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I have to say the golf looks way faster in person, it gets to the 1st corner at okemo faster then any fwd car should. I'm going to try and get to okemo2 with a little more time to hang out, Maybe drive a domestic or Japanese car so it doesn't break down.

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While the video is uploading, I figured I would type up a very short summary of the 2014 Mt. Washington Hillclimb / Climb to the Clouds / #CTTC2014 / and other interesting identifiable labels that were associated with the best event this year!

We rented a house about 20 minutes down the road so we could enjoy the comfort of a nice bed, normal bathroom, a shower (much needed with the hot weather we had for three days!!!) and some place to make breakfast/dinner. We brought the full size gas grill to make lunch at the hill. Somehow I was off the hook for making dinner. Much appreciated!!!!

Devil is in the details. Check the tire pressure, check the water level for the sprayers, check the sprayer settings, torque and re-torque the wheels, change the sparkplugs (used three sets all weekend... time to try a different type or brand), wash the windows, etc. etc.

I did enter the 2011 CTTC, but with engine failure on the Friday practice day and in the pouring rain, I learned exactly 0% of the hill.

So, I really consider 2013 CTTC my first go at the hill. The recce (explore the hill/learn the course) on Thursday was in the rain and fog. I did not learn as much as I would have liked.

Friday morning we practiced the lower section of the hill (two runs) and Saturday morning was the upper section (two runs); both days in perfect weather.

Sunday was the full hill.... the race course is 7.4 miles... and the weather was perfect!

Here is the full Course Map

The snazzy poster.....
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My only goal for the event was to finish every run over the course of the three days and then drive it into the trailer with it being ready for the next race.

Success! I could have been the slowest car on the hill... didn't matter. I just wanted the joy of finishing the event.

I did have issues with the larger turbo as it took a while to spool. This was especially problematic in the dirt sections where I wanted to accelerate without spinning the tires. Also, at the top of the hill, there were a number of tight corners that required me to go from a slow speed (drive faster, man!) and accelerate in 2nd gear. It felt like I could have adjusted the radio and checked my e-mail messages while waiting for the car to get going.

There were only two issues all weekend.

First, the coolant line that went to the turbo became loose. Joey and James (http://www.KalesCustom.com) just happened to arrive at the bottom of the hill and they jumped in the took care of it. Nice!

Next, and this is related to the engine swinging (yeah, baby, yeah!) at Okemo, the stock oil pressure warning light/buzzer went off during my second run on Sunday. I looked at my big red light (it is hooked up to an aftermarket oil pressure switch... light goes on, I turn off the car very quickly!); it was off. I looked at the aftermarket oil pressure gauge; all was good there. Lights and gauges that are easy to read while racing is key! The single wire that went to the oil pressure sensor on top of the oil filter broke.

I guess there was a third issue... I purchased 30 gallons of race fuel (VP110 leaded) and only needed to add 5 gallons to the car all weekend. Talk about overestimated my fuel needs. Guess I will have to sign up for a road course this summer to burn it off.

Not much else to say. Thanks to all the officials and volunteers that made this event a success and a lot of fun. Looking forward to the next running of the Climb to the Clouds hillclimb (perhaps in 2017?) Congratulations to all the class and overall winners.... especially to Nick (1st) and Brian (2nd) in my class that provided some excellent competition. It seemed the key to success in our class was to have a normally aspirated car with talented drivers behind the wheel. New record 6:09:09 by David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew.

Here are the results: http://climbtotheclouds.com/files/2011/ ... justed.jpg

The video.... it is uploading slowly right now. Don't expect to see anything until Wednesday late morning (at least for the HD content). At the end of the video, I included some footage from the back of the car on the upper section of the hill. I think it really shows the problems that one could encounter if they make a mistake on a corner. Ouch!


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I will provide an update from the Burke hillclimb (and some video/pictures) soon....

In a nutshell... 3rd gear gave up the ghost at Burke. My belief is that Mt Washington, which is a long hill where I am using 3rd for most of the course, pretty much broke it, but it didn't actually fail until Burke (surprisingly, when I was in 4th gear).

I get the transmission back tonight (Tuesday) from http://www.SixStarMotorsVT.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; (Charlie) and hope to get everything back together and ready to go for the Okemo hillclimb this weekend (Friday). Fingers crossed.

