the wheels are Rial, not Vial
Due to an unfortunate incident, I have been forced to start rebuilding my MK1 a bit sooner than expected; therefore, I might as well start a thread. Because I work and will be going to school full time, the rebuild may not go as quickly as many projects that are on here.
Bought from an autocrosser by vwrabbit, who then...
traded the car to peterock17 for a Caddy and a midget. , who then...
sold the car to Stump16V, who then...
Sold it to me.
1984 GTI, 1.8 8V JH
The car was already modded with the following:
G grind cam
2.25 exhaust (straight pipe)
Autotech adjustable cam gear
Diesel 5th gear
Nuespeed race springs
Scirocco K bar
Schroth ASM harnesses
Corbeau racing seat
O2O with Diesel 5th gear
Short shift kit
Personal steering wheel
Hella 550 Grill w/ fogs
Autotech plug wires
BBS front lip
Kamei hood scoop
BBS and Zender rear spoilers
Polyurethane bushings throughout
AC, reservoir, and wiper fluid deleted
Future plans include finishing the cage, door cards, minor shave of the engine bay, POR-15, respray in Alpine White, battery relocation, upgraded grounds and wiring.
After I took a ride there with one of my friends for a look over and test drive, I realized that it had a lot of potential. There was no major rust other than a small minor section of the rear lower panel and the body was in great shape (minus the yellow paint that I didn't like). About a week later, I returned with a trailer to take it home.
When I arrived home, I managed to source a set of Recaros on the cheap.
I then began driving it for the next few months to get a feel for the car and get my confidence up on it's reliability. Also, I put it on the dyno to see what it was doing.
The engine and tranny were so solid, that I decided to take it down to Southern Worthersee from NJ. The trip was enjoyable and I made it without a hitch (other than the hood scoop and sunroof leak incident, lol)
I also bought a set of 13" Vial Basketweaves from a local Coolwater fellow.
The GTI remained on the road until last weekend, when I was involved in an accident in NYC. Luckily the damage did not extend into the engine and I was able to drive it home. Since body work will need to be done, it made sense to me to begin tearing down the car so that all necessary body work and paint can be done in one shot.
Accident damage (bumpers saved that ish)
After fighting with a few rusty screws
Continued removing the gorilla snot and cleaning up the floor pans and interior for a POR-15 treatment later on.
Also began removing the dash, labeling wires, and bagging up all of the hardware.
More to come.
Last edited by nemo1ner; 08-20-2010 at 03:45 PM.
do you have a pic of the logo? im curious. i had a set of wheels back in the day that i could of sworn said vial, but i was told its rial, it had a V but with a hook that the top of the right side of the V so it could be a "fancy" r.... anyway not im wondering what the wheels were i had!
Sucks to hear about the forced rebuild.
And I could never force myself to like the color either. Having drunk people in manhattan jumping in front of me, yelling taxi was not fun.
You rocked that color though, only real men can wear that yellow, you wore it well. Now paint it Alpine white, I was paying attention. I just did a single round core support swap in one day bro, single round fenders and support could be had for 250$, so do it. Get a welder, drill the spot welds out, and take it off. aint nuthin to it but to do it nikkel . LOL.
I actually thought you painted that car that color....
Lol. The car was painted by a previous owner. Even though I wasn't a fan, I have to admit, I got a lot of stares when driving it around.
I am still in the process of sourcing a daily and I am also getting ready to move to another place, so I am not doing the front just yet. Once the wiring harness and heater core is stripped, I am going to grind everything down and give it a coat of POR-15. Then yank out the engine and trans and give the body shop a rolling shell.
That's my old whip. The paint is John Deere yellow. I had traded this to peterock17 (who did the paint and a good bit of bodywork) for an 81 Caddy and a 73 Midget...
Funny to see how many hands its change since I had it how many years back... I purchased this in 2001 from a kid in Williamsburg, VA who autocrossed the snot out of it.
I have been busy with getting ready to move residences, so I haven't had any real time to work on the car. My only progress has been the removal of the wiring harness and the rest of the interior. Everything else will be stripped once it gets moved to its new home.
I did manage to pick up a set of wheels for $50.
(fenders and Recaros will be up for grabs shortly).
$.50 profit?! I can almost buy a pack of Swedish Fish with that!
These few weeks have been quite hectic. There was H2O and for the past two weeks, I have been in the process of moving.
Saturday was spent cleaning the garage. The previous tenant and his pig pen habits, had left the garage in a moldy, dirty and smelly state. After a day of removing cobwebs, sweeping, hosing down and scrubbing moldy walls with bleach, the garage was ready for occupation.
We spent the better part of Sunday cleaning, organizing and hashing out the logistical plan of getting the GTI moved to the new place. In an attempt to save some cash on towing or renting a trailer, we decided to give AAA a try.
AAA is technically only allowed to tow if a car is registered, insured and legitimately broken down; therefore, it was quite entertaining to watch the tow truck driver nearly have an aneurism when he arrived to find a stripped, rolling shell with no steering wheel. After sourcing vice grips from the neighbor, he helped me push the car out of the driveway as I steered. :p
After a few hours of pissing off drivers, my old neighbors and our new ones, the car was finally in it's new home.
Recently, I contacted a family friend and owner of the body shop who previously worked on my Audi. Because the car will require extensive body work and painting, he had agreed to come to the house to discuss a budget and plan of action for the GTI once he returns from vacation. Once those details are finalized, the GTI will head to the shop for some body work and paint.
And a pic of one of our neighbors that I caught nosing around the car. Petrol head kitty? Once my attack cat gets used to the new digs, he will take care of them nosy neighbors.
I spent a good part of Saturday afternoon sanding. Because there are so many layers of paint, I had to begin with 80 grit and a long block. It also is helping with smoothing out some slight waves in the panels.
Will be sanding some more tonight.