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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's Topless Bunny Reply with quote

Butcher wrote:
Is the heater valve you swapped out the same style? The new one may cause the lever to be really hard to move. If that is the case, you can use the 'Porsche' type valve. Much easier on the lever inside the car.


Interesting you mention this. The new one is the same style, but the action is stiffer. The lever inside the car is hard to move from the fully open position towards the closed position during the initiation of the movement. Like really hard. The dash is off so I have access and I spent time lubing the mechanism and otherwise aligning things in the hopes of freeing it up but there was not much difference. Do you think it will loosen up a bit with time and use, or is it more in the nature of a bad reproduction? I'll have to research the "Porsche" type valve to see what that is about.

Thank you for the insight Butcher.

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Ahhh... I see. Here is one for the 944. It looks to be cable actuated, and the attachment for the cable looks to be a direct replacement (as if the metal spring on the cable sheath would clip right into place to hold it fast). It would be a rotating disk rather than a ball valve, making for a much easier push. They are about 50 bucks. Do you think this is the correct one for the hack?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's Topless Bunny Reply with quote

Almost there! This dash is tedious business. It's given an opportunity to handle some miscellaneous nonsense though.

In playing with the heater controls I noticed that the little mechanism for the AC had slipped out of its groove some long time ago, judging by all the dust in it. I cleaned it up, lubed it and put it back where it belonged, flexing the metal controls back in place with some pliers so it would all stay together as designed. I wonder how much head scratching went on before they gave up and just lived without the AC?

Replaced the melted defrost switch and added a missing delete panel to close up a hole.

Here she stands tonight, waiting for me to return the glove box door and knee pad panel.

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If anyone is out there and knows... I'm wondering what these wires are for in the shifter box? My guess is seat belt alarms? They were loose like this so someone disconnected them at some point.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2022 10:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's Topless Bunny Reply with quote

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If anyone is out there and knows... I'm wondering what these wires are for in the shifter box?


http://www.cabby-info.com/airbag.htm Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2022 11:17 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's Topless Bunny Reply with quote

kamzcab86 wrote:
Buggeee wrote:
If anyone is out there and knows... I'm wondering what these wires are for in the shifter box?


http://www.cabby-info.com/airbag.htm Wink

Keep up the good work!👍🏻


You already know what an absolutely wonderful and useful work of reference art your website is. Now you know that I admire it alongside the countless others. Thank you for that service to the community.

The Rabbit is nice and quiet with a new cat, resonator, muffler and tip.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2022 11:14 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's Topless Bunny Reply with quote

Missing bolt on that PS bracket.

Looking good with no oil leaks too.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2022 7:19 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's Topless Bunny Reply with quote

Butcher wrote:
Missing bolt on that PS bracket.

Looking good with no oil leaks too.


Thank you Butcher! I love having an extra set of eyes on things.

The bracket or tab on the front of the block that the bolt would screw into is broken and the bolt is missing for that reason. From the grunge on the face of the break it looks to have been gone for quite some time. From where I was, I could not see if it's an integral part of the block itself, or a bracket that is mounted to the block. The outer half of the ring with the threads through it is cracked off, leaving the inner portion of the circle, still with remnants of the threads. Here are some useless pictures pointing generally to the missing tab, which isn't visable both because of poor lighting, and because it's missing.
Eh?

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I'll revisit that area when I have everything off to replace the timing belt at some point. Until then I just buttoned it up without that bolt.

I have been bopping around town doing errands in it and so far the car is running well. The heater works, which is important this time of year in Ohio.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2022 1:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's Topless Bunny Reply with quote

The front struts, and one of my front wheel bearings, were completely shot and it was much more cost effective to get a set of four adjustable struts for some reason so here we go...

I've gotten the front done so far. While I was in there I replaced, on both sides:

    wheel bearings
    hubs
    strut tower bearings
    control arms
    rubber bushings for the control arms
    rubber bushings for the stabilizer bar
    complete axles with cv joints


With an automatic transmission the driver's side control arm bolt is trapped by the transmission.

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So the transmission and engine need to be raised a little bit with a floor jack to clear a path for the bolt.

The rear transaxle mount to the floor loses a nut.

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The front engine mount to the bumper loses two bolts.

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And the whole driver's side transaxle mount comes off the transaxle and the car.

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The bolt is free.

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You don't have to do any of that to replace the struts, just the control arm on a automatic car.

And the wheelwell is cleeeeeaaan. (metaphorically speaking)

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Nobody in town had a shop press in stock so here I am hobbling together some jig with angle iron on my bench vice in order to pound out the old bearing with the Thor Hammer. The old bearing is destroyed upon removal, per Bentley.


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The new bearing got pressed into the carrier with a ball-joint press/air impact gun and then pounded onto the new hub on the vice with the Thor Hammer (being careful to only persuade the outer race into the carrier, and the inner race onto the hub).

Here's everything in place.

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And with the old brakes (still with much life, somebody has been in here before)

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These adjustable struts do not have a bump for the cam to ride on, although there is room for camber movement in the hole, so setting the camber will be an adventure.

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The struts came with these wrenches and they can be adjusted while the strut is still on the car, which is nice. Very Happy

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I just guessed at a level for the adjustment and got lucky first try. I like the stance and nothing rubs! Cool

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The car drives great, as far as front suspension is concerned! Tracks pretty straight for not yet getting the alignment, which it needs now.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2024 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's Topless Bunny Reply with quote

Any updates?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2024 2:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's Topless Bunny Reply with quote

Synergy Solutions wrote:
Any updates?


Hey thanks for checking in! I just this week adopted the bunny out to a friend of mine for his son who is just getting his license. He loves it! Bug on.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 9:22 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's Topless Bunny Reply with quote

As he should. That is a beautiful car!
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