside. The look of utter disgust on his face was priceless. After staring at car as if it was literally a giant turd I had just dropped on his property, he said, "Why are you driving that thing, so that you can get stuck and have to call a tow truck?" I just laughed. My Mom was less disgusted and more concerned. I watched my mom climb the steps putting both feet on a step before leading off again with her good knee, so I asked, with due concern, "When are you going to get your other knee replaced?" She said something like, "As long as it still moves I will keep using it." I agreed, "The same goes for the Volkswagen."

As soon as I got home and got the kids to bed I was out to the garage to fix the exhaust. I quickly realized that the previous fix had come up short and the quickest temporary fix (only temporary, unless it works) would be to weld a small extension on to the flex pipe and clamp it back in to place again:



I happened to have piece of pipe of the exact same diameter as the flex pipe and with a perfect slight bend in it to slip over the piece of down pipe still stuck to turbo. It took a couple of hours with all the test fitting and tack welding and trimming before final welding and fitting but it turns out I really love exhaust work. I love welding on the exhaust system so much that I plan on adding a flow thru muffler and also taking the down pipe off and welding it into a solid piece.

Anyway, I took my temporary-clamped-in flex pipe fix for a test drive and it was much quieter. Now I could mostly just hear a constant loud rattle coming from the serpentine belt area that was really bothering me but It was after midnight and I was exhausted (no pun intended) so I put my tools away and took a shower. I put on my pajamas but did not go to bed. The tires on the Volkswagen were bothering me, they were worn and one of them had a flat spot from pulling the hand brake at high speeds before storing the car two years ago. I shopped for tires online for at least an hour before deciding I had better sleep on it.
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Default UPDATE: BACK ON THE ROAD WEEKEND DAY 2 of 3 (SATURDAY)

Saturday morning, first thing after breakfast, I went out side and found two nice smooth and balanced tires, though with considerably less tread, to fit on the front of the car. One was on the utility trailer and one was in the spare tire well. They are matching Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring in the stock size 195/65R15. The ride was much smoother so now I can try not to think about tires until winter, or until I fix all all the other issues, if the car lasts that long! I have in mind a set of Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring tires in a size I have not tried yet: 215/65R15. I have ruled out getting cheap ugly tires, and I also have ruled out getting expensive off road tires so I think the Uniroyals should balance good looks from a square profile with economy and longevity and good all season grip. For a long time I was pining for some BFGoodrich All Terrain tires with raised solid white lettering, but then I found http://www.tredwearletters.com/ so this could get interesting.

Anyway, I must try to stop thinking about tires for the Volkswagen, for now.

Here is how the car sits now:

Rear Tires: 205/70R15 Motomaster SE2
Rear Springs: OEM Jetta Wagon + 1" spacers

Front Tires: 195/65R15 Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring
Front Springs: Moog VR6 + 1" spacers + 1cm spacers

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Default UPDATE: BACK ON THE ROAD WEEKEND DAY 3 of 3 (SUNDAY)

Today was the first really nice warm sunny day this spring. I parked the Volkswagen in the sun to investigate the constant rattle from the serpentine belt area. It turned out to be the AC compressor clutch!

I made a short video of the loose AC clutch before I cut the offending pieces off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWQ-UvtOxNU





It has been an epic first three days back, it actually felt more like a week and I even told someone that it had been a week and believed it myself but when I sat down to post this I realized that it has only been three days back on the road. I am looking forward to more nights of working on this car and days enjoying driving it.

To end a perfect weekend, on the way home the low fuel light came on and I filled the tank using the finger fuel mod. The coolest thing was that I still had two 11mil blue nitrile gloves in the door from the last time I had filled it up two years ago.
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