Not much last weekend

I started trying to plumb in the brake ducts.  the bumper is very different from the old one, so it isn’t as straight forward.  The windshield wiper fluid tank is in the way on one side.

I also found that someone had removed all the little brackets that supported the air filter box.  So I dug out the aluminum intake pipe and cone filter that came with the car.   Lucky the tubing sections were overlapped a bit so I could telescope it a bit and it lines up with the opening where the right headlight was.  I don’t much like it, it looks too ricey.

I got the stainless steel brake lines yesterday.  This weekend they go on.

It Starts!


Last weekend I finished up all the wiring. Dennis made a little panel to mount the cutoff switch and the pushbutton starter. I had to puzzle out the back of the old key ignition switch. I couldn’t find a diagram in my shop manual pdf on my phone. The black wire with the white stripe was the starter wire. I decided to keep the ignition switch and hid it under the “dash” so we can turn it off as a theft deterrent (or maybe it was just easier to stuff it under there than it was to cut it off and connect all the wires, because I can’t imagine someone trying to steal it.

The moment of truth came when I tried to start it. Nothing happened. That didn’t surprise me at all. The chances that I had gotten everything right seemed pretty small. After puzzling over it for a while, it occured to me that I might want to try it with the clutch pedal depressed. That did the trick. It started right up! Yay!

Tedd finished re-mounting the seat, so he and Dennis fit in it. It’s perfect.

The tranny is the next big step. My lower back is telling me I’d better get my team mates to do the heavy lifting.

Took Apart the Minnow Engine

Today I took the intake manifold and the head off the Minnow’s engine.  It was better looking in there than I expected.20180610_134007

With the engine out it was pretty easy.  I’ve never taken the head off of an engine before.


It’s pretty common for there to be oil in the spark plug holes, but they were clean.  The cam looks good.


The intake valves looked clean and the ports look pretty well designed.


The amount of carbon build up on the cylinders is pretty minimal and the cylinders look like they are in very healthy condition.

I’ve been fantasizing about the rebuild.  I want 10:1 compression ratio pistons (stock is 8.8:1), and a cam that is mildly hotter than the A6 cam.  I think that very little other internal modifications are needed.

Farewell to the Minnow )-:

Tedd took this photo as the carcass was hauled off yesterday.  It’s sad to see her go.  But most of her parts live on in the new car.  I wonder what useful part I forgot to remove?


We really need a name for the new car.  I guess we need a theme first, the name will follow.