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Gregory Garoppolo
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She’s been grounded for over two weeks and I haven’t had time to fix the damn pinhole in the CV axle yet. She needs exercise, right? I mean I’m being practical really, I wouldn’t want parts to fatigue and break from lack of use, because that’s a real thing and not an excuse to release copious numbers of ponies onto the pavement through all four wheels on my way work, right? I think I’ll leave early enough to beat

This was a super clean build that I spent a lot of time around and talked with the owner of, who did all of the work essentially himself. The car is immaculate! The dash is a modified B3 Passat dashboard, an is accompanied by custom door cards, a roll cage, race seats and I believe a customized Grant steering wheel. The build is solid, and has been in operation for a number of years now. It shows up

I don't know a lot about Kelmark's kit car platform. They can run a few different engines but it was designed in part for air-cooled VW engines .The design itself was based of of the a Dino 206/246. It's a good looking car. This example here was built by it's owner with an air-cooled series 2 VW flat four, a VW beatle chassis, and with a mild turbo setup, pushing 6-7 psi of pressure. It's probably not even

[]Brian Nguyen

I have 5 dollars

I made an awesome score on some used parts for the 242 today! I just need a few more pieces and then I will be able mohave the car built the way I want it for it's initial setup. It will be an old school, naturally aspirated, lightweight, tracker build, with manual everything. It's going to be sweet! #TeamWheelWell #ForTheBuild

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[]Christopher McDowell EL

gettin the Volv track ready?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I'm working on it! I still need to get tranny and engine mounts, and then shake it out some more. I've developed another sticking caliper, so I think I'll replace the remaining three to be safe, the lines are new, and then I should be good to go!

Is your Charger ready for the track yet?

[]Christopher McDowell EL

Nope havent started on it. After this weekend the build commences. But the parts pile has gotten bigger

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Excellent! I look forward to hearing more about your progress!

[]Christopher McDowell EL

I've also been more on IG as of late too posting progress. Check out my latest post on here to see an update to the 8 piston brembos

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Yay, new parts!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Yay! hard to find camshafts! This camshaft grind was only in random boat engines and some Canadian cars for a few years, on this side of the Atlantic.

My S4 is down, sort of. I don't want to drive it with the CV axle spitting grease out from the boot. I'm sure that I could get away with it for a little while, but I really don't want to need to replace a $450 axle when new boots and grease are only like $50 total. I have the parts too, now I just need the time to make the repair. As long as she's fixed in time for

I hate to waste things, but inevitably when you mod cars for a hobby, you end up generating waste that is seemingly useless. Some of this is recyclable for pennies per pound, or sometimes more in the case of aluminum, or it ends up as landfill. So I like to get creative with my useless spare parts. The first item I have are these custom planter bases. The large pot is perched upon a weathered B5 Audi S4 front

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[]Brian Nguyen

hahah genius! I usually upcycle by turning things into wall art.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Thanks! I've been known to do that, but my girlfriend has a different sense of aesthetics for some of these things than I. ;-)

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Now what you need to do is get an axle with the proper lug pattern and make a weight bar that you can attach rotors (and possibly wheels/tires) to.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Haha... I'm not trying to recreate muscle beach in my garage or anything, now. LOL

I snapped a couple of quick shots of my Volvo 242, with one of my 855s in the background, this morning on my way out. I liked how the light was shining on the car, but that light certainly isn't doing my car any favors in terms of hiding some of its more unsightly blemishes. #TeamWheelWell #ForTheBuild

My girlfriend parked under a tree that dropped a big ol' splat of sap on the front of her car. Sap/pitch can read havoc on paint and clear coats, so it's important to remove these things as quickly as possible. However, that's often easier said than done. Here's how I handle this sticky situation. ;-) First thing that I like to do is use a plastic tool, or a piece of card stock in a pinch, to scrape the

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[]Kit Lau

I never knew i needed this tutorial until today. Thanks for sharing this greg!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

You're welcome! I didn't realize that there was a need for a tutorial until I accidentally discovered the technique. Smells like pine trees when you're doing removing the sap too! LOL

[]Skylar Siegel

DUDE. I needed this one so badly, I have a few spots that I've been actively ignoring lol

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Haha! I've tried a lot of techniques over the years before I found one that didn't make a massive sticky mess in the process.

