My '88 Scala

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Re: My '88 Scala

Post by josh2109 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:13 pm

Well, I couldn't find my spark plug tool so I didn't do the compression test once I got the car up to temperature :roll: But here's how the oil cap was looking

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Yum! :lol:

And just to confirm there isn't an oil cooler fitted, it's the same set up as on my 1.6 Golf. How come the injection models got one and the carb engines didn't?

Another thing I decided to investigate today was the contents of my fuel tank. First problem is I'm unsure how the bench should lift up - one side of mine is broken so maybe that could be making it difficult to lift?? at any rate the other side broke too, the screw came out the chassis without me undoing it which I'm sure can't be healthy :? So looks like I'm going down to being a 2 seater. Shame as I think the Scala interior looks cool.

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Anyway with the bench permanently out the way, I got the little cover off and revealed the sender unit. I'll be damned if I have a tool that can remove the clips on the fuel line though - any ideas what I should be using? I have spare jubilee clips so I'm thinking maybe use some side cutters? There's barely any space to work in though and I'm scared of damaging the fuel lines!! Looks like somebody has had this sender out a few times before too :?

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Any thoughts and advice appreciated :)

On a complete tangent, here's how the Corrado seats look in my car

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Tbh it's not a bad look, but I want my car to be in it's original spec!

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Re: My '88 Scala

Post by eefy » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:47 pm

the rear seat has 2 small screw on the front edge, move that and it'll just lift out!!!! thats it mate :)
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Re: My '88 Scala

Post by Brunty » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:16 pm

And that sender has been out a few times! You'll need to cut those clips off and replace with fuel pipe clips - jubilee style clips are frowned upon for fuel lines as they don't apply even pressure around the hole circumference of the line. (I've used them many times however and have been fine, they need to be decent quality ones however).
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Re: My '88 Scala

Post by josh2109 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:34 pm

eefy wrote:the rear seat has 2 small screw on the front edge, move that and it'll just lift out!!!! thats it mate :)
Ah right, there's why I broke it then - I thought it was a lift forward base like on my Golf, as there's nothing securing it at the back :lol:
Brunty wrote:And that sender has been out a few times! You'll need to cut those clips off and replace with fuel pipe clips - jubilee style clips are frowned upon for fuel lines as they don't apply even pressure around the hole circumference of the line. (I've used them many times however and have been fine, they need to be decent quality ones however).
Yeah there's barely anything to get a purchase on when getting it out, it's been out so many times! Looks a bit ominous :? Ah well, will get it out and see how grim it is in the tank. Will visit Halfrauds and get some fuel line clips too. I hate working in small spaces as I always cut my hands up, so not looking forward to tomorrow!!

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Re: My '88 Scala

Post by eefy » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:38 pm

lol remember when i had to change my tank, i had to pump out the last fuel from the original timk through that hole, I was as high as a kite after 15mins as i had to be sat in the car with a jerry can with me lol
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Re: My '88 Scala

Post by ianaudia4 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:32 am

You may want to get a new gasket for the top of the sender unit as it is bound to be warped, old and goosed when you remove it!

I do love the original Scala seats, especially the blue with red squares. Just a thought for you, some Golf convertibles from the same era used the same material, so you could search for that as well and maybe re-cover the Corrado seats.
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Re: My '88 Scala

Post by josh2109 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:43 pm

So, a quick update.

As you may have seen, the Scirocco failed it's MOT :( The CO was out, and I had a snapped anti roll bar linkage :?

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It was put as an advisory that the car was pretty rotten anyway, as you can see :?

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For the time being I'm just going to do the work needed for it's MOT, but as parts are fairly cheap I will work my way around the underneath of the car and replace anything rotten with shiny new bits as and when I have spare money. I'm hoping that should be fairly soon, as I found out the other day that my girflriend has been managing to save over £200 a month from the joint account!! :shock: :lol:

Anyway, these arrived today

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Bought for about £16 on eBay, apparently they're made from stainless steel and so should be more resistant to corrosion than the OEM ones :) Will hopefully fit these over the weekend (although the Prelude is returning home, so no doubt I'll be spending a bit of time on that too :twisted: )

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Re: My '88 Scala

Post by Fatlemon » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:57 pm

Adding stainless steel will increase the corrosion rate of the mild steel, especially in times of gritting, that's if your local council can be bothered :?

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Re: My '88 Scala

Post by josh2109 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:39 pm

Fatlemon wrote:Adding stainless steel will increase the corrosion rate of the mild steel, especially in times of gritting, that's if your local council can be bothered :?
Didn't think of that tbh... Kind of like on old wooden ships they would use sacrificial bits of metal to protect the rivets on the hull of the boat. Never heard of this phenomenon in the motoring world though!

Got the bracket replaced at least :) here's the old one next to a new one, completely fubar :?

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Getting the old one out wasn't too bad, one bolt sheared and the other came off without too much trouble. The bracket was corroded on, nothing a lump hammer couldn't solve though :twisted: the most awkward part was threading the nuts onto the studs of the new bracket. I was lying on my side, trying to hold the anti roll bar and bracket in place with one hand, and thread the nuts with the other... Got there in the end though :)

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Will do the other side after the MOT is done, just in case anything goes awry. Next time I reckon I might try jacking the wheel up slightly whilst the car is on stands, in order to save having to squeeze the ARB against the wishbone by hand again whilst I fit the bracket :lol:

Just the CO to adjust now and I'll get her in for a retest, I'll be back in my Scirocco in no time hopefully 8-)

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Re: My '88 Scala

Post by Old Mac Rocco » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:39 pm

First of many little awkward jobs on a scirocco. :D
This time next year you'll be doing a full strip down and refurb of the engine and gearbox. :thumbup: :thumbup:
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