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    Thread: Weezly's Wide Rabbit Rat Racer

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      07-20-2007 03:04 PM #1
      How it sat as of June (I have changed a few things since):






      How it began...

      The goal: To build a daily driver and weekend ripper on a $2008 budget. I am (with the gracious help of my friend Nic, Tim, Raffi and others) building up the '82 rabbit. We want to take it down for $2008 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge (build a racer for $2008).
      The motor will be a 1.8 16v turbo (k26) with a 5 speed diesel tranny. The car was $200 and I sold the springs for $125... so essentially it was $75 It has much rust.

      Wednesdays is "car night" so there will be continuous updates to this post. Enough chat from me... here's pics!

      Rusty pan

      Rusty pan out!

      Wheels from Nic's old Omni GLH. Light 15 inchers

      Here's what I made in Dubmodder... I'll have another more accurate 3d render soon:

      Satin/Satan black with white german tank crosses on it.


      Now we either need to make a log manifold or find an old 20v turbo manifold


      Here's where Nic cut out the rear brace for the c arm.. it was rusted all to hell.

      Slight bend... We had to straighten the body:

      One fender off...

      one to go... the passenger side is glued on like crazy.. Thanks VW!

      Bumpers

      Who's that crazy bitch takin out those springs?!?

      "New" to the car Engine:

      German goodness... Euro front

      We cut more rust out... front driver side:

      Core support is out and the engine bay will cleaned up:

      Painting the valve cover:

      Me driving:

      More pics to come... Welding of the floor pans should happen this weekend.


      Modified by VWeezly at 1:56 PM 7-20-2007


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      Last edited by VWeezly; 07-09-2012 at 10:55 AM.

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      07-20-2007 03:11 PM #2
      nice! look forward to seeing you guys compete next year!

    3. 07-20-2007 03:52 PM #3
      i like the budget...
      subscribed to see a cheap 16vT.

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      07-20-2007 05:02 PM #4
      finally, someone who is going to compete in the GRM $200x challenge...i love that mag

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      07-20-2007 05:06 PM #5
      Hell yeah! This will be fun to watch!

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      07-20-2007 05:16 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by ratdub »
      finally, someone who is going to compete in the GRM $200x challenge...i love that mag

      It keeps me under wraps... otherwise I'd spend way too much (that which I don't have to spend). Many chaps around have been very supportive and helpful with both parts and a helping hand. Since nothing can be free, I've gotten lots of stuff for amazing prices.
      I couldn't do it without the rad people of the twin cities.

      Some things I still need:
      Coilover sleeves, springs, shocks, 16v wire harness, turbo mani with a K26 flange (we may fab this). We will be making a tube bender and thus making a cage.


    7. 07-20-2007 05:19 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by VWeezly »

      Here's what I made in Dubmodder... I'll have another more accurate 3d render soon:

      Modified by VWeezly at 1:56 PM 7-20-2007

      That's sick


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      07-20-2007 05:22 PM #8
      you pai dmoney for that rust bucket?

      ive given cleaner cars away for FREE because i couldnt sell them for $100! running even...

      -j

      A Rabbit is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy one of these cars. Instead, leave it for a worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as a "MK1"

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      07-20-2007 05:23 PM #9
      I just realized that I don't have euro tails on that pic... I have the shorties on it now. I will most likely be smoking them.

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      07-20-2007 05:25 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by Muffler Bearing »
      you pai dmoney for that rust bucket?

      ive given cleaner cars away for FREE because i couldnt sell them for $100! running even...

      -j


      Yeah... I may have paid too much for it... it was running for about 2 miles... then we dragged it to the garage. Most of the rust is in the floor pans. New floor pans came with the car, so that was most of the price.

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      07-20-2007 05:35 PM #11
      i guess you also have alot mroe rust up there in general.

      i had a "very rusty" car once with some surface rust on the roof and a little spot on the windshield frame...

      -j

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      07-21-2007 12:05 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by Muffler Bearing »

      i had a "very rusty" car once with some surface rust on the roof and a little spot on the windshield frame...

      -j


      That damn surface rust I'm just glad it's a rat... it won't be absolutely perfect. My concept is to make the engine bay and inside glossy and clean... cause it's about substance... where the power comes from. Cheesy I know... but true

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      07-21-2007 12:42 AM #13
      Um ... before painting thet " german tank cross " on the door ... ask an old fart, what that, is .

      Maybe google it, or whatever the he11 passes for " reaserching " something on here ...


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      07-21-2007 01:03 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Martinus »
      Um ... before painting thet " german tank cross " on the door ... ask an old fart, what that, is .

      Maybe google it, or whatever the he11 passes for " reaserching " something on here ...


      Thanks... I appreciate the concern and I have done much research... I'm not a young punk kid who doesn't care what people think. I won't be putting a swastika on the car and I hate racism with a passion. The design is not set in stone... the idea was to add to the tank theme. I have many designs in my head.

      and the Bundeswehr still use the iron cross as a symbol... Cheers.


