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Old 08-04-2006, 05:08 PM
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Where to buy brake parts?

Just got some more info from the shop on my car - front pads are worn to the nubs, rear pads have "less than 5% left" and it looks like that's not the first time because all of the rotors need to be replaced (we'll see for sure when I look at them myself). When the mechanic got back from test driving her, he told the receiptionist "Man, that car is scary!" haha!

So here's what I need:
*Master cylinder (can I rebuild mine?)
*Brake lines, hopefully in a kit
*Four rotors
*All new brake pads
*Replacement wheel bearings (apparently only two "need" replacement)

Other than that, fairly good news!
*The transmission shifts fine after they drained some really gunky stuff out.
*Compression on all cylinders is between 300 and 350psi
*Valves adjusted perfectly and she runs great
*Three nozzles need to be replaced or rebuilt (1, 4 and 5)
*Tie rod ends are worn and some ball joints have a lot of play
*Shocks are shot
*Exhaust is rusted out, mounts are missing/broken
*Oil pan hit a rock and was shoved back into the tranny, but they think they fixed that w/ a hammer
*Spring in the ignition switch is shot

I think I may have them replace the ignition switch, but we'll see after the quote. Other than that, I'm going to be doing it all myself.

Any pointers on where to start?

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Old 08-04-2006, 05:34 PM
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Howsabout taking all the money you are about to spend on this junk car and buy one that is in better shape!

Steve
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Old 08-04-2006, 05:40 PM
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Howsabout taking all the money you are about to spend on this junk car and buy one that is in better shape!

Steve

Because I just bought it, sillypants

There's minimal rust on the body. Engine, transmission, etc. are all fine - she's just an old girl who's a little out of shape. I'll be doing all of the work myself, I bought it to be a project car - mechanically and for my BioDiesel project
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Old 08-04-2006, 05:46 PM
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That's cool.

The questions you asked indicate that you don't have much experience at this sort of thing. So that drove my response.

Parts source?

You on one. Click Buy Parts above.

Steve
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Old 08-04-2006, 05:56 PM
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Well I've never owned a diesel, but always worked on my own gassers - owned a 1973 SuperBeetle for three years, and you can't do that without plenty of work! However, all I've done with brakes is replacing the master cylinder in a Honda - and I can tell already this will be MUCH easier - and replacing plenty of pads.

And it's a good thing you mentioned the Buy Parts - all I've been using this site for is the forum - can't see the forest through the trees I guess
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Old 08-04-2006, 06:12 PM
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Yes, Rotor and pads, dirt simple. Wheel Bearings, be careful.

I'm making an assumption that '75, '85 etc. are the same as W124's as follows. Bearing pre-load is set with a Dial Indicator, as opposed to older american procedure of tighten and back of until you can move the washer.

Steve

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