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Forum: projects & restorations 06-08-2022, 02:23 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 73,417
Posted By matt b
Very cool! I love that you found a new panel for...

Very cool! I love that you found a new panel for the trunk and that the trunk is also the back of the cab!
Forum: projects & restorations 06-07-2022, 02:16 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 73,417
Posted By matt b
Maybe I missed it, but are you leaving the...

Maybe I missed it, but are you leaving the tailgate white ? Will other panels on the car also be white ?

Good to see you actually use it and not just turn it into a garage queen!
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-25-2022, 12:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 808
Posted By matt b
Keep an eye on the steering coupler. From my...

Keep an eye on the steering coupler. From my experience and VW days, the polyurethane gets brittle and cracks. I've seen them fail and it's a scary experience. The stock ones sold by VP and others is...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-25-2022, 12:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 808
Posted By matt b
It's pretty, it's aluminum as opposed to the...

It's pretty, it's aluminum as opposed to the flimsy steel ones from the factory so you should have fewer leaks from the top of the engine and it gives you more clearance when you have a hopped up...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 03-03-2022, 01:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Posted By matt b
No, it's not. Are you getting signs of a bad head...

No, it's not. Are you getting signs of a bad head gasket (milkshake, etc...) ? They do have some pipes on the back of the engine that can rust, I know my 04 V70R eventually had enough exposure to...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-09-2022, 07:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,722
Posted By matt b
That's a CA thing only. CA has been fighting the...

That's a CA thing only. CA has been fighting the federal government to have its own emissions standards for years and it's all related. No other US states has additional requirements past what the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-09-2022, 07:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,722
Posted By matt b
Look him up on Instagram or PM me and I'll get...

Look him up on Instagram or PM me and I'll get you his contact info. He's still very active, he brought in cars for Hoonigan and had me move them from MD to CA.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-08-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,722
Posted By matt b
A German or French car would be thoroughly...

A German or French car would be thoroughly inspected. It's illegal to sell a car without the controle technique in France, and even if it's not as thorough an inspection as the German one it will...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 02-08-2022, 05:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,722
Posted By matt b
I've done it many times for work, I used to do a...

I've done it many times for work, I used to do a lot of logistics related to cars. I have moved cars for Jamie as well as others in the industry and I would also recommend Jamie. He charges a flat...
Forum: projects & restorations 02-02-2022, 12:46 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 95,885
Posted By matt b
Shims ? Nice! I'm taking notes. My 05 has 255K...

Shims ? Nice! I'm taking notes. My 05 has 255K miles on it and has gone full hybrid (oil/gas). I'm aiming for 300K miles before I do a rebuild on the engine and re-spray the car.
Forum: projects & restorations 01-28-2022, 12:24 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 95,885
Posted By matt b
Is the new motor another 2.5 T ? For all of the...

Is the new motor another 2.5 T ? For all of the purist BS out there (cough cough Swedespeed cough cough), the R motors have some serious issues with additional HP, might as well get another engine...
Forum: projects & restorations 12-30-2021, 01:08 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 95,885
Posted By matt b
Nice! R's are fun cars.

Nice! R's are fun cars.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-21-2021, 02:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,414
Posted By matt b
AWRS, they come to you. But that may need more...

AWRS, they come to you. But that may need more than they can do.
Forum: projects & restorations 10-25-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 47,591
Posted By matt b
I thought you could use a 140 rally clusters in...

I thought you could use a 140 rally clusters in these, is that not the case ?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-06-2021, 04:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,811
Posted By matt b
I was about to recommend it too. POR-15 will...

I was about to recommend it too. POR-15 will eventually come apart. The most important thing though is the prep. Bill Hirsch has a couple of recommended steps before the sealer is used and I think...
Forum: projects & restorations 07-23-2021, 03:44 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 457,960
Posted By matt b
Nicely done, they look great and I'm really happy...

Nicely done, they look great and I'm really happy someone finally spent the time and effort (and $$$$$$$) to make it work. Looks killer.
Forum: projects & restorations 05-17-2021, 11:09 PM
Replies: 878
Views: 595,810
Posted By matt b
Solid choice of gauges, I love what you're doing...

