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Rear beam needs to be mounted with both the body hangers loose as the beam eyes are mounted up. Dont torque up the beam eyes, or the hanger bolts until the the car has dropped and rolled a bit. Torque up with the wheels on the ground. That should lead to automatic squaring of the beam. 

Actually - has anybody noticed this before - the hangers for the rear beam are somewhat slotted on purpose. I wonder if, given the torque levels used, this was deliberate, to allow some adjustment - probably no more than 0.5 degrees (looking at the size of the slots). So, if this is correct, you are right, there is some room for adjustment. I spoke to a master tech at a VW garage just now and he said the A2 chassis (MK2s-MKivs) including the Corrado all had the slots built into the hangers to enable the rear axle to be fitted without hassle, but also confirmed that those slots come in useful, offering a "shave of adjustment ".    

The front K frame is more interesting - am doing it myself right now - the crucial part seems to be in getting the steering rack properly marked and resited on the K-frame when bolted in; the steering column properly settled, camber bolts being used (if needed) to get the front geometry right. Dont set the geometry until the dampers have settled for about 30 miles. The alignment team can only adjust the front wheels- but they may need to do it 3 times before it sits right.

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Bruno did a really good job at resuming how to adjust the rear beam. I think the rear is straight forward, it's the front that present more things to adjust. I think I'll leave this part to professionals since everything as been changed. Cheers!

 

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On 4/21/2021 at 2:06 AM, MJA said:

Ahh looks great - there is something hugely satisfying knowing parts like this are in tip top shape. I joined the Candian Corrado facebook page and saw this and thought it was you - I did comment as well. 

Thanks mate! I found out about that Canadian Corrado Facebook only a few months ago and I'm Canadian! I'm not a facebook person but I friend recommended it for parts etc... I used to be on the official website that had tons of good information but it's sadly been down for many years...

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5 hours ago, ABV-VR6 said:

Thanks mate! I found out about that Canadian Corrado Facebook only a few months ago and I'm Canadian! I'm not a facebook person but I friend recommended it for parts etc... I used to be on the official website that had tons of good information but it's sadly been down for many years...

the heater matrix dash out removal guide i have saved is a modified version of the one that came from the canadian corrado website a long time ago

i always send it out to anyone who asks as it has loads of pictures & getting the actual matrix out is so much easier once the dash is removed - plus you can reline the airbox whilst in there

having done it 3 times im still not sure how people manage to do it with dash still in lol

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I did it dash in, but would always now advise doing it dash out  for the small amount of extra effort required, as there is so much more access for getting the heater box in and out.

See, it's so easy to do on a Mk2 - just the dash under trays and centre console have to come out - oh, yeah, they actually have a console that can be removed!

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2 hours ago, g0ldf1ng3r said:

the heater matrix dash out removal guide i have saved is a modified version of the one that came from the canadian corrado website a long time ago

i always send it out to anyone who asks as it has loads of pictures & getting the actual matrix out is so much easier once the dash is removed - plus you can reline the airbox whilst in there

having done it 3 times im still not sure how people manage to do it with dash still in lol

Could you add this to the wiki at all?  I'd be interested in seeing it.  

Shame about the Canadian Corrado site - some cracking info there, that seems to have been lost forever.  Tried searching on the wayback machine but couldn't find anything.  Dennis there was a real corrado genius, and also seemed like a nice helpful chap too.

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Could you add this to the wiki at all?  I'd be interested in seeing it.  
Shame about the Canadian Corrado site - some cracking info there, that seems to have been lost forever.  Tried searching on the wayback machine but couldn't find anything.  Dennis there was a real corrado genius, and also seemed like a nice helpful chap too.

Put it in the (Archive) Wiki Submissions & Collaboration,

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I have a copy of that heater matrix change guide from the Canada forum as well. @ g0ldf1ng3r PM me if you want me to mail you the PDF.

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Alright, time for another update on my project!
I've been doing mostly prep work and I think I'm getting to the point where the rewarding part is around the corner which is putting the engine back in the car. I'm aiming for winter and hopefully next spring it's up and running.

Next week, the head is going for a port and polish, HD springs and lighter cam followers to match my newly acquired DRC 268
I will be also dropping my transmission which I completely dismantled. Upgrades will be all new OEM bearings, seals, synchros 1 & 2 with a 3.94 R&P, a LSD and a taller 5th gear 0.75 At first, I wanted to put it all back together myself but the shim parts seems very specialize and required tools that I don't have so I'll leave this to a pro.
The block will be dropped next month with new rings, bearings, OEM pump & pan and OEM hardware for everything since it is torqued to yield.

I've spent countless of hours prepping all my parts for powder coating, I think everything on the car is powder coated now minus the intake and valve cover which will follow while I'm building the engine back. I did just like before, wire wheels, file, grind but also the parts to begin with have practically no rust on them so that helps. Smoothing the cast is what takes time.

I did the rad fan which turned out amazing but I will be upgrading to a stand alone system so I may sell that parts to recoup for the next project.

I did a small project on the side, I made a VWMS coilpack which supposedly brings 57% more spark than the OEM while keeping the OEM look. I will pair it with the Phenix spacer.

So now, I'm excited to put it all back together and be ready to receive the engine in the winter. I'll leave it to that and go work on it!

Cheers to all

 

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The coatings look real quality. 
You’ll certainly notice the hood stay when you pop it open. 

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Looking absolute mint Im guessing this may will be the best car in North America once completed- so what is this vwms coil pack . 

