Ya know, I really have to give a big shout out and "Thank You" to a lot of folks on the Tex for all the help and advice you folks have given to me in the last couple years. I have been lurking around in the background laughing at yer jokes, enduring your flames (yeah I asked a dreaded sunroof question) and even posted questions about topics I didn't search for because I was in a pinch. But I never got so stuck that one of you guys didn't come through with an answer or suggestion. Big thanks to Sr. Karmman (the 4 day bay), Burninator, Dogger, DUBZAK, crisvr6, Sdezego, eurosportgti, Redyellowwhite (the Cyprus guy) and to many others I can't think of off the top of my head!
I heeded your advice and the results speak for themselves. Thanks again ya'll!
Okay, this is my first real “build” thread. It’s also the first post of several and is gonna be the “boring” one…more words than pictures for the moment. But I have a story to tell and besides, there is a scroll bar on the right hand side of your screen and a back button in the upper left that you are more than welcome to use at anytime the narration gets to be too much of a bother.
After 29 months of work and more money spent than I care to talk about, here is where the story begins. I had a couple pictures sneak out already but this thread is the one where I finally show off my little girl.
I will preface the post by saying that the first Corrado I ever laid eyes on was in the spring of 1990, the year I graduated. I happened to be at the local VW dealership with my old man who was collecting his 86 Golf diesel from the maintenance department for its second heater core recall (the car later became mine as a belated graduation present and is, to this day, the most dependable vehicle I have ever owned). Anyhow as we walked around to the storage yard to get my Dad’s car we just happened to catch a Tornado Red G60 being backed out of a service bay. Some skinny kid was prepping the car for display on the show room floor. I just had to see what this thing was. I was a causal car guy back then. No time or money to invest in vehicles. But what I do remember thinking is that VW had really stepped out of their boxy little rut and took a bold step forward. The Corrado was a curvy, stylish little coupe…and then we saw the sticker price. My Dad and I shook our heads and wished the kid (and VW) luck. What a shame. It really was a sexy little car. I never saw many on the road--the south east isn’t exactly a hot bed of VW enthusiasm—so the little Corrado became a dim and faded memory.
Jump ahead to late fall 2004. I am six years on the other side of a divorce. I am living in a newly renovated home which I had completed earlier in the year and I am itching for a project. I think of all the things I liked about my relationship with my ex-wife and my thoughts go back to her little faded Tornado Pink Scirocco. As much trouble as that car gave us (coolant leaks, failing master cylinder, dodgy second gear, etc.) the one thing I remember most was how damn fun that thing was to drive. So I cruise the web and search Ebay and find a perfect little 1988 16V Scirocco to fix up. It’s about 4 hours away in a VW shop in Jacksonville Florida. So I rent a tow dolly, take my current girlfriend’s son along for the ride and we pick up this:
Two years later (also more money than I care to talk about) I transformed her into this:
My first “restoration”. I was proud of her like a new dad. There were a lot of “upgrades” that I look back on as questionable though. You see I took a lot of advice from younger fella’s on the Tex. I installed heavy duty shocks with lowering springs and a big throaty exhaust. I got a Momo steering wheel and upgraded to a heavy front sway bar. Granted she took off like a scalded cat and handled like she was on rails, but the ride was loud and harsh and as a daily driver there was a lot to be desired. After a 12 hour shift at the plant, with my head still buzzing with the sounds of heavy equipment and alarms, the Scirocco was more of a chore to drive than a pleasure.
Still for a weekend runner I couldn’t knock her. But after a couple years of driving the little Red Rocco around my mind started to think “what would my next project be?” The work I did with the Scirocco boosted my confidence. I was hungry for another challenge. That’s when I thought of the kid detailing that shiny new Corrado on the dealer lot.
That’s when I decided: my next project car was going to be a Corrado.
The hunt was on. For months I scoured the net. Watched the classifieds on the Tex and I waited. Finally I found a prospect--a Tornado Red Corrado G60 came up for auction on Ebay. It looked good and was close to home (two hours away in North Carolina). I bid the most I was willing to pay on the first day and I waited. For a solid week I was “Currently the highest bidder”. At any moment I was certain that I would be knocked off my perch, but as the auction counted down to the last day…she was mine! So my girlfriend and I took a trip to NC and retrieved my prize. The car was in a little worse shape than the Ebay pictures let on however. Mechanically she was sound. She started right up, shifted into each gear smoothly and the A/C actually worked. All the major mechanicals were in good order. (The bells, whistles and electronics were a different story however). The really bad part though was the body. The entire passenger side had been hit with a glancing blow by a police car—at least that’s the story given by the owner. Needless to say, the body was going to be a LOT of work. But I took her home and this is how she looked when I backed her into the driveway:
Soon after the process of stripping, photographing, bagging/boxing and storing parts began. I was already looking at a pretty long shopping list. The most worrisome was the body work. It really was worse than I had first thought and after a visit from my friend who did the body work on my Scirocco I knew that my best bet was to find a donor car that I could rob parts from. That's when fate stepped in and I picked up a second C from a Texer in Virginia. This is my "donor" car, and as it later turned out would actually be the foundation from which I based my entire rebuild: