Ok so maybe i didnt move to Germany just to do a build thread, but when i heard that i got orders to Germany, i told myself i wouldnt leave without finding a eurospec mk1 golf. Two years and a deployment later, i got lucky. My buddy was due to return back to the states and had a mk1, but he didnt have enough time to get it running, thus he couldnt ship it, so i gladly took over ownership and began the cleanup and build up.
This car has a bit of history to it, that it has passed thru a couple military hands in the past 5-10 years. One of the biggest things done was an ABF motor and 020 tranny was dropped in. I've been told this car ran with the swap, but im still going to crack the head open and check for any problems.
I know one of the previous owners quite well and he said the guy he sold it to just f'd up the car left and right. One of the things he did was cut the rain tray out, but at least managed to leave the VIN sitting in the front seat. He did some ****ty bondo work and painted over the driver front fender that was rusted thru... needless to say when that fender came off, it folded like a taco.
Now my buddy that i bought it off of started taking good care of it, but like i said he just didnt have the time. So here we go, pics for clicks:
How i got her
Engine shot with manifold for carbs
Made in West Germany
New dash fitted
mk3 leather seats over mk2 seat buckets.
rain tray that was cut out. thats the only bit of rust i have on the entire car.
Various other pieces ive gathered to include some junkyard specials
Bad fender gone!
New fender on!
There's actually a short story to that fender. Spent the day junkyard crawling and found a pretty rusted out cabby. That fender was the only piece that wasnt rusted out... so took it off and went to pay. The guy at the counter spoke almost no english and wanted 25euro. I asked him if he took cards, he said yeah, but then asked if i had USD which i did, and he said $15. Quickly gave him a $20 he handed me back 5euro, asked if that was ok. I said yup! and quickly walked out. He obviously screwed up on his exchange rate math.
i know the offset looks rediculous. Those rims were only put on so the car could be towed to a place i can slowly build it up. I have roughly 18mo left here and in that time i hope to have it virtually restored.
Currently on the way are:
Dual Weber 45mm DCOE
new black carpet interior
new door cards
I hope to have the car running in the next 2-3 weeks before it begins to snow.