Well, I guess that was the entire Burke hillclimb update... just need some videos and pictures now.

The Wolfsgart 5.0 car show was this weekend. Since I sold the Cabriolet, the Golf was up on jackstands, and the Scirocco has been a pipe dream project, I had no car to show. Worked the event (pointed people where to park their show cars) and hung out. Had a good time.

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Really nothing exciting up to this point to report, so you'll get the short version.

August 2014

As mentioned, transmission went at Burke so we swapped the complete diff to another transmission that I had laying around (hmmmm, since a 2010 tree incident). Put the transmission back in the car and I noticed there was a clunking noise when rotating the wheels; decided that there were issues and not to try it out.

Purchased another 6-speed online and brought everything over to (new website address!: http://www.sixstarmotorsvt.com) Six Star Motors in Colchester, Vermont. Same building as Libra Racing (John Buffum)/home of Super Chicken.

Charlie identified that some of the teeth on the diff were damaged so he swapped the good diff ring gear from the "new" transmission to the diff and put it all back together.

In case you don't know what a transmission looks like. ;) This is the "new" transmission. Same gear ratios that I had before.

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September 2014

Jetta flex pipe went again. World famous vwJodi did a quick weld to get the car back on the road.

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Purchase some shifter bushings and shift mounts from http://www.42DraftDesigns.com; both for the transmission end of things. Will install in January 2015. Plus, purchased "VAG Connector Removal Tool" for $15 from http://www.ECSTuning.com to make it easier to take VW plugs apart.... Rabbit Farmer approved!

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November 2014

Jetta needed new headlights. I polished them the year prior (or so); decided it was time to replace them. Did not want to spend the long dollar at http://www.ECSTuning.com (almost $300), so I got a set from an ebay vendor. This picture (with new light over the old) is the ebay special with clear directionals that require amber bulbs.

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Now... imagine that they are the absolute worst possible quality available... these are from DT Moto. They do not make the lights, just sell them.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/131185073888?item=131185073888&viewitem=&sspagename=ADME:L:OC:US:3160&vxp=mtr

Nothing was right about the lights.
* The bulbs type, per the instructions, did not work... unsure what bulbs would actually work
* The internal plastic hosing where the lights are mounted was not tight, therefore, it moved a lot (would cause a lot of flicking lights)
* Best yet, the retainers for the main lights would require so much pressure to lock in the light that the metal ring would pop off the plastic housing. Looking at the housing afterwards with the light bulb removed, the connector that holds in the light in would be 1.5" below the back of the bulb.

So, I contacted them and they gave me a full refund with zero issues within 24 hours... and was told to keep the lights. So, complete headlight assembles with new lights (all of them) for sale for the price of the brand new bulbs I purchased for them.

Ended up at ECSTuning and purchased GLI smoked lights (Hella brand) with amber directionals and fog lights (nice addition!)

Purchased nice wiring harness to run the fog lights.... easy to install.
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Installed...
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December 2014
Jumped into refreshing the Golf for the 2015 season.
* New harnesses
* Revisit the camber plates
* Get rid of the nylon fuel lines (especially sitting next to the glowing turbo)
* Figure out why bolts on turbo keep backing out
* Revisit heat shield on firewall
* Clunk in driver's side axle or transmission.... grrrrrr.
* Fix broken pipe for wastegate; guessing it has something to do with engine moving at Okemo when dogbone gave up the ghost.
* Go through engine; rehone cylinders, check seals, gaskets, etc.

Car is current down http://www.KalesCustom.com in Colchester, VT for the camber plates, fuel lines, firewall, turbo, and wastegate.

I am going down there tomorrow to install the engine at his shop so he can replace the waste gate piping... needs everything in place to fabricate.

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So, why the early jump on the Golf this year? Normally I start in late Jan to early Feb.... well, I have the drive to get the Scirocco together for next season.

I think I will use the 1.8T as everything is already fabricated for that engine. Complete engine rebuild, http://www.VEMS.us stand-alone engine management system, send out suspension for rebuild, complete body work and paint (vwJodi), cage update by KalesCustom, etc. etc. etc. etc. Big project, but looking at getting this on the road, track, and hills.

