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    Thread: '84 Rabbit Diesel Restoration

    1. 06-09-2009 12:42 PM #1
      id like to start a progress tracking thread for my rabbit
      i bought this car when i was 16 for $550. when i got to college, i decided i wanted to start restoring it. i wanted to make it exactly like it was when it rolled off the factory line.
      ive been working on it, off and on (mostly off ) for the past 8 years. i have been putting together a massive collection of NOS parts (so far mainly interior, including NOS carpet and NOS dash), and also been having work done on the car
      so far i got the interior completely re-upholstered, i got all body work done, and a brand new paintjob, and i also had the engine and transmission both completely rebuilt (un-necessary since the car only has 116k on it)
      anyway, ill post in here as work progresses.....right now im working on restoring interior parts that i dont have NOS replacements for
      pics!!
      how she sat 9 years ago:

      teaser of the paint job:

      loooots of NOS interior parts.....very hard to find in my color, ive found:

      including this NOS dash, still in wrapping, never even had a VIN on it:

      parts clean up pretty nice:





      Modified by Ghost of VW TANK at 9:58 PM 6-10-2009

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      06-09-2009 12:51 PM #2
      wtf, where the hell did you get a NOS dash in a bag like that?

    3. 06-09-2009 12:53 PM #3
      wow that REALLY impressive. This is gonna be a really nice stock car.

    4. 06-09-2009 12:53 PM #4
      looks like a nice collection and a great start...of 8 years...keep it up

    5. 06-09-2009 12:58 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by ashleyroemk1 »
      wtf, where the hell did you get a NOS dash in a bag like that?

      something like 6 years ago parts4vws had a random box of interior parts for sale.....$250 for the whole box, which included most of whats in those pictures
      best money i ever spent

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      06-09-2009 01:30 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by Ghost of VW TANK »

      best money i ever spent

      i would have to agree!

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      06-09-2009 03:45 PM #7
      Howdy.... also have an 84 Rabbit Diesel that is pretty much "stock".... the mechanical stuff is done, and running great (A/C blows colder than my MKV)
      I'm going to start working on some interior things, and am looking for any advice or warnings that I might need. The next thing I'm doing is replacing the carpet, and then installing some MKV Rabbit seats in it. I'm having a custom "bracket" made for the seats. My question today is about pulling up the carpet. It appears to be glued down. (right?). Am I going to have a bunch of glue to get up ?..... also, the door sills don't appear to have any screws holding them down, so it looks like I just need to carefully pry up the sills... (right? )
      This Rabbit is my daily driver (keeping the miles off of the MKV rabbit).... and I use it for carrying my Kayak, for fishing..... 206K miles, and runs very strong.
      any advice ?



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      06-09-2009 03:56 PM #8
      I probably should have started a new thread and not injected my Rabbit into yours.... I apologize if my post was not appropriate....

    9. 06-09-2009 04:59 PM #9
      not only is the carpet glued down, its glued down by the worst glue known to man. getting that stuff up was awful
      and IIRC, the door sills are just clipped on, so you just pry them up....but i took them off 8 years ago, so i am not 100% on that
      i like your car, thats in ridiculously nice shape [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      06-09-2009 05:58 PM #10
      Is there any chance of me being able to get that set of interior parts? I need those same parts, color and all, for my caddy.
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    11. 06-09-2009 06:00 PM #11
      i can safely say there is 0% chance of you getting them
      sorry, but i need them too

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      06-09-2009 06:07 PM #12
      Wow. Just wow.
      I would love to do the same thing. I've always wanted my Rabbit put back into tippy top shape. Keep it up, and POST MORE PICS!
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    13. 06-09-2009 07:24 PM #13
      i spent a few hours today restoring some more parts...including my seat belts, which now look brand new
      as it stands, my parts list is about 65 parts long, totaling $3,500
      ive classified $2,300 of those as being priority 1 parts, that i need before i can finish the build...the rest can be installed later down the line
      a few of them are big ticket items....like fuel pump, gas tank, floor pans, steering rack

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      06-09-2009 07:55 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Ghost of VW TANK »
      i can safely say there is 0% chance of you getting them
      sorry, but i need them too

      Well I didn't mean your set specifically just another set.
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      06-09-2009 08:41 PM #15
      Whoa. Nice.

    16. 06-10-2009 10:55 AM #16
      so heres a question for you guys....
      my body work is all done and its painted, but the guy who did the work didnt fill in 2 holes in my firewall that were drilled there for aftermarket A/C hoses....so now i have 2 about 1" holes in my firewall....and my bodywork guy passed away a few years ago, so he cant fix it
      anyway, any thoughts on how to fll these? make some sort of custom rubber filler or something?

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      06-10-2009 12:13 PM #17
      The only thing I can think of, is to do a similar thing that I did last week, to fix a leak I had, around my rear hatch. The rubber boots that contained the wiring for the rear window defroster were deteriorated, and water was getting in, when it rained. The window defroster doesn't work... so, I removed the boots, and cut them so that I was left with a grommet with a hole in the middle of it. I then took some black "gasket maker" stuff, and filled the hole. (let it sit for two days)... then installed the grommets, and hit them w/ a "coating" of spray paint. ( leak fixed ! ). You may be able to do a similar thing.... I'd go by a NAPA store (or other auto parts place) ... they usually have a selection of "O" rings and grommets. You might get lucky and find one that will fit the hole....
      just a thought.....

    18. 06-10-2009 03:03 PM #18
      ill do that....ill do some looking and see if i can find something i can just pop in. the tricky part is, the holes overlap each other, so its a weird shape. ill try to get a picture of it next time im around my car

      i also ordered replacement front floorpans today. mine arent TOTALLY shot yet, but while i have everything taken apart, i figure might as well spend the $50 a side and do it

    19. 06-11-2009 07:42 PM #19
      today i popped the cherry on my NOS dash...its not installed, but i did transfer the clips and switches over to it
      i need to get my hand on a riveting tool so i can rivet the VIN from my last dash onto this one

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      06-12-2009 11:56 AM #20
      I'm watching this thread with a lot of interest. Let's see some of these parts going in!
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      06-12-2009 12:52 PM #21
      i need that ****ing dash
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    22. 06-12-2009 12:55 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by MattRabbit »
      I'm watching this thread with a lot of interest. Let's see some of these parts going in!

      im itching to get some work done on it. problem is, i dont have room at my house for it (i dont even have a garage for it at my house ) so i keep it in my parents garage in upstate NY...so i can only work on it when i swing by there...hence why i brought home an entire pickup truck full of interior parts to restore in the mean time
      i should be heading up there on monday....if im lucky, maybe ill get some work done on it. at the very least ill get some more pics of the car, the engine, and the other parts i have in store for it

    23. 06-12-2009 03:28 PM #23
      MASSIVE parts order from mk1 autohaus.....ben is a great guy, hes helped me with this over the past few days and has been very patient:
      -4 speed shift linkage rebuild kit
      - push in grille clips (2 sets)
      - diesel injection pump to injector lines
      - water deflector
      - clips for water deflector
      - 1/4 flare mounting kit
      - bumper end cap sets (2 sets)
      - headlight bucket rebuild kit (2 sets)
      - body and rocker trim clips with seals
      - door handles (L&R)
      - door panel clips (2 sets)
      - wheel hubs (2)
      - control arms (2)
      - front strut install kit
      - US diesel 2 tab gas cap
      - accelerator cable
      and there will be more to come

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      06-13-2009 06:54 PM #24
      Nice build, [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] for a local

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      06-13-2009 08:30 PM #25
      Quote, originally posted by Mainiac »

      That plate needs a little more pchop tweeking.
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