Great news- The cabby had a flawless trip to and from H2O and my new cooling system/radiator setup kept the car nice and cool.. very pleased with how it did!
Bad News- Had a mishap when a friend was pulling the car into the WheelWhores GTG Thursday night and the fender caught the tire on a steep incline and bent the fender all up
Luckily friends helped pop the dent out and I was able to live with it for the weekend. I already sourced an NOS OEM euro fender, just need a new wheel arch and I'll have them resprayed so the car is damage free for next summer.
This recent event and the oilpan issue earlier this summer made me realize that I really need to put airride on the car if I want it to be as usable as I'd like... so this winter I plan to gather airride parts. The car is already setup to go quite low, and I think with air it could really sit nicely when air'ed out. I'm kinda over wrecking my cars driving them stupid low.. (especially ones with decent paint).. so I could care less if I'm "selling out" again.. just called getting old!
I also finally found the steering wheel I've wanted for the car, I'll post it up once I have it in hand
Some pics from my buddy Fraser this past weekend
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An couple photos my friend Marc from Holland took
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finally got the steering wheel I've been chasing for ages for this car.. OG Recaro wheel, then my buddy Nick (rabbito) came over and helped me get some OG EA fabric fitted in the place of what was on the wheel. The wheel itself is a bit rough around the grip, but for now it'll do until I have it recovered.
Some bad cell phone shots in my dark garage
Simply incredible work! I pored over this thread and felt a touch of envy about how well this came together and your excellent work!
2002 Mk 3.5 Cabrio
Thinking about going low and slow. . .
"No, the Cabrio is NOT a 'Chick Car'! It's a Golf with extra 'headroom'!"
No need to be rude about it.
Since I've built this car I will admit that the trunk has been ignored and was messy and half-assed. I never had a battery box and the battery was temporarily strapped in place..
So tonight I decided to clean out the trunk, remove the battery, and start prepping the trunk for the air ride parts. I decided to cover the trunk floor and spare tire well with Eastwood thermo-coustic to keep the sound down from the compressor. I need to order supplies to make a false floor. I plan to mount the majority of the air components hidden in the spare tire well under the false floor.
Pic from tonight mounting thermo-coustic.
So for the past week I've been watching an auction for a nearly complete air ride kit for a honda.. why would I care about this? Well from my experiences most honda guys running air are using airlift chapman air struts. These are the same that are perfect to use on a mk1. Simply weld the bottom portion of a stock rear strut onto the bottom of the chapman strut and you have a super easy bolt-on rear air strut. Today my sniper bid got me a killer deal on a set of 4 of the chapman rear air struts, an air tank, and a pair of compressors. New, the chapman struts are $4-500 a pair... so I'm pumped to say the least. I'll save the other pair of struts for my scirocco project in my signature
Tonight I cut a piece of plywood to make a false floor out of. I decided to just set up a temporarily battery and air tank to get an idea where I want everything to sit. The trunk will definitely be much less usable with that air tank in there.. hoping to hide the compressor under the false floor in the spare tire well and possibly the V2 manifold/ecu. I'll be covering the plywood with black carpet just to make it look a little cleaner.. even if I won't be opening the trunk..
Hoping by the end of the month/early March I can have everything mounted and the car fully on air. Stay tuned.