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    1. #51
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      All I can say is good luck...

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      FV-QR

      TCL Roadkill. Non-scripted, ad-free, awesome!

      Good luck!
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      Best wishes on this one. Best mk3 related thing I've seen in a bit !!


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      Also in. Always wanted to save a car out of a junkyard so I'll be living through you on this one.
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      This forum is more and more of an embarrassment every day...

    5. #55
      Holy crap! This car was posted on The Samba in April and I said back then only a miracle would get it out of the yard... this is awesome!

      If anyone is interested, here's the car in its better years with its original owner: http://www.sfgate.com/cars/myride/ar...in-4673506.php .

      The car is also listed in the Harlequin Registry (might want to update its story): http://www.rossvw.com/harlequin/ .
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      Quote Originally Posted by the brit View Post
      List of 'things' I need, or need to bring:

      Drivers side turn signal & Dummy (PA Donor car)
      Power steering reservoir cap (PA Donor car)
      Coolant bubble, bolts, hose to head, clamps (PA Donor car)
      Auxiliary Belt (PA Donor car / new)
      Battery bolt down bracket (PA Donor car)
      Battery terminals / connectors for repair (PA Donor car)
      MAF connector (PA Donor car)
      Front lip (?)
      FPR vacuum line (check routing) (Orchid)
      Hood Bolts (Orchid)
      Fender Bolts (Orchid)
      Wheels / Tires (Matt?)
      Ignition key / lock cylinder / door handle lock cylinder (PA Donor car)
      Wheel bolts x 20 (depends on wheels)
      Dipstick and sleeve (PA Donor car/ new)
      Oil pan / oil pan gasket (new)
      Oil filter (new)
      Brake reservoir cap (PA Donor car)
      Valve cover breather tube (PA Donor car)
      headunit / wiring (Benjamin?)
      Alternator wiring (possibly missing?) (PA Donor car)
      Mirror Caps (Orchid)
      headlight bulbs?
      Blue front plate ;-) (orchid)
      Seats (junk yard?)
      Grill (?)
      Gas tank? (?)

      CONSUMABLES:
      Engine oil (Walmart?)
      Coolant (G12 would be nice, but otherwise Walmart)
      Power steering fluid (Need to confirm if Walmart generic will work)
      Battery (junkyard, or sponsor?)
      Brake Fluid (Walmart DOT3/4)

      TOOLS:
      Brake line wrenches
      Sockets – 8mm – 19mm + 24 / 30mm (enough to pull steering wheel)
      Special sockets - for removing steering column
      Breaker bar
      Multimeter
      Wrenches
      Ratcheting 13mm wrench
      Ratchet + extensions
      Screwdrivers
      Allen Key
      Small torx
      Glass pulling tools / sealant
      VR6 swap? You know you want to.

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      Quote Originally Posted by IJM View Post
      VR6 swap? You know you want to.
      It's not really feasible within my timeline I mean, I could if I had my shop and some friends, but the slightest thing going wrong would kill it.

      Most people would say 5 days is a nice timeline for driving across the country in a normal car, haha. I must be home by early morning next Friday at the latest, and ideally Thursday night.
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      I like these threads!!
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      Do you have any solid idea of WHY the car made it to the yard? An ABA is hard to kill but someone could have ran it out of oil. Or the 020 threw a rivet or munched a 2nd gear syncro. I'm trying to think of failure points on a Mk3... Maybe wheel bearings? Electrical gremlins? Clutch? Just trying to plan for the worst here.

      Definitely plan to pull the valve cover and oil pan to inspect as much as you can though.

      I applaud your undertaking but man, there are a lot of chances for things to go wrong with this.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Pnuu View Post
      Do you have any solid idea of WHY the car made it to the yard? An ABA is hard to kill but someone could have ran it out of oil. Or the 020 threw a rivet or munched a 2nd gear syncro. I'm trying to think of failure points on a Mk3... Maybe wheel bearings? Electrical gremlins? Clutch? Just trying to plan for the worst here.

      Definitely plan to pull the valve cover and oil pan to inspect as much as you can though.

      I applaud your undertaking but man, there are a lot of chances for things to go wrong with this.
      It failed smog, so the original owner immediately donated it to a charity. They didn't know it was special, so they sold it to a junkyard immediately. The rest is history It was supposedly running and driving fine. Maybe.
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      Quote Originally Posted by the brit View Post
      It failed smog, so the original owner immediately donated it to a charity. They didn't know it was special, so they sold it to a junkyard immediately. The rest is history It was supposedly running and driving fine. Maybe.
      That's great news, so there's actually a chance of it getting back on the road.

      Something else to bring (assuming it's a manual): a manual adjust clutch cable.

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      https://modesto.craigslist.org/cto/6161599327.html

      Possible cheap donor* car!

      *thanks Chris!
      Last edited by GolfTango; 06-07-2017 at 02:40 PM.

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      I'm confused, anxious, and excited all at the same time. I had no idea these cars existed, and the history behind them is pretty cool. Best of luck to you OP
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      Hopefully my harlequin feels like coming out on sat


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      Quote Originally Posted by VRClownCar View Post
      Hopefully my harlequin feels like coming out on sat
      Where have you been?

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      Where have you been?
      Just living life out here in Cali. Always working on the harlequin


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      Quote Originally Posted by VRClownCar View Post
      Hopefully my harlequin feels like coming out on sat
      Sunday

      I fly in late on Saturday night, work begins 9am on Sunday
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      Quote Originally Posted by VRClownCar View Post
      Just living life out here in Cali. Always working on the harlequin
      Meet up for dinner next time I am out there? I am in Torrance for work quite a bit.

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      ^ My exact first thought when finished reading the first post

      Good luck to you sir
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      I cannot begin to imagine the amount of gas that has gone through both the engine and those seats.

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      Of all the madcap schemes I've read about on TCL, this is certainly one of them.

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      This is awesome!

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      Quote Originally Posted by the brit View Post
      It failed smog, so the original owner immediately donated it to a charity. They didn't know it was special, so they sold it to a junkyard immediately. The rest is history It was supposedly running and driving fine. Maybe.
      Not sure if CA's site shows *everything*, but on smogcheck.ca.gov there are no failed tests for plate #3VYS682.

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      Quote Originally Posted by GolfTango View Post
      Do this! Excellent donor vehicle.

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