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Giving a 405 Sport Wagon another chance

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Back to gas tank leak,right! 

I end up repairing it while the tank was still inside the car,end up raising up left side up in the air so remaining gas that could not be drained would end up on the right side.First I was using soldering iron to melt plastic around leak to seal it that way first before applying Petroleum safe JB weld,tell you what working with that soldering iron was scary but luckily it all ended well. 

After JB weld dried off and cured I painted it with black spray paint and filled it up with gas,it took about 11 gallons. 

So far I haven’t seen any leaks but I’ll keep checking in a few days.

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Last Sunday I was taking two cars to Radwood show and only one made it,fuel pump decided to quit on Wagon. I was really surprised that it was still original pump as I literally replaced everything on this car,somehow I missed inline fuel pump.

I ordered inline,in tank guel pump and fuel filter from Rock Auto and red parts car donated fuel pump to keep it going till new parts arrive.

I should add it failed only 10 miles away from my house.

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Sometimes when making big changes to a vehicle like engine swaps or interior swaps we can forget the basics, i had this happened to me just after i bought my silver Mi16x4 thankfully i'm good at figuring tings out, and got my car going with couple taps on the underside of the fuel pump mount, drove it like that for a week hitting the fuel pump mount in traffic when it died and replaced the pump with a new one. Savo, do you know how many miles are on the pump, that rotor is worn down to the core.

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How is the wear on the pump part?
This original Bosch unit must be really well built for this part to be the first to go.

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When I pick this car up it had about 137.000 miles and now it’s at 200.000 miles, just little over 50.000 miles on this GTI6 engine since it was imported. 

It’s still my daily driver and most of the time it’s used as a truck 🙂

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Unfortunately I never had a chance to modify GTI6 front brakes to make them fit and front brakes could not take no more abuse so I just ordered factory replacement trough Rock Auto. Rotors were only $12 each and pads were $14, I also end up getting new slide pin boots, slide pin bolts and little screws that hold rotors in place.

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On 12/4/2018 at 7:36 AM, Bean said:

Looks great Savo! Althought this a rare repair to see you do where the parts haven't been powdered, painted, or polished before reinstall!

Love this wagon - Such a cool build.

Rabin

Thank you sir, I should add that I replaced all four tires and alignment lasted Saturday. Still driving it every day about 300 miles a week.

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Power of google did it again! I’ll admit it took me a bit of time to find what can fit and here it is. I always new there is something out there that is straight replacement and they definitely did not made that many different types of compressors back in the day.

Luckily for me I found open box on Ebay for $80 and regular prices are around $220 and this is also Sanden unit.

I should probably add that on these Sanden units back head and front pulley’s are interchangeable. I also got new drive belt and ideler pulleys. Since this car is equipped with XU10J4RS engine compressor pulley is for six rib belt so I’ll only need to swap over back head and electrical connector.

You folks are very welcome 🙂

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Update on this, I had to use my front pulley as offset wasn't same and further research found that Sanden 8025 is equipped with correct pulley.

I vacuumed  entire system for three hours before filling it back up and needle stayed in same place for 6 hours. At that point I filled it back up with R134a.

I’m using it for two weeks now and it’s working great. 

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WOW last post was January 19! I haven’t really driven it till last few weeks but I did do engine oil change and replaced subwoofer and new better subwoofer box. It’s retired from truck duty so rear trunk space is no longer important so upgraded was a do.

And yes Mike lid closes just fine, I’m holding it up so I can take picture of it 😉

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