Ok today James is going to be working on his car. Some used axles are going in as well as some other parts. like a donated steering wheel some door handles a new wiper etc. Stand by for pics.
Ok so things for James have changed dramatically. He was just given a GTI that was raced for a good portion of it's life. So when we got it it was pretty striped down. So the new plan is to gut James old car and stash the parts, this saves us from putting new floors in. The new car needs a new rad support, and a door from the old car. Oh and a small hole fixed in the rocker and a hole patched where the fuel cell was.
James also saved all summer for some parts mowing lawns. He just ordered a USRT linkage kit and bought a 10 to 1 comp 8 valve that is pretty fresh, so it should do him just fine for a while.
So here is the gutting of the race equipment. James is now 14 and is in the red shirt, He will be signing up soon so he can update his build.
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)