Username or Email Address
Do you already have an account?
Forgot your password?
  • Log in or Sign up

    VWVortex


    Page 1 of 8 12345 ... LastLast
    Results 1 to 35 of 271

    Thread: That Cactus Green Avant Build Thread

    1. Member
      Join Date
      Jul 6th, 2012
      Location
      New York
      Posts
      897
      Vehicles
      1999 A4 Avant
      07-06-2012 11:20 PM #1
      Back in May I picked up a manual 1999 Cactus Green A4 Avant for a steal, problem is, I'm only 15 years old. Here are the stock photos:










      Not long after, I picked up a set of celebrations with Pirellis for $75



      And did some small but necessary things like de-badging, clear fender markers, window tint, short shifter, sport steering wheel swap, s4 grille, and a few more things.
      Also did a hardwood floor for the trunk:



      Last edited by CactusAvant; 07-07-2012 at 11:31 AM.

    2. Member Big~Kenny's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jan 27th, 2011
      Location
      BC
      Posts
      126
      Vehicles
      1997 Audi A4 Quattro
      07-07-2012 01:55 AM #2
      Nice start! Love the hardwood trunk!
      1997 A4 Quattro | Currently running a GT30r'd 1.8l around 375whp | Building a VR6 hoping for 450whp!

    3. 07-07-2012 02:16 AM #3
      Welcome!

      You got a steal on those wheels!

    4. Member
      Join Date
      Oct 1st, 2011
      Posts
      239
      Vehicles
      i am nick broderick! a b5 and a c5
      07-07-2012 04:29 AM #4
      avants and cactus green

      i think i know your buddy with the black b5 haha

    5. Member
      Join Date
      Feb 5th, 2009
      Location
      NW, Connecticut.
      Posts
      645
      Vehicles
      '98 A4. PSS9 and more to come
      07-07-2012 10:54 AM #5
      YES YES YES!!!


      I would and will do a number of things to acquire a cactus avant! I hope you take this good places!

    6. Member jmullen324's Avatar
      Join Date
      Oct 23rd, 2010
      Location
      Vermont
      Posts
      575
      Vehicles
      98.5 A4 1.8TQM
      07-07-2012 11:00 AM #6
      Car looks mint.

    7. Member
      Join Date
      Jul 6th, 2012
      Location
      New York
      Posts
      897
      Vehicles
      1999 A4 Avant
      07-07-2012 11:35 AM #7
      Thanks guys. I've been doing a whole bunch lately and I'll be posting a few new pictures soon. Putting in facelifted headlights today

    8. Junior Member
      Join Date
      Jun 20th, 2012
      Location
      Chicago
      Posts
      48
      Vehicles
      99 A4 Quattro 1.8T
      07-07-2012 02:06 PM #8
      Dat Trunk! Ugh

      I recommend replacing the timing belt unless the owner specified they replaced it recently within 60K miles. Also do a vac leak test, to make sure your getting all the power you should.

      If you want some extra kick, check out giac software. It will give you a lot of power that is already there ~40whp & ~ 60ftLbs torque, be a lot more responsive and it's only 300$.

    9. Member mk2 16v turbo's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 2nd, 2006
      Location
      SLC
      Posts
      3,527
      Vehicles
      02 Bugeye, 03 Outback
      07-07-2012 03:56 PM #9
      man... a cactus avant. nice find.

    10. Member GOODBYNAAIR's Avatar
      Join Date
      Oct 29th, 2011
      Location
      Bmore maryland
      Posts
      279
      Vehicles
      01.5 A4 1.8T quattro, BB
      07-07-2012 04:02 PM #10
      looks good

      I wish i had an A4 when i was 15lol

      good luck !

    11. Member
      Join Date
      Jul 6th, 2012
      Location
      New York
      Posts
      897
      Vehicles
      1999 A4 Avant
      07-07-2012 10:14 PM #11
      So I got my headlights in today and I absolutely love them. They are non-HIDs, but have a 2005 manufacture date on them, so they are really clean for the most part. Here are a few poorly taken photos i just took. I'll have better ones tomorrow that are updated to what the car currently looks like.






    12. Member demonmk2's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 18th, 2006
      Location
      Charlotte
      Posts
      4,978
      Vehicles
      KITT 2000
      07-08-2012 12:43 AM #12
      nice set of wheels and lower it some and your golden. as far as engine mods thats up to you. but the car has amazing potential
      Any VWs made after 92 are usually only good for drive train donors.

