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workin' on the Coupe
Today I switched my strut housings back to stock. I had modified my
original strut housings to accept shorter Scirocco struts. I was
suspecting that the struts were not being held tight enough in the
housings for certain reasons, and was causing the front end to feel
So, I had to pull them out today. The strut housings I had were from an
earlier model, so I had to get bearings and have them pressed
out/pressed in to keep my 4 x 108mm hubs.
What a bear! I worked on it all day. It's still a pleasure. My car
actually got lower. I think it's because the new-to-me Coupe struts are
hydraulic, and the Scirocco struts were gas, and helped hold up the car.
I am going to put in my cam this weekend. (I know I've been saying this
since May, but I'm serious) Got the valve cover off, and the engine at
TDC. I need to get a socket adaptor so I can use my 1/2" torque wrench
w/my sockets tommorrow.
My timing belt does have small cracks, so I think I'll keep going and
replace that and the H2O pump too. Not that I wasn't going to anyway.
Hey, it's really easy to move the engine by putting it in fifth w/the
plugs out and moving the car. I've never done that before! Cool!
QUESTION: Is it OK to remove the cam pulley bolt by just taking it off,
relying on the cam belt to hold it, or is there some other way I should
hold it static while I do it?
Dammit! My head has the shouldered studs for the valve cover, and I've
got a rubber gasket w/the metal rings molded in. So, now I gotta get
the studs. Sheesh, always something!
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