Drove Around The Block

So I fired everything up and drove Cali around the block today. There were a lot of not awesome noises, so I didn’t drive any further. But she felt actually really good!

I haven’t wired all the dash back up, so I didn’t have a lighter, and the tuning laptop has a crappy battery, so I couldn’t drive very far anyway… but I pulled out of the garage and drove around the block. I turned on auto tune, but I don’t think it did much, and it is really hard to drive and look at a laptop at the same time. Especially when you are trying to pay a lot of attention to all the noises a first run car makes. But the car actually pulled smooth and without issue, which is promising.

When I got back to the garage, I put the car on stands and poked around. The noises all seemed to be not related to the motor directly… the water shield was dragging on the driver side rotor. The passenger front fender liner was rubbing on the wheel. The too large rear tires were rubbing. The heat shield on the tunnel is laying on the exhaust. The shield on the timing belt was touching the tensioner. So I fixed a bunch of those, and ran it on the stands, sounded much better.

Since the dash isn’t fully wired and likely won’t be, I ordered up some gauges from egauges.

# Part # Desc Cost Total
1 310-105 2 1/16 250F Engine Temp. – Elec. Vision Black $25.55 $25.55
1 323-088 Temperature Sender: 250F/120C – M10x1 – $16.64 $16.64
1 310-106 2 1/16 300F Engine Temp. – Elec. Vision Black $25.55 $25.55
1 323-423 Temperature Sender: 300F/150C – M10x1 – $24.27 $24.27
1 350-104 2 1/16 80 PSI Engine Press. – Elec. Vision Black $25.75 $25.75
1 360-006 Pressure Sender: 0-80 PSI/5 Bar – M10x1K – 7.0 PSI $25.75 $25.75
1 240-850 T Adapter – VW, male, M10 x 1 $6.65 $6.65
3 600-862-1 Green Diffuser for Types E and C bulbs, each $1.00 $3.00

I long since moved the radio to the lighter/ashtray spot, and I have a 3 gauge DIN panel for where the radio was, where these will all fit nicely. I was thinking it would be need to build up a little idiot light/buzzer system too… eventually.

So I’ll be there wednesday night, and hopefully I will have Dylan with me to help me get the tuning going so it is safe to drive around. I would like to leave the audi at the garage and drive the jetta around some. Obviously I will need to wire the gauges and the lighter back up to really feel comfortable.

But I am stoked. And getting excited.

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