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      05-06-2012 03:51 AM #1
      So Im not having any luck on CL in washington state on looking for a dual or quad round grill and headlight setup (preferably badgeless). Wondering if there is a website anyone prefers for MK1 parts or if there is a shop in the Spokane area that anyone knows of. In the parts gathering stage now so I am just looking for a push in the right direction. Also any tips on a more "euro" look would be appreciated.








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      05-06-2012 04:30 AM #2
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      05-06-2012 04:43 AM #3
      i bet there is more bondo on that car than on my wagon project.........

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      05-06-2012 04:53 AM #4
      lol probably. Seems the PO (MK1Rabb) didnt know a thing about body. After I strip her down its gunna be rust repair/body work/bay shaving for a year or so. I should probably move this to the build threads.

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      05-06-2012 05:14 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by eurojettanut View Post
      i bet there is more bondo on that car than on my wagon project.........

      have to agree there, that looks bad
      i saw the door and then immediately thought "hmmm...thats not even remotely straight"

      but i realized that the entire trim line was fillered and badly painted......


      nice carb though

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      05-06-2012 07:42 AM #6
      Im pretty sure the door is just crooked and the front left fender is a replacement from a junkyard because on the right side the line continues the whole way. Ill have to get some close ups of the front piece below the grill. Its ridiculous how much bondo is on that piece. Good thing I have a buddy I met at my new job that went to school for body work. I've always been a fan of the rounds, IDK why. And I also need to figure out a way to move the turn signals and make them clean. PO just screwed them into the front and they look like ass.

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      05-06-2012 07:44 AM #7
      Oh and that damage on the front left bumper deal isnt from an accident. Its from a recent towing accident when my fuel pump went out in rush hour traffic. Made my whole day.

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      05-06-2012 10:53 AM #8
      Oh and Im also not gunna buy ugly american bumpers for it so a square grill wouldnt match the euros ill be putting on. Now Im just trying to decide what to do for suspension and make up my mind on the engine swap ill be doing. Anyone have some advice or suggestions on either of those?

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      05-06-2012 10:14 PM #10
      Burn it with fire

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      05-06-2012 10:40 PM #11
      damn just realized you have 8mm spark plug wires

      normally they are only 7mm

      someone probally wound the piss out of that car a few times eh?

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      05-06-2012 11:08 PM #12
      hahaha you got bradys old mk1. Sorry brother.

      Go to eurounion, they'll help you out

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      05-07-2012 03:44 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by pat_man View Post
      hahaha you got bradys old mk1. Sorry brother.

      Go to eurounion, they'll help you out
      Yeah sorry is right. So much wrong with it. Told me it was a 2.0 bottom with a 1.8 head. NOT! Two days after I got it, it started pissin oil out of the intermediate shaft. While I was fixing that i found that the whole thing is a 1.8 and that the water pump was loooong gone. Someone put silicone over the weep hole. The bolt for the crankshaft is in crooked and has about ten lock washers on it. It rubs every tire like a lonely man on a hooker. The steering rack it completely shot. Fixed the oil leak, tuned the carb and got it running and a week later the fuel pump went. Not sure if it was the hack wiring job or the fuse but I cant find the fuse. Its not where its supposed to be on all the pictures I can find online or in the manuals I have. So now I have it wired to a switch inside and a few days ago the speedo broke too.. I just hope this thing makes it for another month or two. The friend from work who helped me fix this said he has a friend (who goes MIA for awhile at times) has an 89 jetta coupe in really good condition for 500 and it only needs a clutch. Hope I can pick it up soon so i can start striping this down.

      Quote Originally Posted by rabbitnothopper View Post
      damn just realized you have 8mm spark plug wires

      normally they are only 7mm

      someone probally wound the piss out of that car a few times eh?
      I'm not sure what this means. I understand the size difference in the wires, but what does "wound the piss out of" mean?

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      05-07-2012 12:56 PM #14
      Sell it for scrap and move on to a better project.
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      05-07-2012 01:00 PM #15
      BFI has the badgeless single round grille

      http://store.blackforestindustries.com/exterior.html
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      05-07-2012 03:50 PM #16
      Well seeing how there arent very many of these left and I was lucky to find this one because the only older vws in this area are bugs, Im keeping it. When I do the swap I am going to have to swap all the steering stuff and upgrade the suspension anyway. The body is pretty rust free on the outside and underneath but we will see when i get into it. I have a friend that is a body guy so when I started sanding her down he will help me with the bondo situation. I'm asking for positive opinions and advice on moving forward, not negative ones about moving backward. So comments about getting rid of it from here on out will be ignored. Thank you.

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      05-07-2012 04:59 PM #17
      Anything can be fixed. But not everything can be fixed cheaply.
      If the car is solid and you're planning on building the car, strip the car down to bare metal and start over. At least then you know what's going on in the car and thus will be able to figure out problems much easier in the future.

      Www.rabbitparts.com for replacement panels and body panels. Good luck
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      05-07-2012 05:06 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by JACDUB View Post
      Well seeing how there arent very many of these left and I was lucky to find this one because the only older vws in this area are bugs, Im keeping it. When I do the swap I am going to have to swap all the steering stuff and upgrade the suspension anyway. The body is pretty rust free on the outside and underneath but we will see when i get into it. I have a friend that is a body guy so when I started sanding her down he will help me with the bondo situation. I'm asking for positive opinions and advice on moving forward, not negative ones about moving backward. So comments about getting rid of it from here on out will be ignored. Thank you.

      I appreciate your attitude wanting to see a project through, cheers to that.


      As to being lucky to find that, well you and I have a different idea of "luck."

      There are a bunch of MK1's where you are, look a little harder next time.

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      05-07-2012 05:08 PM #19
      Haha this things more Mexican then euro
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      05-07-2012 05:54 PM #20
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      Burn it with fire
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      05-07-2012 09:16 PM #21
      the kid you bought it from is a huge douche. Sorry you got ****ed over by a stupid teenager, we aren't all like him.

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      05-07-2012 11:42 PM #22
      how much did you spend on this?
      if its broken, fix it. then break it again.

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      05-08-2012 04:49 AM #23
      So i got word on the 89 jetta coupe and its been sold already. Yeah im pissed. So now im saving for another daily but this time I have a mechanic friend, who has been teaching me the ways, to bring along so i dont get screwed again.

      Quote Originally Posted by pat_man View Post
      the kid you bought it from is a huge douche. Sorry you got ****ed over by a stupid teenager, we aren't all like him.
      Thanks. Yeah i figured that when I told him all the stuff that I was finding wrong with it and all he said was "not my problem, talk to the guy who built it, it drove fine for me."

      Quote Originally Posted by der hare View Post
      Anything can be fixed. But not everything can be fixed cheaply.
      If the car is solid and you're planning on building the car, strip the car down to bare metal and start over. At least then you know what's going on in the car and thus will be able to figure out problems much easier in the future.

      Www.rabbitparts.com for replacement panels and body panels. Good luck
      My thoughts exactly. And im not exactly looking for cheap. Of course i will shop around, but I have always been taught "if your going to do somethin you might as well do it right" and that requires time, thoroughness, and (most of the time) money.

      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      I appreciate your attitude wanting to see a project through, cheers to that.


      As to being lucky to find that, well you and I have a different idea of "luck."

      There are a bunch of MK1's where you are, look a little harder next time.
      lol thanks I appreciate the compliment. It was mostly an in the moment deal. I was in need of a new car and this was the only thing in my price range that didnt have horrible body damage or didnt need major mechanical work (at the time) to be a daily. But as of now Im saving for a new daily and am keeping my eye out for another mk1 or maybe a mk2. I would really like a jetta coupe lol.

      Quote Originally Posted by jjvblack View Post
      how much did you spend on this?
      Im not at liberty to say haha. But I do know now I got ripped off. Not by much, but still. I needed a new vehicle really badly so i jumped. Plus he really got me with the whole 2.0 bottom, 1.8 top story. Wish I knew then what I know now lol.

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      05-08-2012 05:20 AM #24
      Yeah hindsight is a b***h. If you really are going for Euro style then check UK, Germany and Dutch forums. There are a lot out there and a lot of pics from good mk1's to be found.

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      05-08-2012 11:25 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by JACDUB View Post
      But as of now Im saving for a new daily and am keeping my eye out for another mk1 or maybe a mk2. I would really like a jetta coupe lol.



      If I lived where you do I'd have a least a dozen MK1's, seems like there are always decent ones for sale.

      A couple from today:


      http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/2992882820.html

      http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/3001542064.html

      http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/2969771011.html

      This one is clean:

      http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/2999008344.html

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      05-08-2012 11:27 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Tougemachine View Post
      For the greater good
      Haha this things more Mexican then euro




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      05-08-2012 03:30 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by PoorHouse View Post
      If I lived where you do I'd have a least a dozen MK1's, seems like there are always decent ones for sale.

      A couple from today:


      http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/2992882820.html

      http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/3001542064.html

      http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/2969771011.html

      This one is clean:

      http://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/2999008344.html
      True. But for one, I'm not into 4 doors, and two, I don't have anyone to drive me that far too look at them. Like I said when I got this thing I wasn't addicted to VW's yet (although I had a 97 jetta) so I wasnt specifically looking for one. My Jetta was starting to act weird and not start sometimes and plus I hated it so I decided to get a new car. I will never own another MK3 lol.

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      05-08-2012 09:43 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by JACDUB View Post
      I will never own another MK3 lol.
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      05-09-2012 05:28 AM #29
      Well I might buy one for a vr6 donor car, but never to drive.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tougemachine View Post
      Mk3s are the best VW.. Besides mk1s.


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      05-09-2012 09:38 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by vento86 View Post
      Mk3s are the best VW.. Besides mk1s.


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      They certenly do keep Yakima & Thule in buisness
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      05-09-2012 10:42 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Tougemachine View Post
      They certenly do keep Yakima & Thule in buisness


      The mk4 crowd keeps them in business


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      05-09-2012 11:15 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by vento86 View Post


      The mk4 crowd keeps them in business


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      Agreed. Lol Jeremy Clarkson (god) said while test driving the mk5 that it's the only good one since the mk1.
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      05-09-2012 11:17 AM #34
      I love my mk1. But a/c. Heater. Smooth. Space. I give in
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