page 1:: general tear down and discovery
page 2: bumper shave, brake duct inlet, sand blasting, new seat and bracket
page 3: engine removal/clean-up and bay strip
page 4: bay prep and paint
page 5: block paint
page 6: camber plate install, bay prep for engine, cross member paint/install, engine install
page 7: first panels painted, body prep for paint
page 8: aluminum dash insert w/ guages, wiring schematic
page 9: dash wiring, switches, relays, etc
page 10: engine start, front brake setup
page 11: fiberglass sunroof panel, first shake down runs, bumper inlet work, SLC wheels
page 12: rollbar test fit/paint, custom seat bracket design, sunroof panel initial fitment, alum PS
and coolant res install
page 13: custom water temp sensor fitting, rear bumper shave, sunroof panel install, general body
work, paint booth creation, primer coat on car
page 14: interior wrap-up, custom seat brackets/seat installed, engine wire lumes
page 15: alum radio box, fire extinguisher, parking lot debut of car/paint, etc
page 16: final prep, track debut @ LRP
page 17: more LRP pics, custom chin spoiler/splitter, rear diffuser, side skirts, vinyl graphics, NJMP08, stage II MS shifter, car tear down for new engine and full cage
page 18: more stage II MS shifter & linkage, new engine prep
Original Start of Thread
hey guys. I had thought about posting our track car project earlier, but had wanted to wait until we started to have some real “obvious” results, ie: de-rusted, fresh paint, some race equipment installed, etc. But I’m bored at work and figured posting now is as good of a time as any.
marked001 and I met on Audizine a few years back. We both of course owned audi’s at the time; he, a 99.5 silver B5 A4 1.8TQM sedan, and myself a 2000 black B5 A4 1.8TQM Avant. Somewhere along the history, he and I both started tracking the audi’s (Pocono, Watkins Glen, Beaverun, etc) over the next few years we quickly developed a desire for more track time. Our Audi’s were more than up for the task, both of which were tastefully modded, most everything done with track speed/handling in mind. Before long marked001 decided it was time to move on and ended up selling his A4 and replaced it with an SUV (at the time I couldn’t appreciate the purchase). So we were left with my grocery getter to share between the two of us on the track. Obviously the more we tracked our daily driver audi’s the more we wanted to find our own dedicated track cars. But with both of us on a budget (house, wives, gf's etc) we began to realize that funding our own track cars just wasn’t gonna happen. Naturally we talked about going in together on a track car build-up… blah, blah, blah… which is why we are here today.
In our search for the ideal track car, we toyed with a few different ideas. First was the Subaru RS2.5. After much research, we realized we just weren’t gonna find an RS cheap enough to start with. Of course older BMW’s, Porsche’s, Datsun’s, VW Rabbits and even Mazda’s were potential candidates, but ultimately, we both had our eye set on one car in the VAG family… an SLC ‘rado.
After months of searching, and a few cars we tried to pull the trigger on, we finally saw a post here on the ‘tex that could potentially work for us. Obviously our budget for the purchase price of the car wasn’t the best, but we were open-minded. marked001 found a post from January ’06 of a car here in NY that could possibly work. The car was originally listed for $2500 back in Jan ’06. At some point later that year the owner bumped up his thread and dumped the price to $1200. Turns out the car was a ’90 G60, tornado red with a VR6 swap (95 Passat) and was being kept up in Massachusetts. After a few days and some negotiation, the owner agreed to an $800 price. The car “ran”, but was in need of a new battery and some fine tuning. We made the trek up to Mass, rented a dolly locally, dropped by, gave the owner’s sister in law $800 cash, jumped started it, got it up on the dolly and drove away (notice I didn’t say anything about inspecting the car). I guess after a 7 hour drive for marked001 (he’s in Philly and I’m in Brooklyn) we were going home with a car. Oh, did I mention it was his SUV that towed the rado home ;-)
Since we really had no place to put the car, marked001 had to tow it all the way back to Philly where it stayed for a month or two on the street. Since it was parked on the street, not much was accomplished because the car had to remain operational. I did spend one weekend ripping out the entire interior. After talking to the owner of my building here in Brooklyn, I was able to secure a spot to store and work on the rado on the first floor of my building, which is a large open concrete space. Keep in mind, we are still in the tear down phase with a long, long… long ways to go. So without further ado, here are some pics…
rado being brought up to Brooklyn – notice tow vehicle
after pressure washing the engine – yes, it started right up afterwards.
the new home
what we get for not inspecting the car
my little helper
prep for rust prevention
oh gawd the insanity of it all
after a good 8 hours of untangling that mess and removing what we didn’t need
can’t forget our only “mod” so far ;-)
so that’s where it’s at as of today. again, we are still in tear down mode. we have a few projects on the table. the dash is being fitted with an aluminum panel to stretch over the entire front opening; from driver’s vent across and down the center console area. it will be filled with autometer pro comp gauges. we have a 4-pnt roll bar that is being refinished in satin or flat black. we already have our corbeau seat picked out. Right now we are trying to source a cherry picker so we can pull the engine and re-spray the bay as well as de-rust the engine components. Once she starts to come together, we’ll be repainting the car. We have a scheme in mind, but haven’t pulled the trigger on the paint, so we’ll wait to debut it later on. We obviously have plenty of work ahead of us, so stay tuned.
BTW, we have no plans at the moment for engine work. Our goal was to get her on the track first with all motor, then go from there.
Modified by audisnapr at 5:21 PM 3-12-2010