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    1. Member H2oWerker's Avatar
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      09-25-2009 09:22 PM #1
      Last year when gas skyrocketed to $4+/gal I decided to get a motorcycle license and a cycle. When the season ended here I tore into it and made it "mine" and when things warmed back up I was sure I didn't need a fun car anymore...So my '02 GTI went up for sale.

      I think my wife noticed a change in my demeanor immediately but waited a couple months before suggesting I find another VW. "something older...like a Karman Ghia for us to work on" I thought the Ghia might be a bit slow for my style but looked into some that were for sale anyway. WOW they're expensive! (unless they're a mess) And we decided to find something a little newer. I've got many fond memories of my first VW. An '85 GTI 1.8L 8v that was uber dependable easy to drive and easy to teach people to drive "stick" on. (she needs to learn how, the 1.8t just wasn't a "learners" machine) Neither of us wanted a car that oozed practicality though. So when I saw this '87 16v for sale locally I had to go see it.


      Pretty car ain't it?

      So shes got a few 'issues'... But she's mine now, and the restoration/modification can begin!

      This is going to be my biggest project EVAR! Picked up the car w/ 190k and no rust. It needs seats. It's got 2 passenger seats in it now, and therefore only one buckle in the middle. So seats are priority numero uno. Then there's the frozen rear calipers that will be replaced along w/ all the suspension bushings, tires, and an alignment. The engine leaks oil EVERYWHERE and needs new gaskets. So I figured I might as well rebuild it from the bottom up. After that's in I'm really going to attack the interior by deleting the rear seat, replacing the headliner (possibly the cracked dash) and adding some ICE. If $ permits I'll be installing an upper front tie-bar, lower front tie-bar, and a rear tie-bar to reinforce the unibody.


      I've already ordered the Bentley manual and the Robert Bentley guide to tuning VW's, a heater control valve, and fan switch. I also picked up a 'low mileage' 16v engine yesterday that will be getting the actual rebuild. I just need to figure out how to get it out of my Honda Element w/o a forklift or engine hoist...

      Happy to have my butt back in a VW!




    2. 09-25-2009 09:48 PM #2
      Nice find.....I like black Scirocco's....

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      09-25-2009 09:52 PM #3
      nice, I actually pondered about picking this one up.

      Then I remembered I already have a money pit.


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      09-25-2009 10:23 PM #4
      Nice whip!
      I've seen pictures of yours before, and now that I've read your FS post I'm going to try talking my wife into getting another. One to work on together, and one to drive on the weekends when we're done wrenchin'.

      Don't hold your breath though. We're arguing about who's going to get the black one...


      Modified by dragon1.8t at 8:31 PM 9-25-2009


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      09-25-2009 10:52 PM #5
      SCIROCCO'S are AWESOME!!!!

      Absolutely a GREAT car. Had mine a while now and i love it!

      Quick to the SLOW!!

      Fastest you can go 50!

      Wish i had a scirocco..(A. Einstein)

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      09-26-2009 11:25 AM #6
      Welcome to our Scirocco family!
      Car looks to be in good shape and will make your restoration a bit easier.
      Just so you know, you are going to become hopelessly attached to this car.

      Thanks for posting and be sure to keep us updated with any progress

      Craig


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      09-26-2009 04:10 PM #7
      Welcome to the best forum in the world, and take off the first weekend in June NOW, you'll need to drive that black beauty to the big party in Ohio!

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      09-26-2009 10:42 PM #8
      lol
      This sure does beat the shiz out of the MKIV forum! And the mortorcycle/ATV forum...

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      09-26-2009 10:49 PM #9
      Woo, another Wisconsinite! Brew city, ya in Milwaukee eh? I live in Sturgeon Bay, around 2 hours or so north of Milwaukee

      Should let me know if ya ever go north maybe we could hook up.


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      09-26-2009 10:57 PM #10
      Oh
      In other news I began cleaning up in the garage today. It needs some serious prep for an auto project. Trouble is that I got a 'free' machinists lathe and horizontal mill last year when I was finishing up my cycle project and that stuff has to find it's way into the basement where they will be restored. And my 'machine repairmans' workbench has begun to fail where I attached casters to it...which also needs to be remedied.

      But have no doubts. I will keep you updated on any projects that affect my Scirocco progress.


      Here's my cycle project from last year "Lightning Strikes" if anybody cares to read about that.

      Don't fear though, I have NO intentions of spray-painting any major parts of Mein Scirocco.


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      09-27-2009 08:37 PM #11
      Made some major progress on clearing out the garage today. It's hard to tell from the picture but I'm getting close to being able to unload the engine.

      And I fixed the collapsing workbench.


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      09-27-2009 08:44 PM #12
      I had to transform my garage too this summer:


    13. 09-27-2009 09:46 PM #13
      Nice Buell.......more pic's of the bike when you get a chance...digging the colour...ya,I know,not Scirocco related but....

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      09-27-2009 10:36 PM #14
      Thanx!
      I love that bike.
      Except a few electrical issues I still need to iron out... If you'd like to see MOAR! check the "Lightning Strikes" link in my 4th post. I had a great time stripping her down till there was nothing on the lift but the engine/trans. and doing a few custom pieces for her to wear. I didn't post pics of the exhaust I built in there though...I'll have to go back and update that.