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1 hour ago, 1xshaunx1 said:

The coatings look real quality. 
You’ll certainly notice the hood stay when you pop it open. 

YES, I trying to do a few different things outside the box mate. If I don't like it, I still have the black one. 

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51 minutes ago, Keyo said:

Looking absolute mint Im guessing this may will be the best car in North America once completed- so what is this vwms coil pack . 

Thank you, means a lot! 

Here's the link of the VWMS coil pack where I got my source to do it. It was pretty easy to do mate: https://www.vwvortex.com/threads/bosch-motorsport-coilpack-swap-with-stock-management.7584841/

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Mate, your shiny painted collection looks amazing. It will be a shame to have a bonnet on and shutting that lot away.

There is a huge amount of time and effort going into your project. Fantastic 

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13 hours ago, ABV-VR6 said:

Thank you, means a lot! 

Here's the link of the VWMS coil pack where I got my source to do it. It was pretty easy to do mate: https://www.vwvortex.com/threads/bosch-motorsport-coilpack-swap-with-stock-management.7584841/

This looks a useful upgrade, I might have a stab at this, where did you get the yellow wires with plug from. 

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6 hours ago, Cressa said:

Mate, your shiny painted collection looks amazing. It will be a shame to have a bonnet on and shutting that lot away.

There is a huge amount of time and effort going into your project. Fantastic 

Thanks mate much appreciated. I'm realizing I dream with that car so time and efforts are part of realizing that dream so I do enjoy it. It's shiny and nice for sure but my primary goal with all of this is to preserve the parts in their pristine state as long as it is possible. Cheers! 

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5 hours ago, 1xshaunx1 said:

This looks a useful upgrade, I might have a stab at this, where did you get the yellow wires with plug from. 

Yes, I think so too. And I had an old cracked coilpack which I took the base from. The plug and wires are from the  VW dealer

VW PN:
4A0 906 234

2.5mm Wiring Repair: 000 979 225
1.0mm Wiring Repair: 000 979 133
You'll need 2 of the 1mm repair wire sections, cut them in a half to feed 3 connectors. Kind of have to be "smart" about cutting them, needs to be strategic so you can reach the one connector that's further.

It's all easy to do and source except I had a hard time finding the flag terminals. I do have 50 now though lol, so I can mail you some! But ya, on his "how too" you can see they're kind of loose on the tabs. It's because the tabs are not a standard width for terminals so he went bigger. Me I went smaller (by half a millimeter) was the closest and I barely filed both side of the tabs to make then fit tight and also renew the fresh metal of the tabs. 

Next improvement I did also is instead of cutting all the tabs straight like he did, I cut the tabs at different height like stairs in order to not get 4 wires on top of each other. That also allows you to tick in the wiring easier under the plastic holder. 

Bosch motorsports coilpack: https://www.ebay.com/itm/254443085305?epid=230287652&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item3b3dfd5df9:g:EkQAAOSwmU9dzute&amdata=enc%3AAQAGAAACkPYe5NmHp%2B2JMhMi7yxGiTJkPrKr5t53CooMSQt2orsSg3Ye8yTWgOW7pmE1t838dmdzS%2BAoGk%2FLdyakW1m%2B3ccC%2B7MzF3u80buSSD%2BJYHItogGWmCMpaXYLhVWlzfd09qAqLH6ROMo5ruDV2bQHEgV8fi6CMJ6nj0Qt53FAJL0FtNcId71Ub0pl2Euai8viCzW87L9sn6eXdcnXw1Pcu5weLKaeF4wkXizrH1HDxf96ctgEKEr4sqdeIqyQRgH2S%2FXqysjH1ihRdKGTSAZOcK1EgG7p6OhLGbqInjj9roG0TkmavykpYkOfNiX%2Bi0mYrw1gU07CBlOQW3EbTPrfS1y%2B8rz1fem52XAPZs8aTziKUBITZypFljxZCKaG%2FCZWGMMwGwgxx0NszEP6Qs5wQMLbgZnHGXHluY8UovkpKbLe2IdJ3S2FkMtAKjHvW1WVb04uFPL7e1hgT8i3eXXNmzLz%2Fox%2FZRtCfFb01pJKChR3Pb6ijJrSN1TF8KYBHAar%2Bcp79QEDT96CsNL5Q0fuhVavOpFAhWYuBJexBWqwj2hTGnpcn4ZG%2BHVgC2FrL7OOrD6qjkFXWgOem51XLxuWtSK4G6Abk%2FZK3lJGp4nmr0JWf%2FDN5d2SS%2BF7NGHZdxPXPvebI4QGdhwZuZAbf%2FKY%2BpPBmtibndTI6JRWQMyuD0qaC2D8qM2nxqUvI7R4JA0ys2zkfkR0yL3M%2Fbkkird2Aaq3Frvf%2B%2FbxZdKFfdATKp8aQh34nS%2FngJBsDSQKBRGcD0y1GCf%2F2MejMFGlRnq7r8YAulWd1Fzvlr81aq3nfAGLv1OC4%2FrTXBmiTTG%2B9VYU2qfNmYO2ANjC8XXibSYLR2Chs288ol8ZHcJF9IsNw%2BC8|ampid%3APL_CLK|clp%3A2334524

 

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This is the little modification I did under the plastic bracket to pass the wiring to make it look like it was meant to be. Only down side is that plastic cover clips usually on the oem coilpack at the top. It still clips on the bottom part though. On the Bosch Motorsports you can't clip the top part so you put a drop of plastic epoxy and call it a day. Cheers! 

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