[V8] What a chintzy way to get ahead, or I absolutely HATE it when this happens.....

Shawn Head s4qtro at bellsouth.net
Tue Jan 27 09:53:03 EST 2004


I don't understand.  If you are trying to decide if you are going to
sell the car or not, why do you keep dumping irretrievable funds into
it?  I know that dad has been eyeing your car for a while.  However, no
matter how much you put into it mechanically, no one is going to pay
more than 6K for your car.  

I bought my V8 from the original owner at 75k with no problems save the
Steering rack.  He had all maintenance paperwork, and the car ran great.
The mileage was the only thing keeping the value up so high.

However, I remember seeing a 91 200 TQ that had mods like you wouldn't
believe, and man was it fast.  But no one would possibly pay the price
that he wanted in order to recoup the money that he spent on the mods.  

At this point, I do not understand your reasoning of putting in new
sport seats, Cams, break kit, and lord knows what else.  That stuff
alone, including the Timing belt job, is going to cost you (for just
driver and passenger seats -500-700, cams-400, brakes-1500, and I'm sure
the Timing belt alone is gonna run you around 1-1.5K) between 3k and 4k.

If you are gonna sell it, why put that much irretrievable money into it?

Just my $.02

Shawn head

-----Original Message-----
From: v8-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:v8-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf
Of Roger M. Woodbury
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 6:46 AM
To: v8newlist
Subject: [V8] What a chintzy way to get ahead,or I absolutely HATE it
when this happens.....

Well, I had another visitation with my V8 yesterday afternoon.  It was
back together, the last of the little tubular gizzies that connect
parts of the fuel injection together with the egr or other valve had
and been fitted place.  Thus done, the wrench had run the car for, oh,
twenty minutes or so.

You will recall, perhaps, that the car originally went into the hospital
correct a minor oil leak that was causing oil occasionally to leak down
the right side exhaust manifold, and appeared to be getting worse.  The
initial concern was for the right side head gasket, but opon complete
disassembly, it was felt that a cam tower seal was the culprit so that

BUT, since we were there, the timing belt was completely renewed, even
though it was only half way to required service; AND the waterpump was
changed AND the tensioner AND the wheels themselves, as the wrench
thought...and I agreed....that they were not as smooth or tight as
they were changed at 60K.  AND since we were there, we decided to
the hydraulic pump as it was leaking and originally, we had discussed
replacing it anyway at the next timing belt service for sure.  In
the we also did an ignition tuneup, with new distributor caps, pulled
spark plugs and checked them,  and replaced the oil seals for the
distributors also....they were not leaking but we were concerned that
might start soon.  There were several other obscure parts that connected
this or that, mostly little tubular thingy that had to be specially
ordered...the last of which were NOT in the Audi parts chain ANYWHERE in
North America, and took two weeks to arrive.  (Ordered through my trusty
Audi dealer in Waterville, and if they said the parts weren't here, they
weren't.  I've known them well for more than 20 years...same parts
manager....same parts department employee (1):  it isn't a huge place,

Anyway.  The car ran for twenty minutes or so, and.........the oil leak
still there.

Soooooooooooooo, out of ideas, the heads come off today, and we will
head gaskets and the heads themselves.

Under the broad and general concept of "what ifs", my mechanic and I
genially yesterday about once they were off, having the heads ported and
polished and some neat new cams installed for that little bit of extra
oooomph that you always need.  Like when you are stopped on a country
and a large bull moose comes out of the weeds in back of you and decides
charge.  I mean, it happens ALL the time:  why I think I read an article
about a Subaru Forrester that was masticated by an angry Bull Moose last
week, and I think the newspaper article quoted police as saying that the
Subaru might have gotten away, if it had a true Quattro All Wheel drive
system, and more acceleration.....But my wife, who had been sitting in
car while I went in for visitation with the V8, came into the shop then,
insisted that I take her home so that she could start dinner.....

Sigh.  Soooo, stay tuned.  I can hardly wait to see what the underside
the head looks like.

Since I am soooo far into this project at this point, I was wondering if
anyone knows where there are some tan sport seats, and failing that, I
wonder if anyone knows if sport seats out of ANY Type 44 Audi will fit?
Just thinking.  And while you are reading this, I will have sneaked over
the BIRA web site.

Those bigger cams will require bigger front brakes, too.



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