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I haven't been in here for a minute but the cabrio is currently off the road and undergoing a heart transplant. I will start posting some pics soon but for starters I have some some stuff to get rid of and wanted to give everyone here first dibs.

#1 is the original 87K JH motor complete with alternator and A/C compressor in excellent working condition with a complete CIS system. It was just tuned up and ran like a champ all summer, but I will no longer be needing its services. The one part I will be needing however is the distributor.

$250.00

#2 is my set of 4 polished P-Slots I put together over the summer. I remember when I posted pics when they were finished ther was some interest, so now is your chance.

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?5117933-FS-FT-Polished-14-quot-P-Slots-with-Falken-912-s

Sorry to start a build thread with stuff for sale and no pics but I will be finished with rad school for the semester soon and will start uploading my progress. Right now the motor is stripped down to bare metal and awaiting me to have a few minutes to paint it. Many, many upgraded parts have been ordered and it should start coming together quickly after Christmas.

Thanks for reading and I will post some pics ASAP!
 

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Woot to another ABA Cabby in process in south central PA! :thumbup:
So have you pulled this off successfully? I am looking for people I can turn to for advice. I have saved the thread with A1SteakSauces DIY and my friend has a MK1 Jetta with an ABA, but he is running carbs so wiring and a few other things are foreign to him.
 

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So have you pulled this off successfully? I am looking for people I can turn to for advice. I have saved the thread with A1SteakSauces DIY and my friend has a MK1 Jetta with an ABA, but he is running carbs so wiring and a few other things are foreign to him.
Mine is bolted in, but I'll be running carbs, as well, so not much help on the wiring, sorry.
 

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So here is a link to the flickr account where all the build pics reside from the very beginning. I will be working on the motor a little this weekend after I get the rear brakes on the Passat finished and will update the link with some new higher res shots as well.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/veedubguy/sets/72157625568763988/
 

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Well the semester is about to end and this will be updating on a more regular basis. Keep an eye on the flickr for new pics. Only news today is that I have decided to ditch my plans for rewiring the car and going CE2 for side draft carbs. More specifically 4 40mm R1 race bike carbs. Slightly more expensive, a little more power, no rewiring the entire car! Time to go fire up the heat in the shed and fire up the roto-zip.
 

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Well the semester is about to end and this will be updating on a more regular basis. Keep an eye on the flickr for new pics. Only news today is that I have decided to ditch my plans for rewiring the car and going CE2 for side draft carbs. More specifically 4 40mm R1 race bike carbs. Slightly more expensive, a little more power, no rewiring the entire car! Time to go fire up the heat in the shed and fire up the roto-zip.
My choice, as well! :thumbup:
 

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It's Snowing!

Well just got back in form the work shop and did some more work prepping the engine for paint. I think at this point it is as good as its going to get. Here are a few pics from today and they are also on the Flickr page as well.













 

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you do not have to go CE2 for side draft carbs. the easiset solution for carbs is simply to source an early rabbit distributor, purchase BFI's conversion kit that allows you to run it in an aba, then simply wire up the coil and a low pressure fuel pump with pressure regulator.

likewise you do not have to go full CE2 for a full FI swapped aba. it will run by jumping five wires. it's all in my thread on how to do it....heck i took some wire and made my vr swapped trabbit run in about 10 minutes just last week :laugh:
I know, the first thing I did was subscribe to your swap thread and it has been a great help. I just keep getting pressured from all sides to do the side draft carbs. The carbs require pretty much no wiring and I was intending to just do your 5 wire piggy back if FI was in the cards. This isn't going to be a daily so I am thinking the carbs might show better even though I would prefer FI everyday of the week. I have all the parts to go either way, I guess it will come down to who puts the most pressure on me the day I do final assembly. :laugh:

You can see in the one crappy shot two extra valve covers in a box, underneath is a full CE2 harness, ECU, and 2 fuseblocks. But I also would like to have a reason to open the hood at shows and carbs addresses that issue.
 

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Have a VR6 water pump pulley inbound. Today took the new water pump out of the box and painted it and cleaned and painted the old intermediate gear. Christmas can not get here soon enough so I can start ordering the rest of the parts to finish this! Need to bring the head in and start cleaning and prepping that next week. Need the block off plate so that I can paint the block and start putting this thing back together. I was thinking of just soaking the head in mineral spirits, any thoughts or suggestions?





 

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Look mom, no valves! Well it took two trips to find a valve compression tool that will work on an 8V head, but once I got the right equipment the thing came apart pretty darn easy. Hopefully it will go back together that way! Right now the head is soaking in 18 liters of Coca-Cola making all sorts of strange popping sounds. I could see all the grime and deposits melting off as I poured it in. Next will be a thorough wash in the dishwasher, a fine detailing with the Shark steamer, and them paint. Things are moving along quite nicely today!

 

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A glimpse into the future. Cleaning the valves today while they are out, then re-seating everything and hoping Santa brought me my 270 cam.

 

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I have been on vacation so not much progress. Came home to some parts though so I need to get painting and reassembling this weekend. Still need to get a cam and finish pulling apart the exhaust manifold, then I am ready to start putting everything back together.

Updates to come shortly and Happy New Year!
 
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