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Sidetracked for Good Reason


Rocan

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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. 

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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. 

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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! 

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The fun usually starts after you strip things down. 

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Lots of porosity hiding. The entire panel will need replacing. 20220731_163111.thumb.jpg.4dc5530e8a9fe17e96bce42203f34e6c.jpg

 

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. 

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Great project.Great garage. You certainly have come a long way from Brooklyn gutters. Must be like heaven.

 

Looking forward to seeing your progress.

 

steve oneill

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On 8/2/2022 at 11:40 PM, bavariaboy said:

Great project.Great garage. You certainly have come a long way from Brooklyn gutters. Must be like heaven.

 

Looking forward to seeing your progress.

 

steve oneill

 

 

Still in disbelief most days. Thank you for the kind words! Much to come- as well as some video content. 

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I don't mean to dissuade you, but... that's a lot of rust. How are the rockers? That and the rear strut towers is what would decide it for me.

 

Maybe use this as a donor car and go for a roundie nonrunner that has less rust? I mean this in all sympathy. You've done a lot, but you are only about 20% of the way there. Wasn't Germany part of the Concorde project? 😀

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