|Quoting Molykote (Thread starter):
I wouldn't say I have a wealth of experience but I'm curious as to how my list compares to the norm. Share your own...
For 6 years, I owned a couple of old Volkswagens...
...meaning I rebuilt both of them several times over.
In addition to wear items and consumables (filters, belts, spark plugs and fluids)This is what I have done thusfar:
Power steering pump
Rear brake drum -> disc conversion
Front + rear brake pads and rotors
Front + rear shocks + springs
Completely rebuilt right front suspension stemming from hitting a curb at 50 km/h
Rebuilt all 4 CV
joints (a royal pain in the a$$)
Tie rod boots
3 fuel injectors
New camshaft + 2 hydraulic lifters
Replaced both fuel pumps + fuel accumulator (For those of you who want to experience a new level of terror, get a car with Bosch CIS fuel injection)
Replaced clutch and cable + rebuilt shift linkage (A surprisingly simple job)
Entire exhaust system
Lots of rust removal and general bodywork
Got the car free, sold for $4000.
'89 A2 GTI
Rear drum ->disc conversion
Added Corrado front brakes
1.8T engine swap and 02A manual transmission, plus making a hybrid wiring harness
New high-flow exhaust system
Changed three coilpacks
Competition FK suspension front + rear
Minor bodywork (filling in dings and fixing scratches)
Removing extra weight from interior (basically, everything other than the dash and front seats), relocating the battery to the trunk - this removed almost 200 lb. from the curb weight.
Got the car for $2000, sold it to a friend (who still owns it and autocrosses regularly) for almost $6500.
'89 Merc 560 SEC
New rear struts - and thank God that's it so far - one rear strut cost as much as all 4 FK coilovers for the GTI.
The only thing I didn't do to any of the cars was to the GTI - I had a VW performance shop re-flash the ECU of the new engine - something that requires special equipment and very detailed knowledge of engine mapping (neither of which I have).
[Edited 2006-05-16 10:09:19]