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    Thread: Mrs.Shifty's Wetta Build! (pic intensive)

    1. Member Shifty's Avatar
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      05-23-2009 12:28 AM #1
      Well this one's the wifes so I can't take all the credit.

      My wife Tosha has been mad at me since 2005 when I traded our 1.8T Jetta in for a MkV GTI. Lately she's had the Jetta IV bug, and when this car came up for sale (cheap!) I knew it would be a good project for her.

      This is an '01 Jetta GL 2.0 - we're talking base model here - crank windows (woot!), cloth, manual trans, no sunroof. Pretty cool actually, never seen a MkIV Jetta with crank windows! Anyway, this thing only has 34k miles on it but the P.O. installed an EIP stg2 turbo kit at 20k and drove the snot out of it. Broke axles, spun bearings, and finally hurt the engine bad enough to park it and part out the turbo stuff.

      We bought the car sans-turbo, but still installed are: SACHS Stg2 clutch, Peloquin LSD, full EBC brakes, Neuspeed stainless exhaust and other goodies! We towed the car home Thursday and started tearing her down Friday. After two days' worth of work Tosha and I have the motor out and much of the body stripped! We sourced all the parts for a hybrid 16v using the 2.0L block and crank, so expect to see a MkIV Jetta with 16v under hood soon! On Day 2 we went to the paint store (for the second time) and looked at hundreds of color chips before deciding on two main colors for the new look.

      Day One:


      We're coming for you, 2.slow...

      Goodbye Getta!

      -----------------

      Day 2 was interesting! It went something like this:

      10am: Began calling around to confirm all 16v parts needed. Turns out BBM is backordered on two of the adapters needed for TB relocaton.
      Also discovered that many of the parts I planned on ordering from club members and Vortex were either not right, or didn't exsist.

      Lunchtime: Tosha and I made the final color choices and mixed the paint! No turning back now!!!

      5pm: I began work on the Jetta while Tosha ran home to get the boys. Drained the oil, but when I pulled the plug it looked like a little metal flower...

      I LOL'd.

      Also found this to be interesting:

      I didn't remove those bolts either. Only three holding it in. Hmmm...

      Tosha arrived and immediately started pulling moldings, bumper, and tail lamps.

      My buddy Pete showed up just in time to help lift the 2.dead out of the bay!

      Another day down with good progress. Time for a !

      Tonight I sit down to my computer to find that someone on Vortex has offered to sell their BBM adapter flanges to me (thanks elRey!), and many of the 16v parts
      that were MIA this morning are turning up in other sources! A good day after all. Tomorrow the engine gets torn into... that should be real interesting...

      Oh and on a sidenote, as mommy and daddy were playing with their toy car, my 2 year old son Carter was playing with these and my 12-year-old, Quentin was prepping his R/C car for paint. haha

      -----------------------------

      End of Week 1:

      Not too much to show even though we've been working hard. It's just at that point where we're doing lots of little things that are hard to see. Mostly cleaning and prep work. Tuesday night Tosha got the sides ready to be shaved. Tonight Quentin and I finished getting the engine bay cleaned then we scuffed it for paint. Tosha cleaned the jambs really well and we started masking them off. The plan is to paint jambs and bay next week so she's ready to accept the engine as soon as it's ready. We can also paint the underside of the hood and cut the fenders in. When that's done the car can go back together and we can really start on the body work and shaving. Not the easiest way to do it, but it is the most time-effective!


      Removed the exhaust mani from the head today and sent it for blasting, then it's going to get a coat of ceramic.

      Next time you see this, it's going to be a lot prettier.

      --------------------------------

      And today:

      Tosha continues to be motivated. Hopefully this keeps up. Then again, I could use a break maybe one day this week. Anyway, lookit her go!!!





      And from here we will begin updating daily!


      Pics uploaded here daily: http://public.fotki.com/Sprayw...v-jet/



      "Finished" pics on page 24!

      Last edited by Shifty; 02-09-2011 at 10:34 PM.

