well i have some time on my hands here at work so im going to start my build thread. my corrado as gone through many changes since i bought it in 2008. Unfortunately i do not have a whole lot of pictures but ill post what i have once i get off work on account that the government blocks most web sites.
i purchased my 1990 tornado red corrado in January of 2008. it had a blown bottom end the rod bearings were gone. it was like most corrado i wasn’t really looking to buy another car but i came across this one and rounded some cash up real quick i actually got lucky because i went and looked at it on a friday and i told him i would take it and we would do all the paper work on monday. but he had a few other ppl that were all ready coming to look at it over the weekend. well monday came around and i was lucky enough that the guy kept his word and held the car for me. he even had someone come with cash in hand and he still held it for me. i was very grateful. now the problem was it didnt run and i didnt have a truck to tow it home with. so the phone calls started and after 2 days and a very exciting ride down a mountain i managed to get the car home and rolled of the car dolly to its new home.
the next day i was so excited having my new toy to play with i dove right into it and started seeing what was wrong with it. i already knew the rod bearings where bad and i was lucky enough the guy had a brand new set of bearing to install in the car. so i took a chance and inspected the crank and the rods and tried to install the bearing to see if this thing would start. well i installed one of the bearings and they were very sloppy I could wiggle the rod around even when it was tight so i pulled it apart and took the old bearing and one of the new ones to my buddy at a local VW shop. he inspected them and right away knew the problem. the bearings were oversized so i had me order a set $40 i figured what the hell ill give it a try and see if it works. day or 2 later i got my new over sized bearing and went home and layed under my car in the freezing cold trying to get the car together. at about midnight i was finally done frozen to the bone i called it quits it was 90% completed. got up early the next morning and went and finished it up and doubled checked everything.
Now for most of you that know timing a g60 is very easy; that is unless you have never done it before. i probably spent 2+ hours trying to time the damn car and find all the marks and get everything correct. (im a pro now 15 min i can time a g60). After a day of cold hassles i finally got the thing to fire up. and it ran ok i let it sit and idle was watching the oil pressure (installed a gauge while i was fixing it) and tweaking little things and it seemed all good. so i took it for its 1st drive and it ran ok i wasn’t super impressed but i also couldn’t bitch. while out on my test drive i went out to my local vw auto parts store and grab a new o2 sensor and temp sensors cap, rotor, plugs all the basic tune up stuff and took it back home and got everything installed. it seemed to be running good enough that i decided to drive back and forth to school the rest of the week and see how it did well.
The 1st picture I could find of the car after I got it running
i got about 180 miles on it that week and by that time it started knocking again and i didn’t have high hopes that the rod bearing where going to last but I thought longer then 180 miles. So i took it home once again and parked it.
I let it sit for a few days because I was kind of disappointed. I pulled the oil pan and looked at the damage well everything was not looking so hot. But luckily when i bought the car the guy gave me another block it was just the bottom end short block. so i got online and order a bunch of parts from mjm and while i was at it i decided to rebuilder the supercharger. Didn’t need to it was boosting fine but i didn’t know its history and it was a good idea. i got the charger rebuild kit 1st and set up a nice work station in my basement and carefully took the charger apart cleaned and inspected the whole thing and amazingly it was in perfect condition it was missing 1.5 apex strips but nothing was broken. so i installed the new apex strips lubed it up and put all back together. in the mean time i pulled the bad motor out of the car. wish i would have know how easy it was to pull the front end off the car because pulling the motor with the front end on is a PIA. Got the motor out and started striping everything i need off of it and laying it all out on my bench and cleaned stuff up. pulled the bottom end completely apart to find out that it had over sized main bearings as well And the best part is one of them was missing. so it got set aside as scrap. got the other bottom end that came with the car and threw it on the engine stand and pulled the rod caps off and checked it all out and it was great condition. i replaced the bearings anyway because i had them. i started rebuilding the new motor at about noon when i got all my parts form mjm. And buy 2am i had a completed motor
The next all i had to do was bolt the trans to it and drop it in the car. Hassled for half the day trying to get it in the car (remember the front end was on the car) finally got it in and bolted to the motor mounts wich getting it lined up on all the mounts took the other half of the day. i had to stop working on account i was cold tired and it began to snow. i ended up having to take a few days off waiting for all the snow to clear up and i was right back at it. After a few days i had the car all together wired and ready to start. And what do you know after a few hours messing with it my corrado was finally alive.
