Cheaper firewall fix?

sdewitt at sdewitt at
Fri Jul 22 12:57:23 EDT 2005

There is a cheaper fix...

Buy a donor car with an uncracked firewall, and remove a sizeable chunk 
of the firewall containing the clutch master mount. Spend several days 
removing the brake booster, master cylinder, pedal assemblies, carpet, 
and two wiriing harnesses.
Pay a master welder to weld in the donor part over the existing part. 
Pay a painter to correctly match paint on the firewall and engine 
compartment. Might as well remove the engine/transmission to paint. 
Then decide there is too much rust on the floor pan and strip the car 
to it's shell. Have the shell hauled 1000 miles away to be chemically 
stripped, acid etched and primed. Then buy another car for parts as 
you've lost half of them. Get the shell back and let it sit in your 
garage for a few years as you've graduated from college, and have had 
to get a real job, and after working 10 hours a  day you don't quite 
feel like fixing the car, while telling yourself that you'll need 
something to do when you retire in 30 years...

Maybe it's not as cheap as I thought... Anyone in the market for a few 
acres of 4000 quattro parts?

----- Original Message -----
From: Ed Kellock <ekellock at>
Date: Friday, July 22, 2005 10:54 am
Subject: Re: Cheaper firewall fix?

> I purchased and installed the bracket myself on my urq.  Considering
> the minimal time cost and the extreme effectiveness of this particular
> piece, the money is very well spent.  I will soon order on for my CGT.
> Ed
> On 7/22/05, Max Wellhouse <maxjoyce at> wrote:
> > I finally tracked down the guy out west that makes that $100 steel
> > gizmo that prevents the firewall from collapsing/flexing so the
> > clutch pedal works properly.  The  VW QSW folks also have the same
> > problem.  I was wondering if any of you had a less expensive or
> > better repair without any welding involved.  My 4kq is flexing 
> and I
> > don't need it to break the wall or crack somewhere.  Pardon the
> > jargon, but I'm posting this to both lists.
> > 
> > Thanks
> > 
> > DM&FS
> > 
> > 
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