[Es2] eS2 with gauge fetish

Ben Klumper bklumper at mdbworld.com
Tue Feb 3 13:10:36 EST 2004

Looking good Jimmy,

The HVAC removal procedure is still somewhat fresh in my mind, so I'll try
to relay it as best I can without the Bentley in front of me.
There are two nuts on the engine side of the firewall near the coil that
have to come off. Then, under the battery tray (or where the tray used to be
in some cases) there are the rigid A/C lines going into the evaporator.
These lines are held on by a retainer plate and one hex head bolt. Finally,
there are 2 (I think) bolts at the fresh air intake beneath the windshield
on the passenger side. That's all that holds the HVAC beast in there. Don't
forget the rubber drain line at the bottom of the HVAC beast, as well as the
various vaccum lines. The dash will have to come out though, as there is a
clip near the top that slides into a slot in the sheet metal. Most of this
stuff, I'm sure you're very familiar with, being this far into the project,
but I thought I'd spew out as much info as possible. One thing for sure,
this thing is a b*tch to take out!

Hope that helps!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jimmy Pribble" <Jimmy at texasbankers.com>
To: <es2 at audifans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2004 10:09 AM
Subject: [Es2] eS2 with gauge fetish

> Hey guys, just a quick update to indicate that my project is still alive.
> This has been cross-posted to my local club and to S2forum.com:
> Just a quick update on my eS2 track car. Instead of doing one of
> the mizillion mundane things I need to do on the project, I decided
> to do something sexy, to help with my motivation.
> http://www.urs4.com/temp/gauges.jpg
> Anybody have a gauge fetish like me? Only six auxillary gauges in
> the eS2 so far, but hey, there is room to grow.
> Home Depot was out
> of aluminum sheets, so I decided to be creative and make the gauge
> panel out of Lexan. Not a bad idea initially. It's light, easy to
> fab, inexpensive, and the fact that it is clear is handy when lining
> up holes; no measuring, just line everything up, mark it with a
> Sharpie and drill away. Unfortunately, this is not a good material
> for this application. As soon as you cut into it (with a jigsaw, in
> my case), the Lexan heats up and melts back together right behind
> the blade. So it instantly heals itself up! And if you don't pull
> the blade out in time, it gets stuck. D'oh! Anyway, I figured out
> some techniques that worked, but it way wasn't worth it. Also, even
> with primer, Lexan doesn't take paint very well. So, I'm calling
> this the preproduction model. When I have everything figured out,
> I'll have my machine shop guy cut one out of a sheet of aluminum and
> I'll have my buddy powdercoat it.
> Anyway, enough talk, I need to get back to work if I expect to have
> this thing running by Summer (and I do).
> Jimmy P.
> P.S. My (borrowed) Bentley is temporarily back with its owner.  Can
> give me a quick rundown on how to remove the interior side of the HVAC?
> Everything is going.  I mean everything.  Do I need to pull the dash?
> like a PITA.  I got the blower motor out, but everything else looks like
> is attached with "invisible" bolts.  Thanks.
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