[Vwdiesel] Need to find a good radiator for '81 rabbit.

Arnie Grubbs vhuntertdi at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 3 11:58:13 EST 2005


While we were having some good weather I had time to 'work' on my
rabbit(s)..  Both the "parts" car and the "good" car have bad radiators 
that are not able to be fixed. I also found a few other 'items'.....

Is there some place that this knowledgeable group could recommend for
finding a GOOD new or used radiator?   Local shop wants about $150 for
a 'new' one. 

Also, I found that the passengers side u-joint boot has been bad for a while
and there is a fair amount of slopp in it..  Any idea what it would cost
to get parts to repair this?

One last thing, the 'good' car has A/C on it, and I would like to remove it
and the compressor..  This means that I will have to find some other way to power
the alternator, as it came powered by a secondary belt driven off the A/C compressor
belt hub.   Is there stock parts that could be gotten to mount the alternator in
the correct alignment to be driven off a longer belt from the crank and water pump?

I also see that the lower bearing on the steering column has fallen down and lets
the shaft rattle around.. :(  I hope that the parts rabbit will have enough good parts
to let me fix that..

If these things get to costly, I think I will just part out the cars and
push whats left to the junk yard... so I hope to find some helpful info before
it gets to that point.

 I fear getting in to these cars to deep and finding more and more wrong..

Both cars engines were in "running" condition, but I have only moved them under their own
power less than a block before I got started trying to get things fixed.
I hope that I have not bit off more than I can handle...

73 - Arn    KA0NCR

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