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    Thread: My MK3 Cabrio VR6 build thread

    1. Member VR6 NRG's Avatar
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      01-02-2012 01:27 AM #1
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      i haven't posted in the MK3 forum in years and wanted to make a return.
      I've been on vortex since 1999 and although my post count doesn't show it, I've been around the block a few times on this site.

      some of the old timers may remember my original car when i lived in NoVa back in the late 90's/early 00's.
      Sequoia green 97 GTI VR6 with 6 point cage, sparco seats, z-engineering blower, custom stereo, projektzwo mirrors, ABT wheels, and euro arches and moldings....




      since then i've had these
      2003 20th AE GTI

      Fourtitude.com project car and SEMA 2005 show car

      2008 A3 2.0T with GT28RS big turbo

      2004 R32 with VF Stage2 supercharger

      and now i have this 2012 TT Coupe 2.0T quattro

      a stock 1998 jetta glx
      a stock 2008 Rabbit 3 door

      so i've wanted to build another MK3 for a few years now and figured i hadn't owned a convertible. For the past 2 weeks i've been searching around for a cabrio. Well this morning with the help of a local friend we found one. Went to look at it, and drove it home.
      I will have to post pics tomorrow because it was dark when i got home.
      It is a 1996 Classic Green (i think) with tan cloth, automatic and black vinyl top. I originally wanted to find a Jazz Blue but that became too difficult. So i figured if i could save some money, find a local car that had a good body to start with i would do a full color change and something more custom.

      I will say I myself am not too mechanically inclined, however i have friends that are. Some of this will be bought and some will be built. My goal isn't to make a stunning show car, but something i have fun with that stands out some when i go to shows. I thought about shaving the engine bay and air ride and both of those will be too expensive for the estimated budget i will have for the car. At a few grand each i'd rather do other things with a more direct impact to the car.

      The Plans
      VR6 swap
      manual transmission swap
      Full color change: yet to be known
      interior swap to black but redo the seats to compliment the new exterior color
      pulled fenders
      16" wheels but wide (typical stance stuff)
      and maybe a few custom bit and pieces along the way.

      There are some great people here in AZ that i know that can help bring this all together and give me some good advice, help, and pricing on things along the way.

      So MKIII forum hello again old friend.
      Last edited by VR6 NRG; 08-04-2012 at 01:09 AM.
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      01-02-2012 03:05 AM #2
      welcome back

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      01-02-2012 03:46 AM #3
      OG status in here

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      01-02-2012 10:09 AM #4
      it may progress along slowly but i want to have the car somewhat acceptable for Wuste at the beginning of June.
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      01-02-2012 10:33 AM #5
      hey brian! good to see you back in mk3! good luck with the build.

    6. 01-02-2012 03:19 PM #6
      thats going to be sick! be sure to post all the way i want to do it too!

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      01-03-2012 08:39 PM #8
      Bump for my boy Brian welcome back bro

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      01-03-2012 08:46 PM #9
      i like your style and interested in this new project

      Have you ever thought bout a ginster cabrio?
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      01-03-2012 08:55 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by 2mAn View Post
      go crash into a hybrid
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      01-03-2012 09:07 PM #11
      with your collection this will definitely be one to watch!
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      01-03-2012 10:44 PM #12
      Always love to see another guy join the VR Cabby ranks

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      01-04-2012 12:02 AM #13
      I brought the car to the dealer today. yes i trust the dealer and here is why. I myself sell Audi's for a living and with that comes knowing a lot of great technicians. We also have a VW dealer on campus and they have two great techs there that i trust a lot.

      So i finally got to the see the car up on a lift, had an oil change done and hoped i didn't find anything bad underneath...
      Here are the first pics





      the results were good. no signs of rust or any damage at all. the driver side rocker has some dents from a jack probably but that should be covered with a side skirt eventually.
      the only bad parts i was told were the motor and tranny and associated things but they will last me long enough until i do the VR6 and manual swap.
      I am really surprised that all of the electrical things work (except cruise), and i just needed two license plate bulbs.

      here is a possible color i've chosen (not the best pic)
      Last edited by VR6 NRG; 03-20-2012 at 01:49 AM.
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      01-04-2012 12:51 AM #14
      that color is cool. what did it come from? looks to be root beer

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      01-04-2012 01:11 AM #15
      Porsche?

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      01-04-2012 01:15 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by miatafreak View Post
      Porsche?
      i figured that after staring at the pic for the last hour and a half. holy **** im stoned

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      01-04-2012 10:41 AM #17
      Porsche Macadamia Metallic
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      01-04-2012 10:50 AM #18
      I figured you pop up. I thought you were going to do air as well ?
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      01-04-2012 11:15 AM #19
      ooooo this is gunna be good.....
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      01-04-2012 11:27 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Pineapplegti ! View Post
      I figured you pop up. I thought you were going to do air as well ?
      no air, and i saved $1000 vs. buying your car. just FYI when you are wanting to sell something, and someone has worthy questions asked, it would help to not be a dick and answer their questions. I seriously thought about your car but because of how you answered your emails that was the reason why i didn't. just don't ever get a job selling things. and /helpful advice of the day
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      01-04-2012 12:50 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by VR6 NRG View Post
      no air, and i saved $1000 vs. buying your car. just FYI when you are wanting to sell something, and someone has worthy questions asked, it would help to not be a dick and answer their questions. I seriously thought about your car but because of how you answered your emails that was the reason why i didn't. just don't ever get a job selling things. and /helpful advice of the day
      I remember your SN and car from way back. I'm currently returning to the MK3 scene also with a similar project, except with a 4dr Golf. I would love to do a VR6 Cabrio instead, but it's hard to find one in Vegas.

      LOL on Pineapple, I wanted to jump on his Cabrio when psycho had it for sale, but I got the funds after Pineapple got it back.

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      01-04-2012 01:00 PM #22
      Welcome back.I recognize your car and screen name.
      The cabrio looks to be in good shape for your build.
      Good luck

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      01-04-2012 01:00 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by VR6 NRG View Post
      no air, and i saved $1000 vs. buying your car. just FYI when you are wanting to sell something, and someone has worthy questions asked, it would help to not be a dick and answer their questions. I seriously thought about your car but because of how you answered your emails that was the reason why i didn't. just don't ever get a job selling things. and /helpful advice of the day
      Dealing with craigslist people has brought me to that point plus the fact you mentioned the possibility of air ride being installed on one my old cars . Sorry if i was crass. Btw I have sold well over 250 private party cars . Glad you purchased a virgin. If you are in the market for a mint canvas top with frame I can point you in the right direction. (Hiding in a az junkyard)
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    24. 01-04-2012 01:14 PM #24
      OG dubber right here


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      01-04-2012 02:14 PM #26
      I will be looking for a top. Either black or beige. PM me with that crassly style of yours.


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      01-04-2012 02:23 PM #27
      There is a 3.5 sitting in a yard in Kingman. Mint black canvas top . Hwy 66 there is a row of wrecking yards (only ones in town) .
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      01-04-2012 02:44 PM #28
      Brain good choice on the MK3 Id love to roll out with you guys to Wuste' this year once you have this complete. I usually avoided cruises with this 2.0 but since i'll be boosted it should be fun!
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      01-05-2012 12:02 AM #29
      thanks Tony

      i may need some of your knowledge and assistance on this.
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      No problems you know i love MK3s ive had enough of them haha
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      01-05-2012 01:53 PM #31
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      01-06-2012 12:49 AM #32
      I may end up doing "updates" more like a blog entry, so i can keep the whole process in one place

      nut much of an update, but i got the first part today. a brand new OEM window regulator for the driver side. i will also need a passenger one but that window stays up. with tax it came to $250. one benefit of working at a dealer is discounts on parts.

      I'm still having trouble diagnosing the P1613 code. We think it is the gauge cluster and some of the wiring in it. I am looking locally for a gauge cluster to swap in to see if that can get ride of the code long enough to get it inspected, and then swap the cluster back if it passes. the ABS light in the cluster is on and the code is "MIL Call-up Circ Open/Short to B+"
      I really want to get the title and registration done before i start buying any parts for it.

      as i typed this a local friend found a vr6 cluster he will let me use to see if that works.
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      01-06-2012 01:15 AM #33
      I have a working 3.5 cluster (illumination is toast) that you can try..
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      01-10-2012 12:18 AM #34
      small update today

      got it over to our VW dealership where i have a good friend who is a tech there. He installed my driver side window regulator so its nice to be able to go through drive thru's now.

      he also spent quite some time diagnosing the P1613 fault code to no avail. we checked some of the basics and coding that we found on vortex and google but nothing worked. then an Audi tech came over to assist and between the two of them they tried a few other things with specific wires in the cluster harness but couldn't solve it.
      we then realized we were trying to do this strictly to get the car through emissions and for me to get plates on it, BUT if we are doing a VR6 and transmission swap then all of the stuff related to this error code will find a dumpster or be sold off.

      So where i stand now... keep the car in my garage until i can find a donor. The one i had backtracked on me and now i'm searching for another.
      I found a 98 GTI DE VR6 in AZ with 290k on the motor but it seems like the owner has taken good care of it. It is a complete running car with a full interior i could also use and for the price, it may be worth buying the entire car so i can ensure the whole swap is complete with parts.
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    34. 01-10-2012 12:22 AM #35
      Not gonna lie, your old gti is why I bought one the same color. Loved that car. If it was any indication this one should be sweet when you're done
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