[]Ernie Szots

Nice! I would have dumped a half gallon of Goo-Gone on it and would have probably ruined several microfiber towels in the process lol. You don't find that the plastic tool or piece of card stock creates swirls or scratches in the clear?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Good question! What you want to do is skim off excess sap but try not to scrape the paint too much, you're not going to get the sap adhered to the paint off by scraping, so don't try. I use my plastic tools meant for removing clips and such from body panels, but I'm still careful. The idea is just to get the sap thin enough so that the wheel can do it's job.

[]Craig Crall

Wow Gregory, that stuff is nasty, good tutorial.

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Here's some pictures of the before and after of my trunk that I detailed. It wasn't a terribly interesting job from my perspective, but if you have any questions about how I like to clean certain areas or what products I like to use, feel free to ask. The last picture is the before. #TeamWheelWell #ForTheBuild

[]Ameer Idelah

Looks awesome
👍🏼👍🏼

This was not a fun job. Between non car-related issues, issues with other cars that I own, time constraints, and parts, this job took way to long. All and all, the car had been down Since the beginning of July for what started out as replacing the turbo control valve (TCV), located on the underside of the air box, and spark plugs and wires. The TCV job should have only taken 15 to 20 minutes, and the spark plugs,

I bought this car with a broken transmission, leaking steering rack, and some other problems as a consequence of deferred maintenance combined with the relative rarity of this vehicle. On Friday, I finally got this car through emissions testing and fully registered! I spent a lot of this summer shaking the car down, and being foiled by a series of small problems like vacuum leaks and a coupe of cheap sensors, which keep me from enjoying my convertible in

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[]Ernie Szots

Congrats; must have felt awesome. Cool scenery for the pics.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Yeah, it was but the lighting was always coming from the wrong angle everywhere I went. I think that I will need to drive out there in the morning to get the light that I want in the future

I had picked up these chassis braces a little while back but never got around to installing them. Venesh and I decided to set to work on the job while he was in town. He co-owns this car with me. They required drilling into the A-arm support brackets and then bolting stuff together. It was pretty painless, well accept for the sharp pieces of metal that fell on my arm because I was too lazy to put on

The first thing Venesh and I got to the other day was replacing the stretched out clutch cable held in with this allen key and zip tie. It was actually a really solid fix, I never felt anything in the pedal, and the zip tie simply prevents the key from falling out but plays know roll in clutch actuation. But I replaced it anyways. I decided that getting under the dash to do this job was annoying enough without

My buddy Venesh that I co-own the 242 with was in town unexpectedly and we were able to put in a little wrench time! I don't have time to post all of the details and cool pics that I sapped along the way, but I have a back log for sure. In the meantime, here's some teaser pics to taunt you all with. #TeamWheelWell #ForTheBild

[]Ernie Szots

Teamwork makes the dream work.

I was performing the PCV maintenance on my car and decided that because the PCV maintenance requires removal of the intake manifold that I would treat this as an opportunity to improve the vehicles efficiency with a phenolic intake spacer. I purchased the intake spacer and followed the instructions up until one of the final steps. At that point I could proceed no longer. The problem is that the EGR valve is not clearing the starter motor solenoid. This

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[]Timothy Markworth

Just bust out a file or angle grinder (with flap disc or grinder disc) and beat the hell out of the EGR valve and starter. You'll do less damage if you split the difference, but you need to put some thought into it. The starter probably has the thicker housing, but I reckon plenty of people would be indifferent about destroying an EGR valve to save money on a block plate.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I thought about doing this but then I worried that I could cause an internal boost leak if I upset the EGR diaphragm. In the end, I gave up all hope and started to disassemble my work, which is when it magically fell into place after hours of wrestling it and posting the problem to multiple places on the internet.

I finally got around to installing my Momo MOD 07 steering wheel in my car. Really easy job, and it feels way better in my hands than the giant OEM wheel that the car came with. It also transmits more information that the previous wheel, in the form of vibrations and feedback from the road that I can now feel. Most importantly, my knees no longer hit the steering wheel when I use the clutch. Such a big difference and

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That looks 10 times better too!

