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    1. Member Damian Grihalva's Avatar
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      03-27-2010 11:37 PM #1
      This thread will document the build of the newest edition to my vehicle family. Seen:

      A 1982 Jetta. I hope you enjoy it.

      Well with the GTI sold as of 4ish hours ago. I'm starting to put into motion my Jetta build plans. Unfortunately the Wifey claimed 1/2 the $$ from the project (hey, we got bills too) and so I have to take it a little slower than I wanted, but isn't that life...

      First up, what do you guys think.... trying to pick out what front end I want to use.

      Early Westy

      My personal fav, Mk1 Scirocco

      Or the old-faithful Quad Round.

      Could go with single rounds too. Kinda like that look. But give me your ideas folks, I'm more interested in the interior/powertrain, the rest is up in the air.

      Let me know. I'm undecided. My plans will be for a unique mk1 Jetta. so....let me have it.


      Modified by Damian Grihalva at 8:43 PM 3-27-2010


      Modified by Damian Grihalva at 8:06 PM 4-10-2010

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      03-27-2010 11:39 PM #2
      Westy would look kinda cool!
      Vamped Tuning! Scrappy Dubs!

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      03-27-2010 11:42 PM #3
      Ya, I have a secret parts source that has an early westy rabbit that I could get the grill for a steal.
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      03-28-2010 12:59 AM #4
      oh, cool, you can use dumbodder.
      A Rabbit is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy one of these cars. Instead, leave it for a worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as a "MK1"

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      03-28-2010 09:30 AM #5
      Wow man, thanks for the input.
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      03-28-2010 09:50 AM #6
      please, go euro single or us 4 quad, but not round...please....


      and muffy, turn your spell check on !


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      03-28-2010 10:18 AM #7
      I don't want to change the fenders if I don't have too ~ just don't want to have to re-paint. But I have a buddy with the westy grill out east of me that'll give it to me for a song.

      Honestly, I do not like the 4-square US grills, I'm simply looking at options. I'd like to use a Euro grill, but have no idea where to find one.

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      03-28-2010 10:25 AM #8
      the euro parts just bolt on. no need to mod anything,all holes are there, just pull your stuff and replace with euro. 15 mins of work.
      shoot me an im if you want euro lights & grill.

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      03-28-2010 10:47 AM #9
      Sorry for the lame-o 'I'm GOING to by a Mmmmkay 1 Jetta and build it' kinda feel, but once you see this take shape, you see I can be more than just a beginner dubmodder user.

      Speaking of which, I may have located a 2L 16v motor, 1.8 16v head, and I already have an 87 GLI trans for it.

      Also FOUND an 82 Jetta shell to use ~ the guy who owns it is pulling the ABA motor out this week, and I'm picking up the shell.

      Planning to buy an 87 GLI scrapper for the interior, dash, wing, and wiring harness(s) ~ wonder if the bumpers will work?

      As for the suspension, I'm picking up a buddies coil-overs and sway bars from his rabbit. Already have an 87 Rocco rear axle beam with discs, and I bought new rotors a bit ago for the GTI project that I never installed. Just need to figure out what to do about front brakes.

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      03-28-2010 10:49 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by eurojettanut »
      the euro parts just bolt on. no need to mod anything,all holes are there, just pull your stuff and replace with euro. 15 mins of work.
      shoot me an im if you want euro lights & grill.

      Best news ever. IM sent.
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      03-28-2010 11:05 AM #11
      Here's what it'd look like with euro grill and my old Holkenhiems (sp)

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    12. 03-28-2010 02:09 PM #12
      westy!

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      03-28-2010 04:52 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by eurojettanut »

      and muffy, turn your spell check on !

      it is on

      A Rabbit is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy one of these cars. Instead, leave it for a worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as a "MK1"

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      03-28-2010 04:56 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by Muffler Bearing »
      oh, cool, you can use dumbodder .



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      03-29-2010 02:31 PM #15
      if you can find another early westy core support let me know..i wanna have a backup just in case...

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      03-29-2010 02:48 PM #16

      this is what im building my mk1 gli to look like


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      03-29-2010 03:20 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by staydubbin »

      this is what im building my mk1 gli to look like

      A Rabbit is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy one of these cars. Instead, leave it for a worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as a "MK1"

    18. 03-29-2010 03:26 PM #18
      Early Westy

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      03-29-2010 03:49 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by Muffler Bearing »

      i used that picture for my cell phone...


