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    Thread: My long awaited cabrio...

    1. Member topduko19's Avatar
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      01-04-2012 05:26 PM #1
      So finally after looking forever and a day I finally got my mk3...
      It has some cosmetic issues but that is nothing b/c the car drives flawlessly...
      I'm going to take it to a body shop once I get back...
      Cant wait to drive this bad boy in the VA sun and I'ma get some 20th ed. seats...
      some starter pics & sorry for the size...
      PS I've got a new trunk for $30...
      topduko19



      My cabrio is costing me an arm and a leg....
      Fixing "my new" MK2 ABA Jetta
      Topduko's MK2 ABA Wiring Guide
      Topduko's MK3 Cabrio Top Replacement Guide
      MK3 Guage Face Swap

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      01-05-2012 09:34 AM #2
      Looks like a good start.
      Don't forget to get caught up on maintenance first especially the timing belt.
      I'd suggest holding off on installing that euro gti lip until it warms up, unless it's an actual VW one. The aftermarket lips all get brittle and shatter in cold weather even here in Florida.

    3. 01-05-2012 10:27 AM #3
      California car with that much rust???????


      Run away, it's a trap...


      Mike

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      01-10-2012 07:47 AM #4
      So the rust is b/c the car was originally from NY so that checks w/ chart
      & once I have some more time I will find a good VR6 lip...
      Any good places to get a new top...
      I saw ebay but it was like 300 for a vinyl...
      I saw the faqs but I didn't get any better prices...
      Thanks guys...
      My cabrio is costing me an arm and a leg....
      Fixing "my new" MK2 ABA Jetta
      Topduko's MK2 ABA Wiring Guide
      Topduko's MK3 Cabrio Top Replacement Guide
      MK3 Guage Face Swap

    5. 01-10-2012 08:25 AM #5
      I was only kidding about the whole rust thing, I'm glad you got a good car, just hope it isn't too rusty. If you're looking for a top for a good price try looking in the bargain parts area of www.vwparts.com, they'll run parts for cheap, and the last time I checked they had tops in there for 199.00, but they probably are not the colors you're looking for. I would stay away from vinyl (aftermarket), as it tends to crack (especially if the car is kept outside and subjected to the weather), and then you're right back at square one (needing another top). Just save your money, bite the bullet, and get a cloth one, you can even scour the classifieds and get an entire assembly for (probably) cheaper than you could get an outer liner and installation for. Just my .02. Let me know if you run into anything you need help with, I've had mine for over 10 years and still love it...


      Mike

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      02-02-2012 06:34 PM #6
      some updated pics...
      I need to drop this beast...


      My cabrio is costing me an arm and a leg....
      Fixing "my new" MK2 ABA Jetta
      Topduko's MK2 ABA Wiring Guide
      Topduko's MK3 Cabrio Top Replacement Guide
      MK3 Guage Face Swap

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      02-02-2012 11:00 PM #7
      dam those tails look good. drop it and giver some wideness then your laughing. but just remeber coils/suspension > wheels
      Mk1 crowd:: Put your bumpers back on!!

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      04-20-2012 03:44 AM #8
      Did a outer skin replacement & some e codes for headlights...
      I plan on sending her to the bodyshop today to get all repainted and trim redone...
      On a bad note I broke the rear window so I've got a replacement but now I need a new seal...
      My cabrio is costing me an arm and a leg....
      Fixing "my new" MK2 ABA Jetta
      Topduko's MK2 ABA Wiring Guide
      Topduko's MK3 Cabrio Top Replacement Guide
      MK3 Guage Face Swap

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      04-24-2012 09:10 PM #9
      Some before the bodyshop pics...
      I might have to reinstall the headlights though...

      My cabrio is costing me an arm and a leg....
      Fixing "my new" MK2 ABA Jetta
      Topduko's MK2 ABA Wiring Guide
      Topduko's MK3 Cabrio Top Replacement Guide
      MK3 Guage Face Swap

    10. Member topduko19's Avatar
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      04-29-2012 01:51 PM #10
      Here she is after the body shop... she's looking nice...
      My cabrio is costing me an arm and a leg....
      Fixing "my new" MK2 ABA Jetta
      Topduko's MK2 ABA Wiring Guide
      Topduko's MK3 Cabrio Top Replacement Guide
      MK3 Guage Face Swap

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      04-29-2012 02:37 PM #11
      If you don't need the factory grille anymore...I could use it on my car.

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      04-29-2012 04:05 PM #12
      It may be just the photos,but your cabrio is sitting unusually high!

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