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  1. oprn


    Just give it to me then your worries are over! Seriously though, I have bought and sold a lot of cars over the years and unless you make it a serious business, most automotive purchases are not profitable. Of late I just buy what I want to drive and mile it out. I'm an end user now, I don't even worry about "Is it worth fixing this or that? The car is only worth $XXX!" Nope! If the body is good and I enjoy driving it - I fix it - mileage or resale value be dammed! For instance the wife's Forester needed a clutch at 130,000, was due for a timing belt and few other odds and ends that we had put off. It's a 2000 so 18 years old and worth $2500 to $3000 tops. I didn't have time to do it and took it in to be done. "The car isn't worth it." I'm told "Too old." "Fix it!" I told him and he did. Cost me just shy of $4000. Was it worth it? Ya! It has Zero rust, as in not even a tiny bit - anywhere, top side or bottom. My cousin has one, still driving it at 500,000km, original drivetrain, never touched! So I got me a car in perfect working order for $4000, totally rust free with the potential to last another 370,000km. Nothing wrong with that! Oh and it's the 246hp turbo version too! 🤩
  2. He put 771grams of R134a in it. Only once in the last 20 years have I seen the temperature go over 40 here. Mid 30s is usually the hottest we get and it's a dry heat so not so bad.
  3. The Lupo AC is working again! Success! 😊
  4. Now I believe that due to how badly burnt the clutch coil was there is a possibility there is a bad fuse somewhere. The ones on top the battery look good, I pulled a couple from the panel in the parcel shelf but they look fine. Just have the symbols to go by as the owner's manual is in Japanese too. Anyone know which fuse it is? 26 was my best guess and it looks fine. I could pull them all one at a time I suppose...
  5. Is this the sticker?
  6. Good gal ain't she? Right on her game with all the latest and best info! 😉
  7. A question I have been asked is how much oil and what oil type should be in the compressor? The people I am talking to think they will just look it up but they don't realize yet that there are no listings in any data base for anything on these cars here.
  8. The clutch was pretty rusty but I cleaned it up and think it will be ok. The compressor is back in the car now and just need to recharge the system.
  9. I made the decision to go with the original AC compressor, not that the used one would not work, it's just that the original is tighter and not many miles on it. I changed over the coil and clutch.
  10. My hands and the kitchen now have a very distinctive cow dung smell. I think I know were this part was stored! 🤣 Looking in the connecting ports all seems clean and fresh so I suspect the issues are purely cosmetic.
  11. The compressor looks like it spent some time on the Titanic before being brought to the surface and sold! The clutch bearing feel smooth... that's the main thing.
  12. The AC compressor arrived today. The box shows some damage but it's a pretty sturdy bit so not worried about that.
  13. Yes it appears there are vendors here. Thanks!
  14. Wow! I have never seen a system for balancing that fancy! Yes I have 2 old VWs with the wide 5 bolt pattern but no one in this area has a jig to balance them. At one time they were very common but not now. I will look into buying the rings. That is $18 Canadian plus shipping. Not that bad, I wonder if there is someone on this side of the pond that sells them?
  15. Well, it certainly would be worth a try. I have a lathe so given a bit of time could make my own.
  16. It wasn't doing it with the winter rims and tyres!
  17. We happen to like the looks of these wheels. Are they inferior? I don't recall them being out of balance when we got the car, is it possible that our tire man's wheel balancer is out of calibration? Do they not center on the wheel bolts ok? Would making centering rings for them fix it?
  18. Yes you said that once before, I was waiting for a response but it didn't come so I assumed you didn't find one. All good one on the way! Now, the new tyres we bought seem to have a bit of a shake to them. The missus took the car back today to get them re- balanced but not any better. Our tire guy says it's because the rims are multi fit and are missing the centering ring. No, there was no centering rings with these wheels, should there be?
  19. I am a bit jealous! It would be fun to get together with other Lupo owners and swap some lies. I am in touch with a group of air cooled VW guys in Calgary (3 hours from here) and we went to one of thier events last fall. There is a VW water pumper group also and there is rumors one fellow has a Lupo GTI so we shall see...
  20. It looks like we have a complete used AC compressor on the way. I am a bit nervous about buying parts sight unseen off Flee Bay but it seemed to be our only option at this point. The price was not that high, we didn't have to mortgage the farm so even if the whole thing goes south no one will be left living under a bridge! 😄
  21. Here is the name tag on the compressor.
  22. For those that are interested in our part of the world, here is the first flower of spring. The Prairie Crocus, getting a bit rare these days as once the land has been cultivated they rarely come back. We have a few pockets of virgin land out here so we feel very fortunate to still be able to find them! I'm about 3 weeks late posting this but it will give you some idea of what they look like.
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