Solid choice of gauges, I love what you're doing with this car.
Forum: projects & restorations 04-18-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 33,191
Posted By matt b
Good job, that's no small undertaking. Especially...

Good job, that's no small undertaking. Especially without access to lifts, rolling tables, frame jigs, etc....
Forum: projects & restorations 04-11-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 457,960
Posted By matt b
Looks good! Glad you did the vent windows, keep...

Looks good! Glad you did the vent windows, keep that water out of your door and the cabin!

Seeing your car really makes me want to have another Amazon.

What's your altitude ? 45's seems like a...
Forum: projects & restorations 04-06-2021, 11:15 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 383,080
Posted By matt b
Get a ceramic coated 4-2-1 header from VP. Pricey...

Get a ceramic coated 4-2-1 header from VP. Pricey but oh so nice......
Forum: projects & restorations 04-06-2021, 11:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 33,191
Posted By matt b
Ouch, that's extensive! We're supposed to do that...

Ouch, that's extensive! We're supposed to do that to an early P1800 at the shop in June and I'm dreading it. How many hours do you have into the repair so far ? Have you tried hanging some of the...
Forum: projects & restorations 03-10-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 688
Views: 670,424
Posted By matt b
How stable is that body cart ? Do you worry about...

How stable is that body cart ? Do you worry about a kid pulling down on the rear of the car and making it tip or is it more stable than that ?

I'm thinking of building some for the P1800's we...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-20-2021, 11:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,257
Posted By matt b
Now I understand your message!! I just shot you a...

Now I understand your message!! I just shot you a quick PM
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-16-2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,257
Posted By matt b
I'll sell you my california car cover made for my...

I'll sell you my california car cover made for my last Amazon.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-01-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,747
Posted By matt b
Given enough darts, even a monkey can hit a...

Given enough darts, even a monkey can hit a bull's eye. I can't take much credit, I just had similar nuts in my hands when I assembled a front end for an 1800S.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 01-01-2021, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,747
Posted By matt b
They remind me of the nuts needed to adjust tie...

They remind me of the nuts needed to adjust tie rods, did you do anything with those ? Are they both right hand thread ?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-20-2020, 12:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,564
Posted By matt b
Didn't realize you were that young John.

Didn't realize you were that young John.
Forum: projects & restorations 12-18-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 178,319
Posted By matt b
Man, now I want to hear it run! What's holding...

Man, now I want to hear it run! What's holding you up, is it still the fuel delivery ?
Forum: projects & restorations 12-17-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 137,871
Posted By matt b
Very cool. Are you leaving the roof as-is and...

Very cool. Are you leaving the roof as-is and just painting the body ? Are you going to match the existing paint or just start from scratch ? Nice work on the engine, these are great engines when...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 12-09-2020, 10:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,804
Posted By matt b
Don't use that, just use liquid nail. VP...

Don't use that, just use liquid nail. VP basically sells the Swedish version of liquid nail as their dash pad adhesive.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-30-2020, 08:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,794
Posted By matt b
I ended up at my local...

I ended up at my local generator/starter/alternator repair shop (Luna Industries) and asked them to tell me how to wire it. Red needs to be hooked up to the post with the black diode on top of it...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-29-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,794
Posted By matt b
Thank you! Wiring is perfect on this car, so not...

Thank you! Wiring is perfect on this car, so not worried about the ignition coil.

Hopefully I can finally run this car this week, it's been one delay after another these past 2 weeks.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-29-2020, 06:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,794
Posted By matt b
Looks like I may have found an alternator here,...

Looks like I may have found an alternator here, supposedly compatible with a B18 or B20. It doesn't fit the existing mounting hole for an alternator on the block (sits too far forward), but I have a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-29-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,878
Posted By matt b
I don't think that's normal wear at all, no. But...

I don't think that's normal wear at all, no. But I wonder how much of it is due to what just happened to your engine. Is the rod bent too ?