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Lot's of catching up to do.

First, Joey at KalesCustom.com addressed the camber plates as we wanted a little more camber adjustment available to us in 2015.

What it looked like in 2014:

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And now in 2015:

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Did a better job with a heat shield on the firewall; when it all goes back together, I will also add some heat shielding on the upper firewall/rain tray to protect the electronics in the rain tray.

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A big part of wanting to improve the heat shield was to protect the fuel lines... a big improvement for 2015 is the removal of the plastic lines and the installation of hard lines.

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Straight through to the fuel rail without any rubber lines.

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Car heading home from Kales Custom in February 2015

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Things got a little busy at home in February, and it was "wicked" cold, so I didn't do anything on the Golf until very late March.... this means I haven't done a thing yet, but should do something starting today.

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Since I didn't want to work on the Golf, I addressed the headlights and fog lights on the 2009 WRX.

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Pre-polishing...

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And done! Second time that I have had to do the headlights on the car. Not difficult, but I liked the idea of using lens protectors for future cars.

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Broken fog lights. It was an option to have lens protectors on the fog lights when we first purchased the car, but we didn't do it since it was expensive as they stated they would have to remove the front bumper (which is actually pretty easy to do on these cars). So, we didn't do it.

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Purchased the new fog lights from http://www.SubaruPartsDepot.com and the lens protectors from http://www.subarugenuineparts.com.

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The covers are called "Fog Light Protector Acrylic Shields" and were quite easy to install. Even easier with the bumper removed as I had to install the new fog lights.

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And then we joined a small go-kart league at the new local go-kart track (http://www.essexspeedway.com). Electric karts. Fun, but there is no possible way to pass someone as full speed is easily achieved. We did determine that the typical "race line" was not the fastest way around the course. Fast in, turn in, let off to rotate the kart, back on it.

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Video of one of the races. The breaks in the video are where I removed the footage where we stopped because someone spun out from being hit from behind. They are able to stop all cars remotely so no one can continue driving.


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Out with the old.... time to say good bye to the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T.

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Pictures from the March 2015 classified ad.... did a small collage so not to bore you with all the photos. A very clean and reliable car.

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And in with the new! First time Volvo owners....

2015.5 Volvo S60 AWD T6 R-Design

I was new to Volvo-speak also. It is an all wheel drive sedan with a 325 HP/354 TQ turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six cylinder. Very fast and handles beautifully. The "R-Design" package gives us the sporty seats and some other trim changes.... I was only excited about the seats.

This is Julie's new daily driver while I get the WRX hand me down. Time for a better suspension and new tires on the WRX. (insert evil laugh)

We purchased the car from Frank at Al Martin Volvo in Shelburne, VT (www.almartin.com); I highly recommend Frank and this dealership. The best car purchasing experience that we have ever had. He even took car of the auto insurance with our company. We just had to show up and drive away... Sweet!

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And that is all she wrote in terms of actual progress.

We have been researching options for the Scirocco. I am thinking that a supercharged 1.8-liter 20V engine would be a great option for hillclimbing. Unsure if I would go with the cable shift 02J 5-speed from at MK4 VW instead of the current shift rod 020 5-speed (with custom beefed-up gears) that came in 1980's MK1 cars.

Still researching. And the first hillclimb is not that far away.

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Ordered Bilstein struts/shocks and lowering springs from Race Comp Engineering (http://www.racecompengineering.com). I went with the GTWORX/Bilstein Cup Sport Kit with their Black "Regular Guy" springs.

Stock springs are 216# front / 209# rear while the "Regular Guys" springs are 275# front / 250# rear and provide a 25mm (slightly less than 1") drop. A little stiffer than stock, but still year around comfort.

Seems the springs are back ordered... hopefully the install is quick and easy as the alignment appointment is on May 7.

2001 VW Golf 1.8T

Been procrastinating with finishing the Golf. I started with the big stuff at the end of last season with a goal to have this 100% done in February +/-.

Short version... new brake pads, bled clutch, installed some parts on the shifter to stiffen things up a bit, ordered new harnesses (they have arrived), etc.

To be 100% ready for the season... alignment, install harnesses, install front bumper, clean it.

Pictorial version.....

