Well hello everybody!
Guess where I just came from?
OK, I'll tell you: I just got back from Ohio with my newest project! Craig (shrttracker) was gracious enough to squander his day and come trailer it with me.
Apparently it's a Scirocco. It was made in 1986. I know! I was surprised too! I mean, who knew VW made Sciroccos after 1981 !?
I got it running after tinkering with it for a bit, and actually, it runs like a top! It has no title, but my boys kept hounding me until finally I could refuse no longer (actually they only asked once). We started tearing around our subdivision in it. I'm usually pretty helpful around the 'hood so no complaints resulted, but I did push the envelope, what with no plates and all...
The car has a funny looking engine I've never seen before. Apparently it's quite a bit stonger than the ones I'm used to, because the car easily left numerous black decorative stripes on my street, along with a pleasing, albeit acrid smell that hung in the air in front of my house for a few minutes. Visibility was also somewhat reduced by the white haze produced during the procedure, and the right front tire is now quite smooth and even has bits of string hanging out of it. I don't think that's normal.
There's a gauge on the dash that moves in a clockwise fashion whenever I push on the gas. I tried my best to keep the needle all the way in the red, but such noise! Thinking something might be wrong, I did some research and discovered it's a so-called "tachometer", and that the red part was in fact not the objective. But it was too late: by then the car had already decided to reward me with a moderate drip from the radiator.
I understand whenever a guy saves one of these cars from the crusher, the car marks the driveway as a gesture of gratitude? I'm told they do this a lot? When I think about it, that just doesn't seem right to me...
By the way, the car came with a large black steering wheel, but I just HAD to have the little pink one. I paid quite a bit extra to get it, but I know value when I see it .
The car comes with some special features I'm sure you all will appreciate. For example, the emergency brake is quite reliable, although you do have to jump out of the car to apply it. You'll also note the exhaust system, which was carefully crafted from multiple sources, some of them automotive. Through meticulous and repeated applications of salt, the car is now much more lightweight, although I have a new gas MIG welder, so in spite of the performance advantage, I think I will reverse this modification.
Finally, the front springs are cut and the car comes with the coveted "swaybar delete" option, so the handling has a pleasing "Cadillac" feel to it, something I prize in all my vehicles.
Anyhoo, I thought you'd all like to meet this newest member of our happy, although sometimes dysfunctional Volkswagen family.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.
Edit: to remove typos created by my Ipad without my consent .