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    1. Member rawk's Avatar
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      01-31-2010 07:00 PM #1
      Well its finally time for me to start the project I've been wanting to for literally 5 years+. I bought this GTI off a fellow Vortexer in 2004, swapped the ABA 2.0 engine in 2005 and its probably gone 5,000 miles since then. Mainly been sitting in my various garages over the years collecting dust <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>My plan since swapping the ABA was to strip the car, respray it and turbo the engine.. finally its time! Just registered the car this week and passed emissions, now its time to tear it apart.<p>Here are a few older pics of the car when it was my daily driver (2005)<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/gtixflow-sm.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/gtixflow2-sm.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/newgti5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Heres a few pics from this morning, I wanted to get some shots before I started the tear down..<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project14.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project16.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project18.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project19.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>This is the main reason for the respray, the previous owner had the car painted 'Tornado Orange' and I'd like it back to the stock Tornado Red <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> The front fender is the color the car should be!<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project15.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>More to come shortly... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

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      01-31-2010 07:06 PM #2
      I've been buying and collecting parts for this car for years.. Here are some of the goodies waiting to go in<p>Kinetics Stage 3 ABA Turbo Kit and misc parts:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project4.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project6.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project7.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>SRI:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project25.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Autotech 270 Cam, Ross Fuel Rail:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project8.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Gauges, Billet Parts, hooray!:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project9.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>DV, Blockoff Plate, VR6 Maf, Catch Can:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project10.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Happich:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project11.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project12.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project13.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Votex:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project22.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project24.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>New G60 Flares, Bumpers, Side Skirts, Mounting Hardware, etc:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project26.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project27.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project28.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Way too much money spent on a car worth 2k <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">

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      01-31-2010 07:10 PM #3
      Todays progress, started at 9am and had the engine out by 4 with a lunch break and a trip to Home Depot.. pretty happy with the progress so far<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project29.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project30.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Clean battery tray, no rust to speak off anywhere on the car:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project31.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project32.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Engine almost out:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project33.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project34.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Engine out:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project41.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project42.jpg" BORDER="0">

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      01-31-2010 09:38 PM #4
      Looks good! Can't wait to see this once its done.

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      02-01-2010 07:18 PM #6
      NICE.. Cant wait till its finished..

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      02-01-2010 07:25 PM #7
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      01-31-2010 07:11 PM #8
      Love it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
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      01-31-2010 07:12 PM #9
      Last thing for today, a few shots of the garage.. figured I'd spice things up a bit since i'm in here all the time<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project35.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project36.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project37.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>

    10. 02-04-2010 02:27 PM #10
      omg jealous of your collection..

    11. 01-31-2010 07:34 PM #11
      In for the win! Sweet ass sunshade, too!

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      01-31-2010 07:47 PM #12
      <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ShaggysGTI</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">In for the win! Sweet ass sunshade, too!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Bought the SRI and a few parts from a guy on Vortex and he sent me the sunshade and a few other VW goodies.. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

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      01-31-2010 07:53 PM #13
      Looks like you're doing it right! Should be a good build.
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      02-01-2010 08:09 PM #14
      thanks for all the comments guys <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><p>i will be stripping the rest of the car this week and hopefully it will be going to paint later this month.. once i finish taking the car apart I'll be taking the engine apart, rebuilding the head, painting the block/tranny and putting the turbo together<p>hopefully by the time the car is done paint i'll have everything ready to go back together<p>plan on a full new black carpet kit from newton commercial, possibly some new seats as well... looking for a mint red stripe dash if anyone has one<p>haven't decided on wheels yet, the bbs are just rollers i stole from the cabby while its in hibernation for the winter <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

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      02-01-2010 10:37 PM #16
      watching!
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      02-01-2010 10:41 PM #17
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      02-02-2010 11:20 AM #18
      stripped out a bunch more of the engine bay this morning, most of the wiring, wipers and accessories are all gone.. will have some photos up after work <IMG SRC="http://media.firevortex.net/icons/custom/standard/thumb_up.png" BORDER="0">

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      02-03-2010 07:54 PM #19
      Took apart most of the interior today:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project43.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project44.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Door seals, handles, etc removed:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project45.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Started removing the dreaded seam sealer in the engine bay and grinding off unnecessary bolts..<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project46.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project50.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project51.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project52.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Got the piece in to fix the DMV hack job on my raintray/vin:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project47.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project48.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project49.jpg" BORDER="0"><BR><BR>
      <i>Modified by rawk at 6:56 PM 2-3-2010</i>