Draft 42 Designs (http://www.42draftdesigns.com) shifter bushings for the cable ends. (See #10 and #17 in the image below)

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Draft 42 Designs shifter bushings (See #9 in the image below)

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Image from the Bentley manual for reference.

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Also, one part that I wanted to replace was #14. In the manual it is called a "Slide Shoe", but the internet searches state otherwise.... no good results. Shearer VW (f/k/a Lewis VW) was finally able to identify and order the part; they call it a "Friction Slide".

Per http://www.ECSTuning.com, it is called a "Shift Lever Slide"....
http://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen-Gol ... 8T/ES4915/

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I purchased a new set of brake pads last summer with the intent of installing them. Didn't happen.

Fronts are Hawk Blue 9012 and rears are Hawk HP Plus (cooler pad); thought is that the rear pads and front pads will come up to operating temperature around the same time as opposed to running hot pads front and rear where the rears will never see the high temps at a hillclimb... at a track they would.

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Front pads: Not a lot of wear on the fronts.

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Rear pads: Lots of wear! Unsure where there is such a huge difference in wear between the fronts and rears.

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A must have tool for the rear calipers and they require turning/pressure to push in the piston

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For those of you that like to see numbers (in inches)

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I put everything on the Golf together with the exception of the turbo, front bumper, and skid plate.... also need fluids.

Since I wasn't quite sure what we needed for gaskets for all the lines to/from the turbo, plus Joey needed to finish the heat shield on the upper fire wall, I brought the Golf to http://www.KalesCustom.com.

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Almost ready for the Ascutney hillclimb in May.

Full hillclimb schedule on the New England Hillclimb Association (NEHA) website at http://www.hillclimb.org/schedule.html

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Welcome to August... almost September... and I haven't had a lot of updates.

This tells me that the Scirocco I needs my attention as the Golf IV seems to be sorted out.

Ascutney #1 hillclimb was fun. I have video, but since the GoPro Hero 3 internal microphone delivers sub-par quality, I won't bother posting anything. I was there and had fun.... until the transmission let go on Sunday.

I picked up TWO replacement transmissions; one to rebuild the one currently in the car and one for a back up.

After some research, I ended up going with the WavTrac (http://www.wavetrac.net) LSD for the reasons outlined below.

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Wavetrac: Designed from a clean sheet using state-of-the-art knowledge and engineering to be a better differential than any other. It uses a patented design to improve grip in low traction conditions.

Wavetrac: Gives you quicker acceleration and faster cornering by driving both drive wheels instead of just one. And, it offers improved no-load performance when compared to other helical gear differentials on the market.


Charlie at http://www.sixstarmotorsvt.com in Colchester, VT took on the task of building the replacement 02M 6-speed using the WavTrac LSD, new bearings, new shift forks, etc.

The "Steel 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th Gear Shift Fork Transmission Upgrade" are from USP Motorsports (http://www.uspmotorsports.com).

Link to the specific product: http://www.uspmotorsports.com/Drivetrain/Manual-Transmision/Steel-1st-2nd-3rd-4th-Gear-Shift-Fork-6spd-Transmission-Upgrade-02M-02Q.html

Something different I tried this time was to remove the entire front end as one piece (bumper, FMIC, radiator) instead of removing the FMIC separately. Unsure why I did it the long way before....

I also removed the engine with the turbo and downpipe attached. In the past, I did not think that I would be able to accomplish this because the v-band clamp is on the other side of the sub-frame. It was actually quite easy removal and install... and I did not need to mess around with disconnecting and reconnecting the external wastegate (which is a pain as you need three hands to do it).

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Removing the ring gear from the donor stock differential

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WavTrac LSD with ring rear installed, new bolts, and new bearings... pretty.

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New shift forks.... I have never had a problem with them, but figured I would replace them this time since it was apart.

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Maiden voyage was at the Okemo #2 hillclimb (I drove the Daewoo... yawn... at Burke and was in Italy for Okemo #1).

Saturday I was impressed with the WavTrac LSD especially on the first long sweeper. Could be a combination of the brand new heat-cycled R888 tires and the WavTrac LSD. Or.... it could be that the turbo halves were loose again so I wasn't creating any boost. I would have to go with the latter. Working on ideas prior to the next event to help keep the turbo together.

