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    Thread: '75 Rabbit - Take 2

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      04-03-2012 02:48 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Marino74 View Post
      Nice car! Whats the VIN on this one? Seems to be an early one. I have a 75 (registreted in 74) myself, here is my thread;
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...VW-Golf-LS-1.5




      Once again, great car!
      Nice!

      Build date on this one is 8/75.

      Quote Originally Posted by Chrom0sexual View Post
      bump for more pics


      PS. Glad you are feeling better and back at it. I got the letter you sent me the other day. Its so nice to get love letters from Montana


      -Paul
      Lots of love for the Chromo.

      Quote Originally Posted by djghia View Post
      You will never regret having the windshield installed by a pro. My son and I spent about 5 hours and more attempts than I care to think about before I swallowed my pride and had it done by a pro. They still took quite a long time and had to call their boss for some technical help. Looks sweet now with the new seals and chrome trim.


      Dave J

      Looks great.


      Quarter glass and windshield out today. Quarter glass chanel are clean, windshield channel has 3 small rust spots on the bottom. No holes, just surface rust.

      Windshield has alligator strips on all 4 sides, full length strips.
      I don't think my '77 these.

      Are people reusing these or will the seal work without?

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      04-03-2012 05:12 PM #27
      What's your exact VIN? Mine is a 8/75 build date also... curious, stranger things have happened.
      "Sense is something you can't even make sense of until you've been to the future, and spent time there..."

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      04-03-2012 05:34 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by clintg60-16v View Post
      What's your exact VIN? Mine is a 8/75 build date also... curious, stranger things have happened.

      If they are sequential you are coming out here for a gtg.




      Windshield out.


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      04-03-2012 06:17 PM #29
      Also put in my early 12 pin tach cluster.

      I had printed out the pin list Clint had nicely put together, but didn't need it. Everything was already in the right place. Not the original harness in this car, so the guys at Ben's VW must have done that.
      Tach works and most lights.

      Unfortunately, the printed circut board suffered some "storeage rash" and has a few shorts.

      If anyone has an early 12 pin tach cluster LMK. The bezel doesn't have to be perfect as mine is good.

      Also the silver heater control bezel has gone missing so I need one of those as well.


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      04-03-2012 07:09 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by djghia View Post

      Dave J
      Hmm... this picture made me realize something new. The hatch cover is attached to the seatback, likely with screws, by the carpet.

      Mines like this too, but was ripped off long ago and I'm restoring to the way it's supposed to be.

      Poorhouse's Rabbit is likely the same way.

      I'm thinking this is a Swallowtail-only trait. Later cars aren't set up this way, at least my '78 wasn't.

      And this decrepid example shows that the lid's not attached to the seatback (backing board starts at a lower position, plus some strange wire support as if the backing board is behind the seat frame. Judging by the front seats, the interior isn't original, which could explain the setup. Unless it's like a near '74 build car to explain those headrests, This car isn't even good enough for reference pictures of a correct car... Anyway, off topic... Carry on Poorhouse...

      Last edited by clintg60-16v; 04-03-2012 at 08:13 PM.
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      04-03-2012 08:48 PM #31
      Clint - does your car have the original pressed cardboard package tray with the "X" pattern on the bottom? Mine came with it but it was mangled.

      The package tray is connected to the rear seat by the carpet, there is a metal plate that holds it on.

      My seat does not have the metal rods like the example above.

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      04-03-2012 09:37 PM #32
      looking good

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      04-03-2012 09:59 PM #33
      i love this car and the story too.

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      04-03-2012 09:59 PM #34
      I still have the package tray.

      I'm thinking of going to a certain place
      again, to score the metal plate and every swallowtail package tray there is. I may take a personal day next Friday to do it... Insanity... I need a rear seat for the vinyl, misc fasteners and a under dash carpet..,possibly a period correct AC system. IM me if you need something for this '75... I have a fairly good idea of what they have but there is a whole section that I've never set foot in.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKco-L7JmRw
      Last edited by clintg60-16v; 04-03-2012 at 10:10 PM.
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      04-03-2012 10:02 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by clintg60-16v View Post
      I still have the package tray.

      I'm thinking of going to a certain place
      again, to score the metal plate and every swallowtail package tray there is. I may take a personal day next Friday to do it... Insanity... I need a rear seat for the vinyl, misc fasteners and a under dash carpet..,possibly a new ac system. Send me your needs.


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      04-23-2012 11:20 AM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by clintg60-16v View Post
      Hmm... this picture made me realize something new. The hatch cover is attached to the seatback, likely with screws, by the carpet.

      I'm thinking this is a Swallowtail-only trait. Later cars aren't set up this way, at least my '78 wasn't.
      maybe 77 was the last year for this ?
      my car is a early 77 and my parcel shelf is attached to the seat back just like that

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      04-23-2012 11:28 AM #37
      My car is a 78 built late 77 and it is attached.

      I thought they all were attached

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      04-23-2012 11:29 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by gtiboy66 View Post
      I thought they all were attached

      thats what i thought too

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      04-23-2012 12:11 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by clintg60-16v View Post
      Hmm... this picture made me realize something new. The hatch cover is attached to the seatback, likely with screws, by the carpet.

      Mines like this too, but was ripped off long ago and I'm restoring to the way it's supposed to be.

      Poorhouse's Rabbit is likely the same way.

      I'm thinking this is a Swallowtail-only trait. Later cars aren't set up this way, at least my '78 wasn't.
      my 81 has it screwed to the back of the seat as well.
      LET'S SEE IF THESE BASTARDS CAN DO 90!

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      04-23-2012 01:32 PM #40
      My '78 is attached to the back seat and it is factory. Here are some photos showing the set-up.



      Hope this helps! Dave J

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      04-23-2012 03:06 PM #41
      You know what I think? I was dead wrong. I must've been thinking of my Corrado...or too many beers...
      "Sense is something you can't even make sense of until you've been to the future, and spent time there..."

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      05-06-2012 10:15 PM #42
      New headliner. Few wrinkles, but it's passable.







      New seals.








      '75 Wheel.


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      05-06-2012 10:16 PM #43
      The whole interior looks good.

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      05-06-2012 11:29 PM #44
      agreed

      love the 75 wheel too....i actually found a NOS one but its like $550
      Last edited by BROsiah; 05-06-2012 at 11:36 PM.

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      05-07-2012 10:52 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by BROsiah View Post
      agreed

      love the 75 wheel too....i actually found a NOS one but its like $550

      The '75 wheels look great, but the thin rim isn't that nice for driving. I have a different wheel going
      in when I put in some new seats.

      Interior looks better in pics than in real life. The driver seat is torn, some scuffs on the door panels,
      dash has a few cracks. It's nice for being 37 years old, but far from perfect. Surprisingly the seat
      padding is still nice. Typically in the early cars is disintegrates.

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      05-09-2012 06:54 PM #46


      Looks great Jake!

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      05-09-2012 06:57 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by jsimp12 View Post


      Looks great Jake!



      We need some updates on yours.

    23. 05-09-2012 07:48 PM #48
      Damn you Jake! and all of your silly oem+ early rabbit hotness! Looks Super nice, glad to know these
      are in Montana! So this is what youve been up to!
      Last edited by kompressorgolf; 05-09-2012 at 07:50 PM. Reason: mo info

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      05-10-2012 10:19 AM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by kompressorgolf View Post
      Damn you Jake! and all of your silly oem+ early rabbit hotness! Looks Super nice, glad to know these
      are in Montana! So this is what youve been up to!

      Lets get the MT VW's together this summer.


      Quote Originally Posted by Chrom0sexual View Post


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