Now that I've started making progress I figured I'd start a build thread to help keep me moving.
After an accident, and too much rust killed my '92 last spring I started looking for a project. Originally I wanted a rust free shell to swap over my good parts into. Last September I came across a Dragon Green '94 in pretty rough shape. It had a couple of good points though. It was local, the engine and transmission were in great shape, and it was (supposed to be) rust free.
I'd always wanted a '94, and I was looking for a project. So despite the safety orange painted intake manifold, the ghetto false floor where the rear seats should be, and a ridiculous number of Porsche stickers I brought it home.
Here's the one semi Good pic.
As for the rest they definitely belong in the weird Corrado thread...
The Passat Moonroof has been sealed shut with clear silicone.
Most of the interior is Trash, the moonroof is trash, the paint is half original, half the worst respray I've ever seen. The dash center bezel is in about four pieces, both bumpers are junk. When I pulled the rear bumper I found hidden damage. I could go on, but I wanted a project, and that's exactly what I got.
I finished parting my '92 and got rid of the shell about two months ago. Since then I've picked a local body shop to do the paint and body work, and hoarded a lot of parts. Last weekend I finally started tearing into it. I've got the engine on the hoist ready to come out as soon as I pick up some bolts to attach it to my engine stand, and drop the last two bolts in the front crossmember.
Plans are an almost complete restoration, fix all the dings and dents, new paint, all new suspension components, new brakes, exhaust, re-skinned interior, all the normal wear parts on the drive train, wheels, and a few small upgrades.
The engine will stay mostly stock for now due to $ It's got a fresh MKIV head gasket, and runs/sounds perfect, so I'll just pull it, clean it up, and replace the chains/guides, the entire cooling system, a new power steering pump, etc...
The transmission shifts great, so for now I'll just clean it up, new clutch, new gear oil, and put it back in. I've got a spare O2A I'm going to rebuild with an LSD later.
The time line will be fairly long. I'm hoping to be done by next March or so, but I'm not in any hurry. I just want it to be done right. I've got about half the parts I need, with most of the expensive stuff still to go. I just finished saving up for the paint and bodywork, so as soon as I get it stripped down to a shell It's off to the body shop.
Here are some pics of the parts collection.
Complete Euro belt setup.
New factory grille with emblem, E-codes with autolevelers + switch and harness. Euro steering wheel, new center dash bezel, new roof trim strips, MKIII trunk popper setup, all black interior plastics, clear sidemarkers, BFI engine mounts, R32 control arm bushings.
Black door pockets, center gauges, Hvac controls. etc... etc...
I've got lots of plans, nothing too radical. Hopefully I get to them all.