Sunday, using most of my boost (I couldn't tighten all the bolts on the turbo because they were underneath), the WavTrac LSD still seemed to be good on the long sweeper at checkpoint 1 (first long sweeper), but I am unsure of its effectiveness at checkpoint 3 where the right front tire gets very light. I had wheel spin (of course, when aren't they spinning!?!?), but it didn't seem to push me as much to the outside of the corner. Jury is still out. My time was a little slower than past Okemos, but that might be because of the turbo.

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And... because of the crappy sound quality at Ascutney #1, I purchased an external microphone. For most of the weekend, it was mounted on the rear bumper next to the exhaust. For one run (you will see/hear this at the end of the video) I had the microphone next to the air intake.

Enjoy.

Steve


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Nelson Shepard Memorial Hillclimb at Mt Ascutney

...did I mention this car is for sale? :)


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Nice job on the car! Are those fuel lines stainless? and did you weld -6 fittings on yourself? How'd were they to install?

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All the fabrication work (including the fuel line) is by Joey of www.kalescustom.com

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Great event at the Sports Car Club of Vermont's Mt. Philo Hillclimb that was sponsored by Joey Kale of Kale's Custom (www.kalescustom.com).

Joey did all the fabrication work (minus the cage) on my Golf.

Not a personal best, but I think it was pretty good with the limited traction (very cold... it was snowing in the morning!).


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So... the plans for winter 2015-2016.

Golf
I have really big plans for the Golf over the winter. I have determined that I should be able to complete all the upgrades, modifications, and other necessities early in the winter to ensure I am ready for (a) Ensuring the car is sold or (b) Ready for next season.
1. Clean the inside
2. Wash the outside
3. Install OEM bracket that holds plastic oil dipstick tube in place
4. Put car in the trailer
5. Have some soup

Truck
1. 50 gallon fuel tank... 27 gallon tank just doesn't make any sense, Mr. Ford
2. Additional driving lights (unsure if doing behind an aftermarket grill or mounted on simple light bar on front)
Behind grill: http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/44118 ... rille.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Simple light bar (just an example): http://www.autoanything.com/lights/kc-h ... -light-bar" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
3. LED reverse lights
4. Airbags and/or stabilization and/or weight distribution system (I still need to research options)

Trailer
1. Battery charged from truck to provide constant power for interior lights. Right now the lights only work if the truck ignition is "on"
2. LED lights inside trailer
3. LED back up lights

.....and.....

Scirocco
1. Jump in an start working on it... plan the engine, send out the suspension to be rebuilt, VEMS, etc. etc. etc.
2. Get excited about #1 and then sit down and figure out a plan

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And the planning begins.... tempted to start thread in MK1 Scirocco thread on VWvortex... but, I like all my cocaine and heroin habits in one place. Plus, hookers are half price this week. (huh? that doesn't make any sense).

Working on plans on the MK1 Scirocco.

Tube front end
1.8T (which it already has)
02M cable shift (current 020 5-speed with 4.25 final and shift rods)
FMIC (current what seems to be Corrado SMIC)
Beefy camber plates
Augmented cage for future Mt. Washington hillclimbs (looking forward to next CTTC... of course, I am part of the group planning the event!)

Of course, VEMS.us is in its future......

Golf is done, wash, tucked away for the winter (it is for sale!).... eyes are on the Scirocco.

Planning...... evil laugh.....

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The update is.... the Mt. Washington Hillclimb returns in 2017!
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I need to compare the 2017 classes/rules (which are not on the street yet) to what I was planning to do to the Scirocco. Looks like I have to go a little more mild than my original tube front end.

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Planning, planning, planning....

Trying to figure out if I want the 02M (6-speed) or the 02J (5-speed) with cable shift for the Scirocco.

I came across this really, really, really cool site that I can put in all the gear ratios, tire size, etc. and watch it go through the gears using the auto-shift button.

http://www.blocklayer.com/rpm-geareng.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I haven't tried the numbers for the 02J or 02M on the site yet. That will take some time as I need to determine what I have first.

I figure that if my Golf can get into 6th gear at Okemo (just holding speed, not accelerating), the Scirocco being lighter and much smaller diameter wheels will be hitting 6th as a usable gear.

