I've been throwing the idea of starting a build thread around in my head for quite a while now, and I've finally decided to go for it.
As the title implies though, there's something a little different about this build thread. Along with my love of cars, and specifically mine; I always have a bunch of small projects going on tinkering with other things. One of my longest standing hobbies is diecast cars; i've been growing a collection ever since i was little, and thus I felt that having a model of my car was a necessity. If anyone has ever tried to find an mkv jetta model though, you know it's not easy. After searching on ebay and waiting for christmas, the project began. I'll outline it's progress after my real car's.
Now enough talk, on to the build.
Here's Gily (pronounced Jilly (cus i figured that's how i would phonetically pronounce GLI)) soon after I got her in May 2010: an '06 Salsa Red GLI with around 18,500 miles and absolutely no options: unheated, cloth, manual, no sunroof/nav/etc.
Finding the right car was a search that started when I was about 5 and finally culminated in this choice; one that I am still very happy with. My largest requirements for the car were manual and interlagos plaid interior.
There aren't many pictures of her completely unmodded, mostly because she looked just like any other stock GLI, but once i started modding, pictures began to come more frequently.
First mod was a huge decision... if only i knew how much i'd be pouring into this car, the $185 for a K&N typhoon 69 in January of 2011 wouldn't have been so stressful.
By this time I had already tried to make a model version of my car by buying a 1:43 and painting the interior and exterior to look like my GLI; later attempts have been much more successful:
Also while home for winter break, I made a vinyl window sticker for my car:
After returning to school in the winter, I had been bitten buy the modding bug and in early february, soon after becoming a member here, I bought a set of used H&R Sport springs to give my car a modest drop and eliminate my 4x4 status. Unluckily though I didn't get a chance to instal them until I was home in the summer. A lack of time at spring break delayed the desired instal date.
Almost got the springs on in march, but didn't have the lock key for the wheels
By the time I got back in the summer, I had made a huge move and bought the Caractere front bumper and rear valance (with the intention of buying votex rep sides). Shipping from Belgium to new york, painting, and then shipping from new york to chicago took a while, but in August, the kit arrived on my door. Two days later, my dad and I were on the floor in our garage putting it on. Took a little longer than expected, but after a few hours and a broken glass of scotch it was on.
By this time, I had already managed to have the springs installed.
These two major mods helped ease my need for a little while, but not too long. Having the car with me at school junior (the next) year meant that I no longer had distance holding me back from little mod installs.
Finally entering Mass on the drive from Chicago via Niagara Falls
I managed to last until October before making my first small purchase: a trimmed engine cover to fit with my intake
Around that time, I started to get into photography and did a few rather pedestrian shoots that fall
First shot: way over backlit and bad coloring, but everyone starts somewhere
favorite from the night even though i didn't get the focus quite right
Full shoot album here
In mid october, I finally got the rear wheels a little closer with 17.5mm spacers from ECS:
Another shoot after my first clay-barring went better but I am still learning. Clay Bar went far beyond my expectations
Random picture that i liked parked in front of a professor with an old mk2 jetta, taken on one of many visits to Providence College
Next came LED interior lights and soon after, painting the engine cover and a little attention in the engine bay:
Home for the winter meant finally getting to instal my painted votex rep side skirts from dubtechnik. It also meant christmas and some exciting gifts: LED tails, VAG-com, lots of giftcard money to ECS and the chance to start my smaller project
More on the mini-project in one of the next two posts
VAG-Commed led's to blink amber, programmed the remote to out windows up/down, turned off the lock honk when i use the key in the door but left it when i use the remote so i can be quieter at night , and adjusted the speedometer error. Can't remember if I did anything else then.
while i was home i also had time to paint some of the other caps and covers in the engine bay:
Second semester of jr year was a long time away from Gily during my semester abroad in france, where they live unblessed by the presence of the GLI (and surprisingly in rather scarce presence of the jetta) While I was there, though, I bought a used bsh race catch can that would be waiting for me when i got back.
In addition to beginning to work on the catch can (I stripped it and repainted it silver, though i'll probably re-do it again: i'm not so happy with the finish.) I got my car flashed to APR stage 1. This was first on my to-do list for the week that I was home, and Conrad at Autobarn City Volkswagen in Chicago is a great guy, helpful, very mod friendly, and hooked me up. Felt the difference immediately accidentally almost breaking the tires loose pulling out of the service department.
Said Catch-can in the prime phase:
Also on the todo list while I was home before heading out to boston for this summer was checking the DV (all good there), dehumidifying my inner left taillight, which had somehow gotten water in it, and color matching the backgrounds of my front and rear emblems.
An Instagram of these activities to save space:
Father was also generously very excited to buy a Yakima roof rack for my car to help cary bikes
Rack is great quality, defiantly recommend it; it easily fit three bikes facing forward with room for a fourth to face backwards. Along the drive, however, something knocked the headlight washer cover off of my passenger side and i'm currently in the process of getting a new one.
When i got to boston I finally had a chance to check my cam follower; banjo bolt was a pita though and i ended up managing to break the nipple off of a vacuum hose and had to replace it. Cam follower was looking good though, so in all it was still less expensive than having the stealership check it.
Broken vacuum hose (even more broken after removal) :
A new sticker and another three hour trip to the Scrub-a-Dub complete with clay and wax
brings me to two days ago when i received a very exciting package!!
Lots of goodies in there that i'll post up as i put them in/on. Also, thanks to Andy at ECS for dropping a couple of stickers in there free of charge
Finally on to today; I got around to hooking up my catch can: an easier instal than I had even thought possible. And put a K&N pre-filter (or in this case post-filter) over the breather in hopes that it might keep the bay a little more free of oily film.
Also put in my ziza projector fogs this afternoon.
Thus far I'm pretty happy with them- color match seems descent, but i'll have more details tomorrow after my first night time drive.
That'll do it for my initial post; i'll reserve two posts below this for a brief future plans post and a little about my 1:18 build
thanks for looking; comments and gentle, constructive criticism are certainly welcome.