First job was to seal up the cooling system by blocking the heater outlet on the water pump. For this job we used a 7/8" rubber chair tip and a hose clamp. That completed the sealing of the cooling system or so I thought until pouring some water right in the filler and out the drain plug of the radiator. After installing the drain plug all the de-ionized water stayed in the car. Also installed new alternator belt.
Next job was stopping the transmission leak. Thankfully this seal is a super cheap VW, Audi seal that was easy to find. So, stub shaft out, pry the seal out, and drive a new one in. Retorqued bolt to 17 ftlbs and no more leaks.
Tow hook and body reassembly is a very satisfying job because it looks so much more like a car with the bumper and valance on. These are cheap 11,000 lb D-rings from the towing department at Canadian tire. Lots of drilling and grinding of the ribs on the inside of the bumper was needed to get the washers to sit flat, but it worked. The first try revealed that this kind of hook will rattle like hell against the aluminium bumper, so we wrapped the rind with some electrical tape to keep it from bouncing around in the clasp. The snubbed bumper then went back on and then the valance.
Do you think this red is close enough for some touch-ups in the engine bay? I'm thinking of doing some cleanup while the engine is still out. Not going for concours-level, just a close match that will look better than the old paint and scratches etc.
I think so. It's definitely closer to original guards red than our exterior paint. For an engine bay, no-one would notice any difference I'd guess. The best picture to compare are the ones with the doors on the car because the doors are 'Kruston' and you can compare to the fenders.
E46 M3 Daily Driver
944 Turbo S Weekend/Project car
944 S2 Race car
944 team car (25% owner)
VW Touareg Tow rig
We choose to race 944s. We choose to race 944s, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.
Distributor cap and rotor installed (stolen from JustinL's 951S). Brakes checked for leaks, bled and filled with liquid gold, clutch bled and working perfectly, doors installed, ride height corrected for engine weight.
951 oil to air cooler installed that replaces the stock oil to water cooler was installed. It needs some ducting in the fog light to be cut open, but it fits quite nicely. Rear bumper installed. Transmission installed, half shafts on, transmission linkage in. Seat back brace constructed.