Of course, what is it like at all the other speeds and gears..... what about Burke (tight hill) vs. Ascutney (fast)?

The 02M is much stronger, but since the car is so light, I do not think I need to worry about breaking the 02J. So, strength is not a reason to go with the 6-speed.

Then, there is the weight difference. I think it is 100# (02J) vs. 112# (02M); assuming the internet is correct. Will have to weight both of them when I get a chance. Of course, the 02J doesn't have an LSD, but it will give me the general idea.

Of course... bringing in the cost factor. I have the 02M freshly rebuilt and ready to use. I have the cables for both. Might go with aftermarket upright shifter.... we will see.

Both transmission will either require some fabrication to be able to use the normal MK4 (like my Golf) engine mounts OR order pre-made 02M or 02J to MK1 (Scirocco) mounts. Since this will be always raced, I want something that will hold up. I like the fabrication angle as MK4 parts are easy to come by.

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I went with the pre-made 02J mounts in my 1.8t Scirocco. I'm not entirely happy with them, it's a street car so the vibration is excessive and considering that, there is a bit too much movement. They don't seem like they're going to give out, however, as there isn't much rubber. I think mk4 mounts are a "next step" for the car

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I went with the pre-made 02J mounts in my 1.8t Scirocco. I'm not entirely happy with them, it's a street car so the vibration is excessive and considering that, there is a bit too much movement. They don't seem like they're going to give out, however, as there isn't much rubber. I think mk4 mounts are a "next step" for the car


Thanks for your input. It might help with my decision making process. I really like the idea of fabricating everything so it is essentially the MK4 setup. Of course, I haven't thought about how the dog bone would work.

The currently has a 1.8T using the 020 transmission (linkage shift).

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Not too much of an update.

First hillclimb of the year (Ascutney #1 / 2016) has come and gone; weather was great, good to see old and new faces, etc.

I believe this is a personal best (2:56.10... so close to 2:55). Happy with 3rd overall.


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Favorite photo from the weekend....

Credit: Sam Moultroup

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I did one improvement for the 2016 season.... installed set screw to control the idle.

Oh... and get a new set of Toyo R888 (235/40-17)... after the Ascutney hillclimb. (could have used them for Ascutney)

The car did not always idle when cold and I wanted the engine to run faster after a run (faster than 700 +/- RPMs) to pump coolant through the engine. Historically, I used a split washer to control the idle by putting it between the static throttle body stop and the rotating part of the throttle. I used the split washer because it offered different throttle positions based on its sloped shape.

Anyway... enough of dealing with the throttle, I installed a set screw to address the issue.

One thing I would have done differently if I did it again, I would have done it from the backside so that I could adjust the idle while the engine was running. As installed now, I have to turn off the engine and swing the throttle open to get to the set screw. Live an learn.

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Good times at the Okemo #1 hillclimb in Ludlow, VT. Strange weather (cold, wet, sometimes sunny.... unlike the usual 90 degrees and all sun).

The car did quite well at the event... 1st in class (Saturday, I was the only one in my class, so don't get too excited), 7th overall at 2:29.07 (nice!) and second fastest in the straight (111 mph... darn Super Chicken got me at 113 mph).

Doing some things to the car prior to Okemo #2 in a few weeks. Swapping out the hot side of the turbo for a small one and safety wiring all the hot side bolts as they backed out in prior years (seem okay this year, but it has been cooler). Naturally a retune is in order at VEMS.us.

Video from this past weekend posted on Vimeo as Youtube's quality hasn't been there for me. Make sure to watch in 1080HD. Enjoy.



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Half a summer worth of updates....

Golf is normally near 118 mph in the straight at Okemo, but I was running at 111 mph for some reason. It was slower. It was not smoking.

Anyway. After checking things out at Kales Custom, I was off a bit with the compression on two of the cylinders.

My first thought is "hole in the piston" but the car was not smoking at all.

Took the engine apart. While in it, inspected the clutch/flywheel.... looked great!

Pistons, engine block, and head looked good to me (untrained eye).

Hmmmmmm......

Disassembled.
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Well, not related to the compression issue, I got to add something else to my carnage wall of shame... a broken main bearing cap. AND... there was nothing wrong with the bearing. Good thing I had the engine apart.

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Being new to the whole "broken main bearing cap" club, I thought bringing a bearing cap from another engine the machine shop could make it work. Well, YES and NO. They would have to line bore the caps so they worked with the crank; they send out for line boring; and the "big V-8" guy didn't have one that small.

So.... I brought him a new block. Problem solved!

Not.

I get a call from the machine shop (RPM in Georgia, VT) and they tell me they can't put the pistons in the cylinders. They don't fit. They are too big? I didn't recall boring anything.

I also did not recall what I had for breakfast.

Turns out I did .5mm oversize on the pistons at one point as the block was dorked up from one of the previous engines going the way of the Doo-Doo Bird.

Bored and cleaned block with new piston rings (all gapped).

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So... the source of the compression issue was actually the seats for the valves. I guess running a bit of boost for 3 years isn't good for longevity of those internal engine parts.

Cleaned up valve seats and new valve seals (all 20)..... figured we were in there anyway.

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Everything is back in my garage.... a project for tomorrow as I have the day off.

Meanwhile, while summer is slowly drawing closer to winter, the New England Hillclimb Association (NEHA) hillclimb events continue. Well, I just have to drive, ya know.

Enter the world's fastest red, automatic, Daewoo Lanos with white stickers. It needs all those qualifiers to remove the other 7 Daewoos from the population. I drove it at Okemo #2 and Burke #1. Photo of the World Famous Non-Factory Sponsored Superduper Intergalactic Racing Team Daewoo Lanos (at Okemo) with Julie (little woman) in the 2009 Subaru WRX (my car!!!!) in back of me.

I had lots of time to think in the straights.

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In other news... went to wedding with a bunch of local VW club people (Dubsnorth). Had a great time. No one told me about the open bar.

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Ascutney #2 is next weekend (favorite hill). I don't think the Golf will be ready with putting everything together, breaking it in, and dyno tuning it. Back to driving the Daewoo.

Then.... October brings about the Mt. Philo hillclimb. Another great event, though, sadly, the last event of the year.

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Nothing too exciting.... but I'm still alive.

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Having some fun with the video from the Ascutney hillclimbs this year.... involved the Golf 1.8t and a stock 2001 Daewoo Lanos.

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And the other half of summer.....

Spending time rebuilding an engine with no corners cut... well, one, but that was by accident. I did pay for it.

I had one of these for my Rabbit, but never for the 02J (5-speed) or 02M (6-speed).... that usually involved vice grips and screwdrivers. Enter the proper flywheel holder (not recommended for the crankshaft bolt). Easy to use and very effective.

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The new block code is "Grrrr".... no idea what it means, but it seems fitting.

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Nothing too exciting from the engine build point of view. Bored the block to accept the .5mm oversized piston (82.5mm vs the standard 82mm), new valve seals, new rings (naturally), and everything was cleaned and machined by http://www.rpmenginesvt.com (Georgia, VT)

Add on the transmission... my new favorite (and easy) way to install the transmission.... unless you have to bolt on the oil pan afterwards (where rotating the engine/trans as a single unit is a royal PITA).

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Something new that I am trying... and it led to another series of challenges... is the intake manifold Phenolic spacer. Now, what does Phenolic mean? It is a thermal do-hickey that prevents heat from the engine block from transmitting to the intake manifold. Reduce heat in the intake manifold means more power (there is a reason that we have FMICs!)..... or, it is really good marketing.

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One thing I noticed when taking apart the engine is that the fuel injectors were very loose in the injector cups. It was like throwing a hot dog down a hallway.

So, new injector cups were in order along with new rubber o-rings on the injectors.

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The kit from 034Motorsports also included longer intake manifold bolts and locking nuts. Shorter stock bolts vs. longer 034 bolts pictured.

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All assembled and pretty. While I was there, I had to oversize and tap the holes that held the fuel rail and throttle cable holder (another do-hickey) as the 7mm holes in the aluminum intake were less than threaded.

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Showing the thickness of the spacer. At least 300 more wHP, I figure. Throw in some stickers and that is 305 wHP more! Mother of God! (Super trooper reference)

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Sad part, the internet must have an end.... search for "Mother of God" and it just starts repeating on Google.

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Anyway, back at the ranch....

