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      10-11-2010 02:07 PM #1
      So I was browsing through craigslist looking for a car for my friend and stumbled across an 84 rabbit forsale. My boys and I wasted no time and pulled the engine and trans that very day. And let the fun begin.

      what it looked like the first day i saw it


      off the flat bed and at the garage


      interior is not bad at all carpet is still in nice shape as well as all seats excet drivers




      hoods off ...eww look at that mess


      me taken the fuel distributor and air box out


      rad is out


      air box and fuel distributor


      engine coming out



      have lots of cleaning to do



      basic plans are to first rebuild the head and make it manual, then we will go from there
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      10-11-2010 02:44 PM #2
      hey, pics don't work for me...
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      10-11-2010 02:51 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by nothing-leaves-stock View Post
      hey, pics don't work for me...
      I wanted to say that, but figured I was jus going crazy.
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      10-11-2010 02:51 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by nothing-leaves-stock View Post
      hey, pics don't work for me...
      for real dammit


      im gona have to put them on flicker or photobucket them post em up again

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      10-11-2010 02:57 PM #5
      poortex newbie.
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      10-11-2010 02:59 PM #6
      i have new coilovers and those polished wheels here if you need
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      10-11-2010 03:12 PM #7
      be nice josh i finally got my rabbit, are they those jom ones? how much?
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      10-11-2010 03:13 PM #8
      i was...read the post above
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      10-11-2010 03:18 PM #9
      i know i was just playin back . the car is actually really clean and only has a small rust hole in the spare tire well.

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      10-11-2010 03:54 PM #10
      let me know if you guys can see pics now?

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      10-11-2010 04:14 PM #11
      I can. looks like a good start. Instead of rebuilding the head why not just buy a OBD1 ABA and swap that in there.
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      10-11-2010 04:15 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by my1stgolf View Post
      let me know if you guys can see pics now?
      yup!
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      10-11-2010 04:23 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by -teknien- View Post
      I can. looks like a good start. Instead of rebuilding the head why not just buy a OBD1 ABA and swap that in there.
      ironically i have a obd2 aba sitting at NLS waiting for me to pick it up. i havent decided if i want to put it in this or the 89 golf. but we were also thinking of takin the bottom end off the aba and possibly doing a 16v megasquirt.... lots of options here but right now i just want to get it running and get the manual trans done. this is basically a huge learning experience for me being my 1st mk1 and first build.

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      10-12-2010 03:06 PM #14
      car is staying white any recommendations on engine bay color ?

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      10-12-2010 04:04 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by my1stgolf View Post
      car is staying white any recommendations on engine bay color ?
      How bout white?
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      10-12-2010 04:05 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by subliminalmk1 View Post
      How bout white?
      hummmm could but thats so boring...

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      10-12-2010 04:26 PM #17
      but look right
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      10-12-2010 05:01 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by nothing-leaves-stock View Post
      but look right
      oh boy...... so you boys think a clean original look would do her the best justice, i get it

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      10-12-2010 05:15 PM #19
      no, can change it up...just differnt color bays look like crap. or look like you did a halfass paint job.
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      10-12-2010 05:22 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by nothing-leaves-stock View Post
      no, can change it up...just differnt color bays look like crap. or look like you did a halfass paint job.
      hummm... well im gona work on cleaning it up this week then ill see what im workin with. theres virtually no rust in the bay. the only crappy part was the battery tray it had to go because it was in awful shape.

    21. 10-12-2010 05:24 PM #21
      Good start

      I went and saw this one as well but couldn't pull the trigger due to other obligations. Glad to see it went to a good home
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      10-12-2010 05:29 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by benjaminobscene View Post
      Good start

      I went and saw this one as well but couldn't pull the trigger due to other obligations. Glad to see it went to a good home
      yeah her whole towing thing was crap though, thank god i have AAA with a 100 miles in towing

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      10-12-2010 05:53 PM #23
      if you owe a VW and DON'T have AAA gold...your an idiot haha
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      10-13-2010 09:05 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by nothing-leaves-stock View Post
      if you owe a VW and DON'T have AAA gold...your an idiot haha
      this is so so true ha

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      10-17-2010 09:19 PM #25
      wheres the update?!

      fans of this build are going crazy

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      10-18-2010 09:30 AM #26
      head is off , started to clean things up. Took some pics but they turned out like **** because it was with a cell phone. Should have better pics up tonite.

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      10-18-2010 10:33 AM #27
      why are you "fixing up" the stock motor if you have a better swap waiting?
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      10-18-2010 11:06 AM #28
      good question i have an answer for you... i want to learn so what better way then to tear a **** motor down learn how everything works. clean it up and put it back together. Plus im gona learn how to swap a car from auto to manual. i still have the 89 golf and that thing isnt running right now. emile and i are going to get both running and then i will drive both for a lil decide which i like better and sell one or keep both and throw the aba in one of em. i know it seems nuts but im ..........

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      10-19-2010 01:40 PM #29
      heads off


      new gasket set




      head apart
      got in a fight with the valve seals they were not wanting to come out at all




      coolants flange all cleaned up




      new (used) downpipe
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      11-15-2010 10:27 AM #30


      cleaning bay up, going to just paint it white again.
      Last edited by my1stgolf; 11-15-2010 at 10:50 AM.

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      11-15-2010 10:34 AM #31
      keep the A1, put the ABA in there and bring it to MK1madness 2011.
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      11-15-2010 10:52 AM #32
      those the plans, ABA with standalone. and so much more . i will def be at mk1 madness 2011 cant wait

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      11-15-2010 10:54 AM #33
      pick up this aba...don't do stand alone..NO need for it on this car.
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      11-15-2010 11:03 AM #34
      are you workin any late nites anytime soon? if not ill figure something out to get it with in the next week ... sorry for the delay just have had so much going on. thanks for holding on to it for so long though.

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      11-15-2010 11:06 AM #35
      not that i plan on, normally out by 5-530
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