Since I last posted, a lot has changed. I bought a house across town from where I was living in my last post, and that took over priority. I also switched jobs- I am now working for a composite wheel manufacturer as one of the product design engineers, expanding my carbon fiber knowledge well beyond what I expected I would know at this point in my life. esecarbon.com for those interested.
Most exciting, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of building a proper garage of my own that will eventually house Rocan Motor Company. Despite not being totally done with the garage, I could wait no longer and decided 150ft of extension cord would do for the moment in getting back into the Euro 02.
1200sqft of room for activities! I've come a long way from doing subframe swaps while laying in the gutter on a Brooklyn street.
I ordered about $1000 worth of panels from Germany and started stripping things down further. Every commonly rusted panel is rusted, as well as the DS subframe mount, but my outlook is "I've dealt with worse". Some progress pics below.
I missed how simple this car is to work on after messing about with my TDI for so long. Check out that OEM "floorvent" option!
The fun usually starts after you strip things down.
That's all for now. I've got to button up my TDI over the next week, so updates may be a bit delayed - it was due for a timing belt, ac compressor, and while I was in there I replaced the high pressure fuel pump with a more reliable version. The 02 should move quickly going forward.
Edited by Rocan