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      12-20-2011 02:45 AM #1
      Hi everyone. Today I rescued a '76 from the local junkyard.
      Here is the story.......
      About a week ago I was looking at my local junkyard's website to see if they had recieved any new VWs. I came across a listing for a '76 Scirocco and didnt believe it. I mean, I thought it was a type-o and when I got there I would find a '86 or something. The next day I got there when the 'yard' opened and went out and what did I see before me....a '76 Scirocco. A clean California car w/ no accident damage or rust and all the super rare parts were still there. So, I thought about it and decided to not buy the car because it didnt make sence to take on another project w/ my Cabby not being finished. I started to take all the super rare parts off the car and I felt bad about parting such a clean car. I bought the grill, crome door handles + mirrors, guage cluster and metal wiper/turn stalks, steering wheel, center console and ashtray w/ lighter and went home. That night I couldn't sleep knowing that a super clean early Scirocco would see the crusher. The next day after work I went back to the 'yard' and asked to buy the car. Unfortunatly they only had the car for 2 days and the paperwork had not cleared and they couldn't sell me the car. I begged and offered to pay up front just for them to put the car in their separate impound lot so no one could get any more parts off of it. They were closing so the manager (Kate) asked me to call her in the morning and she would "see what she could do". The next morning I called and she told me the paperwork wouldn't clear untill mabye Monday (today) but she would do me a favor and put the car in the impound. Yes!
      So, that leads us to today. I paid $750 for the car plus tax and rented a trunk to pull it home.




      One day it will look like this again....

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      12-20-2011 03:08 AM #2
      I'm glad that you decided save this 76
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      12-20-2011 03:29 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by California 16v View Post
      I'm glad that you decided save this 76
      Thanks. I dont know how long it will take me to fix the car but I'll take some more pics when I put the parts back on and get the carpet out to clean it.
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      12-20-2011 03:35 AM #4
      looking forward to seeing more pictures of this 76

      by the way which Junkyard did you find this 76 in?

      I ask since I used to live in Northern California
      Quote Originally Posted by Racinger View Post
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      12-20-2011 03:46 AM #5
      The '76 was found at the Windsor, Ca Pick n Pull. Good people working there.
      I live closer to the coast but dont worry because the '76 is nice and warm in the garage. My Cabby is probly pissed being outside.

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      12-20-2011 04:28 AM #6
      Windsor, interesting I've traveled thru there on the way to Hearldsburg and Cloverdale in the past to canoe down the Russian River during the summer many years ago
      Quote Originally Posted by Racinger View Post
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      12-20-2011 10:32 AM #7
      Great to see this happen, another early Scirocco saved...

      Truly heroic status...
      If it aint a Mk1 then it's a donor....
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      12-20-2011 10:54 AM #8
      Awesome save dude you have a nice car.
      I wish mine was that clean,but then again it wouldn't be mine.
      Looking forward to some pics when you get it home.

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      12-20-2011 10:55 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by 83mk2scirocco View Post
      Awesome save dude you have a nice car.
      I wish mine was that clean,but then again it wouldn't be mine.
      Looking forward to some pics when you get it home.
      Carb. or fuel injection?

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      12-20-2011 01:07 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by 83mk2scirocco View Post
      Carb. or fuel injection?
      The car is a carb. model. Sadly, when the car was out in the yard the first day 2 guys bought the carb and intake manifold. I even talked to them because I was still taking parts off the car too.
      I will probly have to swap the motor or find the intake and carb so I can get it registered + smogged here in California. I will need a gas tank too because they puncture it to drain the gas out before the car goes out into the 'yard'. I found this but it doesnt list '76 model it starts w/ '77. Are the gas tanks the same?? http://www.racepages.com/products/?N...occo+Fuel+Tank Thanks in advance.

      Edit: The build date is 11/75
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      12-20-2011 01:48 PM #11
      Who would scrap such a beautiful car? Some people... Glad you saved her!

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      12-20-2011 02:00 PM #12
      I have the original carb and intake setup that I may consider parting with if you're interested....
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      12-20-2011 02:01 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by vlksdragon View Post
      I have the original carb and intake setup that I may consider parting with if you're interested....
      Thanks. I might take you up on that. I need to see what California is going to want me to do for smogging the car.

