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Cleaning & Blasting

so I learned some things today, and i'll have the pics up once slacker takes them off his camera (I don't do auto work with my sexy rebel )

first of all, I can't sandblast by just squinting my eyes really tight and looking away.

two: I should probably wear a long shirt while sandblaster.

three: and pants

four: there are apparently two standards for air couplings, the flat style and the standard style, they both look damn similar but they aren't compatible

five: i'm going to be picking sand out of my hair for a week and I only sand blasted for maybe 20 min

Parts Gathering & more Prep

spent a good amount of the day on the 'tex hunting up parts - had some good success and have either laid dibs or hte framework to purchase a lot of my interior pieces.

still trying to find the seats I want locally as shipping is crazy on them - mk2 GLI seats, couple friends have them and they are super comfy and the closest thing I can get to my 20th AE seats and will still easily mount in the rabbit.

Paint Booth Reconstruction & Prep

rebuilt my structure rebuild wasnt as bad as I thought it was going to be, pretty impressive that for hte most part the plastic held where as the wood buckled in tons of places - in a few pieces in two places on a single piece of wood!

I made really good progress today - even after rebuilding the plastic structure

a bit better picture of the carnage in the daylight - I had popped a few holes last night to drain water out and at lunch time I popped a few more.

Rabbit TDI Swap - Paintbooth & Teardown Continued

Another day another update

Weather was crappy today but turned around and got all nice - right after I got the plastic up of course. Got a better set of easy-outs (the kind that actually work) but the holes are already too stripped to make use of them, i'm going to have to drill into the holes a bit more to get some more meat for the easy outs to grab onto - Went and dropped suspension instead of wasting time on that for now.

Rabbit TDI Swap - Paintbooth Construction & Still More Teardown

Not as much progress as I was hoping for today - running around to stores to get stuff took way too much of the daylight today

Rabbit TDI Swap - Still More Teardown

I think I made some progress today...

Rabbit TDI Swap - Teardown continued

The remnants of todays work

Rabbit TDI Swap - Engine Removal Day

Engine removal day, sky was just waiting for me to get home from work but the weather held for a little while.

Rabbit TDI Swap - Starting Teardown

It finally stopped raining, hurrah. time to strip the interior - hopefully no rust

Rabbit TDI Swap - The Beginning

I went and looked at this car my friend's GF's granpa was getting rid of, he is a 93 year old man and bought it new in 1980. He is an old diesel head and had 2 spare motors and stacks of parts laying around.

this car is absolutely pristine! nothing but a few spots of surface rust, just impeccable condition.

The old guy was totally afraid of the car doing anything for him so he swapped out anything that might ever possibly fail with mechanical units, he made and installed his own damn thermostat!

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