This thread is great!
OK so I am posting these while James is at school. So far he has everything he needs to complete the exterior of the car except the Euro Bumpers, but like i told him you can rock the stock ones for a bit and then switch them out. He also has three simple D.I.Y's in mind so check those out when he gets them up. And a big thanks goes out to Steve and James friend Tim for just hanging and lending a hand. And to Mike in the first set of photos.
So here is the work from this weekend.
First James jacked up the car and then James removed the tires, it was his first time using an impact.
His rear disc set up.
Then we finished taking parts off the back.
Keegan wanted to help
Hatch was next.(gonna do a D.I.Y on this)
Oh never mind.
Then it was lower rocker molding
Then it was the front wheel arches and inner fender wells. And look what we found.
Then it was the air dam
And what is this in the corner?
Oh that's what it is!
And next to it James new motor, A higher compression 8v from a GLI. I think we are going to play with the head a bit add a new valve train and it should do him just fine till he get's a couple years driving under his belt. And the blue, it's going away.
Your son's love for the cars must run deep. It seems rare that a kid that young stays focused on one thing for that many years, haha. Good job dad, it looks like you guys are having an awesome time together. I think a lot of us here wish we could have done these projects as a kid too.
You, sir, are so awesome. I wasn't able to get my own VW until I was 18.....im 19 now But I've thought to myself that when the time comes, I want my kids to start early on their own cars, with my help of course, so that when they reach the age of driving, they will have something I know is reliable and that they will care a lot about because they know the work that went into it and will appreciate it. to you man
Very good to know younger kids than me is working on builds. Me being 21 with no dad at 10 was tough learning on my own. Great job on the project and very smart way to keep kids out of trouble!
Ok so it has been awhile, I travel all the time for work so no time to work on anything.
So just an update, James was getting closer to 16 and the GTI needed paint and re assembly the only part left to buy was the rear roll pan. Well as a teen he was looking for immediate satisfaction.
So he found a 1990 Audi V8 Quattro and sold all of his collected rabbit parts and motors etc.
Enter the Audi
Well not being patient at 15 he decided to take a ride at 3 am. The result
Yep a totaled Audi!
So he now has learned from this.
He has added up all of his casts etc. and the fact that most of his friends are driving. And knows it sucks.
He also regrets selling the GTI and was on the hunt for a new rabbit!
Enter Bob ( our local Forums Rabbit Whore, I mean the car when I say this)
It has been through a lot of hands in our local forum.
Funny thing is when James got it, Some how his motor from his old GTI would up in this car.
I guess stay tuned, and yes everyone in the accident was fine.
So funny thing, James changes cars like no other. Really nothing we can't fix on the Rabbit but for some reason he wants my old Jetta. So the rabbit may be gone soon but first the new throttle body and USRT linkage kit goes in!
By the way it has a full 84 GTI 8 v in it lightly massaged of course.
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This is James and until I start my own account I wanted to say thanks for all the help and support with all the rabbits and that I'm back at again. I now have a 76 rabbit and this one I'm sticking with. So far ive only done minor things to keep it running, but I'm doing new coil overs soon. I plan to have it look a lot like the last picture with a 1.8T.
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I know that its your car and you can do what you want, but respect the vehicle, its history, and the pristine shape it is in. Coils and a few oem+ mods are ok but don't do what you posted
Do that to a rabbit that actually has rusted flares and a body that needs some work. That is coming from a 19yr old whose daily is an 84 rabbit 'vert. I am no purist either, the last car I had was a diesel swapped 92 cabby but it sadly got totaled (not my fault)
I now have that rabbit whore you were talking about the gold one. I repainted it and did some other work to it.
some before shots
its now on full coil overs
getting a cage welded in
and doing a turbo set up on it for track use
So.... James was reading through this and really wants a slightly modded mk1 , but with what everyone is saying he also understands preserving the the early cars. Also I must chime in and say it is not a swallow tail. It has most of the swallow tail features bug style seats, etc just no radius on the tail light panel it is straight across.
But with all that said if anyone has a decent late model mk1 or even something else they may want to trade then post it up. Otherwise he is just going to motor swap it etc.
The pic above is where there is some body work done by previous owner it has some 80 grit scratches
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Last edited by cadwiz; 11-01-2014 at 11:52 AM.
By all means, fix the rust, swap the motor... that's the way to roll.
A 'lightly modded mk1' is not what was shown in that render. It was some sort of early-2000's 'Fast-n-Furious-meets-Berg-Cup' thing.
These cars are getting older and are jumping in value due to scarcity of nice examples. I'd aim for mods that can be easily undone. An early car (swallowtail or not), in the correct factory color, with a correct interior can look fantastic with just a set of coilovers, wheels and period accessories. Swap in a 1.8T or 16v. Save the OG parts for the next owner, even if you think 'you're gonna keep this car forever'. These cars (most old cars) wear a 'minimalist' style well.
If he's truly looking for a car with enormous flares and a race-car look, sell this one and find an unfinished project that's for sale. Projects like that can often go sideways and the owners unload them for pennies on the dollar. It's not that the work was done poorly, but because the original builder's 'vision' is probably different than the new owners' plans. You'll make out way ahead of the game $$$-wise, even if you need to transport the car from a different state.
In the end, it's your car. Cut it up until you're happy. I've sliced and diced a few cars, and meticulously preserved others. Build what you want to build. Don't take advice from some old guy on the internet as law. It's just advice.