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Prepping Arabella for Sale

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1 Prepping Arabella for Sale on Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:37 pm

We should try to have Arabella at 100% for when Christopher shows up on Saturday. (I don't know when he will be arriving)

The to do list is below:

Cassidy:
Clean up threads for exhaust manifold to turbo bolts
Remove broken turbo to cat stud
Install new turbo to cat stud

Details: Archie the Wonder turbo has a crack through the housing from the exhaust inlet to the exterior. It is somewhat minor and should not be a problem at least for us. The first 1/4" of thread on the inner of the three turbo bolt holes is pretty banged up. The lower threads are fine.

Eric:
Look pretty?

Details:

Alan:
Finish wiring the engine bay
Make sure we have gaskets for turbo-exhaust manifold, turbo-cat, cat-exhaust pipe, turbo oil return to engine oil pan (if required)
Purchase and install the connector needed to make the fan run.
Do a million other things that come with storing the race car.

Details:

Team:
Install turbo
Install heat shield
Fill with fluids
Run engine until turbo stops smoking
Pull all of the extras out of the car that are not to be sold with the car.

Rich should be good for us to pick up Fluffy August 15th or 16th. He will confirm this week.

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2 Re: Prepping Arabella for Sale on Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:03 am

Is it an option to weld the crack on the turbo on the exterior to give it a seal? Or will that cause more points of failure?

I will do my best to look pretty.

As for the parts, unload everything Audi related (even the bucket of bolts) and keep only the non-Audi parts (fuel jugs, cool seat...)

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3 Re: Prepping Arabella for Sale on Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:35 am

Eric wrote:Is it an option to weld the crack on the turbo on the exterior to give it a seal?  Or will that cause more points of failure?

Yeah, cast iron can be welded, but it is not a simple or easy procedure, it is well beyond my skill level and might not be recommended on a high heat flux part like the turbo. I don't know that the crack is large enough to cause a significant loss in boost.

Do we want to give the the tupperware that the spare parts are in as well?

This exhaust stud is giving me some trouble. I've used vise grips and welding a nut to it. I think today I'm breaking out the oxy/acetylene torch.

Worst case we just bolt it on with two nuts and disclose that it has an exhaust leak. The buyer works at a hydraulic shop, he has access to real tools.

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4 Re: Prepping Arabella for Sale on Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:15 pm

We also have the other turbo with the cracked housing

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5 Re: Prepping Arabella for Sale on Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:53 pm

A guy just posted on the LeMons forum asking about Arabella.  I guess mid-July is when people start looking at putting together teams.

Also, I made some headway at lunch today on the broken stud. Now the stud is broken off 1/8" below the surface.

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6 Re: Prepping Arabella for Sale on Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:58 pm

If there's lots of crap in the Tupperware, give it away too. They're not expensive. Has the ad been updated for price since it has a new engine?

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7 Re: Prepping Arabella for Sale on Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:57 am

Success! The turbo stud is out and I will be installing the new stud today.

The Ad was updated to list $3500 as the purchase price on Monday.

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8 Re: Prepping Arabella for Sale on Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:06 pm

That's great to hear! Install will be happening on Friday evening?

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9 Re: Prepping Arabella for Sale on Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:11 am

I plan on leaving work and proceeding directly to Alan's house/shop today.

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