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      12-20-2011 02:02 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by vlksdragon View Post
      I have the original carb and intake setup that I may consider parting with if you're interested....
      Alex
      Quote Originally Posted by Racinger View Post
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      12-20-2011 04:24 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by vwtdiwagon View Post
      The car is a carb. model. Sadly, when the car was out in the yard the first day 2 guys bought the carb and intake manifold. I even talked to them because I was still taking parts off the car too.
      I will probly have to swap the motor or find the intake and carb so I can get it registered + smogged here in California. I will need a gas tank too because they puncture it to drain the gas out before the car goes out into the 'yard'. I found this but it doesnt list '76 model it starts w/ '77. Are the gas tanks the same?? http://www.racepages.com/products/?N...occo+Fuel+Tank Thanks in advance.

      Edit: The build date is 11/75
      I keept the tank and fuel lines out of my 82,I am still debating going old school carbed or ABA turbo.I think the tank size is the same but the fuel injection has a return or a vapor nipple that the carbed tank lacks.Also the sender may differ too.
      Still you got one hell of a score of a scirocco.
      My dad taught as a kid "You can take a bug with a good shell and bolt on the rest."as long as your shell is accident free and rust all the rest can be replaced.

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      12-20-2011 04:27 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by vwtdiwagon View Post
      Thanks. I might take you up on that. I need to see what California is going to want me to do for smogging the car.
      When is the cut off year?76 no......??

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      12-20-2011 07:34 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by 83mk2scirocco View Post
      When is the cut off year?76 no......??
      '75 and eairlier dont need to be smogged here in California. What I need to ask them is if I have to use an original carb. or if I can use something else. We will see.

      Good info about the tank. Thanks! I can block off a vapor return as long as the tank physically fits, I'm cool. When I get off work tonight I might be able to make some time for the Scirocco.

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      12-20-2011 07:39 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by rocco82 View Post
      Who would scrap such a beautiful car? Some people... Glad you saved her!
      Thanks!
      Ya I know. I cant believe someone scrapped it but I can tell it has been stored inside. No water damage, no signs of animals and most important no rust.
      We do have to remember to most people this is just an old car. They dont see what we see and dont know what they are missing.

    19. 12-20-2011 10:27 PM #19
      you have to post some more pics! looks super clean!

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      12-20-2011 10:30 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by vwtdiwagon View Post
      '75 and eairlier dont need to be smogged here in California. What I need to ask them is if I have to use an original carb. or if I can use something else. We will see.

      Good info about the tank. Thanks! I can block off a vapor return as long as the tank physically fits, I'm cool. When I get off work tonight I might be able to make some time for the Scirocco.
      Ok man thats close,here this is what I can offer.I live in AZ my county is smoog free.
      So all the little trinkets I am probbably not going to use.If you to use my carb. you can use it,but I not ready to sell it,I want to keep my original carb and intake.
      I am more than 50% going to do run a 97 ABA,backed up by a 100 mm 020.
      So do you have A/C?If you are not going to use it if you have it.I need some knobs.

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      12-20-2011 10:40 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by vwtdiwagon View Post
      Thanks!
      Ya I know. I cant believe someone scrapped it but I can tell it has been stored inside. No water damage, no signs of animals and most important no rust.
      We do have to remember to most people this is just an old car. They dont see what we see and dont know what they are missing.
      You just got the lightest of the scirocco's.The cool thing is the metal front spioler,and non wrap around front turn signals.
      What month mine is 5/76.
      We need to start a all 76 thread.

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      12-20-2011 10:41 PM #22
      Congrats! I'm glad you changed your mind and saved the car.
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      12-20-2011 10:47 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by 35i 2000 View Post
      you have to post some more pics! looks super clean!
      L97B Ancona Metallic.I dig the blue.

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      12-21-2011 01:06 AM #24
      Good thing I didn't drive up there last weekend then - I was headed that way to get replacement parts for the 75. Nice to see that it didn't end up in the yard, that's probably a pretty rare thing to happen.

