A few years ago a buddy and I restored an 82 Rabbit and attempted to do a ABA swap on her. Everything went well until the wiring. I was almost useless with the wiring. So I gave up and moved on. A few years, a lot more knowledge, and a bunch more VWs and Im at it again.
I fell in love with Cabbys the first time I drove one. So heres my baby. 87 CIS Cabriolet. I bought her last May for my birthday. She was involved in an accident at some point in her life. Some parts of the car were Tornado red and some were Flash red. Also the passenger side always sat lower so I knew something was up..
Heres what she looked like when I got her:
Notice the color difference:
Heres a pic to show how the cars frame was uneven:
So my first order of business was the white top. I really wanted black. The guy I bought the top from also had a full black interior in good condition so I decided to change it all out..
Next was to fix up some of the paint. At this point it was the middle of the season so all I repainted was the Flash red parts. At least it would all be Tornado red.
I also found a beat up set of Castellets for $100 bucks. So I got started on polishing them. Pretty ****ty job, but I wanted to finish before Mk1 Madness.
Put some stretch tires I had lying around on the front for a better stance
I don't have any pics of this, but I tried my best to clean up the engine bay. I waxed a lot of it. Good from far, far from good..
Now its finally time to get to the main stuff. First of all the frame need to be fixed. Im fortunate enough to have friends that could let me use a frame pulling machine to fix her up.
Nice and straight finally :
A few weeks ago I started stripping her down for the motor swap:
Tried to clean things up. Got to work on the trans and got a power washer to get the gunk out of the bay:
Got a little excited with some spare paint and sprayed the little that I had in a few spots :
And heres the donor car:
So thats pretty much where Im at right now. Im in the process of pulling the ABA motor this week. Then Im gonna finish painting the bay and put some kind of coating on the wheel wells.