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Old 09-11-2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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Boy am I glad to be back in a real car... Not that there was anything wrong with the Mitsubishi Lancer that I drove around for the past 5 years.

Just picked up the car in the thread title... She is mechanically sound, has a new transmission and runs like a champ. The 2.8L V6 fires right up and purrs like a kitten.



The dealer/owner wanted $4500 for the car but I wasn't willing to pay that. First thing I did was shop around and look at some other cars. Audis to be exact... I am partial to VW/Audi... I have owned numerous of them, the most recent before this one was a 1995 90 Quattro Sport. After going over the car and talking with the dealer we settled on just over $3k... a little more than I wanted to spend, but the guy had a great local rep and business is bad.

KBB value on the car in it's present condition is about $4000 or so... But, it's not all that bad.

The paint is in pretty good shape for it's age but it isn't perfect. The clear coat on the right frond fender has peeled off the first 6" or so... Thanks to Midnight Tech, I am ready to tackle the job myself! It's got a few minor dings in the hood (bonnet for all you UK types )

Now... Onto the reason I started this thread... I love cars and I love owning nice cars that not only run nice, also look nice.

With a car that is 15 years old, there are bound to be some issues... so I figured I would share the issues and my solutions as an on-going project.

I hope you don't mind.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:57 PM   #2
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First issue... The climate control unit was acting up... The LCD wasn't displaying and the lights would flicker on and off. Took a look around and found I could get a replacement for between $50 and $200 depending... My unit is in good cosmetic condition, so I figured I would see what was wrong with it...

First thing I did was check the light bulbs... Simple thing to do... Run a 12V lead and ground... If the light comes on... she's good.

All but one of the lights tested to work... so that wasn't the issue.



Checked over the main circuit board and found nothing visibly wrong with it. Ran some trace continuity tests and everything seemed good...



So I moved on to the display board... Taking this apart was an excersize in patience. Three of the six tabs were cracked before I split it from the face plate. Took them off and super glued the one that could be repaired. Then I removed the LED panels from the circuit board and viola... There it was as clear as day... 4 out of the 14 solder joints were cracked!!! Heated up the trusty old soldering iron, desoldered the points... brushed some fresh flux on and resoldered all 14 joints. Then I cleaned the LED contact pads with some alcohol to be on the safe side.



As you can see... Climate control unit is now functioning properly (with the exception of the right sides illumination being out!)



Some things are best repaired and not replaced!!!!
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Wow! Seriously great detective work there GZ (and a nice car too).
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:20 AM   #4
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The next issue is with the center armrest/storage-cover. The cloth was stained and threadbare, so I decided to re-cover it.



Split the two halves to reveal the edge of the cloth and the foam.



Being as cheap as I am... I dug through my drawers and found this nice little felt bag that my SeaSonic PSU was in out of the box... Well, I finally found a use for it!!!



Cut the material from the SeaSonic bag down to the proper size.



Cut the old cloth off of the armrest... What do you know, it's glued to the foam as well. Was a bit of a pain to separate the glue from the foam without ripping it... Had to repair a small piece that was tore off.



The old cloth is off and I am ready to put the new material on.
Using my trusty hot glue gun and a plastic rule (not shown) I started gluing the cloth in the channel. I started with the narrow end. Applied Hot Glue to the straight section and used the plastic rule to press the material into the glue as it cooled. I then stretched the material to the opposite side and repeated. Then I moved on to the sides, which I split into 3 sections... Starting with the center on one side... applied the glue and used the rule to press it in... Stretched the cloth to the other side and glued it in. Then, finished up the two sections on either side, carefully stretching and gluing. The reason I split the sides up into smaller sections was to make sure the glue didn't cool before I could apply the material. Finally, on to the corners... One at a time, applied a generous helping of hot glue and used the plastic rule to press the edges in....




Here she is all glued up and trimmed.





Installed in the car and looking much better!!! Thank you, SeaSonic for shipping your PSUs in (otherwise) useless bags!

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Wow! Seriously great detective work there GZ (and a nice car too).
Thanks Rev! Still have a long way's to go yet and I have some ideas to get the interior into tip-top shape again!!!!
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Where's the label? You were suppose to center the Seasonic label on it


But serously nice work
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So you ordered a hdd just to get the bag lol
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Oooh, an Audi! I was looking at something like this for a car for me, but arent the 2.8l's kinda rare? I will be looking at the 1.9l Diesel though, dam insurance... I see you got a manual version as well, (Stick-Shift for you US types ) much better than the auto versions.
I hafta say, I like VW's and Audi's. Have a quality that others cars don't seem to have - even the older ones. Something like even an A3 (my least favourite, after the A2 - Yuk :P) or a Golf would run ring around many of the cars in its class.
Good job on the climate control and the armrest cover, the Seasonic label would have been cool
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I now know what I can do with my Corsair power supply bags.........good work there.
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Where's the label? You were suppose to center the Seasonic label on it
That's *exactly* what I was thinking!

Good industrious, environmentally friendly solution tho!
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To be honest, I was thinking about it... even just to have people ask me "What's SeaSonic?" Maybe I will recover it and use one of the Corsair bags!

Fixing the clear-coat today was an epic fail... Despite my best efforts the paint reacted with the new clear coat and started bubbling... Now I have to sand it down and put another couple of coats on.... Sorry no pics... Forgot my camera.
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Looks like you have a good car there and with the work you are doing you will have a very very nice car. The A-4 is a great driving car. Good work
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I now know what I can do with my Corsair power supply bags.........good work there.
Don't forget the Crown Royal bags too eh!
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My internet has been acting up for the past few days. This is the first time I have been able to get on line without issue in 3 days.

I have been working on my driver side door panel for about as long!

I replaced the stained loose cloth armrest with 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film... Made a few mistakes, but not too bad for my first time working with the material.

One thing I do need is an easier way to remove that darned headliner glue that is used to hold the cloth. For some reason the glue will let loose when it wants to but is a PITA to remove when you want to! I tried, Goof Off, Alcohol, Naptha, Acetone, Vinegar, Goo-Gone and plain-old soap and water. I ended up having to remove the glue manually using steel chisels and razor blades. Took me about 6 or 7 hours to do.

I also gave the handle a fresh coat of green enamel.

The biggest issue I have right now is that there is a small gap around the armrest. I spent a good portion of today looking for some vinyl push-in molding to finish it up. I have no idea where to find it!
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One more pic... Reinstalled the door panel.

one thing that would have made things a whole lot easier would have been if I could have removed the panel that was upholstered. Unfortunately it was plastic-welded in place making it near impossible for me to remove it and reinstall it. I had to be very careful not to damage the door panel itself. That is the main reason it took so long.
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Now you just have to do the other 3 doors to match!
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Took a while but I finally found something to trim up the armrest!!!!

R & E Paint Supply. COW 39-651, 3/8", Tape on, Door Edge Guard, with Bead, Black, Molding

It is sold at AutoZone in pre-cut 27" lengths but I can get it in a 50' roll...

Here is a blurry pic taken with my cell phone. Looks much nicer trimmed out IMHO!
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I don't know about the blurry part but there a fat head blocking the light
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I don't know about the blurry part but there a fat head blocking the light
That would be mine...
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Looks good, do you have to do all of the switch covers or just the one?
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