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      05-23-2009 12:31 AM #2
      lookin good

    3. 05-23-2009 12:32 AM #3
      Looking good. Hooray for a 2.0 build

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      05-23-2009 12:32 AM #4
      wow.
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    5. 05-23-2009 12:32 AM #5
      do work

      btw, what gauge metal are you using for the trunk filler piece, and how do you plan on filling the rubs?


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      05-23-2009 12:36 AM #6
      cant wait to see the end results

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      05-23-2009 12:37 AM #7
      Wow, I want your life.

      I can't even imagine marrying someone who has the VW bug, let alone still working on major projects all while having two kids.

      I'm only 20, lol, but what you have... is more than a dream

      oh, good work on the car too

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      05-23-2009 12:39 AM #8
      Quote, originally posted by SCdub »

      what gauge metal are you using for the trunk filler piece, and how do you plan on filling the rubs?

      Trunk piece is straight out of an OEM VW hood. The side rubs will be filled using 3M Automix 8115 panel bonding adhesive backed with aluminum tape. I've been doing them this way for years, as I got sick of fighting the welding heat. I have never had so much as a hint of a problem and you don't get the warping associated with welding the holes up, so there's MUCH less filler material once all's said and done.

      Check out MrsShifty's 16v MkIV Build!

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      05-23-2009 12:41 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by Skinner »
      Wow, I want your life.

      I can't even imagine marrying someone who has the VW bug, let alone still working on major projects all while having two kids.

      I'm only 20, lol, but what you have... is more than a dream

      oh, good work on the car too

      Well thanks! Luckily our oldest son is a great older brother, so he helps out a ton while we're working on the car, otherwise there's no way we could do it. I'll repay him in a year or two when we start his project.

      Check out MrsShifty's 16v MkIV Build!

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      05-23-2009 12:44 AM #10
      Very nice. I've seen your work in the past and have never been disappointed.
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      05-23-2009 12:57 AM #11
      Thanks for the comments. I've had a lot of fun on this project already. I am getting antsy to drive her, but know that good things come to those who wait!

      ...And there is still a LOT more work to be done!

      I really think Shifty might kill me if I don't let him have a night off soon!


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    14. 05-23-2009 01:22 AM #14
      Does your wife have a twin?

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      05-23-2009 02:51 AM #15
      this is amazing. ill get watching this closely. good luck on your project and i hope i find a wife like that when im older hahaha
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      05-23-2009 03:58 AM #16
      This is the start of something very awesome....

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      05-23-2009 04:27 AM #17
      Nice work.. It's nice to see a lady with your interest for cars..! And the build skills..

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      05-23-2009 06:50 AM #18
      I'm impressed with Mrs Shifty's work!!
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      05-23-2009 07:09 AM #19
      Good work Shifty!!


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      05-23-2009 07:57 AM #20
      Rob, more pics of the Coronet in the background (or is it a Polara)?

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      awesome work going on there
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      05-23-2009 09:26 AM #22
      great work! Especially Mrs. Shifty
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      05-23-2009 09:48 AM #23
      looking good cant wait to see it finished

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      Awesome...your wifey does more work than me!!
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      Good Work.
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    26. 05-23-2009 10:37 AM #26
      that is fantastic. cant wait to see the outcome. im a little jealous, wish my wife was that into cars!

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    28. 05-23-2009 10:54 AM #28
      Yea, can't wait to see the finished product!

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      05-23-2009 10:57 AM #29
      Thanks guys!

      Quote, originally posted by ownerizer »
      Rob, more pics of the Coronet in the background (or is it a Polara)?

      It's a Road Runner. I don't actually have any pics of that one yet!

      Check out MrsShifty's 16v MkIV Build!

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      05-23-2009 10:59 AM #30
      You must have followed ElRey's 16v MK4 2.0 build, he's boosting his now

      Great work!

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    31. 05-23-2009 11:25 AM #31
      very cool. keep it comin'.

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      05-23-2009 12:28 PM #32
      I'm in for watching this. Props

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    34. 05-23-2009 12:35 PM #34
      man you are one lucky dude. my girl bit**es about the car yours works on the car. you are living the good life

    35. 05-23-2009 12:36 PM #35
      LEGIT THREAD


      good ol fashion build up with non of the bs jabber!

      may the force be with you


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