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      07-21-2007 01:05 AM #15
      an example:


      Modified by VWeezly at 11:09 PM 7-20-2007

    16. 07-21-2007 02:10 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by VWeezly »

      Some things I still need:
      Coilover sleeves, springs, shocks, 16v wire harness, turbo mani with a K26 flange (we may fab this). We will be making a tube bender and thus making a cage.

      if you got the turbo off of an audi 5000 go back and get the manifold. yes its a 5cyl, just cut off the 5th runner and weld on your wastegate bung over the hole , seen it done and thats what i plan on doing with mine


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      07-21-2007 04:30 AM #18
      Got my eye on this thread

    19. 07-21-2007 10:35 AM #19
      tell me where you bought that car for $200 and I'll go over and beat his ass for you

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      07-21-2007 10:40 AM #20
      Quote, originally posted by So Euro »

      if you got the turbo off of an audi 5000 go back and get the manifold. yes its a 5cyl, just cut off the 5th runner and weld on your wastegate bung over the hole , seen it done and thats what i plan on doing with mine

      I bought the K26 on vortex. I'm actually looking for a mani from a 5000... Actually I think it's the s2 mani that I need because the ports match. I may get one from ebay and chop the 5th... they're pretty cheap too

      Quote, originally posted by duct-tape »
      tell me where you bought that car for $200 and I'll go over and beat his ass for you

      HAha To be fair it did have brand new H&R sport springs and a battery in it and 2 new floor pans as well as a bunch of other parts. Yeah... I wish it was free though.

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      07-21-2007 11:03 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by VWeezly »

      Thanks... I appreciate the concern and I have done much research... I'm not a young punk kid who doesn't care what people think. I won't be putting a swastika on the car and I hate racism with a passion. The design is not set in stone... the idea was to add to the tank theme. I have many designs in my head.

      and the Bundeswehr still use the iron cross as a symbol... Cheers.

      Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!


      The Iron Cross is a war decoration. It has 100s of years more history than the Nazis. Weezly is right. Read up on it before you post.

      I think the tank cross would look good right behind the front wheel on the quarter panel where the extra blinker is on new cars


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      07-21-2007 11:23 AM #22
      I'm new to dubs, and as you can see, I own a MKV TDI. But I love watching threads like this in the MKI forum, because it restores my faith in humanity. Corny, I know -- but you guys who take an old beaten down car and turn it into something beautiful are doing great work. You are fighting the forces of decay and entropy in the world. It's almost like a battle against nature and time itself.

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      07-21-2007 11:43 AM #23
      Quote, originally posted by VWeezly »

      Thanks... I appreciate the concern and I have done much research... I'm not a young punk kid who doesn't care what people think. I won't be putting a swastika on the car and I hate racism with a passion. The design is not set in stone... the idea was to add to the tank theme. I have many designs in my head.


      Good.

      I know it sucks, the logo design is awesome ... only if it where used to represent something good ...

      Def. still stencil some thing on there. Maybe some numbers insted ...



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      07-21-2007 12:02 PM #24
      I'd love to come and help on this build, let me know!

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      07-21-2007 05:11 PM #25
      Quote, originally posted by georgekelp »
      I'd love to come and help on this build, let me know!

      Hell yes dude! It's would be rad to have ya! We are definitely makin a big push this Wednesday. I'll post up what time I'll be workin on it. Usually it's around 5:30pm till about 9.

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      07-21-2007 05:16 PM #26
      Ah dope! I don't have to work on Wednesday. PM your number!

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      07-21-2007 05:22 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by georgekelp »
      Ah dope! I don't have to work on Wednesday. PM your number!

      HELL YEAH DUDE! Hit you back.

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      07-27-2007 02:12 AM #28
      Oh the rust!

    29. 07-27-2007 02:18 AM #29
      nice build... a ton a labour for the tight budget

      it's all about the peppers....



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      arnt those Doged Omni OE wheels?
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    31. 07-27-2007 05:58 AM #31
      Quote, originally posted by VWeezly »
      Wheels from Nic's old Omni GLH. Light 15 inchers

      Quote, originally posted by salteatervw »
      arnt those Doged Omni OE wheels?

      duh alex......... hahaha.
      go have another ...


      Modified by rok801 at 2:00 AM 7-27-2007


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      07-27-2007 09:07 AM #32
      Quote, originally posted by georgekelp »
      Oh the rust!

      Yes! It IS about the rust Thanks so much for the help Raffi! We're going to tackle more shiz on Saturday. I need to take pics with a different camera cause nic doesn't have his patch cable.

      Quote, originally posted by triton2 »
      nice build... a ton a labour for the tight budget

      it's all about the peppers....

      YES! Those wheels look rad. I will be sandblasting the ones we have. I would like them to be polished though...

      Update from wed:
      Notched some supports to reinforce the frame rails. Cut around the "extra" tail light holes and made plates to fill them. Cabby tails will look nice. We also filled random some rust holes. I got to weld a little which was cool. Raffi helped out a ton.


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      07-29-2007 04:38 PM #33
      damn i have busted some ass on this and no credit??!?!?!?? WTF joel!

      ps im a master body welder, your just the watcher

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      07-29-2007 06:23 PM #34
      Quote, originally posted by autobahn bruiser »
      damn i have busted some ass on this and no credit??!?!?!?? WTF joel!

      ps im a master body welder, your just the watcher


      TIM HAS PUT SO MUCH TIME INTO THIS PROJECT AND I GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!!!

      There ya go buddy I really do appreciate all the help tim. You are truly a master welder.


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      07-29-2007 06:33 PM #35
      Quote, originally posted by VWeezly »

      I am (with the gracious help of my friends Nic, Tim, and others) building up the '82 rabbit.

      From the top edited

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