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      bunch of old german junk
      03-29-2010 06:56 PM #20
      rabbit rad supports and fenders look all wrong on jettas
      this / is / where / your / sweet / mods / go

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      03-29-2010 07:42 PM #21
      I think it looks great, as why I did it
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      03-29-2010 10:45 PM #22

      how hard is said scirocco 1 front to do on a mk1 ..sorry for being a thread jacker

      ****

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      03-30-2010 10:54 AM #23
      I heard they bolt in...but for some reason, I'm not totally convinced.
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      03-30-2010 11:14 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Vegeta Gti »
      if you can find another early westy core support let me know..i wanna have a backup just in case...


      wow, all that they didn't even take the time to get the headlights in the right spot. that looks like ass


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      03-30-2010 03:40 PM #25
      for your info, guitars. the projectors weren't made to jus boltnin, there is more fab workmin this car then u could ever dream of attempting. plus the angle is off in a moving vechile. still the first and only early westy swapped jetta. hate if u like, but i don't see u doin anything like it
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      03-30-2010 03:41 PM #26
      they are even, level and centered to the grille and rad support.
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      03-30-2010 05:00 PM #27
      What a reaction. They do look a bit off. Or maybe you just have some Angry Tape on.
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      03-31-2010 08:51 PM #28

      well guys, I appreciated your enthusiasm for the headlights, but lets get back to what this thread was started for. And that means a road-trip.

      She don't go fast, but she goes...

      50 miles later, I'm at Don's Sportcar Salvage....

      ....where they have one of these...

      Kachow!

      Boom-baby!

      Spec sheet?

      Loaded up and ready to go.

      My international goes international.

      1984 Mk1 GTI ~ Originally bought in 2008, then sold in 2010, and bought back in 2013
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      03-31-2010 08:58 PM #29
      So, since this build looks like a 'look what I can do with dubmodder' ~ lets look at one of the shells I'm looking at getting for the build. Namely this 1982 Mk1 Jetta.

      Its so cool, it even comes with a hood scoop ~ I hear its a Kamei (sp) prototype!

      Front end.

      Custom high-flow exhaust.

      Suspension work

      And color.

      In the performance catagory,

      a 1993 GTI ABA block swap. But I'm letting the PO keep this motor-trans and will be building the 16v above for it.

      With custom wiring.

      No rust in the bulkhead.

      But there is funkiness in the rain tray.

      Sooper cool wheels tho...

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      03-31-2010 09:04 PM #30
      Interior is nothing to write home about, but here are some interior pics.

      Front seats.

      Rear seats.

      Door cards look okay, maybe a little work.

      Back door cards, lookin' better.

      Dash ~ needs the most help. When I first saw this Jetta, the entire dash wiring harness was puking out ~ but the owner put it all back in place when we started talking. Not too bad, but definitely needs work, especially an instrument cluster.

      I should clarify, this is one of a couple Jetta's I'm looking at. As long as its not destroyed when the owner pulls the engine/trans out, I'll pick it up. Otherwise, I've got a couple other options available.

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      04-01-2010 10:58 PM #31
      Got a couple things coming for the build today. Its going to be sweet!
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      04-05-2010 11:05 PM #32
      Quote, originally posted by Damian Grihalva »


      So I bought it today. Wife says its ugly. Doesn't like the body at all ~ then she said: I should have known.

      $475 clams w/ the 93 ABA 2.0 and the funkiest wiring job I've seen to date. Wife and I were quite surprised it made it home. Of course, there was steam coming out the engine bay when we made it here... but I think I forgot to hit the 'toggle' switch for the electric fans.

      Heck at least it runs!

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      Bitchin!
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      04-05-2010 11:52 PM #34
      MK1 jettas ftw!

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      04-06-2010 04:56 PM #35
      Yes they are 15s.

      Forgot to add a few pictures. Here's the motor getting offloaded at the shop.

      Then, since I have the car now. I took it for a test drive.

      First, like I said, the interior is a bit of a rats nest.

      But at least I got some money back from the purchase!

      ;D

      But the real good news is that I took it for a 'speed test' out on 24 ~ there's a good straight 4-lane divided highway section between my house and North Woodmen... I gave it all it had.

      Either that or I just played with the tach and speedo.

      What here it is at about 85ish ~ Oh...look at those RPMs, going to have to get that desiel 5th in the new trans! ;D ;D

      Anyway ~ like I said, the dash needs some work. The panel is not doing so good. basically hanging out.

      Dash looks pretty good. I like the 'storage' tray under the glove box. Definitely a cool dash.

      That Jetta plate in the center console seems to scream 'give me a big stereo'...

      ...perhaps eventually.

      Yike, the wiring nightmare.

      At least the car has the cover for it....

      Too bad its all cut to heck!

      1984 Mk1 GTI ~ Originally bought in 2008, then sold in 2010, and bought back in 2013
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