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    Thread: 79 16v mini build (56k watch out)

    1. Member rabbito's Avatar
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      01-08-2007 09:07 AM #1
      I've been gathering parts for a few months and now its time to put it all together. I bought this 79 off ebay. alpine white with baby blue int. this car came from the factory with no options. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] No AC, manual brakes and no rear defroster. My plan is to try and keep this build simple and make it a fun weekend car.
      when I picked it up in the ghetto of philly

      wanted to get it ready for H20(2006) and 3 weeks later this is how it looked.


      I then decided I wanted more. I also was not happy with the overall look of the car. I needed something different.
      80k mile 1.6 pulled


      Matt(littledevil34) and i will be rebuilding this, which will be replacing the 1.6. i will also be using a 4k tranny with a lightened flywheel and eurosport short and weighted shifter(which i got for free in the junk yard).

      nice place to put all my parts and a spare 16v. guess the boat is being useful in the winter.

      i already have a defrosterless rear window, but you never know when you need a spare for the next project

      more parts

      more parts: NOS grille, TT exhaust and downpipe w/ new borla. v-maxx coilovers.

      unknown wide 80's flares. i only have the flares. the orig kit comes with a front a rear valance. i will be using fiberglass to make a piece to connect the front flares to a large duckbill.

      ok, so it was a great day so I put on the rear coilovers,flares and wheels. I also rebuilt the shifter and ran fuel lines from a passat. Matt and I will be rebuilding the engine sometime soon.
      before( i also added a rear black panel from a 80 rabbit, polished fox door handles as well as swallowtail side moldings and metal rear emblems) just doing my own thing with this project.

      after


      since the interior is baby blue, I dont have many options with seats and steering wheels. I got lucky and bought a 13 in baby blue steering wheel, which will match perfect. i will post pics once it gets here. i also am keeping my eye out for some helios recaros. let me know if you see any!


      in the next month i will be updating as i go.



      Modified by rabbito at 11:26 AM 10-15-2008

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      01-08-2007 09:16 AM #2
      looks pretty nice.

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      01-08-2007 09:18 AM #3
      flares look sick, cant wait until its done!

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      01-08-2007 10:13 AM #4
      Nice!
      Car looks really clean, was it on e-bay awhile ago?

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      01-08-2007 10:43 AM #5
      it was on ebay months ago, but it was not in great shape
      sorry for the small pic its all I have



      Modified by rabbito at 11:27 AM 10-15-2008

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      01-08-2007 10:53 AM #6
      Good progress. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      01-08-2007 10:57 AM #7
      thanks! just a side note for people searching for rear defrosterless windows. make sure to look at the 79-80. I was lucky and my 79 came with it. Also Matt and I were at a local yard and pulled a defrosterless from a 79 as well. They are stamped with the vw part number, which also states made in the U.S. So keep your eye out for them! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]




      Modified by rabbito at 11:28 AM 10-15-2008

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      01-10-2007 03:57 PM #8
      jealousy

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      01-16-2007 08:46 AM #9
      put the front suspension and flares on.


      tt exhaust is on

      also just got my new control arms w/ poly bushings and ball joints, will be going on tonight. i also picked up my lightened flywheel thanks Randy [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      this is still empty, but this weekend hopefully the new 16v will be in there.

      just a picture of a factory radio delete panel(needs some trim paint).

      this weekend will be the rebuild of the engine and hopefully put in the car.



      Modified by rabbito at 11:30 AM 10-15-2008

    10. 01-16-2007 10:10 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by rabbito »
      thanks! just a side note for people searching for rear defrosterless windows. make sure to look at the 79-80. I was lucky and my 79 came with it. Also Matt and I were at a local yard and pulled a defrosterless from a 79 as well. They are stamped with the vw part number, which also states made in the U.S. So keep your eye out for them!


      OR... since it is a flat piece, you can have a glass company cut you one for around 120.00 to 140.00 I just paid 130.00 and had one made as they are getting harder to find.
      same color glass as original, and tempered as original. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    11. 01-16-2007 10:15 AM #11
      [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    12. 01-16-2007 10:37 AM #12
      real real nice build

    13. 01-16-2007 12:48 PM #13
      i love this car... very nice
      [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      01-16-2007 01:04 PM #14
      looks great so far [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] love the gold on white, classic

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      01-16-2007 01:44 PM #15
      thanks everyone. the car will be on all four wheels tonight so ill update it tomorrow with a few more pics. i thought this was a great pic. came across this by accident.
      this is my brother and I standing in front of my dads, one of many rabbits. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] im the one on the right sportin' the general lee shirt.
      This picture was taken in 1986. It was a two door silver 1980 diesel w/ bright red interior. lots of childhood memories of that car. I guess thats why I chose the 79 I have today. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]



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      01-16-2007 02:39 PM #16
      My dad had a rabbit when I was too young to remember. lol. Nice work, I'm lovin the gold wheels and white paint.

    17. 01-16-2007 04:29 PM #17
      you should drag that 76 out of the bushes and just put something running it it. take it to show in the exact shape it's in.

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      01-16-2007 04:40 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by duct-tape »
      you should drag that 76 out of the bushes and just put something running it it. take it to show in the exact shape it's in.

      wish i could, but i would be doing it fred flinstone style. the car is long gone and so are the rest.
      here is a thread that is updated everytime we gohttp://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2876543

    19. 01-16-2007 05:50 PM #19
      Clean car!! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
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      01-16-2007 06:08 PM #20
      Nice!
      Those flares look like the ones that were available through the dealership.
      Did you clear-coat the door handles? They will tarnish after the first rainfall if you don't. They aren't made of aluminum, they're pot metal.

    21. 01-16-2007 06:21 PM #21
      so far its looking real good man, keep up the good work.

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      01-17-2007 08:34 AM #22
      small update
      new control arms are in as well as the front suspension.

      early top mount

      picked up my lightened flywheel

      I also lowered the rear a bit more

      I picked up this plate frame off a 79' in the junkyard. here is what it looked like before.

      After: Dick Horrigan is a local dealer that doesnt even sell volkswagens anymore.

      this is the big weekend coming up. Matt and I will be rebuilding the engine and hopefully putting it in the car. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]




      Modified by rabbito at 11:35 AM 10-15-2008

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      01-17-2007 09:03 AM #23
      and by "rebuilding" you mean doing a headgasket and timing belt and associated parts right? or am i getting myself into more than i planned... prolly too late now.. haha

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      01-17-2007 09:05 AM #24
      I really like those fender flares! Where did you get them at?

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      01-17-2007 10:29 AM #25
      Quote, originally posted by Road Boss »
      I really like those fender flares! Where did you get them at?

      not sure what brand they are. i bought them off of a fellow member and they are some NOS from the 80's that was found in an old shop.

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