[Es2] "Cranky" (eS2 project report)

Ben Klumper bklumper at mdbworld.com
Wed May 19 11:05:37 EDT 2004

Great news about the progress, Jimmy! Sounds like you figured all the wiring
out then. It's a great feeling, isn't it? The first time I started mine up
(after adjusting the distributor which was causing a no-start situation) I
was shocked and amazed and slightly giddy over the fact that I had actually
hooked everything up right the first time! Well except maybe for that one
blue wire...
Anyway, glad to hear about the positive progress. Good luck with the fuel
pump and keep us posted!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jimmy Pribble" <Jimmy at texasbankers.com>
To: "ES2" <Es2 at audifans.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 8:11 AM
Subject: [Es2] "Cranky" (eS2 project report)

> Last night was scheduled to be "start night" for the eS2, but
> it ended-up only being "crank night."
> We filled the car with fluids, double-checked some critical points, and
> hooked-up the battery.  Our first step was to close the kill switch to
> power to the fuse box.  I can't tell you what a thrill it was to see the
> dash lights come on!  No electrical fire yet, so we moved to the next
step -
> trying to crank the car (no ECU).  Ken turned the key, but nothing
> After much frustrated poring over schematics and checking of the wiring,
> finally tested the #8 relay, which acts only as a bridge in the fuse box,
> and it was dead.  So, we made a temporary bridge out of some wire and
> again.  This time, the started turned.
> Next, I felt brave enough to try the ECU.  A couple of months ago, Steve
> Eiche mentioned somebody frying their ECU on an eS2 project.  Since I'm
> one who did the wiring for my car, I was exceptionally paranoid about
> hooking-up the ECU.  Anyway, we gave it a shot, but the car just cranked.
> We checked the fuel pump wiring and found it to be correct, but the fuel
> pump itself was dead.  For those that don't know (this email is being
> cross-posted), the fuel pump sits inside the gas tank.  Two years of
> around in old, nasty, funky-assed gas had killed it.  We never thought the
> project would take this long, so we didn't properly deal with the gas
> gas, and fuel pump issue.  Ken said this was common with some Audis that
> for too long, and the same thing had happened to his UrQuattro fuel pump.
> He also said these fuel pumps are quite expensive ($300+).
> Unfortunately, I'm out of money for the time being, so until I replenish
> funds, I will be stuck contemplating my next step.  If I can find a cheap
> salvage pump, I might do that (Scotty D., help a brutha out?).  But, given
> the cost of a new pump, I might think about a fuel cell, which I want for
> racing anyway, and which will give me much more flexibility wrt to fuel
> pumps.  I can go with an aftermarket pump, or maybe with something I can
> over the local Ford parts counter for cheap.  I have no idea, so let the
> research begin.
> Interestingly, I'm not all that disappointed.  Just seeing the car
> struggling to regain consciousness was such a thrill (and no electrical
> fires!) that the dead fuel pump did not dampen my spirits at all.
> unlike some of my UrQuattro's problems, this issue is known completely and
> has at least one simple solution (R&R fuel pump).   The mission of "start
> night" was a success in that the whole goal of rushing to start the car,
> wasn't to drive the car (no seat, no belts, no exhaust, no lights, lots of
> other issues), but was to boost our resolve.  Mission accomplished.  Now I
> can calm down and continue with some of the other meticulous and boring
> necessary) aspects of the conversion, while I research the fuel pump issue
> and wait for my racing seat from England.
> Cheers,
> Jimmy P.
> '00 A6 2.7t "Bouncy"
> '93 S4 (RIP) "Sparky"
> '90 eS2 "Cranky"
> '83 UrQuattro "Smoky"
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