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The featured BMWs included a 3.0CS, the obligatory E30 M3, a 2019 M4, and the most interesting of the bunch, a 700 Sport. The 700 Sport is the small, rear-engined red vehicle sporting the 07 number on it's doors. I have more pics of that car and will write-pup a little bit about what it was a little later. In the meantime, Enjoy!

Double J Motors is a local VW/Audi shop in Portland, OR, with a good reputation, and that puts out some very clean builds. I didn't get to speak to anyone about the specifics of this build but the details are everywhere. The engine is running a throttle body system with 4 intake trumpets, has an 8AN conversion with oil catch can and cooler installed, and some fancy exhaust work. I would bet that there's some head work to take

There was a pretty strong MB showing this year at Germanpalooza. My personal favorite of the bunch was the AMG GTR, which is both a gnarly and capable beast of a machine, along with being gorgeous. I met the guy who drove it over from the dealership and he was telling me about how even with all of the aids enabled if you don't drive the car right it twitches and jerks about as the electronics stop you from

I was caring my bike up a flight of stairs so I didn’t go back down to get closer shots but it looks like a really clean example. Anybody know what year it is?

I was caring my bike up a flight of stairs so I didn’t go back down to get closer shots but it looks like a really clean example. Anybody know what year it is?

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[]Jeff Bowman

That looks like a late 70s car

[]Matt Heeley

Looks like an early first gen. 67 or 68?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I was thinking the same thing, but it's been years since I've been up close to one.

[]Matt Heeley

Biggest difference is the hood shape around the lights and the grille between the early car and the revision

[]Robert Sixto

I couldn't say either, but I always thought these were so much cooler than old Mustangs

[]Wilson Oberholzer

No idea what year but that looks really clean

It’s a gorgeous day and there’s a lot of cool cars around. I’ve been taking a lot of shots and focusing in on some more interesting items like a BMW pickup, and a Porsche Super 90. I’ll sort and post the rest of the pics later.

I got the S4 80% detailed inside and out, and now I am trying to get its other wheels on before I head over to Portland International Raceway for Germanpalooza! It's a track, drag, and car show event. I won't be driving this time, but I will be talking, handing out business cards, and sporting my Team WheelWell gear! I'll get some better shots of my WheelWell decals when I'm there :-) I'll take some pictures while I'm there, so be

People seemed to be a little curious about that Saab Sonnett that I posted last night, and luckily serendipity struck this morning. There happens to be a V4 Saab Sonett up for auction on Bring A Trailer right now. You can see the entire car over there, whereas I couldn't really get any shots of the interior, undercarriage, or engine of the Sonett that I spotted. This example is lightly modified, with a turbocharger attached to it's

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[]Lynx Star Automotive

The hysterical thing about the Sonett is that the blower motor case is bigger than the engine! 😭😭😭😭😭

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And you thought I was done posting pics of B-chassis cars tonight! I found pics of my last B3 Volkswagen Passat! This car was literally bought from a little old lady that developed trouble with her hip so she couldn't operate the clutch anymore. It lived in a garage and was dealer maintained, but I couldn't keep her. I'm better now, but I had an undiagnosed hip problem for years, which caused me back pain (go figure) instead of hip

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[]Yves Vds

I loved the front end on this generation. You don't see many on the road nowadays. She looked mint.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

She was, she really was. Cloth interior with heated seats, 16v, under 100k miles, and a manual transmission. Better balanced than the VR6 cars too, so much fun, with either engine.

It's funny, they didn't have a grill, because it improved aerodynamics and didn't affect cooling, but people didn't like it so they slapped an awkward one on the B4 cars. I think it's the second best car that they made in the 1990s, with lots of little features that are largely overlooked.

[]Yves Vds

I believe the VW logo was a grill and let enough air in.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

It did allow some air in but the majority was directed under the bumper and through the radiator that way. They're weirder cars than people can realize, which is why I like them. It's a parts bin mash up of CW-Audi-Porsche projects, in some rather cool and interesting ways.

To keep with posting lots of pictures of B-chassis VW/Audi cars tonight, I also came across some pictures of my friend Court's old B6 S4. He had this car at the same time that I had my first S4, mine being a laser red B5 S4, which are the pics that I am hunting for at present. I'm sure their on this old hard drive I found!

These are some old shots of my friend Rob and his 1969 Camaro, taken about 15 years ago, but in sepia tone so that they look older.

[]Ernie Szots

Love it.

I was gong through some old photos and I came across this picture of my friend Rick's 1956 Bel Air from out on Long Island. This shot is over 10 years old, but it was a gorgeous, complete restomod at the time. I won't pretend to remember the specifics but it was very tastefully done.

