In 1986, a 1.8 8 valve Volkswagen Jetta was being assembled in Germany, ready to take on the North American market. After one lucky owner bought it, It received over 269,000 miles of history, memorys, and scars. After searching the web I found this car for sale and $960 later, it was mine. The body was in great shape, and the motor ran strong..but it had some battle wounds. I loved the character and the fact that after all this time...it remained bone stock, a great start for a new life.
It needed some help so with the help of my brother, we put on an H&R sport cup kit, new fuel filter, new plugs and some other little details.
It was good enough for me but I decided it could be better and since this is my daily, we replaced the valve cover gasket, oil pan gasket, oil, alternator, battery and the wheels with some BMW bottle caps off an E30.
It needed some more attention, so we did a rear disk brake swap, put in some MK2 GTI front seats, slapped on a roof rack, wrapped those bottle caps in some brand new Falken 185/60r14's and replaced the brake light switch.
and pics from when I posted this...
All that has been completed to it since my ownership..
*. Fixed the glove box light and trunk light.
*. Fixed the front lip - it was hanging down on the passenger side.
*. New windshield wipers
*. Painted the stock wheels black
*. Replaced the stock suspension with an H&R cup kit. Springs and Struts
*. New strut mounts
*. Bled the brakes
*. New plugs
*. New fuel filter
*. New air filter
*. Put a Wolfsburg emblem on the ashtray and grill.
*. Painted the VW grill emblem black
*. Put 2 Wolfsburg mudflaps on the front
*. Relocated the front license plate
*. Replaced the stock front seats with MK2 GTI Monty seats
*. Replaced the trunk carpet
*. Put the shift boot on
*. New Battery
*. New Alternator
*. New valve cover gasket
*. New oil pan gasket
*. Oil Change
*. New oil filter
*. Replaced some vacuum lines
*. Replaced the stock wheels with BMW E30 Bottlecaps
*. Fixed the hanging side trim
*. Fixed the hanging windshield seal.
*. Brand new Falken 512s 185/60 R14 on the bottlecaps
*. Snowboard rack
*. Replaced the VAG service system cubby under the steering wheel with a black one
*. Rear disk swap from stock drums to MK3 discs, and MK2 GLI calipers
*. Brake fluid flush
*. Painted the door handles black
*. Replaced the brake light switch
*. Repainted the factory sunroof fairing
*. Fixed the CV joint
*. Full MK3 front brake swap. Calipers & Rotors
*. Brown Scirocco Wolfsburg steering wheel
*. Hella smoked interior dome light
*. replaced interior door pulls
*. repacked rear wheel bearings
*. turned rear rotors
*. New pads all around
*. Seafoam treatment
*. 44k fuel treatment.
*. new coolant hose
*. Brand new 22 mm master cylinder
*. SS brake lines
*. MK3 front spindles (obvously for 10.1s)
*. New control arm bushings (one installed)
*. replaced driver side sunvisor
*. Mobile 1 full synthetic oil change
*. New Bosche oil filter (blue one)
*. headliner clips
*. new passenger side tie rod
*. Another set of new Falken 512 185/60s siped all around
*. adjusted prop valve for brakes--worked wonders.
*. aluminized rear calipers from mk3 gti vr6
*. ebrake cables
*. ABD adjustable shift linkage with ABD weighted rod set at medium
*. rear wolfsburg mudlaps to match the front
*. Timing belt
*. V belt/serp. belt
*. Water pump/waterpump housing
*. G60 valve cover
*. fixed CD player
*. Yakima roof rack
*. Head gasket
*. MK3 valve cover studs
*. MK3 rummer valve cover gasket.
*. MK3 heat sheild
*. new o2 sensor
*. New intake/exhaust manifold gaskets
*. Wolfsburg **** knob
Everything I want to do or need to do...
*. Spruce up trim, bumpers and flares
*. Permanently fix the gas pedal
*. fixed rest of door handles
*. New Exhaust (already got dual outlet manifold, 16v dual downpipe)
*. Windage trey
*. New windshield
*. Fix/replace all door handles
*. Replace window seals
*. Find the bad ground and fix that
*. A different Alpine CD player
*. Techtonics cat back
*. Good high flow cat
*. I have also contemplated getting a quad round headlight setup just for something different. I will keep my stock setup as well and will swap them whenever I get bored of the current setup.
Other things I did not mention was that this car came with the Partnership book and everything in it including the original sales receipt and service manual. This car was originally sold from Colorado Springs dealer in 1986 so after all this time, it hasn't gone very far. I don't know if I mentioned this either but it is a GL. From what I can tell, it was well taken care of by whoever has owned it and will continue to be well taken care of by me.
I'm sure there is something I missed but this list will be updated whenever possible.
Most recent pics...some found on page 3, but most people will just scroll through this bit so..
Just took the roof rack off aug 25/13 and heres a quick one without it..
This will be my official "update" page. Thanks for stopping by