Now it took about 3 months to work out all the problems with it but it was finally running very well. it became my new daily driver and i loved driving it Drove it everywhere. around the beginning of 2009 i was surfing eBay and typed in g60 to see what was out there and what i found was wonderful a black g60 that didn’t run but it had a BBM lysholm supercharger on it some nice wheels and a tt SS exhaust And a few others. i watched the auction emailed the guy and talked to him on the phone i never bid on it after it didn’t sell i called the guy and offered him $1200 for the car and he took it. Score my 2nd corrado.
Now the car was in Tucson az. I live in PA but my father lives in New Mexico so i PayPal my dad money and he went and got me my other corrado. It sat at my father’s house for a few months. until in May 1st 2009 I drove my corrado to the mcnair bbq that was a wonderful get together me and PSUcorrado were the 1st ones there we drove down together but since I was only 19 Mike wouldn’t let me drink but it wasn’t all bad we hung out and had a great time until everyone got there and at about 10pm they decided to go to the local hang out and get some food and beers. Well im out front talking to some ppl its about half hour before we left and mike comes out side and says Eric we are heading to the bar in a little (it was kinda sprinkling so it was a little wet out) and you’re my DD I said ok. Then right before he went inside he turned and looked at me and said if it dries out well take the VRT. Well long story short 5 min later it stoped raining and I got to drive the nicest and fastest corrado. Mike If you would like to chime in on this go head. And for the recorded I wasn’t scared of it it just surprised me. But back to the build topic. Pics right before I went to the bbq
After the mcnairbq me and my girlfriend packed the red corrado up and drove it 2500miles to New Mexico. without a single problem may i add. spent 3 weeks at my father’s played with the new corrado for a day got it to start but it didn’t stay running long (cog pulley was shot) so we pushed it into the shop and i started ripping parts off of it and putting them on the red corrado. the wheels and exhaust were the only things i put on the red car. The girl friend didn’t want my putting the lysholm on. so after being there for 3 weeks we packed the red raddo back up with parts and bags and headed back to PA 2500 miles with no problems was a wonderful vacation and drive.
This is probly my favorite picture I have of my car. And its not photo shopped
And this was before we left with the new wheels
a few days after we got home i couldn’t wait any longer and i installed my new lysholm on my corrado and we started it up and it was the most wonderful sound ever, scared me at 1st but then i drove it and i was in love. at this point i was slowly molding the car the lysholm being the 1st big mod but it started a trend. Cam, chip, smaller pulley all came in the few months to follow. And i was happy where it was about stage 4 maybe a little more i was running 18psi with the lysholm. And it was running great until and january-feb of 2010 when it start acting up and low and behold the cog pulley had sheared.
Tried fixing it with no luck towed it down to the shop pulled the motor and tried drilling the crank and putting dowel pins in the crank and a brand new cog and put a brand new 9$ crank bolt form VW. it and it worked for all of 12 hours. when i snapped the brand new crank bolt and both pins. so once again the car is towed to the shop where it gets the motor pulled and a different crank put in
get it all put back together back in the car start it up lights right off let it sit for a little and it seemed fine so i went for the test drive got about half a block from the shop and it died and wouldn’t even crank over so we push it back to the shop. and pull the bottom end and the rods where locked up another let down. at this point my raddo has been down for about 3 weeks and the motor had been pulled and put back in 3times. since this motor was now toast i started calling trying to find a new motor. About 2 day and found one that had been sitting in a buddy’s basement for probly 5 years. Went and got it for 200$ stipend all the acc off it because they were all shot and rusted. Cleaned it up the best we could and started bolting all the good parts from my other motor on it.
