I'm done with school now, and since 30 hours of work a week is giving me WAY too much time, I decided to open a thread on my modest vehicle, a B4 GLX Wagon that I affectionately named Patricia.
I got it back in September after snooping around for a project car for this winter (aka now), as I knew that not having any school was going to give me a lot of free time. Originally I was looking for an older diesel Benz, W201 preferably. I had visited a W124, but it was pretty rough, and getting diesel Benz parts in Canada isn't really easy, and older diesels in -40C weather are a nogo.
Unexpected finds are always the best ones... I found Patricia on VWQuebec, the week later I had a deposit down, and the week after that it was home. The original VR6 had been swapped out by the dealer because it blew up, so although the body has over 300 000 km on it, the engine is running strong with no chain noise or other serious problems. Body was rough, but in general pretty sane. I knew I was going to paint this thing anyways.
Here it is while I was fixing up some rust on the doors.
PO and his brother are both really big into VW's. There was something like 6 cars in and around this dude's driveway, including a mint Jetta Carat that was being stripped for a bay shave, an MK4 TDI with sawblades poking out like crazy, a TT, an MK3 with a 24v swap, and this Caddy/Cabby conversion!
Imagine this kind of thing with a B5.5 .
Front bumper shave was done this summer, along with fixing rust on the doors that were the most affected.
My plan with this thing is too strip is down as much as I can, and making it bulletproof. I plan on going out to military college soon, so I won't have much time to dick around with a beater. The key words for this build is DIY, and minimal. If it isn't needed and that I can take it off myself, I'm doing so. I want minimal implication from shops, and if possible I'll get all the harder work (welding, etc) done by people I know in exchange for a couple of longnecks.
I'm not necessarily looking for power, so engine mods are going to be minimal. What I'm really looking for is fuel economy and having a bulletproof sled.
Here is what I'm planning on doing:
RED = DONE
- Chains + MK4 HG
- Clutch and flywheel maybe
- All sorts of seals to make it like new again
- New brakes all around with MK4 rear calipers, non-ABS conversion
- Re-do headliner, it's dirty as hell
- Fix the tears on the seats
- Fix the heating seats
- Patch up the chassis plugs and minor rust holes starting to form around them.
- Fix the power windows (1 is working correctly, two are having a hard time, one is ****ed pretty hard)
- Stainless steel crack pipe
- Rebuild control arms with R32 rubber
- New fluids all around.
- Replace the windshield.
- Shave front bumper
- Shave roof antenna
- Remove roof rack
- Shave left mirror
- Remove hitch
- Flat brown paint with flat black pseudo-textured molding and bumper tops
- Shave all keyholes
- BMW rimzos (got those, need to work out fitment)
- Murdered out stock lights
- Volvo lip
- Rear wiper delete
- ABS delete
- AC delete
- Power steering delete
- Full 2.5in exhaust with test pipe straight to a magnaflow
- Sound deadening on the entire floorpan (to make the drone of my exhaust setup more tolerable)
- 1.8t IAT
- Catch can
- SAI delete
- Wire-tuck and vacuum simplication as I delete/repair stuff. Nothing extreme, just enough to clean the bay up a bit.
- BFI stage 1 engine mounts
- O2J shifter and Dieselgeek Sigma if budget-permitting
- Mild head work if budget-permitting.
- C2 high-compression chip
- DUI Ford coilpack
- External oil cooler with stock oil-cooler delete would be awesome if I can find the parts used
I've got air-ride on my mind, but if I got there it'll be on the cheap... bag over MK3 coilovers with used gear kind of cheap. Not sure for now, focusing on getting this thing running solid first.
Other stuff may be done... I've got a general direction for this build, and I'll just go with the flow from there. Progress may be a bit slower than I anticipated, as my former daily driver has been pressed into a little cube, and Patricia is now my daily driver.