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    Dubs, VR6's, anything fast, detailing, dogs and gym!

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  1. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Update 70: So whilst I've been working on the shell, I gave the engine over to a local mechanic to get the timing chain done. I've never done a timing chain before, so I didn't want to experiment with this one. Although there are fairly detailed DIY threads and videos on the net, I still didn't fancy taking the risk. Maybe on the VR I've removed I'll attempt it when I look to rebuild it. So here is the engine on the stand at the mechanics workshop with the timing chain covers off. I'm gonna get these acid dipped and blasted, then give them a coat of silver paint: Here is the new timing chains installed before the covers go back on: Will get some more pictures when it's back and the newly painted covers are fitted. Then will start work on cleaning and painting the engine block. Gurpal
  2. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Update 69: Managed to remove the pedal box and steering column from the car. Fairly straight forward, all nuts and bolts really. Also removed the clutch master too. I also stripped some of the old sound deadening from the bulkhead. I'm planning on redoing this with fresh stuff after giving it a good clean underneath: Wiring down to it's bare bones here now. Just the electric window wiring loom and the rear lights and fuel pump harness left in the car now. Gonna strip these down, clean and rewrap in fresh loom tape. More updates on the way! Gurpal
  3. GurpalD

    MK3 Golf GL - brilledwards Build Log

    The car looks awesome bud! It's certainly come a long long way since the last time I saw it! It'll be awesome with the new engine
  4. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Update 68: I begun stripping the interior of the car too. There are a few jobs that I wanted to do here with regards to the dash, wiring and body of the car. These include: - Sorting the radio and speaker loom out. I'm gonna make an entirely new radio harness from scratch and also all new speaker wires to amp's mounted behind the rear door cards. Taking inspiration from the build done on the bright blue metallic Mk2 by Studio In Car. - Sound deadening all panels and areas of the car including the bulkhead, firewall, boot floor, turrets, C pillars and under the rear bench. I'm gonna use some silent coat for the deadening and then some isolating material on top. Want the car to sound and feel properly put together. - Before removing the VR6 engine, the car was suffering from a battery drain somewhere. I'm guessing it was to do the with the heater blower motor loom because I could turn it on without the key in the ignition. Same with the radio too. - There are no interior lights other than the dash lights either. I want to wire these in properly too. - I'm also going to sort the boot build out for the air suspension. Do a neat and tidy install that still gives me some boot space to put my subwoofer in. - The heaters work but the flaps inside could probably do with some attention. The bowden cables are also very stiff too, so I'm gonna address these issues too. Initial removal of lower dash shelves, radio, heater controls, clocks, steering wheel and dash fascia: Dash out, heater box on the hit list next along with fusebox and associated wiring: Next step is to remove all the rest of the wires, pedal box, steering column and any of the old sound deadening. Until next time! Thanks for reading Gurpal
  5. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Update 67: Continuing on from the last update I began removing the parts from the engine bay that were inaccessible with the engine still in. This included: - Brake servo and master cylinder - ABS pump - Wiring and clips Mid way through: Then the rest of the loom was pulled out along with any other parts. This pic was taken after I pressure washed the engine bay too: So my olan is to give the engine bay a fresh coat of paint so it’s clean and tidy for the new lump to go in. I’m not going to go crazy and smooth everything. I want it all to be neat and tidy, but functional and clean. Thanks, Gurpal
  6. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Update 66: Next job now that the 3.2 was stripped down was to remove the 2.9 engine and box from the car. This would give me the access needed to get the loom out which is going to be sent away to be spliced together with the 3.2 loom so I can use the CE2 fusebox. Taking the engine out was fairly straight forward. I done things in the following order: - Drain all the cars fluids. Oil, coolant and power steering fluid were all drained. These are simple enough to do. Took all of half n hour really due to the power steering pipes being a bit difficult. - Remove as much of the extra items surrounding the engine as possible, for instance, the air intake system, expansion tank, fuel lines, battery etc - Doing the above step gives you good access to unplug the wiring harness. This was the next step. - I then proceeded to disconnect the clutch slave cylinder, unbolt the cat from under the car, and also unbolt the shifter linkage. - Next thing was to get the crane in place and strap the engine up - I then unbolted the engine mounts and used the crane to free the engine. I wiggled it out slowly and a second pair of hands helped guide it up over the bumper and out. Front end stripped down and the fluids being drained: Engineless bay: Engine out: So next thing now is to remove everything else in the way in the engine bay, which includes the wiring harness. Big thank you to Hardip for the extra set of hands and thanks to Sukh for lending me the crane!! Thanks for reading Gurpal
  7. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Update 65: Continuing to strip down the engine so I can clean and paint the block as well as do the timing chains too. Main things to be removed today were the ancillaries and inlet manifold. To be fair it was all quite straight forward, it was only nuts and bolts mainly. I encountered the odd few rounded nuts and bolts but that was always to be expected. Working on the stand makes life so much easier. So here's the state of the engine after I'd finished with it for the day.. I've placed my order with TPS for the timing chain parts. Until then, the next thing will be to remove the VR6 from ANN and then after that it'll be onto cleaning the gearbox and ancillaries. Gurpal