after about another week off leaving work getting to the shop at around 6 and staying till 12-1. working off of about 4-5 hours of sleep a night i was ready to be done with this car. but i pushed through and we got it back running again. And very well the new motor was in excellent shape. And pulled hard and felt great until march of 2010 when i was on my way back from Maryland and was cursing along at about 80 I had tweaked the car a little and it was running the best that it ever had run. when all of a sudden i lost power and it’s just dogging. its night time i couldn’t see much but then another car comes up behind me and as the headlight got closer all i saw was a cloud of smoke pulled off the high way rather quickly and popped the hood to see where this smoke was coming from. It was blowing out the breather and the oil cap. i knew what had happened i melted a piston. But it still ran knowing that the motor was toast I needed to try and get it the last 10miles to the shop. I made it very slowly but I made it . Parked it for the night and my buddy lent me his truck so i could go to work the next morning. it didn’t take long but i was so tired of the pg motor there was no possible way i was putting another one in my raddo. i started looking around and found a motor. a fully built 2l 16v with all the bells and whistles. We Drove 4 hours each way to get the motor. got back to the shop and my new challenge began putting the lysholm on the 16v motor.
so i started gathering and making parts for the motor. removed digi 1 and installed megasquirt and when it was all said in done about 4-6 weeks later we had to move to a new shop half way through the build because some of the ppl at the shop we were at said it was more problems then it was worth so me and my one friend found our own shop.
i was broke but the car was alive once again. and now the fun of tuning begins now that the car was running i was having problems with mega squirt took about 3+ weeks to get all the bugs worked out of MS and i finally had a decent street tune. i was back driving my corrado again what a relief when i break my raddo i drive a purple geo metro. Now the car is running great have some problem here and there it kept breaking belts not sure why. Fixing boost leaks trying to get the thing tuned better it just wasn’t putting out the power that i was expecting it would. Now the 16v motor has been in my car for about 4000ish miles and it has been run very good. Then 2 days before dubs on the Delaware witch would have been the 1st show i have ever taken the car to because it seems to brake right before shows for some reason. it started running like horse crap on my way to work. i got to work did my shift and when i got in it to go home it started right up but sounded and felt like it was only running on 2 cylinders. so i baby it home about 10 miles and start trying to figure out what was wrong with it. And checked every possible thing i could think of and it came down to that it was the valve springs binding. so i pulled the head off the car and took down to my buddy at the VW shop i go to. So he could take a look at it and maybe could figure out the problem. called autotech and they sent me a new set of valve spring since they are life time warranty got the springs Monday and hopefully the head will be done today. But while it was down i also decided to ditch the lysholm. i do love the supercharger. but every time i would brake the belt the car just sounded so good smooth quiet and just wonder full to drive. so i posted the lysholm for sale and low in behold it sold last Friday so I’m now currently in the middle of converting to turbo everything has been bought should have all my parts next week and hoping to have it boosting again by next weekend. as far as turbo parts here what the build in tales.
Stainless steel equal length manifold custom made by Forty-six and 2
tial 38mm waste gate
Garratt gt3582 turbo with .63 hot side
3" turbo back exhaust with electric cutout
ic to be determined stock side mount for now then AWIC
ill post the pictures i have when i get home im bad about taking pictures but ill see what i have form the corrados life
current motor set up
ARP main studs
83mm wiseco aba pistons notched for 16v. 8:1 comp
ARP head studs
ABA head gasket
rebult/ported 2.0 16v head
Autotech high rev springs
ABF timing belt
All new gaskets
VW windage tray
new oil pump
new intermediate shaft bearings/9a intermediate shaft set up!!
83lbs holly low z inj
ms2 3.57 board
custom tubular manifold
38mm vband tial wasgate
turbosmart dualport bov
GT3582 DBB turbo .63hotside
full 3" turbo back with electric cutout at bottom of DP