So the kid got the 2nd Jetta engine installed and it was running. However, now it appears to have 2 dead cylinders or something related to the head gasket. It wasn’t like he did any real proper cleaning of that short block so who knows if it is related to his negligence or that he probably shouldn’t have driven so hard right as a break-in.
But, at least he’s done in the garage and that means Murbella and Żuczek time.
Now I honestly didn’t trust him to clean up the mess he made to the level I left the garage when I closed up for winter. I’m missing some wrenches, a few sockets, and possibly other tools. But I got his tools and assorted junk Jetta parts separated from my stuff and cleaned up and reset all my tools, a task I typically do before I start any major project and subsequently, a few times during the project.
The key garage physical reset was to optimize space, allowing for access to all tools and bins, but also allowing my significant other access to the scooter and other items.
So I think I have the best placement of Murbella for all this work. She’s on a bit of an angle as in the past.
I should be able to get around her, access all tools and bins if necessary, and even get some things I put up in the “attic” space if absolutely necessary.
Once her tires and axles are off, she’s not moving. Period. For quite some time.
I don’t work very fast and given my health, there will be times when I just can’t work for a week or so. Her placement before starting is key.
I got her rear up on stands and I’ll need to get her front up later today or tomorrow.
Once key thing I’ve learned with convertibles is that if you are going to put up one part, go along and level it out with stands for the other part. This avoids any forces or frame on the body that can twist and throw the doors off alignment.
I think this is a sound position. At least I certainly hope so.