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    1. Member Stromaluski's Avatar
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      06-10-2020 11:04 AM #76
      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
      Oh hell yes.

      When I had to do mine on the wagon, it was my only car at the time, so I had to ride the BMW to get the part. Of course, it's too big to fit in the side case, so I have to either tie it down to the seat or stuff it in my jacket or go home and get a milk crate. I went home and got a milk crate, zip tied it to the bike, and went and got my crack pipe. Meanwhile, I am texting a motorcycle friend about this indignity, and my friend literally said "WTF kind of crack pipe is that big?"

      I was like lol when you have no VWs....


      I always found it hilarious that they're called crack pipes.

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      06-10-2020 01:24 PM #77
      ^ LOL. I'm torn on whether it's a rigged repair or an improvement...

      The "Y" pipe is listed as an upgraded repair for a Chrysler/Dodge minivan part that commonly fails... Dorman # 47238HP

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      06-11-2020 12:37 AM #78
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      I am having trouble finding a replacement coolant pipe. I passed on a new one for ~ $10 from a rather non-reputable seller, and there are used ones on Ebay for around $40 plus. So in the meantime I've decided to cobble together an alternative using some metal fittings and a hose in place of the hard pipe. This adds two additional hose clamp connections over the original piece, but I can live with that for about $20 in fittings and hose.

      Looks like the same part from the 98-01 30V. I just shipped the rust free one from my motor up to Maine.
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      06-11-2020 08:43 AM #79
      Yes, it should be the same part. Just curious, what did you get for it? I'm casually keeping an eye out for a spare for later use.

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      06-11-2020 06:10 PM #80
      I requested $50 with 2 day shipping included.
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      06-13-2020 12:57 PM #81
      You should sell the b5 and get a c4 so I can sell you a spare engine and trans

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      06-15-2020 09:38 PM #82
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Miyagi View Post
      You should sell the b5 and get a c4 so I can sell you a spare engine and trans

      The trans should bolt right, the 5cyl would need some work.
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      06-16-2020 08:22 AM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Miyagi View Post
      You should sell the b5 and get a c4 so I can sell you a spare engine and trans
      LOL, tempting! I am not into the larger cars, but was actually looking for an 80 so I would have an excuse for building up my spare ABA... Unfortunately the 80's are few and far between, and the void in parts availability was a turn off.

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      06-18-2020 11:56 PM #84
      Progress was slow the past week, but I've been able to get back out and make some headway the past few nights.

      The PCV baffles were practically clogged so I soaked them in oven cleaner for a few days, which loosened up all the grime. They aren't perfect, but significantly better:





      I installed new front side cam seals (rears were fine) and new valve cover gaskets.

      I did the "phone cord" mod to the throttle body to intake duct gasket. *The cord shown ended up being too big, so I actually used a smaller one.



      This connection from the Power Steering reservoir hard line to the pump inlet is giving me trouble. I thought I could get away with generic 5/8" supply hose, but the bend is too sharp. I'll have to find the correct part...



      And the engine as it sits tonight. It looks the same as a few weeks ago, aside from a whole lot of new gaskets and effort put into it:


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      06-19-2020 09:45 AM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      Progress was slow the past week, but I've been able to get back out and make some headway the past few nights.

      The PCV baffles were practically clogged so I soaked them in oven cleaner for a few days, which loosened up all the grime. They aren't perfect, but significantly better:



      Those look tons better! I haven't gotten to that aspect yet on my VR6 rebuild... I've been pretending it isn't an issue.

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      06-19-2020 10:35 AM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      Curious. How old is the casting for this part?

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      06-19-2020 12:33 PM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by Egz View Post
      Curious. How old is the casting for this part?
      Sweet Jesus.

      It's not that old, but excellent catch!
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      06-19-2020 12:34 PM #88
      Quote Originally Posted by Egz View Post
      Curious. How old is the casting for this part?
      Good catch, now I see it too and it's kinda funny. Earlier someone in the thread said this which might explain it, although I'd still love to know how old it truly is..


      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      The Audi V6 has good midrange power, now I know why. There's a lot of technology packed into a motor that was essentially designed in the 80s.

      By the way there's still one West German relic you still see on brand new cars made in Germany, the W at the beginning of the VIN which is ironic for cars made in former East Germany like the Macan/etc.
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      06-19-2020 12:43 PM #89
      I think I missed something, how can you tell the age of the casting? Is it because of the "Pierburg" name?

      *Edit* Or guess #2 being "W-Germany".

      The 12v came out in ~ 1991 but I would assume was in development for several years prior.
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      06-19-2020 12:57 PM #90
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      *Edit* Or guess #2 being "W-Germany".