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      02-07-2010 06:18 PM #20
      Did a bunch of work today on the car.. got the majority of the interior out, tail lights, rear bumper, side skirts etc.. Also did a bunch more cleaning up in the engine bay, got rid of a few unnecessary brackets, power steering hoses and did a lot more seam sealer stripping...<p>My garage is a complete mess, running out of room, luckily theres not much more to come off the car before it goes out to paint<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project53.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project54.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project57.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Todays progress:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project55.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project56.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project58.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project59.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project60.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.palestar.net/rawk/gti/project/project61.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>I need to remove the sunroof panel, rear glass and the dash/heater box.. other than that just have to finish up prepping the engine bay then I can get started rebuilding the engine and installing the turbo <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"><BR><BR>
      <i>Modified by rawk at 5:23 PM 2-7-2010</i>

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      02-07-2010 07:37 PM #21
      clean interior, what size injectors came with the kit??
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      02-07-2010 08:08 PM #22
      <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kannin</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">clean interior, what size injectors came with the kit??</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Injectors are 42# - I think all the Kinetic kits use the same injectors..

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      02-07-2010 07:55 PM #23
      This is going to be bloody good once finished! Hopefully all those years waiting will all be worth it.<p>What car is the ABA engine from, is it out of a mk4?

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      02-07-2010 08:10 PM #24
      <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Doogal</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">This is going to be bloody good once finished! Hopefully all those years waiting will all be worth it.<p>What car is the ABA engine from, is it out of a mk4?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks man, I'm very excited for the end results but lots of work to go <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>ABA engines were in MK3 Golf/Jettas and Cabbys.. my particular one is an OBD1 from a 94.. Mk4 have a 2.0 but its an AEG I think <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

    25. 02-07-2010 08:21 PM #25
      talk about dropping all the money at once. Wish i was that loaded. I'm in love with everything except red mirror bases. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">

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      02-07-2010 09:01 PM #26
      <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Gnar-kill</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">talk about dropping all the money at once. Wish i was that loaded. I'm in love with everything except red mirror bases. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually if you read correctly you'd see I've been accumulating and buying parts for years for this car.<p>I have new mirrors to go on the car, so no more red mirror bases.. I don't like them either <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">

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      02-07-2010 08:22 PM #27
      <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> Got ya.<p>Good luck with this anyway, will be good to see your progress!

    28. 02-07-2010 09:06 PM #28
      Yeah I didn't read. I was thinking that after i posted, because you have had the car for so long and the title makes sense. Sorry.

    29. 02-07-2010 09:12 PM #29
      <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>rawk</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I have new mirrors to go on the car, so no more red mirror bases.. I don't like them either <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You still never said anything about it really. I must be missing it. Can't wait to see it done, though. <IMG SRC="http://media.firevortex.net/icons/custom/green/fv-green-wink.gif" BORDER="0">

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      02-08-2010 09:20 AM #30
      No worries man.. but believe me I'm not loaded <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I've been saving to do this project for 5 years! Just sold a bunch of musical gear to fund this.. one thing out, one thing in hehe

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      02-08-2010 10:53 AM #31
      loving this and all the quality parts
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      02-09-2010 01:51 AM #32
      How did I not once see your car even once within five years.

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      02-09-2010 09:10 AM #33
      <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Devinfire</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">How did I not once see your car even once within five years.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>It honestly has not been on the road since 2005.. and I lived in Westport back then so wasn't in the New Haven area much <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I can assure you you'll see the car on the road this year!

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      02-09-2010 11:09 AM #34
      Why havnt i seen this car in 2005. i been driving through there to get to work in Norwalk when traffic was heavy on I-95. i think i had my side dump exhaust on my 88 16v at the time.<p>G/L and Keep up the good work.
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      02-09-2010 12:24 PM #35
      <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>rawk</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>It honestly has not been on the road since 2005.. and I lived in Westport back then so wasn't in the New Haven area much <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I can assure you you'll see the car on the road this year!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That would do it haha. I'm actually in Cheshire myself, but I don't have an awesome VW mk2 build going on right now, because my <I>other</I> mk2 needs to be restored lol. (1984 Supra)

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