I guess its time to come out of lurking!
I've been waiting for a good deal to come up on a VW of some sort for years, and it finally did. I'm from Saskatchewan in Canada, and here our car insurance is government run. Every week they hold online auctions for vehicles that have been written off, and about 2 months ago a 2001 GTI came up for bid. Someone had taken out some agression on it in a big way, and I ended up getting it for $625.00. Car is bone stock, and seems to have been taken care of. Fresh oil in it, and the interior is in great shape. Its got just over 194,000km (120,000 miles) on it and the motor runs strong.
Probably not going to be the typical build thread, but does anyone need to read another thread about coilover install anyways? I'll start by posting some pics as it sat the day I got it to the garage.
First thing was to figure out why the car didn't hold coolant. The picture should explain itself. Someone had mixed G12 with green, but a thorough flush took care of it.
Next was all the bolt on parts. Sourced an aftermarket replacement hood and fender, and got a stock door and hatch from a recycler. Total on all that was just over $600.
More to come shortly.