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    1. Member Volkswageneer1990's Avatar
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      02-01-2011 12:19 PM #1
      So this is my first car () A 1990 Jetta GLI 16V!

      Specs:
      Milage: Around 155,000? The odometer stopped working at about 115,XXX miles.
      Engine Code: 9A
      Transmission Code: 2Y
      Color Code: LY3D (Tornado Red)
      Interior: Recaro Grey Fabric 8/10
      Build Date: 7/90

      A little history of how it got to be my first car:
      We bought it from rompin'rabbit here on the vortex who had it for 13 years and his daughters just had no more interest in it. We paid $2,300 for it and we have no complaints so far.
      Here is what the PO said about it:
      Quote Originally Posted by rompin'rabbit
      I bought the car with 83k 13 years ago. The odometer broke at 115k. It was a family car for the first 5 years, but my wife comuted in a 84 gti (our rompin' rabbit) and I worked out of an 81 vw pick up that I still have. Th GLI has been a second car since 2002. In 2009 I had to use it a lot and filled the tank 2 to 3 times per month. It has hardly been driven since March and what a shame since it is such a nice car to drive and it gets 28 to 30 mpg. The lowered and firmer suspension with the upper strut tie bar made it really handle like a sportscar but still comfortable. I use a small self inflating lumbar pillow to make those Recaros really comfy. I would sell the truck instead but I need it for work.

      The head is not original but this one (same type 16v) has been on for 15k and the mileage on the odometer on the wreck it came from was 120k. The original head had a freak break between two adjoining valves. The 5 speed had to be replaced with a used one when my disabled wife jammed it into reverse without the clutch. I heard the gear teeth being ripped off . The salvage yard from across the country said the wreck for the doner tranny had something less than 60K (i don't remember) for whatever that is worth.
      Well me and my dad went up to Richmond, VA to get it last October and we drove it the entire 1400+ miles trip back. Somehow we managed to make it back all in one piece.

      Here is how it was when we first bought it:









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      02-01-2011 12:25 PM #2
      NICE!! I'll give you $2500 if you ship it to Hawaii.

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      02-01-2011 12:31 PM #3
      Looks great. Keep it clean!

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      02-01-2011 12:38 PM #4
      Looks like parts of it were resprayed, kind of hard to tell which parts exactly. That d/s shot shows those front doors being very different colors. Did you get a really good price on it? Carfax show any accidents?

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      02-01-2011 12:52 PM #5
      Now let it be known that I am only 16, and I have no idea about doing the mechanics of the engine, but I have got A LOT of time to figure that out, so i'm in no rush.

      Here are pictures of the drive back to Garland, TX:
      Picking it up

      Gas Station outside of richmond

      Outside of the halfway point hotel


      Nashville





      In a Gas Station exiting 635 in Dallas



      How it sits right now.




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      02-01-2011 12:54 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by vastxpunk View Post
      Looks like parts of it were resprayed, kind of hard to tell which parts exactly. That d/s shot shows those front doors being very different colors. Did you get a really good price on it? Carfax show any accidents?
      I mean $1 per pound is what he sold it for. I find that a good price

      Quote Originally Posted by der hauptmann View Post
      Looks great. Keep it clean!
      Will do!

      Quote Originally Posted by vdub4lyf View Post
      NICE!! I'll give you $2500 if you ship it to Hawaii.
      Hahaha Thanks but no thanks, i'm not letting go of her till im like 20 or something
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      02-01-2011 01:28 PM #7
      Ok, so here is the work that we have done so far.

      A/C Switch Installed, CEL Switch installed, CEL-Seabelt-(!)BRAKE Dash Light Installed and made functioning (Thanks to VDub2625)



      Walmart Floormats


      New E-Brake Boot


      New Inner Mirror Triangles



      New AKTIV Grilles and 4" Kenwoods under it.



      ------ Kenwood Installation:









      My Dad's old gorrila that he had in his first car: a Mk2 Base Model Golf

      His name is Hugo

      New rear mirror switch


      #29 Door Chime Relay


      Smoked no-name tailights






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      02-01-2011 01:46 PM #8
      The most recent work done: Cleaning the interior carpet, Regreasing the Recaro tracks, Console, Shift boot, and Armour Allling the Dash

















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      02-01-2011 01:47 PM #9
      All I got so far. Enjoy
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      06-03-2011 01:39 PM #10
      Ok, so all this little meanial work may be boring but really its all I can do right now....

      My dad says I'm a "bit" obsessed and he's probably right....

      Anyway, here's all the work I've done since February, the last time I bumped the thread

      Put B-Pillar seatbelts on the car



      Got a NOS Jetta_GLI and 16V badge from Amir




      Then I changed the rest of the speakers in the car
      Dash:


      Rear shelf speakers put into OEM holders with a BUNCH of sanding and cutting...


      Took it apart


      After a bunch of cutting and sanding



      Test Fit!



      Then I put new fabric in the covers for the dash and rear shelf




      Finished Project!




      Mounted
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      06-03-2011 01:45 PM #11
      Then more stuff...........

      Took the dash apart to get to the radio wires to cut into them for the Kenwood amplifier. With the amplifier I have a FULL kenwood set-up in the car. Minus the subwoofer that I don't have yet...













      Then got a gas pedal rubber from across the pond



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      06-03-2011 01:51 PM #12
      Then I got to work on my fog lights
      So I took apart the dash again



      Put in the fog light switch harness that I got from Germany that came WITH the heated side mirror plug
      (Sorry no pictures of it)

      Then went to go look for the plug for the fog light harness that after searching and greasy cut up hands I found it close to the firewall. Then plugged this in:



      Took apart the front end to mount the fogs:







      Put everything back together turned them on and bam!
      She felt a little photogenic



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    13. 06-03-2011 02:34 PM #13
      great photo

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      06-03-2011 02:50 PM #14
      Really nicely done man, keep it up and when you can drive it you're going to have a really solid example
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      06-03-2011 02:55 PM #15
      I am jealous of the steering wheel insert. I have always wanted one of those.

      I also like the way you did the speaker installs, pretty OEM looking.

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      06-03-2011 03:25 PM #16
      looking good man, keep it up

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      06-03-2011 09:51 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by black gti View Post
      great photo
      Thanks, I love my camera

      Quote Originally Posted by Pedmaster View Post
      Really nicely done man, keep it up and when you can drive it you're going to have a really solid example
      Will do

      Quote Originally Posted by Run_That View Post
      I am jealous of the steering wheel insert. I have always wanted one of those.

      I also like the way you did the speaker installs, pretty OEM looking.
      I have one for sale, look at my started threads list. It's not for the same steering wheel as I have but it is for a steering wheels found on some Jettas and Golfs.

      Thanks, it took me about a week to do it because of school and everything.

      Quote Originally Posted by swiggyswifter View Post
      looking good man, keep it up
      Thanks

      So right now I am thinking of doing little maintenance things that I am capable of doing in my garage
      Any tips on what to do first that wouldn't be too hard?
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      06-03-2011 10:00 PM #18
      Nice, I love what you did with the rear speakers.
      Quote Originally Posted by seadoo2006 View Post
      I think Scirocco owners are just a little dense in the head...
      I, uhh... well, ok.

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      06-04-2011 09:36 PM #19
      I went to the junkyards today and picked up a bunch of new things

      Like:

      Leather Shift Knob and Boot
      Passenger and Drivers Map Pockets (mine were broken and hanging out)
      A/C Faceplate
      Cigarette Lighter (mine didn't have the cig picture)
      Glovebox Light bulb

      I am going back tomorrow morning to pick up these things

      New CE2 Cluster (my odometer broke an I'm going to replace it)
      Drivers Front Flare
      Whatever else I feel like taking and hiding in my bag to get for free

      And a COMPLETE WESTY front end setup!!!
      The only thing is that the grille is cracked
      I think the westmoreland Golf is a rare color too....LB3V? Titan Red Metallic according to A2 Resource
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      06-06-2011 02:05 AM #20
      its REALLY nice to see someone from the next generation enjoying these cars and NOT doing dumb **** to them like most of the kids are nowadays. its really nice not seeing plaid or argyle or sportmaxxxzz

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      06-06-2011 09:39 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by steveo27 View Post
      its REALLY nice to see someone from the next generation enjoying these cars and NOT doing dumb **** to them like most of the kids are nowadays. its really nice not seeing plaid or argyle or sportmaxxxzz

      to you sir
      That means a lot, thanks. I am really going after the OEM+ look. Not going to change the interior to drastically, just refurbish it I guess, and I'm going to stay with my 16V engine, because frankly I don't see the need for another one.

      I am looking to either get some OEM BBS RMs found on same year GTI and putting a little bit of a bigger lip to make them look bigger than they actaully are.

      Either that or some reproduction Enkei 92s. But I'm torn between Silver or Gold....
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      06-06-2011 10:49 AM #22
      doin it the right way
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      06-06-2011 01:28 PM #23
      Car looks good, I like what you did for the front speakers.

      Whenever I see the name Victoria I immediately think of this song: http://www.mtviggy.com/video/music-v...ghost-victoria

      Your car has a theme song, to me at least.

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      06-06-2011 01:43 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by mullenite View Post
      Car looks good, I like what you did for the front speakers.

      Whenever I see the name Victoria I immediately think of this song: http://www.mtviggy.com/video/music-v...ghost-victoria

      Your car has a theme song, to me at least.
      Thanks

      Ahahaha I like that song It's the first time I hear it, so it's official:

      Victoria (my car) has a theme song:

      Victoria by The Jukebox Ghost

      Thanks
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      06-06-2011 02:00 PM #25
      hey man nice car, nice work so far on the little things! jelous of your fogs i want some so bad.

      that paint should come up mine did on my gtx.

      cheers to another nice t-red gli

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      06-06-2011 04:15 PM #26
      Looks great

    27. 06-06-2011 04:55 PM #27
      fantastic work!

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      06-06-2011 07:29 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by cdiddydo View Post
      hey man nice car, nice work so far on the little things! jelous of your fogs i want some so bad.

      that paint should come up mine did on my gtx.

      cheers to another nice t-red gli
      Thanks, Thanks, yeah the fogs set me back a little bit money wise but I can't complain! I like them!



      Quote Originally Posted by devils-design View Post
      Looks great
      Quote Originally Posted by Deuce34 View Post
      fantastic work!
      Thanks guys, that means a lot! I'm going to go out and install some things I picked up at the junkyards.

      Stay posted I'll put some pictures tonight of what I do
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      06-06-2011 08:02 PM #29
      This is awesome, I like this build

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      06-06-2011 10:45 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by strangerhacks View Post
      This is awesome, I like this build
      Thanks

      Well ok. Here's a little update with A LOT of pictures

      Armoralled the trunk lining, the map pockets, and the driver's door side molding. They all looked 100x better when I did it. If I don't say so myself





      Then I took the old Map Pockets out and compared them:
      Passenger:



      Driver:



      Then I mounted them:
      Passenger:



      Driver:



      They were both sagging so I found it fitting to fix them.

      Then I put the trunk liner thingy:


      Then I moved on to the drivers front side molding. It was missing two of the tabs so it was poking out and the 3M double sided tape wasn't even working....

      Comparison:


      GLI Badge in the new one:


      The brand new OEM tabs and grommets I bought from a friend in the U.K. who has all the best VW parts BRAND NEW. I love him. (no homo)


      Needless to say because of the new tabs and grommets the thing went right in so smoothly and is perfect.


      The only thing is that it's too shiny compared to the other ones. So ima have to go out tomorrow and armorall the others.

      That's all I got tonight.

      But tomorrow I will upload pictures of the side moldings blackened again.

      Night everyone
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      06-07-2011 05:42 PM #32
      Thanks Steve

      Ok so I haven't yet blackened my side moldings but I got to thinking about rims...

      I realized that new rims are outa the budget, even though I want some BBS RS's that another vortexer is selling for $1,700 They are painted in Mexico Beige and they are pure beauty.

      So I thought about re-doing my RA's in a couple ways.

      1. Just refurbish them and keep them in the stock matte silver color

      2. Refurbish all of it but paint the mesh stock matte silver and chrome the lip

      3. Refurbish all of it but paint the mesh body color Tornado Red and chrome the lip.

      I went into photoshop to see option 3, and I kinda like it?

      Imagine it with a chrome lip though.


      Any thoughts anybody? Tips? Advice? Opinions?
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      06-07-2011 05:54 PM #33
      i'm not feeling the red ra's...i like the stock silver look of them on any color mk2...

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      06-07-2011 09:47 PM #34
      car looks great!
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