      The 'colour' is Triumph "Roulette Green". I've thought about getting Mein Scirocco painted to match. But I'd probably end up in divorce court...


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      09-28-2009 10:22 PM #15
      Got home from werk today to find my 1st order from AutohausAZ waiting for me and I couldn't wait to get something accomplished. ANYTHING!

      I said "FORK IT! I'm getting that fereakin' engine outa mah Honduh tonight if I gotta throw it in reverse and slam on the breaks!"

      I realized that I didn't have to get the mill/lathe into the basement to make enough room for the "unloading". That stuff just got moved to the back of the garage (for now) and the Buell is staying at a neighbors (thanks Skott).

      Mein Scirocco DID NOT want to start (or run for that matter) but after a little coaxing she fired and reluctantly rolled out the driveway. And thats when it started to rain. While the rain didn't hinder progress in the garage at all, it did cause me to disregard my desire to take pics of the actual unloading platform and progress.

      All I ended up w/ a the end of the day was 1 shot of the engine partially hanging from the rafters w/ my new books, parts, and a Tap/Die set I picked up to figure out what size bolts I need to hang this on the engine stand. And obviously clean-up some threads while I'm working on the engine.


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      09-28-2009 10:30 PM #16
      Where did your order the complete 16v engine through and how much?

    17. 09-28-2009 11:02 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by dragon1.8t »


      Are you planning on running passenger side CIS?


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      09-29-2009 01:14 AM #18
      Looks like it needs BOOST

      Looking forward to having another one in the neighborhood


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      09-29-2009 07:42 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by Granitethewolf »
      Where did your order the complete 16v engine through and how much?

      Craigslist.org Prices vary...

      Quote, originally posted by kenny_blankenship »


      Are you planning on running passenger side CIS?

      NO. I might not run CIS at all. I've been thinking MegaSquirt.


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      09-29-2009 10:16 AM #20
      Looking good! I read your Buell build thread too, very nice. I love Buell bikes.

      Brendan

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      10-04-2009 12:13 AM #21
      Opened up the "Low Mileage" engine I bought to rebuild today and found some rust inside one of the cylinders. Looks like I'm going to need some machining done. I'll try honing it out but I'm not going to get my hopes up too high.


      I know it could be worse. But it's not what I was hoping for.
      The head on the other hand was a pleasant surprise.



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      10-06-2009 11:34 PM #22
      Picked up a 2.0L 16v w/ trans this evening. It's apparently been overheated a couple times, the head has been re-decked, and it hasn't run since....

      I'm not sure what problems I'm going to find when I open this one up. It's been sitting in the corner of a garage for some time. But I think it's going to be a better block to sink time/$$$$ into.

      The price was right...FREE!


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      10-07-2009 08:27 AM #23
      Quote, originally posted by dragon1.8t »
      Picked up a 2.0L 16v w/ trans this evening. It's apparently been overheated a couple times, the head has been re-decked, and it hasn't run since....

      I'm not sure what problems I'm going to find when I open this one up. It's been sitting in the corner of a garage for some time. But I think it's going to be a better block to sink time/$$$$ into.

      The price was right...FREE!

      Hey cant complain with free haha


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      10-07-2009 10:41 PM #24
      Aw hellz naw!
      I can't complain about that deal ever. I actually gave him $50 for being AWESOME and offering it up for nothing.

      Maybe I'm just a sucker...

      But I like to take care of anyone that looks out for me.


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      10-08-2009 01:09 AM #25
      forgot to photoshop your plates on one of those...
      A sloth gets robbed by three turtles. The sloth calls the cops and they ask him "so can you tell us about the robbery?" and the sloth say's "I'm not sure.............It all happened so fast......."

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      10-08-2009 10:43 AM #26
      Ditto in Kenosha

      "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former"
      (Albert Einstein)

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      10-09-2009 08:03 AM #27
      Nice looking Scirocco there.

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      10-09-2009 10:44 AM #28
      Thanks>>yours too. Is that one from GreenBay that was for sale not long ago?
      "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former"
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      10-09-2009 06:59 PM #29
      No. I bought it from BPspeedracer(?) up in Cheddarburg WI.

      I think I'm going to order some parts this weekend. Just some stuff to make this reliable while I play w/ the 2.Sloe.


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      10-09-2009 07:14 PM #30
      waiiiit a minute... there are 2 identical sciroccos with black euro bumpers in southern wisconsin???

      ::mind blown::


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      10-09-2009 07:28 PM #31
      It'd seem that way.

      But I can't see in his pic if he's got a sunroof or not.


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      10-09-2009 07:34 PM #32
      I always thought yours, was the one pictured above.

      So now... the car I pictured at Treffen, I have no idea whose it is.


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      10-09-2009 07:41 PM #33
      If the front tow-hook was blue it was the one I bought.

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      10-09-2009 11:21 PM #34
      i want some euro bumpers!!! i just modded my stock and they look great!
      Quick to the SLOW!!

      Fastest you can go 50!

      Wish i had a scirocco..(A. Einstein)

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      10-10-2009 04:33 PM #35
      I was at Treffen on Sat running in the Autocross. I got 3rd in the slow class
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