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    1. Moderator rs4-380's Avatar
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      10-05-2004 08:38 PM #1

      She didn't come easy (easier than the other Rabbit ), but she has settled in.

      Say goodbye!

      Everytime I look inside I can't beleive how good of shape the interior is in for being a 25 year old car

      The real fun starts this weekend.




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    2. 10-05-2004 09:05 PM #2
      WOW! Wish my interior was clean when I got it....but it's white...what can u expect....you need a different color though.....just a thought...hope to hear from you soon about your plans...

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      10-05-2004 11:37 PM #3
      Quote, originally posted by ciTy_goLf »
      you need a different color though.....just a thought...

      dont listen to him, that color is amazing.... if anything paint the car red or black around those seats... ... no lie i love that color


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      10-06-2004 09:22 AM #4
      I have a set of MKII Recaro Trophies that I was planning on putting in the car, but they aren't in as good a shape as the current seats and they are obviously not the same color scheme. I really don't want to spend the bucks to redo the entire interior either...

      WHo knows, maybe I will just stay with what's there.

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      10-06-2004 01:28 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by rs4-380 »
      really don't want to spend the bucks to redo the entire interior either...

      i would just sell the recaros and use that money for more stuff for the car.. thats just me...but i think im the only VW guy who doesnt get a hard on for recaros though ...either way keep us posted on your progress


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      10-06-2004 01:44 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by ih8erickempf »

      i would just sell the recaros and use that money for more stuff for the car.. thats just me...but i think im the only VW guy who doesnt get a hard on for recaros though ...either way keep us posted on your progress

      Here's the thing. Have you ever sat in Trophies? They are bolstered soooo nicely.

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      10-06-2004 01:52 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by rs4-380 »
      New car in the garage = what it must be like to have a new child at home, you just go in to stare because it is there!

      She didn't come easy (easier than the other Rabbit ), but she has settled in.

      Aaaawwwww.....

      That interior looks like GTi interior; either way looks to be in great shape!

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      10-06-2004 08:34 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by rs4-380 »
      Here's the thing. Have you ever sat in Trophies? They are bolstered soooo nicely.

      Ive sat in them... im not saying they arent nice seats... i just dont drool when i see the letters recaro stiched into a seat


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      10-07-2004 12:02 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by kamzcab86 »

      Aaaawwwww.....

      That interior looks like GTi interior; either way looks to be in great shape!

      Yes I belive it is...and one in verry verry good shape I may add!
      Dont touch a thinnk..the car is great the way it is!!

      Just clean it up and lower it a bit..and its good to go!!
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      10-07-2004 08:19 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by ih8erickempf »

      Ive sat in them... im not saying they arent nice seats... i just dont drool when i see the letters recaro stiched into a seat

      I could care less if they had "Chicken ****" stiched into the seats, I've have them and they are great seats. Hell, I would rather recover them in the present interior pattern, but I doubt I am going to find it anywhere.


      GTI interior ehh? This car is becoming more and more interesting....

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      10-08-2004 05:26 PM #11
      Got home from work today and two and a half hours later I had a lot more breathing room. Ran into a little trouble with one of the inner CV bolts, but a little inspriration and a circular saw with a cutoff blade took care of it pretty easily.

      I need to get the Brakes (MC, Booster, Pedal cluster), steering, and wiring sorted out before the space gets filled back up, but I am very pleased at the pace things are progressing.

      (BTW: If any need anything from an '80 1.6 5-speed let me know.)


      Modified by rs4-380 at 9:21 PM 3-13-2006

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    12. 10-08-2004 11:03 PM #12

      gawd that looks like someone vomited in the car...
      and i have a booster and mc from vtgti's car, if you need it...

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      10-08-2004 11:08 PM #13
      Wow that really, really, really, really needs some work.
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      10-09-2004 02:17 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by redvdubvert »
      Wow that really, really, really, really needs some work.
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      10-09-2004 01:23 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by rs4-380 »

      i think we have some people that are unfamiliar to what the northeast does to a car


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      10-11-2004 01:45 AM #16
      Looks like you started work immediately!

      Let us know if you are stuck anywhere.

      PS, now that the engine is out, its a good chance to clean and paint the engine bay.