    13. Junior Member europearl's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 23rd, 2012
      Location
      pk ny
      Posts
      69
      Vehicles
      98 audi a4
      07-09-2012 12:27 AM #13
      nice gotta love an avant

    14. Member crazexr7's Avatar
      Join Date
      Nov 9th, 2011
      Location
      Bristol, CT
      Posts
      1,453
      Vehicles
      1998 Audi A4 2.8Q, 1968 Mercury Cougar XR7
      07-09-2012 07:08 PM #14
      Such an awesome color and an avant makes it more so! Looking forward to it's progress!

    15. Member
      Join Date
      Nov 15th, 2011
      Location
      Pennsylvania
      Posts
      251
      Vehicles
      Audi A4(B5) 2001, 2.8
      07-09-2012 07:13 PM #15
      Looks real good so far, and that hardwood floor trunk is rad

    16. Member 1broknrado's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jul 6th, 2005
      Location
      Queens/CT
      Posts
      12,439
      Vehicles
      24v Corrado
      07-09-2012 09:45 PM #16
      Looks great man. I had bought my first car when i was 15 and still have it...although its under major project status its still cool seeing someone else that got an early start like i did!

      keep up the good work!

    17. Member
      Join Date
      Jul 6th, 2012
      Location
      New York
      Posts
      897
      Vehicles
      1999 A4 Avant
      07-09-2012 10:39 PM #17
      Thanks for all the comments guys. I wasn't able to post any pictures of my car like I said I would because I spent a good bit of the day fixing the gas gauge in my car. But I was able to get a few pictures today, as well as organize a few I took while doing my headlight swap.

      Fender before


      Something just didn't seem right about cutting a piece of my car off...


      My brother 1up-ed me there




      I hate the yellow New York plates...






      New sport wheel, facelift vents and short shifter
      Last edited by CactusAvant; 07-09-2012 at 11:45 PM.

    18. Member
      Join Date
      Oct 1st, 2011
      Posts
      239
      Vehicles
      i am nick broderick! a b5 and a c5
      07-09-2012 10:51 PM #18
      does your brother frequent audiforums?

      so cool to have brothers with b5s

    19. Member
      Join Date
      Mar 22nd, 2010
      Location
      Upstate New York
      Posts
      813
      Vehicles
      01 A4 BT
      07-09-2012 11:22 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by CactusAvant View Post
      I wasn't able to post any pictures of my car like a I said I would because me and my brother spent a good bit of the day fixing the gas gauge in my car.
      Fixed that up for you

      And yea nick that's me haha

    20. Member 1broknrado's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jul 6th, 2005
      Location
      Queens/CT
      Posts
      12,439
      Vehicles
      24v Corrado
      07-09-2012 11:33 PM #20
      which SS did you go with?

    21. Member
      Join Date
      Jul 6th, 2012
      Location
      New York
      Posts
      897
      Vehicles
      1999 A4 Avant
      07-09-2012 11:55 PM #21
      I ended up just buying an eBay short shifter because I've heard it was one of the best mods for the price. And it is a lot nicer than my old one. I put a before and after video of it on Youtube too. I plan to make more videos for mods, but we'll see. This is the only one so far. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T24TtIoYxI

    22. 07-10-2012 02:49 PM #22
      nice colour,good to have a coach on hand as well I guess

    23. Member MarcMiller's Avatar
      Join Date
      Sep 21st, 2010
      Location
      Philadelphia
      Posts
      4,963
      Vehicles
      2000 Audi A4 2.8Q
      07-10-2012 02:54 PM #23
      cars coming together

    24. Junior Member
      Join Date
      Sep 5th, 2011
      Location
      Federal way
      Posts
      52
      Vehicles
      2001 Audi a4 1.8tq
      07-11-2012 12:43 AM #24
      So much potential, I cant wait to see where this ends up.

    25. 07-11-2012 02:04 AM #25
      love the car! that color looks great, is this the SS you installed? http://www.ebay.com/itm/AUDI-A4-96-0...d39e2f&vxp=mtr

      i watched the video and wow.. the most annoying this about shifting my car is the distance from first to second feels like forever! ive wanted to buy one but can't find myself having enough money to buy a JHM one, is the one i linked the same you purchased?\


      how bad was fixing the gas gauge? i got a fuel sending unit on my way currently hoping it won't be to hard fixing.