      BTW, was this already in the part out lot? From what I understood, cars already out to be parted can't be sold whole.
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      12-21-2011 04:32 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by 16V_Scirocco_GTX View Post
      Good thing I didn't drive up there last weekend then - I was headed that way to get replacement parts for the 75. Nice to see that it didn't end up in the yard, that's probably a pretty rare thing to happen..
      Yep, the car sat out for 2 days in the 'yard' before the manager pulled it out for me and held it in their impound lot (separate). They even moved two cars to get to it for me!
      While out in the 'yard' someone else got the carb + intake manifold and the strut bar that was on it.
      Quote Originally Posted by 16V_Scirocco_GTX View Post
      BTW, was this already in the part out lot? From what I understood, cars already out to be parted can't be sold whole.
      I have also heard this before but when I asked about buying the car out of the lot they said "sure which one do you want". It didnt seem like it was a big deal at all. Now I have a bunch of DMV paperwork saying I own the car. The car will carry a salvaged title of course.

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      12-21-2011 04:53 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by 83mk2scirocco View Post

      L97B Ancona Metallic.I dig the blue.
      for you guys and gals.
      I put the guage cluster, turn signal levers, steering wheel, ashtray, mirrors, door handles, and grill back on tonight. The car is just very dirty from sitting out in the 'yard' with the windows down too.
      I also took a few more pics:
      Engine bay:

      Some kind of vacuum pump under the alternator??

      Front seats have seen better days and the door cards are in great condition but have speakers in them:

      Back seats:

      Dash is in great condition w/ just a few hairline cracks on top. Guages in great condition.

      Lets see whats under the dirt. I dig the blue too!! The first thing this car needs is a bath.
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      12-21-2011 09:11 AM #27
      This still blows my mind that this car ended up in a junk yard. It looks really nice! Dirty...but Nice!

      Can't wait to see pics when she is all cleaned up! Hurry! hurry!...jk.

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      12-21-2011 09:57 AM #28
      Good save!!

      I have an early carb tank from a 75/76 I'd get rid of.Needs a real good cleaning though from sitting with old fuel in it for 20+ years

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      12-21-2011 10:30 AM #29
      pump under the alternator is the air pump to dilute the exhaust gasses, we had them here in 77.
      If it aint a Mk1 then it's a donor....
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      12-21-2011 11:02 AM #30
      Mine sat out the dessert for 8 years.With out the rear hatch glass.
      After.



      No missing plate.

      I have A/C thats why I have a ton of extra sh*t....

      My wind screen seal is not a seal anymore.

      If you need any reference pics I will help if I can.
      My engine compartmant is not touched.
      I love my 76,sorry if I thread jacked.

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      12-21-2011 01:06 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by saddest6day66 View Post
      Good save!!

      I have an early carb tank from a 75/76 I'd get rid of.Needs a real good cleaning though from sitting with old fuel in it for 20+ years
      Thanks man! I might take you up on that but I need to get under the car and see how big the hole is. Mabye this tank could be fixed but the price I found for a new one is so cheap I'm not sure its worth it. Depends on the quality of the new product though because the original lasted this long.
      I would use Eastwood products to restore it of course.

      83mk2scirocco- I dont feel thread jacked at all. I appricate the help and I'm sure I'll have more questions for you in the future.
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      12-21-2011 08:38 PM #32
      great score!
      looks like you have all the important bits anyways
      should be fun
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      12-21-2011 10:40 PM #33
      great find man

      cant wait to see hwat you have after cleaning it up, and i really cant wait to hear what you got planned for the car

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      12-22-2011 12:40 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by nickbukowy View Post
      great find man

      cant wait to see what you have after cleaning it up
      Thanks! Me too!

      Quote Originally Posted by nickbukowy View Post
      and i really cant wait to hear what you got planned for the car
      Short term goals are :
      Clean and inspect the car to find any problems and parts that need replaced.
      Get the car running and smogged
      Replace all the normal wear/tear parts..ball joints, tie rods, etc.
      Long term:
      Engine/trans swap..nothing crazy..8v or 16v w/ a 5speed
      Re-Paint the car the original color
      Interior- I want to keep it stock w/ upgraded seats
      The car will be a 'driver' and not a show car. I see myself keeping this one for a while. I like to drive my cars by the coast because we have some twisty roads out here. So, the car needs to be able to handle.
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      12-22-2011 12:54 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by ArsenicPants View Post
      great score!
      looks like you have all the important bits anyways
      should be fun
      Thanks! The car does have all the rare parts and original glass w/ all the chrome trim. It even has the chrome rain gutter trim. The odometer reads 140k but we all know how well these normally work.

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