I was visiting Orcas Island a couple of years ago and I took some time to setup a few shots with my camera. I then completely forgot about the pictures until I stumbled upon them today. The pics are of my 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo, before I lifted it, on its old wheels which are now on my Volvo 242. Enjoy!

I like having two consecutive generations of a chassis. I used to own a B3 Volkswagen Passat, or four, before as well. For that matter, this is my third B5 chassis car. I think I may have a B-chassis VW/Audi problem.

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[]Yves Vds

I love the looks of the B5, especially this generation RS4 looks gorgeous. So much better than the next generations.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I couldn't agree more :-)

This is a Sonnett II that I spotted in Portland while out on a walk yesterday. I think these old Sonett's are rather interesting; they were lightweight, small displacement, 3 cylinder, 2-stroke, sports cars, made in the lat 1960s. How's that for different? The car is very diminutive in size and was also available with an upsized (1.5L vs 0.9L) V4 engine instead of the 2-stroke inline 3 cylinder as well. The two stroke engine featured a freewheel that

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[]Randy Gross

Wow that car is dripping with 60s fastback cool! I am with Robert, will I be burned at the stake as a heretic for wishing for a motor swap?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

You get the same answer, depends on the motor ;-)

But in all honesty, it used an inline 3 and a V4, the larger of the two being 1.5L and the smaller 0.84L, I think that you would need a motorcycle engine for the swap, which could be a lot of fun. Who doesn't love 12k RPMs?

[]Randy Gross

Oh swap it with a Honda 600cc or maybe a Suzuki Hayabusa 1100cc? Someone needs to do this so I can live vicariously through them!

[]Robert Sixto

These are undeniably cool looking. Is it wrong/sacrilege to call for a hot engine swap?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Depends on which engine you're thinking ;-)

[]Robert Sixto

Hmm🤔

[]Timothy Markworth

I doubt it's very fun to drive in a vast majority of situations, but holy smokes is it a looker.

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[]Matt Heeley

Styling looks a bit like the early 240z. Cool find!

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[]Matt Heeley

That thing looks like it was trying to channel a bit of Jag and maybe Ferrari in the styling Saab WAS great at making oddballs though. What was the one that had the tiller/yoke instead of a wheel?

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Isaac Newton was the first person to declare that an object in motion tends to stay in motion; a phenomenon any driver who's corner quickly can appreciate. As we rapidly apex a corner our bodies want to keep on a forward trajectory, a trajectory that deviates from that of the car, causing us to slide about in our seats. This slows you down. Why? Because you are expending energy, mental and physical, on controlling your body movement instead of

She's full of blemishes in person, on every last panel, but she cleans up really nice for some photos! I gave her a full interior detail, some repurposed Volvo all-weather floor mats, leather and vinyl conditioning, along with an exterior, wash, clay bar and upper surface buff, followed by a nice coat of wax. Next up, brake maintenance! And an oil change. This workhorse, turned 194k miles this month, and the only things not working are some of the

[]Skylar Siegel

Nice! I like the placement.

I love this old Vanagons; they were shockingly capable little campers, when outfitted as such, that are really quite surprising as far as the ground that they are able to traverse. This one, I don't know, I just like it. It's very, very brown, but somehow that works for me on these Vanagon. Although I think I would swap out the wheels for something else, I'm not sure what, but they don't quite fit with the rest of the

[]Robert Sixto

Brooooooooown!

They're bringing it back, we will be getting it, and it looks incredible while coming with some rather potent engine options. I don't even like new cars for the most part, but Alfa is making that hard lately! Just look at it, it's gorgeous! And you know it will make glorious sounds, like only Italian cars make. You can read more about it at CarAndDriver: https://www.caranddriver.com/news/alfa-romeo-gtv-quadrifoglio-what-we-know-about-the-600-plus-hp-coupe?src=ign_ai&mg=cad&dom=fb

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[]Hayden Baker

Admittedly I like the Guilia Sport better than the Quadrifoglio. It looked too busy for me

[]Gregory Garoppolo

But that engine! I agree generally though, most new cars look too busy. I prefer the clean look of your E39 and my B5 S4 for the most part. Understated, it's part of why I love Audis, but the Italians pull me out of my shell there... maybe it's all of those Os in my last name?

[]Hayden Baker

Could be ha. But yeah it just looked a little too gaudy compared to like an M3. I love the regular Guila Sport trim, but it needs a better engine than that 4 banger

[]Robert Sixto

I was already lusting over the Giulia, now this makes it a tougher decision!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I know, right?

[]Yves Vds

I love this car. It looks very sharp with the LED headlights. I read many times it was plagued by many small issues. I hope they have fixed these by now.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Sounds like it’s a real Alfa to me ;-)

[]Sebastian Nounou

Resist the temptation lol.

[]Caleb Krebs

Can honestly say anytime I see this car I get all jealous, its a gorgeous machine.. absolutely gorgeous!!