Yesterday I finally got the intake manifold off of the car. I was missing a 22 mm crescent wrench and the job got side tracked by more pressing things for a while. But now that I have the manifold off, I was able to inspect the intake valves, and am installing a phenolic intake spacer and a new PCV system. Hopefully today it will be back on the car, time permitting. The intake valve on the right was

Most people don’t see my trunk most of the time, but I will appreciate its cleanliness once I’m done. #TeamWheelWell #ForTheBuild

I came across this picture of a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa this morning, and it looked awkward to me. Then I realized that that was because it only had one side mirror, like a car from the 1960s, only this was a Ferrari built in the 1980s. What gives Ferrari? Did you really need to save those extra few bucks for the second mirror?

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[]Michael Jobusch

Better aero? I’m sure this is likely only due to the intended market.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Perhaps its a commemorative Finding Nemo edition

[]Michael Jobusch

Ha!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Hey, now I can say that the 88 Civic I had has something in common with a Ferrari, lol. That's really surprising. You would think a second mirror wouldn't be that big of a deal

[]Gregory Garoppolo

lol. My Volvos use the same lug pattern as Ferrari. If that Testarossa didn't look awkward, then I wouldn't be surprised by the missing mirror, and assume that it was a Euro model Ferrari and that the only reason we had two mirrors was because of legalities.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

"yeah, it's pretty much a Ferrari"

[]Hayden Baker

It was to reduce drag. It was added back later on in the model run. Mirrors make up a shockingly large percentage of drag: 5-10%.

This is a car that the guys over at Matrix Integrated, an independent German car shop that does a lot of performance work and track prepping of cars for people locally. They have helped me setup my 2001 Audi S4, and I have been very happy with their service. I didn't find out any specifics about this 911, but it certainly looks good. #TeamWheelWell #ForTheBuild

Unfortunately, the Audi section was fairly spars at the show so we let this nice Opel GT join us since he would otherwise have no place at this German car show. Opel is a German car company for those who have never seen or hear of one before. Opels were available in this country in the 1960s and 1970s, and had some very faithful owners, but like so many European cars, they mostly rusted away and were often considered

I installed my AWE Tuning Drive Train Stabilizer (DTS) 4 years and twenty thousand miles ago. The part has held up well over that time and required no maintenance. I purchased this product to help reduce the excessive drivetrain movement that exists from the factory in B5 VW/Audi cars. I had a previous positive experience with the same part on my old S4 and was confident in the benefits when I purchased the item. The DTS reduces drivetrain movement

I decided that while I was under the front of the 242 changing over a caliper that I would remove the stupid plastic bumper guards off of the front of my 242, they are supposed have some sort of ridiculous safety purpose, but they seem utterly useless to me. I will be shedding the 11.2 pounds that the front and rear bumper covers combined weighed and rocking what will be polished aluminum bumpers. The rear bumper is now ever

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

"ever vented to prevent pressure from building up"
Read: "I really don't feel like filling in the holes"
Lol. Looks better already

[]Gregory Garoppolo

LOL! Race car!

I swapped out this bad caliper for a good one today. I have to say, the whole design is fairly clever, if a little annoying to work on. One day my brake failure light came on, but their were no symptoms, so we figured it was the sensor for the system, which measures pressure and usually comes on as your master cylinder fails. In my case, the light came on because of a seized caliper on the front right

I went to drive the Cabriolet to its most hated destination again today, the emissions testing station. Once again I didn't make it, so I swung by my mechanic who was kind enough to help diagnose a bad coolant temperature sensor. I had noticed that the coolant temperature was reading low, meanwhile the radiator fan was clicking on periodically. The mechanic checked the temperature on the radiator hoses to see if the fan was correct or the gauge, and

Here are the group shots that I took of the Porsches at the Germanpalooza event that I attended earlier in the month. Their were a lot of nice Porsches but, like the BMWs, not that many that stood out. Sure, 356s are great, and quite valuable, but most of them weren't that exciting of examples. Maybe I just have a hard time accepting that those old round 50s coupes that have been at car shows since I was a

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