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!