[]Tom Armstrong

I saw some type of Fiat on the freeway today, beautiful

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I’ve been living in my new place for a couple of months now and it’s the first place that I’ve had free reign of a full garage and driveway. I still enjoy it, and th view when I open up in the morning. :-) #teamwheelwell #forthebuild

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[]Robert Sixto

The drive way is key. I still have a good size 2 car garage, but I miss the long side driveway I used to have, tons of space to work with. Congrats!

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[]Randy Gross

Your place is starting to look like my house. My neighbors ask why so many cars and I tell them the question they should be asking themselves is why haven't I bought another one lately.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

My neighbors just ask what I am doing with them, and then I explain my plans for one or two of them and then they usually let the subject be, either that or they are actually interested. I haven't had a problem with a neighbor yet here though, everyone seems super chill.

[]Randy Gross

That's cool. I have one neighbor that keeps telling me that I should get an MG, so he can live vicariously through my work on it.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I have some neighbors with that attitude, one of, from whom I bought and have fixed a convertible :-) An MG could be fun...

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I decided that I would finish cleaning the interior of my 850 Turbo today, and re-clean it some after my little 5 and 6 year old nieces were driven around in it for a week. One of the last areas that I have to clean is the carpet in the driver's footwell, so I decided to take some pictures and show how much help the steam cleaner is here. This first photo was taken after I first vacuumed the

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[]Yves Vds

Exactly the reason why I like black interiors. Sometimes it's not the best nicest option, but over the years they look better. In any case, good job on the steam cleaning, it does look much better.

[]Hayden Baker

Man am I glad my carpets have always been dark. I couldn't handle a tan interior. Keeping it looking perfect is just too stressful. Good call on the steam. I have had great success cleaning home carpet with it. Makes sense it would work on a car

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I dislike tan interiors for the most part myself. This car was bought as the best mechanical example when I was short on cash almost 10 years ago, and I ignored details like carpeting. What's weird is that the light carpet in the Audi Cabriolet is so much easier to clean and has less discoloration from the sun despite being a convertible. I have no idea why that would be.

[]Robert Sixto

Steam all the things!! Lol you're really going nuts with that thing! 😁

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I may suffer from new toy syndrome. lol

[]Robert Sixto

Been there

[]Maggie Johnson

Nothing wrong with that I think everyone’s been there haha

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Man, I really need to get a steam cleaner. There are so many little crevices and set in stains in my 525i from the negligence of the previous owner. A few of my other cars could use the treatment too. What steam cleaner are you using for this?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Pur Steam, I got it off of Amazon for a really good price. It's good around the house too, man. I cleaned that nasty grime stuck in the corners of the kitchen with it, stuff like that too. It's also got an attachment for steaming your suits, if you have any. I'm quite happy with my purchase.

My 1994 Audi Cabriolet is one of 1300 Cabriolets brought over to this country in 1994. Audi did the same for the following 3 years, and then they discontinued the car. Consequently, there are not a lot of these cars around and some of the information is hard to come by for a number of reasons. The problem that I am having today is that I need to replace my coolant temperature sensor, and while I can locate the

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[]Lynx Star Automotive

The temp sensor is located at the rear of the engine bay under the induction pipe. It is held in place by a clip which secures it to a coolant pipe. No crows foot is necessary. Not sure where you are located, but in the US the Cabi only brought the 2.6/2.8, Never seen one with a 4 cylinder. Out of curiosity why are you changing the sensor? Is it leaking? Or are you getting a coolant temp error code? Such as P0116? If you are getting the latter, it is a failed thermostat. That one lives under the intake manifold and requires removal of said manifold to replace.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

My car is not a 4 cylinder, it's a 2.8L V6, all US spec cars are the 2.8L engine. I'm the earlier engine code, not the revised one, and I am changing the sensor because the car is only throwing non-specific, intermittent codes while running really well. I've replaced the vacuum lines, despite not having an EVAP code, I replaced the oxygen sensors, which resolved some codes, and now I am left with a few more options and bought what seemed to be the most likely sensor because it was the cheapest path forward.

My temperature gauge reads normal and coolant recirculates normally. I have an OBD1 car, so my codes are 3 digit blinking engine light codes, which is part of why I am doing guess work here. That and it's enough work to get to this sensor that I will not be putting it back in given how cheap a new one is. All of that, and my mechanic said it was a reasonable first guess before bringing it in to have them diagnose the car. No one will diagnose this car in my area for less than 1.5 to 2 hours of labor because it's all non-specific blinking light codes followed by testing individual components. At that price, I can throw a couple sensors at the problem, they're cheap so far, luckily.

Unfortunately, the mechanic thinks the other possibility is that the cats are on their way out, which I always thought would be associated with a foul odor, but then again, I've never had a cat go bad on any of my cars.

