So stoked to see this thread Jay! Me and Adam are always down to come over and turn wrenches or lend a hand over beers on a weekend! She’s in such solid shape.. so glad you made this find!
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In for more! Looks like a great score. Makes me miss my Tornado Red MkII.
That said, I got a free Mk2 a year ago that "ran well when parked" six months prior, and it had a clogged system and multiple leaks... CIS is a good system when you are driving it regularly and have good gas going through it. However, it doesn't do as well sitting for a long time. It is very sensitive to pressure (or lack of full pressure) and has lots of little orifices that can get clogged. The higher ethanol content gas seems (to me) to introduce moisture in the system which causes corrosion.
And that's a good approach.
This forum has a lot of great members who love these cars. Nobody will be laughing at your expense, and we love seeing stories like this.
Feel free to message me anytime if there's something "silly" you'd like to ask and I'll do my best to help.
Got out to the garage for a bit after dinner and made more progress.
Front Seats out!
Back Seats out!
Shop vac and center console out
No wonder the shifting felt sluggish...
Not bad for day one. Not expecting to keep up this pace but it is rewarding work.
That's one of the things I love about Mk2s. They come apart so easily. When I had a Mk2 Golf project in my garage a while back, I thought "Eh, I'll slowly start stripping it over the next few days". Before I knew it, I had the whole interior including half the dash out and was just a few hours in on the first afternoon.
I am thinking about laying down some POR-15 on the whole floor after cleaning - anyone have an opinion on that? I'd just like to seal anything up I can while it is exposed.
My '91 Tornado Red GTI also approves of this thread
I wouldn't be too scared of the CIS system, like any fuel system it's subject to how it was stored, and while its adjustable nature makes it appear finicky (especially if it's been tampered with) it's a decent system.
My main beef with the system - which is why I took the 16-valve out of my car - is that components are NLA, and used parts are hard to find and/or expensive. For example, the injectors on my VR6 went to pot when I let them sit for 5 years without taking proper storage precautions. A set of 19-lb refurb'd replacements was $80 on eBay. And those are *the* critical metering component on a modern injected engine. Good luck finding a NIB replacement fuel distributor or a set of stainless lines. Injectors are cheap because they're just simple pencil injectors, but you also have 2 fuel pumps to deal with. Good luck finding a fuel accumulator that hasn't cracked (yet). Bottom line there are just too many failure points, or points that can just make your life miserable if you just want the damn thing to run.
If I wanted to update my 16-valve to modern injection, I'd probably convert it over to Digi (which amazingly you can still get parts for cheaply) or run MS. OP, for your project I'd focus on getting the engine running at first in order to diagnose how f*cked you are
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Ugh, I can already tell this thread is going to get me spending money on my mkII again. In.
Hmmmm this project seems relevant to my interests
Going on 16 months with my current mk2, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. My thread is in my sig and I have tons of pictures of everything along the way if you need any reference.Not a lot of progress, but like I said I want it to stay fun. I am going to work on it as long as I feel like not worry. I don't really expect to have it on the road until 2021.
OP, I agree to try and get the engine running. If you are inclined, remove the fuel inlet to the distributor and manually relay the pump to see if the system even gets gas to the engine bay. If so that's great, and you're probably better off draining the tank and putting in fresh gas before going further.
I'm trying to get my buddy to get rid of the 9A in his GLI for one of the ABF's got around. He's got a motor problem, in that he has a bunch of motors and not enough Mk2's to put them in. I could probably persuade him to get rid of one of the 9A's he's got around
I'm assuming if I buy a battery and hook it up that turning the key would cycle the fuel pump so best to avoid doing that unless I remove the fuel inlet correct?