Been a-wondering around this site for a few months now but just decided to join.
My build on a caddy forum however theyre more into their.... lets say paintjobs.
So heres my progress from mid September 2011 off the other forum:
Bought this last Sunday and have decided to make a build thread and get to know you lot.
There isnt going to be major engine rebuild/swops or strip downs, just simple stuff thats probably below what many of you lot are doing.
So I got it like this:
After my past cars and knowing Im not into the "clean" look I decided I like the rat look.
-12 months MOT and 1 months tax,
-Front adjustable coilovers and flipped rear axle,
-BMW E30 wheels powder coated red,
-Custom wide arches,
-Bully tailgate netting,
-Custom aerial and gearsticks,
-Original Tailgate (matching ratlook)
-Flat rear window
The shells pretty solid and clean apart from some welded patches in the tub that I might check in the future. thumbs_up
By the time Id got it home Id discovered what had been negected to say and what needed doing.
-Both door locks didnt work
-the gear linkages were zip-tied on (the clips had snapped)
-instrument panel back light doesnt work
-temperature gauge and speedo dont work
-the anique weber carb idles all over the place and dies often
-battery or alternator dont charge
-worse oil leak than thought
- every gear esp going into reverse grinds really badly
and a few other things I knew about.
So far Ive fixed the door locks, radio signal/arial, adapted the tail gate to fit again, painted the arches as the wheels had rubbed it raw, worked out 5 speed gearbox linkages dont fit on 4 speed boxes. :bh:
Next is to try and find some gear linkages.
All the body rust has been laquired too.
Ive only got the advert pics so far.
was replacing my speedo cable tonight but I managed to drop the plastic green speedo cog thingy (with some of the old speedo cable still attached) down into the gearbox! :bh
As its out of reach now the gearbox has got to come out with some help from a VW camper friend.
no I tried with a friends magnetic stick monday night. Think I pushed it past the large gear cog to the left (looking from the front) so cant see or catch it.
Depending on whether I go climbing tomorrow night, the box might be out by bed time tomorrow. Whilst its out Im going to do the clutch.
Manged to unsieze the OS adjustable coilovers and raise it an inch as it rubs when going into the drive way. I'll give it a finer adjustemnt once running nice.
Right with alot of help from a friend the gearbox was out in just over an hour.
Poured out the oil and only about half a pint came out and it was like melted chocolate!! :0 So now it looks like the gearbox is going to need a refurb/bearings. 3D transmissions wanted stupid money for doing the work so my friends going to do it for me.
Also the clutch is well worn so thats on order too. Hopefully that'll be the grinding gear changes sorted and not the DIY clutch arm repair.
Just got some pressies from the post man today.
A timing belt, Deluxe gearlinkage kit from Philli and I now officially own the caddy (the V5 came).
Now I can declare it sorn as the tax runs out soon and carry on fixing.