What are you running for an alternator ? I don't...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-26-2020, 10:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,794
Posted By matt b
One wire ones are easy to do, and I don't want to...

One wire ones are easy to do, and I don't want to do that. I want to retain the charging light as a feature, for example.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-26-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,794
Posted By matt b
Alternator options for an 1800S

Wiring isn't my strong point and I want to be careful not to melt wires here.

B18 in a 63 1800S, with stock wiring. Currently running a generator but I need to switch to an alternator due to...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-26-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,560
Posted By matt b
Don't use brake fluid to loosen that thing, just...

Don't use brake fluid to loosen that thing, just stick to PB Blaster and heat.

I can't say this enough: contact Eric (Planetman) and get the parts you need from him. You'll know you'll be getting...
Forum: projects & restorations 10-27-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 62,291
Posted By matt b
Excellent, I'm glad the beast lives on and looks...

Excellent, I'm glad the beast lives on and looks as good as it will run with a good tune. Whos' tuning it this time around ? Aaron again or someone else ?
Forum: projects & restorations 10-26-2020, 04:19 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 62,291
Posted By matt b
Now hurry up and park it inside. You have the...

Now hurry up and park it inside. You have the only remaining dash/airbag cover that's not warped.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-19-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,010
Posted By matt b
Cleaning up all the connections on your harness...

Cleaning up all the connections on your harness and replacing the dash bulbs should take care of the difference in brightness.

I'd check the inside of the dash for rust, they can have rust in the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-15-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,010
Posted By matt b
No, not the dash cap. Ther fascia, the part below...

No, not the dash cap. Ther fascia, the part below where there's a patch to cover a previous hole. 1800S' use 3 pieces of it.

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Forum: projects & restorations 10-15-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 137,871
Posted By matt b
Low compression wouldn't cause a high idle, but...

Low compression wouldn't cause a high idle, but as others have said: an air leak definitely will. Is the linkage returning fully, right away or is it a little sluggish ?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-14-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,010
Posted By matt b
You can try to contact Nick at Nick Tarlton...

You can try to contact Nick at Nick Tarlton International about the dash fascia. It's easy to find good used ones since they were used for so many years. I have entire dashes here (with the upper and...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-11-2020, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,212
Posted By matt b
Both my V70R and the last Amazon I had had...

Both my V70R and the last Amazon I had had California Car Covers. I still use the Amazon one on a P1800 when I have to move one outside and don't want to leave it in the sun. You can choose your...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-30-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,166
Posted By matt b
Be careful removing the old stuff, I'm not...

Be careful removing the old stuff, I'm not entirely sure that it doesn't contain asbestos.

The way the headliners mount, you have room for something as thick as ΒΌ inch, which gives you endless...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-29-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 32,684
Posted By matt b
I can donate a spare cluster to your endeavor if...

I can donate a spare cluster to your endeavor if you just cover shipping. I have 3-4 sitting on a shelf and could part with one if you want to yank parts out of it. All of them have a functioning...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-24-2020, 07:02 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 32,684
Posted By matt b
Bill Hirsch makes an excellent chemical for that....

Bill Hirsch makes an excellent chemical for that. I don't like the POR-15 stuff, lots of stories of it coming off within 1-2 years of being applied.
Forum: projects & restorations 09-24-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 32,684
Posted By matt b
The pump should have two small rubber diaphragms...

The pump should have two small rubber diaphragms that suck and push the fuel through the filter and onto the carbs. They're a b*tch to replace but I would expect them to be shot if the car sat for...
Forum: projects & restorations 09-20-2020, 06:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 32,684
Posted By matt b
Off topic, but John have you thought about taller...

Off topic, but John have you thought about taller stacks for your Webers ? Just so you're not pulling air quite as close to the headers as you are now ? I doubt it would make a big difference, but...
Forum: showroom 09-20-2020, 05:59 PM
Replies: 9,758
Views: 5,917,946
Posted By matt b
Thanks, cut and buffed the paint and will give it...

Thanks, cut and buffed the paint and will give it a final shine in a month or so once it's fully assembled.
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