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      10-11-2004 08:29 AM #17
      Maybe it looks worse than it is in the pictures, but for a 25 year old NorthEast car that has never been in the hands of someone who cared for it, I think it is in pretty good shape. It is a little soft on the driver side inner fender between the raintray and the firewall, but I am sure that can be taken care of. You can also stand on the floor pan underneath the driver seat without fear of falling through the floor (which you can not do on my other Rabbit, which is 3 years younger), so I am pretty pleased.

      I do have one clarification. I have been told that the post 86 A1 (Scirocco, Cabriolet) use brake boosters that will bolt right up to a 22mm (A2) master cylinder. If that is the case I am looking for such a Booster and Pedal cluster.

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      10-28-2004 08:34 PM #18
      Looks a little better now eh? I was literally removing layers of dirt with a putty knife.

      I did expose some nastiness around the strut towers and on the inner fenders up in the raintray. Is this pretty common with the additonal flex in these cars (and more importantly how much of a pain is it to deal with?).

      Also, anyone know what the engine bay is painted with ( I am assuming it is not normal body color)

      thanks


      Modified by rs4-380 at 9:22 PM 3-13-2006

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    19. 10-28-2004 11:39 PM #19
      The engine house was painted with Ni/Cel enamel right along with the body as it came down the line. Nothing special.

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      10-28-2004 11:41 PM #20
      So, you made it a Flintstone's car?

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      10-29-2004 10:29 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by DrDarby »
      The engine house was painted with Ni/Cel enamel right along with the body as it came down the line. Nothing special.

      Ni/Cel?

      Nickle ????

      Just looking to do some touchup.

      And no it won't be foot powered, it's new lump is sitting in front of it.

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      10-29-2004 11:37 AM #22
      Nitro Cellulose I think. Cheap ass enamel.

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      10-29-2004 12:29 PM #23
      silver turns yellow after years of engine heat and grease sitting on it..

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      11-05-2004 06:43 PM #24
      Progress has been slow as I am waiting on a brake booster before I put the new engine in. I've been keeping myself busy by dealing with some things on the engine and cleaning it!

      There sure is a hell of alot more wiring than a CIS engine



      Modified by rs4-380 at 9:23 PM 3-13-2006

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    25. 11-05-2004 10:21 PM #25
      You got a quite a bit of rust repair to do man.

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      11-05-2004 11:00 PM #26
      Quote, originally posted by GoFastChickenwing »
      You got a quite a bit of rust repair to do man.

      Isn't that always the story?

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    27. 11-08-2004 04:40 PM #27
      I think that you're making great progress . It does look like you have a good bit of work ahead of you, but seems like you know that already .

      Good luck


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      11-14-2004 08:49 PM #28
      Engine is in.

      I wrestled it for awhile, but she finally fell into place.


      Modified by rs4-380 at 9:24 PM 3-13-2006

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    29. 11-14-2004 08:53 PM #29

      did you get a brake booster?
      i have one from an 89 cabby i couldn't use..the shop refused to install it, but it came from a working cabby with working brakes..they were just being poopshoots...

      lookin' good!


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      11-14-2004 09:07 PM #30
      Quote, originally posted by Lenz »

      did you get a brake booster?
      i have one from an 89 cabby i couldn't use..the shop refused to install it, but it came from a working cabby with working brakes..they were just being poopshoots...

      lookin' good!

      I did. Thanks

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      11-15-2004 09:54 PM #31
      A/C and Power steering delete.

      Cut A/C/Alternator bracket (top and bottom), Alternator moved to A/C position.

      Welded inner water pump pulley

      Alternator driven with A/C belt, outer crank pulley, outer water pump pulley, power steering pump, pulley and locating arm all removed




      Modified by rs4-380 at 9:27 PM 3-13-2006

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      11-20-2004 03:10 PM #32
      Machined A3 Hub Carriers w/ modified Late A2 Ball joints, 10.1 Front Brakes w/ A2 GLI calipers, mintex pads, ATE rotors




      Modified by rs4-380 at 9:28 PM 3-13-2006
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      11-28-2004 05:53 PM #33
      Autotech Sport Cams



      Modified by rs4-380 at 9:29 PM 3-13-2006
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    34. 11-28-2004 07:37 PM #34
      i want to remove the ac in my car.. can you give me better directions..?

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      11-28-2004 07:55 PM #35
      I'd love to help you out but I've never done it on an 8v (the engine pictured is a 16v). It is most likely the same process, head on over to the 8v forum and I am sure they can point you in the right direction.
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