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      10-31-2010 07:52 PM #1
      whats up guys. i wasnt gunna make a build thread for this but what the hell. i found this car on craigslist for 180. the guy had it sitting in his garage for a few months. when i went to go pick it up it was nasty inside and out. there was even a dead rat under the car. the PO even told me his cat has been killing/finding rats in the garage.

      my wish list is to get it to run good, then eventually swap a motor in it. im think aba turbo or vr6. maybe even a 16v. for now im just going to clean it up since its real nasty. it had a minor accident on the front end so i need to source some parts.

      also, i like to thank VDub2625, and his A2resource.com web site.

      the bad :

      the PO said it was overheating and said he thinks its the head gasket. the fans nor the temp gauge worked. so i replaced the thermostat. some help from VDub2625, i tracked down the issue. the plugs for the temp gauge wernt connected it. after that everything was working properly.





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      10-31-2010 08:00 PM #2
      got to replace the beat dash with a better dash. i ripped out soooo much wires. he hacked everything. i cleaned out almost a bag full of random wires

      the PO did some weird as alarm setup and ran wires everywhere.

      old dash


      wires mess


      newer dash


      new hood and front end i need a tred hood n fender



      hopefully thursday i can mildly detail the exterior and repaint the trim. if no im gunna try n clean the carpet.

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      10-31-2010 08:05 PM #3
      good start, keep the good work

    4. 10-31-2010 08:32 PM #4
      looks like my golf when I bought it...keep up the good work (nice and steady)

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      10-31-2010 08:34 PM #5
      Nice start on the project. Looks like you have the same oddball upper rub strips as my '89.

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      10-31-2010 08:52 PM #6
      my 91 has those rub strips too. i want to take them off but there pop riveted on.
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      10-31-2010 09:11 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by mistercheeks
      ordered parts from ennui_delphian
      My favorite part of the whole story

      Everything is in a box waiting for it to be not-sunday lol
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      10-31-2010 11:28 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by ennui_delphian View Post
      My favorite part of the whole story

      Everything is in a box waiting for it to be not-sunday lol
      thanks again, i might be hittin u up for more parts in a week or two

      also, im keepin the rub strips. i actually like it.
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      11-01-2010 07:43 AM #9
      If I knew it was a $180 Golf I wouldn't have helped, I'm jealous. I've never had a Golf before. You beat my Jetta out by $20 on the price.
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      11-01-2010 09:26 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by GTI_UNIT View Post
      my 91 has those rub strips too. i want to take them off but there pop riveted on.
      Bummer. I think mine are on with adhesive. Only downside is my car was resprayed probably 5 or so years ago and the shop taped the strips instead of removing them...so I'm not sure if it will look better or worse without the strips.

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      11-01-2010 10:08 AM #11
      Nice pick up for $180 looks exactly like my golf when i first got it..

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      11-01-2010 10:11 AM #12
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      11-01-2010 10:14 AM #13
      Keep up the good work, another vw saved from the wreckers.

    14. 11-01-2010 10:39 AM #14
      around here that would go for 600-800 easy, and you'd have competition at that....it blows me away you guys/gals find these laying around for >200$

      I can't find a 4 door shell to save my life and some parts of the country they give them away

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      11-03-2010 05:58 PM #15
      i got to do some work today. i replaced the heater core and door handle the PO hacked


      old next to the replacement


      the heater core had most of those clips missing, and the tabs to the box via the firewall were broken. he even used some type of sealant to try and repair the core



      the door handles were screwed up too. the rear side was broken. the drivers handle was rigged with some type glue or bondo glad its fixxed, i got annoyed opening the rear door to open the front

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      11-03-2010 06:05 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by mistercheeks View Post
      i got to do some work today. i replaced the heater core and door handle the PO hacked


      old next to the replacement


      the heater core had most of those clips missing, and the tabs to the box via the firewall were broken. he even used some type of sealant to try and repair the core



      the door handles were screwed up too. the rear side was broken. the drivers handle was rigged with some type glue or bondo glad its fixxed, i got annoyed opening the rear door to open the front

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      11-03-2010 06:10 PM #17
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      deff will buy from you again. actually i just send u more requests

      if u need parts, askt his guy. i ordered sunday and received today. 3 working days from VA to NJ
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      11-08-2010 11:15 AM #18
      well. its effin rainin in nj.

      jersey sucks. now i cant work on the car
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      11-08-2010 07:46 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by mistercheeks View Post
      well. its effin rainin in nj.

      jersey sucks. now i cant work on the car
      It was sleeting a bit north of you, count your blessings
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      11-08-2010 08:45 PM #20
      either way. the weather sucked

      well, i guess i gotta wait until saturday to repaint the trim.
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      11-13-2010 05:22 PM #21
      well, if anyone cares i did some more work today.

      i got to clean the carpet and it came out great ! i used a cleaner called TUFF STUFF. cleaned the coolant spill on the passenger floor.



      ****ty pic

      i tried some spray detailer for the exterior with no luck. i think imma get it professionally done after the winter,

      i also got some new wheels comin in next week
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      11-13-2010 08:03 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by mistercheeks View Post
      i also got some new wheels comin in next week


      If you lived closer you could just rummage thru all my "treasure" while I professionally detail your car
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      11-13-2010 08:07 PM #23
      ha that be awesome

      the paints not bad tho, any suggestions on what to use. when i wash it it looks mint. but then it dries and looks dull

      its not t-pink tho

      what can i use?
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      11-13-2010 08:45 PM #25
      despite what many may try and tell you there are tons of good shelf compounds/waxes/polishes you can pick up easy, for cheap so you don't have to spend $80 in product just to clean your car

      first a good shampoo then a claybar (done as instructed on box of claybar) in my experience claybar is one of the most important parts of detailing as this is like a fine sanding

      I tend to use Meguairs shelf compound with a yellow foam pad on a run of the mill DA (harbor frieght $17 when on sale) on mr personal cars. With even strokes and steady speed you can do great work with it.

      I then hit the car with Scratch-X or something like that to even out any buffing "holograms" or swirls, then any off the shelf Carnuba wax to seal everything in.

      A few jobs that have been done with shelf materials, that summed up equaled about $40.


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      11-14-2010 06:03 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by steveo27 View Post
      thanks steve. i saw that thread awhile ago and im not gunna lie, im alittle pus to attemp that

      imma try some clay bar tomm possibliy tomm


      i drank alittle too much last night watching the boxing fight... to FOUR LOKO
      i woke up late so i just had time to do repaint the trim. i used kiwi dye

      before



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      11-15-2010 01:21 PM #27
      did some work today again!

      i used some this stuff today



      it worked instantly and work great. i did it by hand and made a huge difference. i think im going to try and source a used buffer and try it.


      this is what the paint looked like all around


      heres some pics of before and after







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      11-15-2010 01:24 PM #28
      Cool. The buffer might even bring back more red. But be careful, it's single stage so it's easy to burn the paint and your pads will turn red

      What is that, a 1990?
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      11-15-2010 01:28 PM #29
      yea 1990

      i had some paint come off actually from hand buffing it. scared me a bit but what the hell its better then before

      only cuz i know u like stuff like this. i called my insurance company and gave them my VIN and it they argued with me saying its a 1991
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      11-19-2010 08:38 PM #30
      i got some new wheels in today . quick shipment again ennui_delphian

      im going to paint um gold, yea idc if everyone elses does it, im not gunna try and win car shows

      imma drop the car tomm also on some coils

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      Quote Originally Posted by mistercheeks View Post
      i got some new wheels in today . quick shipment again ennui_delphian

      im going to paint um gold, yea idc if everyone elses does it, im not gunna try and win car shows

      imma drop the car tomm also on some coils

      I thought the goth chick at mailhouse plus was lying about it getting there in one day much better than what fedex online was telling me. 3-6 days at $5 less. I recommend anyone who is shipping get a quote from the website and the cute goth chick at the local mailbox place.
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      if you guys are jealous of each other for what you guys bought your cars for then you will most likely hate me then 1987 Golf GL 4 dr hatchback for "free"

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      Quote Originally Posted by golfglowner View Post
      if you guys are jealous of each other for what you guys bought your cars for then you will most likely hate me then 1987 Golf GL 4 dr hatchback for "free"
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      Quote Originally Posted by golfglowner View Post
      if you guys are jealous of each other for what you guys bought your cars for then you will most likely hate me then 1987 Golf GL 4 dr hatchback for "free"
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