I suppose it's time to take the plunge and change my typical "" posts to "help!" posts. My name is Ben, and I'll be doing my best to restore/reassemble this rabbit over the next few months.
My goal is to have the car finished and ready to be the Just Married car at my wedding on October 14th. If everything goes well, I'd also love to bring it to some end of summer shows. This is my first attempt at such a project, and I'm lucky to have some really good help (www.orchideuro.com) ready to assist and guide me through it. I'm calling the project the Bachelor Bunny as I'm hoping it will be a fun adventure to close out my single life.
On to the pics:
At the end of October I made the decision to daily an older car with hopes of saving some money for this damn wedding. I originally hoped to find a decent running MK1 that I could work on and commute in. This brings us to Scranton, PA and this gem of a GTI:
The seller listed the car as not running, but with only some fuel pump issues and floor rust. No biggie, just redo the fuel system and patch the floors right? Well it's never that easy, and the floors were in pretty bad shape, but we'd driven all the way to Scranton so we did the deal and brought her home.
As if by some kind of bad omen, we also managed to run over a large dead deer on the drive home. The bad news is that plenty of the deer's insides came home in the GTI. The good news is he kind of helped remove the rotted floor panels.
So finally home safe, it was time to evaluate the future of this car.
Unfortunately, the floors we nearly all gone with a lot of rot already spread into the structural areas as well. Most of the suspension and rear of the car had rotted away too. It was surprising, because the body was a decent 10 footer so my guess is that the car was left sitting in tall wet grass possibly.
So the decision was made to find a solid rolling shell for which to transplant the good parts over to, and the car pretty much sat in my garage until now.
Through some friends I was able to find this shell nearby and arranged to buy it once the seller's busy holiday work season was over. The shell has been sitting for nearly 10 years, but luckily it was primed and kept hidden from the elements.
Early Saturday morning we arrived and got to work freeing the car from its den and assembling a front suspension to roll it on. A few hours later it was ready to tow, and we strapped her down to the trusty Eurovan.
The body of this shell is nearly perfect and will make a great foundation for which to build up from.
So here we are and the to-do list is pretty long. There are a few areas to patch and plenty of spots to fill and sand. I have absolutely no experience with body work so this ought to be interesting. I've spent a good bit of today stripping and sanding the engine bay. I'm thinking it will be best to get that sprayed and then go about with the mechanicals and finally come back to the body later.
Here's my progress today in the engine bay:
Most of the work is already done so I'm basically going over any rough spots or missed spots and just giving the surface a quick sand.
I'm pretty excited for the next few months and will do my best to take plenty of pictures. Thanks for reading!