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    Thread: GTI + Baseball bat = Big build thread

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      01-01-2012 03:50 PM #1
      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.

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      01-01-2012 04:07 PM #2
      that thing got ****ed

      props to you jumping into a project like that

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      01-01-2012 04:08 PM #3
      Looks like you have a lot of work ahead of yourself. Good luck man

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      01-01-2012 04:28 PM #4
      Holy **** the rear quarter is effed, good luck
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      01-01-2012 04:43 PM #5
      Good luck Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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      01-01-2012 04:56 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by jettaaddictionII View Post
      that thing got ****ed

      props to you jumping into a project like that
      this.. good luck with everything
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    7. 01-01-2012 05:02 PM #7
      I was expecting some fender rolling or something when I saw the thread title, Good luck with the build!

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      01-01-2012 05:31 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by jettaaddictionII View Post
      that thing got ****ed
      props to you jumping into a project like that
      my words exactly
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      01-01-2012 05:36 PM #9
      damnn good luck and have fun
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      01-01-2012 05:36 PM #10
      You have the twin to my car, mine is 1999.5 Cosmic Green GTI VR6 and in the same city yet. Good luck with the build.

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      01-01-2012 05:38 PM #11
      Started on the body work a week ago. Most of the roof dents are located in places that I don't have access to the back of the panel (side airbag) so I had to get a little creative in popping the dents. I know this is probably run of the mill stuff for lots of guys, but its my first "go" at bodywork like this. Also keep in mind that I've never mig welded before this either....

      First thing I did was tack a nut to the dented metal, placing two tacks on the area I wanted to pull out.



      Next I took a slide hammer to it, and fitted a bolt to it that thread into the nut, and used that as an anchor to pull the dent with. Did it a few times in different spots, cut the nut off and ground the tacks.



      Then filled it, trying to keep the filler under 1/16". I'm pretty impressed with how its turning out.




      Got the denting mostly out of the roof. Just some small highs and lows that need to be played with now. Learning a lot as I go, thats kind of the point of this. There was a lot of "oil canning" in the sheet metal on the roof by the antenna. Put a few tack welds in the area and it tightened the metal right up.



      This section had no access from the back either and needed a pile of work. I'm not comfortable in my skill enough to weld sheet metal butt joints, so I inserted the patch panel beneath the existing sheet metal and welded all around. the repaired area sits level, so a thin layer of filler brings the area flush.



      Needs a little more filler and sanding, put primer on it just to get an idea of how the shape was. Much better!



      Hoping to get in on the group buy for the R32 front, and then all I need to source is the passenger quarter glass and a new grill. That will complete the parts I need to get it together and rolling so it can be saftied.

      I also have some goodies arriving now too. 6 yards of black microsuede came for the pillars and headliner, and an 18" sub came the other day. Still deciding if that is a good idea or not.

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      01-01-2012 05:45 PM #12
      Good work so far, interested to see how this turns out.

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      01-01-2012 05:48 PM #13
      nice progress so far

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      01-01-2012 05:49 PM #14
      Wow . Can't wait to see how it turns out

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      01-01-2012 05:57 PM #16
      you know what you're doin! great looking work can't wait to see what you're gonna do! should of found yourself a sweet TT fuel filler door and changed it while you had that quarter all cut up!

      good luck man I'll be following!
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      01-01-2012 05:59 PM #17
      damn do work!!!

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      01-01-2012 06:01 PM #18
      The quarter is still cut up, and my fuel door IS broken and in need of replacement anyways....

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      01-01-2012 06:03 PM #19
      Good work, definitely spend a little extra time and getting those surfaces 100%. It will be harder to spot lows and highs when its in primer or filler until you guide coat. It will be completely worth it when its in paint and you see how perfect all the surfaces are.

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      sub'd, good luck

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      01-01-2012 06:10 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Clun9 View Post
      Good work, definitely spend a little extra time and getting those surfaces 100%. It will be harder to spot lows and highs when its in primer or filler until you guide coat. It will be completely worth it when its in paint and you see how perfect all the surfaces are.
      I intend on it! This stuff is all just the rough work in my mind. The paint is still something that's up in the air. I had the idea of doing a satin green at first, similar in shade to cosmic green, but i'm waffling between that and some other undecided gloss color now. There is a photo of a satin blue golf floating around here somewhere that I fell in love with, so that was the inspiration.

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      01-01-2012 06:20 PM #23
      nice work...

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      01-01-2012 06:39 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by sejamis View Post
      I intend on it! This stuff is all just the rough work in my mind. The paint is still something that's up in the air. I had the idea of doing a satin green at first, similar in shade to cosmic green, but i'm waffling between that and some other undecided gloss color now. There is a photo of a satin blue golf floating around here somewhere that I fell in love with, so that was the inspiration.
      I think after putting in all the work of trying to get the surfaces perfect, only a gloss color can really bring out that reflection. A flat or satin will often dull the surfaces which hide the imperfections.

      Check out PVW issue 167 I believe, September 2010
      http://www.performancevwmag.com/past...asp?issueID=36

      There is a MKIV that has been sprayed a Porsche green which is more drab than the cosmic or rave greens. Definitely very dope.


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      01-01-2012 06:51 PM #26
      Shit dude lol. In for this
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      Subscribed. Nice!

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      01-01-2012 07:14 PM #28
      damn you have a lot of work to do!

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      01-01-2012 07:18 PM #29
      I should also mention that this is a bad habit I have.... This will be the 4th (and most damaged) vehicle I have done this to. Below is the bike I did last winter. It was a crash damaged, written off Kawasaki ninja.





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      01-01-2012 07:29 PM #30
      not bad, i guess you have a knack for restoration i dont have the patience
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      Quote Originally Posted by Big_Tom View Post
      not bad, i guess you have a knack for restoration i dont have the patience
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      01-01-2012 07:43 PM #32
      Wow man you do some great work, definately in to see this thing finished!

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      01-01-2012 08:28 PM #33
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      01-01-2012 09:46 PM #34
      big project, good luck man
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      Quote Originally Posted by sejamis View Post
      seems to have been taken care of.
      wut? good luck! props for taking on such a big project

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