  8. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Hey man, hope you've been well! I will definitely be giving yours a read over!
  9. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Update 64: So I really want to go to town with this engine conversion and I want to be thorough with it. First things first then, whip off the DSG gearbox. It's no good to me as I'm going to be running a VR6 one. The DSG one is massive and weighs a tonne! I need to next remove all the engine loom and then onto the ancillaries and inlet manifold. The block is going to get painted to look factory fresh, and all the bolts, ancillaries, brackets etc are going to be refurbished or replaced where required. To make my life easier, I thought I'd buy an engine stand.. much better than working on an old tyre. Here she is.. my colossal engine stand lol! Gearbox and transfer case off, the engine was a bit of a mission to fit onto the stand, but I got there in the end. I wanted to mount it from the rear side of the engine so that it leaves the gearbox side free for bolting up the VR6 gearbox and to do the timing chains. It's so much easier to move the engine around this way, and its a much more comfortable height to work on it too. More pics: Next steps are going to be remove everything I can to get the engine block to a stage where the timing chains can be done, and I can then start the process of sanding and painting it, before reassembly begins. Gurpal
  10. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Thanks bud! My Mk2 is pretty much Corrado everywhere, so it’ll be a bit of a chamber of knowledge for you lol!
  11. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Update 63: So where do I start with this update... quite a major one I guess, and I guess it's been overdue too. So it was my birthday not too long ago, and what better way to treat myself than buying a new present for the car So... here's a little clue: Clue number 2: Ok ok, time to spill the beans! Right, so what was it that made me wanna change/upgrade? Couple of reasons really: - Newer engine. The 3.2 has newer management and is a general improvement on the 2.9 12v VR6 in a number of areas. - Still a VR6. I didn't want to take the VR6 character away from ANN.. it's always been one for as long as I can remember, and you can't beat that soundtrack either! - The 2.9 was starting to show signs of age.. I don't really want to part with the engine, so once it's out I can rebuild it in my own time. - The engine bay was letting the car down majorly in my opinion. Doing an engine swap gives me the opportunity to freshen up the bay with some fresh paint! So some info on the engine: - 3.2 V6 from a DSG Audi TT Mk1. - Covered approx. 100k miles - Came as a complete package from a single car So why a TT engine? After reading several threads and asking a few questions on Facebook groups, the TT engine is the best bang for buck. It gives the 250bhp out of the box like the Mk5 engines.. but doesn't have the complication of the FSI fuel supply system. They're also fairly common which means they're not too expensive and parts are relatively easy to come by. The parts I've got in the conversion package: - Engine - Wiring loom from engine to fusebox, and from fusebox to ECU - ECU - All ancillaries - Throttle pedal and associated wiring - Diagnostic port My plans for the engine are to strip it down completely, right down to the block. I'm then going to replace the timing chain as they're known to stretch over time, and there's no better time to do it. Then I'm gonna paint the block in factory colours, making it look really crisp and OEM. At the same time i'll be replacing/refurbishing all the bolts, mounting brackets, tanks.. the lot. Whilst the engine is out of the car, I'll be deleting the ABS and running new stainless steel braided brake lines throughout the whole car, changing every component of the braking system so it stops on it's nose as it should. There are a few more plans along the way, and I'll be keeping the detailed updates coming regularly Hope you guys enjoy the read! Gurpal
  12. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Update 62: Been a while since I've updated the thread.. mainly because I injured my back and also getting married in a few weeks now too. Anyway, stumbled across some lovely seats which I thought would be perfect for me to start restyling the interior... So I'm planning on going down the two seat route with a false floor in the back. I plan on trimming the false floor and door cards to match, as well as leather trimming the dash. That'll hopefully bring the interior up to a standard that I'm happy with, and a step closer to hopefully a magazine feature one day. Plans going forward are to firstly tackle the interior but I am also saving funds for work under the bonnet. I've ditched the idea of turbocharging the VR lump. Instead I'm going to swap it out for the 3.6 VR6 lump from the Passat R36. I have my eye on the engine that I want.. just starting the fund saving process now. I will do a more detailed write up on the seats as per my usual update style when I get some better pictures and recover fully from the back injury. Gurpal
  13. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    If anyone is interested, the front and rear seats from the Mk2 are for sale. They're over on eBay at the moment for £625, but I'm open to sensible offers on that price. Shoot me a message if you're interested. Thanks
  14. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Thanks bud! Thanks mate Wheels are 16x8J on the front and 16x10J on the rear Gurpal
  15. GurpalD

    Princess ANN

    Mini Update: Got some new parts for the car on the way. Hasn't seen much usage at the moment due to injuring my back and also picking up a new daily which I'll put up soon enough. I will be doing some major work with the Mk2, mainly on the interior to get it up to scratch as I feel that and the engine bay are the two things that are letting it down the most at the moment. Gurpal
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