New challenge with the spacer is that the bracket that holds the intake manifold in place, something that I have not used for years, but figured the additional leverage from the extended mounting point with the spacer would warrant it, does not line up anymore. English teacher would have shot me for that terribly assembled sentence. Oh well.

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Also, at Ascutney #1 (2016), I dumped a bit of oil on my skid plate because the plastic oil dipstick was dislodged (or was never correct pushing into place). I haven't used the stock dipstick holder down do-hickey thing-ah-mabob for years. Something else I was going to solve while putting the engine back together.

Image of the stock holder-downer thingy. It is quite long as it holds various electronic bits, emissions VTAMs, blacks tubes, and other various things that I do not need. VTAM is an old IBM term for those of you playing the home game. I mounted the stock brace (that I had to grab from a junk car recently as I discarded mine years ago) to give me some ideas of what I could do. The right most bolt is currently in service holding the Kales Custom oil separator. I could use the stock bracket and the oil separator with the stock bolt, but all I needed was something simple to hold down a flimsy plastic tube. Enter Mr. Hacksaw and Mrs. Dremel.

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Longer bolt installed with aluminum spacer. I had to flatten out the brace a bit to extended it and then bend the end so that the bolt hole would align with the hole on the intake.

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Cut down the bracket for the dip stick....

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Now the trials and tribulations of cutting one corner (by accident). When rebuilding this engine, I used all new bolts (paying close attention to the TTY bolts). But.... I did not replace the front main seal aluminum plate. I did replace the seal, naturally, but generally, there is no reason to replace the plate.

Unless the bolt holes were stripped by whomever owned the engine previously.

No problem... one size up (7mm to 8mm) on the bolts.

Except, there just had to be a problem. The chuck on the drill would not clear the oil pan. I already applied the sealant to the block and pan and installed the other 18 pan bolts and torqued the three transmission to oil pan bolts. Didn't want to take it apart for the two holes that were stripped on the front main seal plate.

So, I needed to get a longer 17/64" drill bit (what is needed for a 8mm tap) or an extension for the drill. That's what she said!

I could not find a longer drill bit (it is Vermont, ya know), but I found a 12" extension that used two hex set screws to hold in the 1/4 drill bit.

Except mine is 17/64". Doh!

The short version, and three drill bits later, I had to brill a hole in the base of my drill press so that the 12" rod would be low enough to be able to drill into it, drill for a long time with cheap drill bits in hardened steel, and finally get the bit to work with the extension.

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Drilling one of the two holes....
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Worked out nicely with the tap as the tap handle that came with the kit did not hold onto the tap very well.

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Two 8mm non-TTY bolts holding the oil pan in place much better than the 7mm TTY bolts with threadless holes.

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Pretty exhaust side of the engine with new locking nuts. I really like the oblong nuts better than the split locking nuts.

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100% together (minus turbo).

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A little progress.... on the Scirocco!

I picked up a 1.8T AEB engine (block is 058.... intermediate shaft for external water pump), mainly because the Scirocco has an AEB and I figured it would be easier to work on the Scirocco if I had another engine that was exactly the same.

Then I got to looking at the new engine and realized it was quite different from the 06A that I run in the Golf. No biggy. I was not sure if the intermediate shaft was going to affect my plans for the engine build.

So.... just in case... since the junkyard had a 1.8T 06A block style engine for cheap (the 1.8Ts are getting old, so things are cheap, though, hard to come by), I grabbed it. There is still on more 1.8T in the yard.... in a Passat, though it was not an AEB.

Still planning to use the AEB head on the 06A block.

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Jumping into the Scirocco shortly after the Mt. Philo hillclimb.

Now on the Golf.... two issues that I have had with the Golf. She is a little slow (not too slow) building up the boost for short distances (corner to corner), but was great once it was full boost. AND.... the bolts on the hot side of the turbo would back out.

Enter the Tial 3652 and exit the Tial 6852 turbine housing.

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To address the potential for loose bolts, Joey at KalesCustom.com installed in SS bolts (pre-drilled holes for safety wire) and installed safety wire. So there!

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Putting the engine back in the Golf this week (maybe.... have to get ready for the Mt. Philo hillclimb.... sans the Golf) or next.

Then time to play with ideas for the Scirocco and start working on the engine.

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