    26. Member
      Join Date
      Jul 6th, 2012
      Location
      New York
      Posts
      897
      Vehicles
      1999 A4 Avant
      07-11-2012 10:57 AM #26
      The link you posted is the same one I got, but with a shift knob. The exact one I got was the one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/AUDI-A4-96-0...ht_3351wt_1398

      And as for the gas gauge, the hardest part for me was unscrewing the lid on the tank, it was really stuck on there. But after that, the sender unit was easy to take out, and then we soldered the broken wire back together, then put everything back together, and it worked really well. My brother helped me with it, but its not that hard of a project, and definitely worth it I think.

    27. Member Mihai_A4-B5_'s Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 13th, 2004
      Posts
      1,040
      Vehicles
      98 A4 2.8
      07-11-2012 01:01 PM #27
      Im guessing this isnt your first car? For being being so young...it looks like you listen to your bro! Looks great man! keep it clean

    28. Member
      Join Date
      Jul 6th, 2012
      Location
      New York
      Posts
      897
      Vehicles
      1999 A4 Avant
      07-11-2012 01:29 PM #28
      Haha thanks! This is my first car, and I have definitely learned everything I know from my brother. He knows his stuff!

    29. Member alexandermjoyce's Avatar
      Join Date
      Feb 24th, 2011
      Location
      boulder, co.
      Posts
      429
      Vehicles
      2001 a4 1.8t
      07-15-2012 02:50 AM #29
      lower it. immediately.
      instagram: alexandermjoyce

    30. Member MarcMiller's Avatar
      Join Date
      Sep 21st, 2010
      Location
      Philadelphia
      Posts
      4,963
      Vehicles
      2000 Audi A4 2.8Q
      07-15-2012 04:52 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by alexandermjoyce View Post
      lower it. immediately.
      Speak for yourself.







    31. Junior Member Phillyone's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 5th, 2011
      Location
      Philly
      Posts
      96
      Vehicles
      1999.5 Audi A4 1.8t
      07-15-2012 04:20 PM #31
      Man I wish I had that car when I was 15. Put that HARDWOOD to use
      Silver 99.5 A4 1.8t FWD & Santorin Blue 99.5 A4 2.8 Manual Quattro
      IRA

      Jets International

    32. Member AWDIOS's Avatar
      Join Date
      Oct 25th, 2004
      Location
      Albany, NY
      Posts
      1,371
      Vehicles
      00 s4 rip , 01 s4 sold, 10'a4 13'gti
      07-15-2012 07:52 PM #32
      Cactus Avant - Welome , car looks great. Question, where did your friend with the black b5 in your pics pic that car up from? i see your from NY , was that black b5 bought out of Kingston NY? i Think its my old one !
      Originally BLK1.8Turbo

    33. Member hammeredGLI's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 14th, 2005
      Location
      westminster md
      Posts
      4,676
      Vehicles
      2000 B5 Avant qtm Casa white 1.8t
      07-15-2012 08:05 PM #33
      what method did you use to clear the headlights?

      did you "drill the tabs" and then break it apart in the assembly?
      FORUMFAMOUS
      '00 Avant 1.8t Casa white qtm
      AMG WHEELS FOR SALE

    34. Member
      Join Date
      Jul 6th, 2012
      Location
      New York
      Posts
      897
      Vehicles
      1999 A4 Avant
      07-15-2012 09:44 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by hammeredGLI View Post
      what method did you use to clear the headlights?

      did you "drill the tabs" and then break it apart in the assembly?
      Yeah, I used the drilling method. It took a while, but was worth it.

    35. Member
      Join Date
      Mar 22nd, 2010
      Location
      Upstate New York
      Posts
      813
      Vehicles
      01 A4 BT
      07-15-2012 11:00 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by AWDIOS View Post
      Cactus Avant - Welome , car looks great. Question, where did your friend with the black b5 in your pics pic that car up from? i see your from NY , was that black b5 bought out of Kingston NY? i Think its my old one !
      That's me with the black b5 but nah that wasn't the one haha. I picked mine up bone stock in Bath a couple years ago.

    Page 1 of 8 12345 ... LastLast

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •