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    Thread: Build Thread: Victoria, my 1990 Jetta GLI

    1. Member devils-design's Avatar
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      06-06-2011 04:15 PM #26
      Looks great

    2. 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
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      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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      06-06-2011 11:12 PM #31
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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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      06-07-2011 10:09 PM #35
      polished lip & charcoal greyish centers
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      06-07-2011 10:37 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by ratdub View Post
      i'm not feeling the red ra's...i like the stock silver look of them on any color mk2...
      Thanks

      Quote Originally Posted by Mean 'n Green86 View Post
      car looks great!
      Thank you good sir!

      Quote Originally Posted by steveo27 View Post
      polished lip & charcoal greyish centers
      Is that the original color of the RA's? Charcoal greyish centers? Or is that a color reccomendation?
      I agree on the polished lip

      OK. Update Time!!!!!

      I went out and blackened the rest of the side moldings to make it look uniform.
      (Sorry if you're thinking "this is an update?" but small stuff is all I can do right now before I find out how to take out the engine. Or anything else big)





      And then while I was at it I blackened the grille



      I took off the GLI badge and I found out how dirty it was!





      Then I put everything back together and took some nice shots:





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      06-07-2011 10:47 PM #37
      suggestion




      RA's seem to look the best in 4 different guises

      1 - seen above

      2 - all polished



      3 - polished & gold



      4 - polished & black



      and ocassionally, colormatch, but only on certain colors



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      06-07-2011 11:09 PM #38
      Ok well according to all those pictures give me your opinionated choice:

      1. All polished (what I'm leaning to)

      2. The first picture, polished lip and charcoal grayish mesh

      3. Or polished lip, and white

      What do you think?

      And thanks for the pictures
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      06-08-2011 11:03 PM #39
      Ok well I don't have much to update on. There wasn't much to do today.

      I got some cluster light bulbs in the mail today from my man in the U.K. so I'm planning to install them tomorrow.

      I'll post pics, and I hope not to bore some of you...

      So Steve are you liking the polished lip and charcoal grey mesh?
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      06-08-2011 11:16 PM #40
      id say polished and black. black seems to works good with tornado red.


      not a jetta. or RAs but, a Tornado mk2 with black wheels
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      06-08-2011 11:27 PM #41
      For a young kid, you do good work. Keep it up. And i'll see you at H20!
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      06-09-2011 01:36 AM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by akern2 View Post
      For a young kid, you do good work. Keep it up. And i'll see you at H20!


      all polished works well, so does polished and black, or even polished and gold. all look great on red
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      06-10-2011 10:30 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by akern2 View Post
      For a young kid, you do good work. Keep it up. And i'll see you at H20!
      Thanks! I will be there! Just not with the car this year. I'm going by plane as a birthday present (my birthday is the 27th so I'm just going to celebrate).

      Next year I believe the car should be in very good mechanical condition to go driving.

      Quote Originally Posted by steveo27 View Post


      all polished works well, so does polished and black, or even polished and gold. all look great on red
      I'm going to go with all polished per your suggestion. Thanks!

      Now the question is, how do I go about polishing the wheels, and how do I polish the innerworkings of the mesh too?

      Also, a little update. Little things but it's progress.

      I changed the light bulb in the cluster as the one over the speedometer was out.
      I also put in the little grommets for the inner mirror triangles. Now they won't fall off everytime I close the door

      That's it for now. Tomorrow I plan to take it to get a wash and then possibly start on one of the wheels to polish it if Steve gives me tips
      I'm just going to use the polishing DIY in the forums. I just have to find a way to get inside the mesh too.
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      06-10-2011 10:44 PM #44
      Apparently I missed this thread, lol.

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      06-11-2011 01:14 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      Apparently I missed this thread, lol.
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      06-12-2011 11:41 PM #46
      I love what your doing to the car, im 17 and also gotmy first car as a 1991 GLI 16V, i cant wait to see what other stuff you have in store for your car.

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      06-13-2011 04:24 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by Mk2slow View Post
      I love what your doing to the car, im 17 and also gotmy first car as a 1991 GLI 16V, i cant wait to see what other stuff you have in store for your car.
      Thanks

      Ok were here's another update that has a good and bad side

      Good side: I blackened all the exterior plastics using the heat gun method. Good stuff
      Pics:



      Bad Side: My car won't start now.....

      I looked at the CHECK engine light and did the fault codes. I get 2-1-1-2. Which according to A2 Resource means I have a problem in the Ignition Reference Sensor. And that I have defective sensor or wiring.

      Ok vortex. Before I go and look at my bentley. What's wrong with my car?

      Some detail to help the PI's out there:
      Fuel Pump is still working, I can still hear the fuel getting to the engine.
      Starter is not working from what I can tell. About the 3rd time I tried to crank it, I heard a distictive "crackling" idk how to describe the sound.
      If I hold the starter down for at least 4 seconds the tachometer goes crazy and bounces.
      Also, when the key is in the A/C position (battery power) the little indicator lights on the cluster now show the Coolant tempterature bulb on and the Oil bulb too is flashing. The alternator (battery) bulb is no longer flashing like it always does. Idk if this is relevent but why not throw it out there.

      Ok, well sad day for me...But at least my car looks better.
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      06-14-2011 10:59 AM #48
      Sounds like your alternator might not be working and the battery's too dead to start itself.

      It'll still run without the ignition reference sensor, so that's not your issue.

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      06-18-2011 03:23 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      Sounds like your alternator might not be working and the battery's too dead to start itself.

      It'll still run without the ignition reference sensor, so that's not your issue.
      Thanks, it was the battery. The car broke down about 300ft from my house, and fortunately there was a little spot to sit it at while we went to autozone to get a new battery.



      We got the new battery in and on the upside, I found that my battery tray wasn't rusted badly at all. Just a little surface rust that I can sand off.

      In the mean time, I got to work on my M3 Style Tails and my All-Reds using Steve's awesome DIY thead to him!

      Prepped:


      Painted with 7 Coats waiting to cure:



      And at about 3 PM today I am going to sand them down again, then apply some clear coat. The can says in 3 hours it cures so I am just playing the waiting game...
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      06-19-2011 03:02 PM #50
      Ok Update TIME! I had fun doing this update so, I hope people enjoy it!

      I finished up the 2 sets of tail lights I was painting. I ended up waiting 6 hours after I finished applying the red to sand and clear coat. I think they came out pretty ok with the exception of a couple blotches.

      Trust me when I say this, they look more blood red (darker) than they look in the pictures. I like the darker shade to them.

      Pictures!!




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