      The 12v came out in ~ 1991 but I would assume was in development for several years prior.
      Yea, thats what I saw. I just didn't know how old this engine design was

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      06-19-2020 01:07 PM #91
      Ah cool. I love details like this in cars, it's like little pieces of history hidden away.
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      06-19-2020 01:49 PM #92
      Also, that part of the casting die is often interchangeable and typically doesn't get a lot of wear, so it might be super old. And from a different dieset that happened to be close.
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      06-19-2020 03:39 PM #93
      Quote Originally Posted by PZ View Post
      The trans should bolt right, the 5cyl would need some work.
      Holy moly, talk about escalating...

      Actually, it's an O1E 6 speed so would work with it

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      06-19-2020 05:26 PM #94
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Miyagi View Post
      Holy moly, talk about escalating...

      Actually, it's an O1E 6 speed so would work with it
      In the very unlikely event this V6 comes out for another engine it would be replaced with a 2.0L 8v turbo on Megasquirt. And yes, I'm quite serious. That was actually my "Plan B" if I had come across a really clean B5 roller with a blown motor...

      Flamesuit on!

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      06-30-2020 10:11 AM #95
      Not much progress to show. I've been getting a little frustrated lately as I made a couple of "best guess" items on RockAuto that didn't pan out, and I am held up over dumb things like hose clamp sizes and a stubby Power Steering feed hose...

      I've had trouble finding the right hose via the online ETKA diagrams. According to this diagram Hose #8 appears to be what I need, but whenever I find one it is clamped on to the hard line as an assembly, not available separately.



      I had high hopes for this moulded PS hose that was listed for a 30v and looked good:



      It fits nice and snug on the PS pump fitting, but literally comes up short:



      I noticed that the fitting to the vacuum ball was broken and barely holding together:



      I found a Dorman ball that looks like it will work. It's a hair larger in size, but not as heavy gauge as the Audi piece, so I'll have to see if it holds up:



      My new battery cable showed up. It's a nice quality piece, and I went with AWG 2 vs. the stock AWG 4. 15" cable length should work fine:

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      And that's replacing this mess:

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      06-30-2020 10:21 AM #96
      Well that's frustrating. Wonder could you find a newer/lower mileage car at a pick and pull to get some of the stuff you need?

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      07-01-2020 10:25 AM #97
      Yeah, that power steering hose issue is frustrating. I decided to use a 5/8" coupler with a stubby hose to bridge the gap. I hate doing stuff like that, but it's a feed line with no pressure so I think it will be fine.

      In the meantime I've almost finished my vacuum line refresh, with the exception of the run to the vacuum ball.

      Aside from the tube at the top left, I really like the fitment of the 3/16" steel line. However, I also realize that every time I use it I'm effectively doubling the connections where it can possibly leak... In hindsight I think it is probably not worth the risk for these shorter runs.


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      07-06-2020 09:15 AM #98
      I made some decent progress the past couple of days and got the timing all reassembled. The instructions on setting timing belt tension are pretty interesting since it has a manual (set position) tensioner. They say the belt should be able to be twisted "through" 90 degrees with finger and thumb, and I have heard a few stories of people over-tightening the belt resulting in damaging parts (I think the water pump) by not following this. Someone mentioned earlier that since the belt is so long it actually tightens up as the engine gets to temperature.

      I played with the tension as I twisted the belt, and settled here as I can pretty easily twist it to 90 degrees, but it gets pretty tough to go beyond. Perhaps that is still too tight, but it has a fair amount of slop in the long section...



      Here's my solution to the power steering inlet line. Similar to the coolant pipe, I'm not super proud of this fix but I think it will hold up fine:



      And I remembered a distinctive exhaust leak back when I first got the car. I took a look and quickly spotted this rather strange hole just after the cat. This will be fun to patch up...


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      07-06-2020 10:36 AM #99
      I just had a fun realization a few minutes ago when I looked at the picture of the hole in the exhaust. At a glance it looks like there are bolts in the O2 sensor bungs...

      And I recently noticed there are a couple of "empty" plugs here in the engine bay:



      I have the sinking feeling that the PO removed the downstream O2 sensors. I have spent almost no time underneath the car, but now I know what my next task is...

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      07-07-2020 08:58 AM #100
      As I am getting close to wrapping up the engine work, I wanted to tackle the shifter next. There is a ton of slop, and it seems to mostly be related to the plastic cage around the ball. I found a great how-to on Audizine for upgrading to the later shifter box & short throw.

      These two pictures show how much I am able to lift the shifter up and down in the cage:





      I don't think I ever posted interior pics. One thing I like about the V6 cars is that they are a lot nicer to be in. The leather seats and woodgrain just feel nicer and seem to hold up better than the cloth and plastics in the 1.8t cars. The garage lighting and tinted windows don't make for a good pic but here's one:



      The Driver side door panel has a crack under the pull. I need to fix this because it strains every time I pull the door closed. The DS window doesn't go up all the way without help, so there's a few things to fix in here.



      And the dash cover is peeling just above the instrument cluster. I'm not sure how I'll fix this and am open to suggestions:

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