Well, I've buttoned up the oil leaks, taken care of (most of) the loose wires, and reassembled the big parts. After I took the pics below, I put on the hood and took her for a drive today - took the dogs out to the local "nature preserve" for a bike ride/dog run, then off to the store to pick up a couple things.
This vehicle is MUCH more fun to drive than my diesel Jetta!
The dogs think so too.
It's really strong, I can hear the turbo whine, and since it's only got a 3" or 3-1/2" downpipe and no exhaust pipe or muffler, it really sounds like a hotrod. The 4-speed auto works great except I have to start out in first and then go through the gears manually. I wonder if I set up the valvebody with a full manual setup. I'll have to go look at the steps I went through again.
I'll take a video next time I drive it, but in lieu of my venture into Hollywoodland, here are some pics:
It was a beautiful day, temps in the 80's, light breeze. GF's on a trip out of town, so it was a nice peaceful day.
If you squint you can see the Mercedes pusher fan in front of the radiator. Works like gangbusters!
Oil cooler is in the 2nd headlight hole in the driver's side. I'd like to find a couple of those headlight guards they put on the Baja 1000 trucks for those holes.
Had cardboard down because I wasn't sure if I'd fixed the oil leaks - valve cover, bulkhead fitting into the oil pan...
There's a lot in that little engine compartment!
Dig the Ace Hardware/AutoZone air intake plumbing.
I still have a bunch of things to do.
- I'd like to get that full digital dash setup. Current gauges do not work properly.
- Figure out how to put in an EGR valve, if it's required by CaDMV.
- Get water injection system. Maybe wouldn't need EGR if I have water injection.
- Figure out how to get heat and A/C.
This of course presupposes I still have any ready cash during/after the holidays.