And then there was spark

The more I learn about this Corrado, the more I think it’s been closer to a decade since it was last on the road. Just about everything on this car needs some attention.

Just to recap, I replaced the sending unit and in-tank fuel transfer pump with a used eBay part. I haven’t tested the pump, but the sending unit seems to be working. I put a new battery in the car, and did some basic tests: most lights are working; the passenger window rolls down but comes off track; the drivers window doesn’t roll down; the sunroof tilts but doesn’t slide back; and the rear spoiler works fine when manually engaged. I replaced the clutch master cylinder that was bad and I went ahead and replaced the clutch slave cylinder because I like spending money (it’s two bolts and a hydraulic line, might as well while I am in here). That was all bled to remove air from the system and seems to be working fine. It corrected the pedal going to and staying on the floor.

With those things done, I now turn my attention to a singular focus of getting the engine to run. It generally only takes three things for an engine to run: air, fuel, spark. We have air, but upon initial tests have no fuel or spark.
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Corrado Fuel Pump Saga

Either the Corrado has been sitting for longer than I understood or gas gets really corrosive as it breaks down (or both).

Replacing a fuel pump on a Corrado should be a quick and easy job. I removed the fuel pump and sending unit from the car via the access panel in the trunk area. Well, to be truthful, I removed what was left of the sending unit and fuel pump. Large parts of it had completely disintegrated and were either gone or had fallen into the bottom of the gas tank.

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The 1990 VW Corrado, code name “Janet”

If anyone knows me and my personal taste in cars, they’ll know that I always fall for the less mainstream cars over their popular counterparts. Give me a 70’s Buick or Cutlass over a Camaro or Mustang any day. If you look up cool but-not-mainstream cars in the dictionary, you’ll likely find a photo of a Volkswagen Corrado next to it.

This car was Volkswagen’s first attempt at a ground-up true sports car. It had impressive styling, great handling, and for it’s time an impressive amount of horsepower. It started with the G60, a supercharged 1.8L 4 cylinder engine producing about 160 horsepower. They eventually beefed it up with the SLC/VR6 6 cylinder engine producing about 180 horsepower. VW imported them into the US from 1990 until 1994, and it is estimated that about 18,000 made them into the country.

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