I don't see how I could get that sensor out without a crows foot wrench, I'm all ears if you know the trick, but there's hardly any room in there. I'd be super grateful for an easier solution! I don't want to buy the wrenches and I don't want to slowly rotate that thing out a 1/4 turn at a time either.

I lost the paper I wrote the last set of code on, and the car has been sitting with the battery disconnected, so they're gone right now. Otherwise I would have shared them as well.

[]Lynx Star Automotive

On the 2.6/2.8 the sensor is located at the rear. You remove the intake pipe, and you will see it down there secured to a coolant crossover pipe. It is held in place with a c-clip. All you need is a long hook/pick tool and a magnet. You pop the clip off and use the magnet to secure it. Worse case if you are using an OEM sensor, then it should bring a new clip. From there it’s a matter of removing the sensor, installing the new one, and using the magnet to guide the c-clip in place and use the pick tool in reverse to pop it back on. A tip is to leave the sensor connected to the plug so it serves as a third hand to hold it for you while you are working. Likewise, plug the new sensor into the connector then install it. It’s a tight fit, but can be done.

I think 1.5 is very reasonable for a diagnostic charge. There are motronic OBD 1 tools which help speed up the diagnosis. Tho many shops have done away with these as we don’t see too many OBD 1 cars anymore.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

My sensor screws into that pipe that runs behind the head. I wish I could post a picture of it...

[]Lynx Star Automotive

Hmm that doesn’t seem right to me. Have you purchased the new sensor yet? Is the new sensor screw in type? What color is your sensor tip?

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-febi-parts/coolant-temperature-sensor-with-o-ring-clip-4-pin/059919501kt/

^^^ that is what I remember doing. It has been a long while since I’ve done a 90 series, but that is the sensor I have always dealt with.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Those are the sensors that I used in B5 cars and in my B3 Passats, but this car has a brass screw in sensor with a brown plug. They are calling it the sender, but my understanding of this sensor is it is the air/fuel metering sensor and the sensor that sends to the gauge cluster. Unfortunately, sometimes the gauge continues to work while the fuel metering goes wonky, is what I was advised, that and to keep driving the car and see if the gauge quits next. The problem is that the car needs to run through emissions to be driven, so we have a bit of a circle we're stuck in.

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/audi-engine-coolant-temperature-sender-034919369c

[]Lynx Star Automotive

It is a combo sensor. They all do the same function. It tells the ECU the coolant temp for fan operation, and also is the signal for the temp gauge. The difference is in how the temp gauge works. Some are single wire, some are dual. Hence the 3 or 4 wire sensors. With that sensor, a sending unit socket will work better for you. You need to completely remove the intake pipe, not just the flex pipe portion to really open up the area, and that will give you more room to work in there.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

While I don't have the crowfoot wrenches, I do have a few oxygen wrenches, maybe one of them will work... Thanks for the assistance, I've been super bummed that the sun is out and my convertible is in the garage again. This is helpful, now I just need some time to dig in there with these suggestions

[]Robert Sixto

Glad to hear you got set on the right path. Usually with VW/Audi it seems a new tool/specialty too is the answer 😁
I was only with Audi briefly, but I do recall this generation of cabriolet to be seemingly problematic. I can't remember specifics anymore, it was years ago, but two in particular seemed to have multiple hard to find gremlins. Good luck getting it all sorted! 👍

[]Gregory Garoppolo

It runs sooo well, but that damn light keeps randomly coming on! Thanks man!

It just cracks me up that this is a mid-engines RWD car. What happened to quirky Toyota? #teamwheelwell #forthebuild

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

Wasn't there a version of this that was supercharged too?

[]Sebastian Nounou

Yes!!!!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Yes, but that one was only available in AWD and with an automatic transmission.

[]Joost Van Dien

What the hell that is cool! I see a toyota super van coming!

This one is either an old restoration or all original. I stumbled across it on a walk his morning, and other than a lot of dry rotted rubber seals, it looks great and has a current registration. I like it. #teamwheelwell #forthebuild

I am working on a few jobs on this car, but the heat has been kind of intense so it's been slow going. So while I wait to spray the bumper, I decided to protect the rest of my work, which meant giving the T-5R a quick bath and then putting her away under her blanket. I will take her out again once the bumper is ready to be installed. In the meantime, I need to get my Cabriolet

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

Good to see some more progress on this thing. Stay hydrated when you're out there in the heat

[]Yves Vds

Nice project car. I will follow this build.

I finally got my first decal installed, and despite all of my anal retentive cleaning and prepping, I still managed to get it on there slightly askew... damnit. I don't think it's that noticeable though, and besides, this car was never going to win any beauty contests anyways! It turns head for entirely different reasons. #TeamWheelWell #ForTheBuild

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Looks good to me!

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