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    Thread: My MK3 Cabrio VR6 build thread

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      02-15-2012 11:33 AM #106
      I'm subbing to this for future ideas. I'm thinking about picking up a MK3 cabby this summer..

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      02-15-2012 10:25 PM #107
      Can't wait to see it done! That color is going to be soooooooo sick. Any thought on wheels yet?
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      02-15-2012 10:46 PM #108
      I am waiting for 1552 to release their new wheel in April, i think it will be 17x8 and 17x9 as long as pricing isn't outrageous.

      I dropped off the GTI today and it will begin to get work on this weekend.
      They will be finishing up the engine bay prep before they start on tearing down the GTI. Then on Monday the cabby will get towed to a media blaster and get the engine bay and some other small area's done to get ready for paint.

      So next week it will be dropped off at the painter for the next few weeks.

      I also just found someone fairly local with a wrecked mk3.5 with a lot of miscelaneous parts left including both doors (with regs and motors), trunk lid, molding and weather stripping, and some other stuff. It may be worth a days trip to see what he has.
      after looking for a window regulator and motor for the passenger side front, it may be worth it just to buy the whole door since it't getting painted anyhow.
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      02-17-2012 08:57 PM #110
      I went up to Cottonwood today to pillage some parts from wrecked M3.5 Cabrio. Henry already got a lot of the interior, but what i came home with i am extremely happy for what i paid for it.

      Mk3.5 steering wheel in good shape with airbag, B-pillar pieces in gloss black and rear window struts for my new mk3.5 top


      i think ALL of the rubber weather stripping and stuff for around the windows, windshield, and body trim, along with a few other misc. pieces. This was a huge score because all of this stuff is 5 years newer than what is on my car


      black carpet. i have the black carpet from the GTI but there is so much dog hair dirt in it, that finding this in very good shape was a huge plus.


      This was the biggest piece. My passenger door doesn't have a window regulator or motor which is odd, so instead of getting those pieces, i bought the whole door with those pieces and the glass. no dings or dents. And since the whole car is being painted it being silver is no biggie.


      these are the pieces for the "hoop" in the car. they are in better condition than mine and were another extra find.
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      02-17-2012 09:27 PM #111
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      02-18-2012 12:25 AM #112
      Sweet find on the parts!

      Can I have the carpet from the GTi?

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      02-19-2012 12:50 PM #113
      Quote Originally Posted by Aloha-boy View Post
      Sweet find on the parts!

      Can I have the carpet from the GTi?
      possibly. 2.quick is local to me and asked me when i first got the GTI to give him first shot at parts from it.
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      02-19-2012 05:00 PM #114
      Good score on the 3.5 parts. Just remember to order a new foam piece for the B piller roll bar cover!

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      02-20-2012 01:29 AM #115
      Quote Originally Posted by mk2driver View Post
      Good score on the 3.5 parts. Just remember to order a new foam piece for the B piller roll bar cover!
      That is what the last picture is of. the 2 pieces that cover the hoop center top and bottom pieces.
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      02-20-2012 01:35 AM #116
      Quote Originally Posted by VR6 NRG View Post
      That is what the last picture is of. the 2 pieces that cover the hoop center top and bottom pieces.
      You are missing what he's suggesting.. You can buy the foam sticker still through the dealer networks and it adds a certain touch of freshness when the car is completely done.
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      02-20-2012 07:26 AM #117
      Wish I woulda seen this ealier cause there is a cabrio in a junkyard here in Henderson that has a pretty nice black top and a good trunk and some other parts. And how are the rear door cards in that gti? I may be interested in them and maybe the bck seats and cargo area covers and such.
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      02-20-2012 12:21 PM #118
      Quote Originally Posted by ..Derek.. View Post
      You are missing what he's suggesting.. You can buy the foam sticker still through the dealer networks and it adds a certain touch of freshness when the car is completely done.
      in that last photo i posted, the top piece has a like 1/8" piece of foam padding on it is that what you both are talking about? it is the piece that faces the sky when the top is down.
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      02-20-2012 12:41 PM #119
      Quote Originally Posted by VR6 NRG View Post
      in that last photo i posted, the top piece has a like 1/8" piece of foam padding on it is that what you both are talking about? it is the piece that faces the sky when the top is down.
      Yes - and when they are new they are a very nice touch.
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      02-20-2012 03:35 PM #120
      Quote Originally Posted by ..Derek.. View Post
      Yes - and when they are new they are a very nice touch.
      Exactly! But to screw the two piece's together you either A. have to stick the screws through the foam or B. Peel the foam off so you can screw them in correctly and then buy the new foam sticker piece to replace the old that you took off!

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      02-20-2012 08:22 PM #121
      gotcha. gracias to both of you
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      02-22-2012 02:02 AM #122
      big part order night for me.

      ordered euro front and rear smooth top bumpers, rebar, core support, vr6 lip, and fogs/turns and also bought a set of nice newer door moldings today as well.
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      02-22-2012 02:04 AM #123
      bump for the O.G. sequoiainspiration from back in the day
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      02-22-2012 06:22 PM #124
      doing a lot of thinking today whether to go with coilovers from ST/KW or go all out on an air suspension kit. i wanted air on the car from the beginning it's just so damn expensive.
      how do other justify the cost of the kit and then the cost of custom labor?
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    19. 02-22-2012 10:46 PM #125
      Air is worth it...Trust me once you go Air you wont go back to coils ever again

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      02-23-2012 03:49 PM #126
      got some great pics of how the car ended up before it went to the media blaster.
      I'm not going for a completely smooth bay but certainly one that has been cleaned up quite a bit.
      The beginning stage



      Tabs removed

      Passenger side all done


      Battery bracket and frame rail before



      And all done and ready to be sent to the media blaster (where it is now)
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    21. 02-23-2012 03:58 PM #127
      Why media blast? Do you have lots of hidden corrosion/rust?



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      02-23-2012 11:06 PM #128
      because it will save a lot of time cleaning out a old engine bay and getting rid of any seam sealer and crud that we don't want.

      It won't be too expensive. less than $200
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      02-23-2012 11:52 PM #129
      Quote Originally Posted by GTi2OV View Post
      Why media blast? Do you have lots of hidden corrosion/rust?





      Oh snap!! I had this same conversation with him in real life.. explained that he tripled the cost of his paint job by going back to metal.. I also tried to explain that shave buys are for hot/street rods or trailer queens.. in a car retaining A/C and all the other creature comforts its a waste but it's not my car
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      02-24-2012 12:03 AM #130
      Kinda late, but do those mk3.5 b pillar covers fit mk3? I am going to have to find some!

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      02-24-2012 12:04 AM #131
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      Kinda late, but do those mk3.5 b pillar covers fit mk3? I am going to have to find some!
      Yes they do
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    26. 02-24-2012 12:13 AM #132
      Will media blasting remove seam sealer? Surprising if so. That stuff is a pain..
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      02-24-2012 12:14 AM #133
      Quote Originally Posted by GTi2OV View Post
      Will media blasting remove seam sealer? Surprising if so. That stuff is a pain..
      It does.
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      02-24-2012 01:26 AM #134
      to each their own
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    29. 02-25-2012 11:35 AM #135
      Nice progress

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      02-27-2012 11:40 PM #136
      engine bay was media blasted today then the car was finally transported to the paint shop where it will spend the next few weeks.

      the only pic i have. the painter sent it to me.
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      02-29-2012 12:03 AM #137
      so there has been a change of events plans that have transpired in the last few days.

      another donor car opportunity came up that would put the end product in a better place once its finished.
      I found this local 1995 VR6 Cabrio here on vortex with a lot newer components that i will be able to use for the swap, plus some aftermarket stuff i would have to buy down the line.

      So i put the yellow GTI on craigslist on Sunday morning, and a buyer called me today and it will be sold on Saturday.
      So later this week i will go buy this.

      1995 MK3 VW Cabrio VR6
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      ONLY 30,000 since professional build

      Most parts have < 10,000 miles on them.
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      Highlights:

      Turn 2 intake
      Techtonics exhaust
      Hi-performance cat
      ARP head stud kit
      BFI motor mounts
      Samco Coolant hose kit

      Wietec 60/40 kit
      VW Motorsport Heavy duty strut mounts and strut bearings
      Zimmerman X-drilled rotors and Zimmerman pads
      Falken Azenis RT-615K

      Vento dash

      Many other new parts:
      VR6 radiator, 7mm spark plug wires, Low temp thermostat & fan switch, ISV, intake temp sensor, cam position sensor master cylinder, aux. water pump, crankshaft position sensor, slave cylinder, Late-model strut mounts, HD control arm bushings, tie-rod ends.
      ... and more...

      I give up the TDI trans out of the GTI and some black interior pieces, and 5-lug swap but gaining things like coil overs, exhaust, the vent dash, black leather front seats, and a lot less miles, polished manifold and valve cover, and much more.
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      02-29-2012 01:05 AM #138
      Where is the other cab located ?? If its the vegas cab it doesnt have 11.5:1 lol Just a heads up.
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      02-29-2012 01:40 AM #139
      its here in Temp, AZ.
      it turns out i know the owner of it from back when we lived on the East Coast.
      he built this motor and put it in the car, it didn't belong to someone else.
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      02-29-2012 01:48 AM #140
      whats different on vento dash again? angled slightly where all the blower/speedo panels sit?

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