I thought it was time to start my build thread, I know I enjoy reading and watching the progress of other builds.
As noted in my signature, my first attempt at a build was a FAIL. Bit off more than I could chew, so I have learned my lesson. Don't take it all apart if you don't have the time, money, or ? to put it all back together.
This is a build for my daughter (will be 15 in April) HOWEVER, I am building this car the way I would it to look and handle from a guy's point of view.
Been a VW fan since my first car, a 1984 GTI black with blue interior, purchased from Tonya Harding, yes that Tonya (even met Jeff) for $3500 in 1990. It would be years later that I finally figured out what happened to that missing tire iron
Currently I drive a 2001 Audi A4 1.8TQ, but here a little car history ownership:
1984 GTI black/blue - RIP totaled by some old fart, not paying attention
1988 Jetta GLI - stolen, never recovered
1984 GTI white/blue - drove it to death, sold to buy Audi
2001 Audi A4 1.8TQ
Purchased a 1990 Nugget Yellow cabriolet on 12/31/2010 for $360. Cabby was in a fender bender with driver side rear damaged as seen in the photos. Car was towed home, given a bath and then work in preparation for state patrol inspection. PO never retitled after accident, so inspection was required before I could get title and license the car for driving
Take it one step at a time, don't tear it all apart!!! I want to keep it driveable for the most part in case we sell our house and it needs to go to a new garage.
In the last year the following has been done to make it road worthy as we drove it all summer
1. Replaced fuel tank - appeared to be damaged as it was stained from possible leaking
2. Replaced power steering rack - old rack blew seals due to no fluid in rack and fried seals
3. Rebuilt shift linkage with MissingLinkZ short shift kit
4. New radiator, expansion tank, water pump and other odds and ends so car could hit the road
Keep it simple, fix accident damage, shave side markers, shave rear hatch, upgrade to Corrado power mirrors (still considering) badgeless grill, crystal clear head lights, basically keep it stock for the most part.
GOAL - finish all body work, spray primer and final sand by President's weekend in February so I can spray fresh Nugget Yellow over the long weekend.
Not anything radical, I have a lead on a set of leather Corrado seats, install a decent stereo, and a few other things
ENGINE - building a 2.0L 16V out of a Passat. Purchased car for $50, had an engine fire, so it was cheap (LESSON LEARNED - It would have been cheaper to buy a good running motor), already dumped $700 into redoing the block, port and polish the head, I still need to put it all together with all new stuff, gaskets, water pump, etc.
Just purchased Autotech cams, adjustable cam sprocket, lightened intermediate shaft pulley, so looking for output to be 150-160 with new bottom end, port and polish, cams, header, exhaust, etc.
Upgrading to full 16V front and rear from the Passat
Thinking of staying with the white, can figure out another color that will look good with the yellow
Currently Corrado steelies, but I want to get a set of BBS RS and maybe do the center in Nugget Yellow or ???
In desperate need, currently the suspension has more bounce than hooker in Vegas
This is enough for now, now onto the fun pics
You can see where the bumper is messed up. I got a new bumper support to replace the damaged one
I took the cabby to a local shop of a buddy, they put the car on the rack and pulled it straight with almost smoothed out all the rough spots, just a little body work to do. Already started.
The nasty stock seats before a cleaning job
For a little drooling entertainment, some motor progress - the engine bay of the Passat, fired caused by oil filler cap being replaced after oil was added
And on the stand, pistons before & after,
And what the block used to look like
The previous build project - RIP