They all look great! Nice to see somebody sticking to VAG scene without having to go JDM.
so i figured what the hell, lets see what TCL think about my new project 1996 VW Cabrio.
some specs are
Ipanema Brown Metallic from the Audi Exclusive catalog
redone interior OEM seats in cream vinyl with black stitching
16x9" Gotti corvette 2 piece wheels with color matched centers
AccuAir suspension management with e-Level
Air Lift struts
euro core support and front rebar
jetta front end with badgeless grill and ecode headlights
shaved washer jets, front fenders, and rear VW logo
partially shaved engine bay
Vr6 Motor swap (motor has 280k miles on it)
2.9L clone manifold
5 speed trans swap from a TDI
and a bunch of maintenance parts
techtonics exhaust with a horrible tip (will get this redone soon)
The car isn't 100% complete but small things here and there are needed
i know it won't be everyones cup of team but i am very happy how it turned out.
the car started out as this
I bought this January 1st
then a few weeks later i bought this
and after a lot of hard work
i'm really just curious as to what the general car public things. I know people dont like air bags, and this is the first car i've built with them and really wanted to try something different for myself and have a new experience.
for a background of my car history
some of the old timers may remember my original car when i lived in NoVa back in the late 90's/early 00's.
Sequoia green 97 GTI VR6 with 6 point cage, sparco seats, z-engineering blower, custom stereo, projektzwo mirrors, ABT wheels, and euro arches and moldings....
since then i've had these
2003 20th AE GTI
Fourtitude.com project car and SEMA 2005 show car
2008 A3 2.0T with GT28RS big turbo
2004 R32 with VF Stage2 supercharger
and now i have this 2012 TT Coupe 2.0T quattro
a stock 1998 jetta glx
a stock 2008 Rabbit 3 door
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I hate Mk3 Cabrio's but I like it. Work looks top notch. I'd like to seem more of the progress pictures and detailed interior shots.
Quite a lot of money into your cars over the years. Do you have sponsors? And out of curiousity do you do any of the work yourself or do you take it to a shop usually?
Definitely the worst looking car out of the ones I see you've owned. Looks just like any other lowered VW with wheels. If you put that up at a VW show, I wouldn't cast a second look.
But that 20th though
♪ Let's just drive, I wanna see what the wind does to your hair ♪
So which one do you wish you never let go?
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The one i wish i still had would be the 97 GTI VR6. that was my first real car and that is the one i was most devoted and dedicated to and the one with the most memories.
The 20th was fairly stock. I autocrossed that in ST class and couldnt do a chip, so it was on KW coilovers and had suspension mods.
the R32 i bought as is as a 3rd owner, then took off the HRE's and put on Kinesis K28s and KW V3's and a B&B exhaust and tracked it a few times, boy that car was fun
the Green A3 was the a project car between me and Fourtitude.com and went to SEMA in 2005 just 6 months after the A3 was released in the US, so to be that modded that quickly was sweet. This is the only car i had sponsors for.
The Red A3 replaced the R32. I owned the R32 and a 2008 Rabbit lease and the two car payments got too much when sales dropped. so i sold the R and traded the Rabbit for the A3 with no plans to mod it. Within 6 weeks it had the GT28RS on it.
here is the link to the Cabrio build up
on this car i would say i did very very little of the work myself. I stripped out the interiors of both the Cabrio and GTI but that was about it. but i have done my own suspension installs and exhausts and intakes in the past. this Cabrio is the most intense project i've done where the other things were more or less all bolt-on type mods.
Last edited by VR6 NRG; 08-04-2012 at 10:45 AM.
thanks all. i know TCL can be tough, but i'm surprised.
if i want to drive fast and fun i'll hop in my Audi TT.
Love the car, especially since Im an OG MK3 guy. But I cannot stand the wheels to be honest. Also Im a bit confused as to the whole smoked headlights but clear fogs/turns. That car is begging for some clean 17's and clear e-codes. Other than that, Congrats on a well built, functional car. I absolutely love the color.
Your Cabrio went from "meh" to "wow" in a relatively short timeframe. Props.
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i bought the fogs before i decided on headlights. i will get smoked fogs/turns soon to match the headlights.
Wow that is a lot of work done in a half a year or so! Love the color. I've seen your cars over the years and you've got skills dude. props
Love that you kept all the exterior lines in place and didn't smooth the sides.
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thanks yeah i didnt want to smooth any of the lines on the car as i think it takes away from the character of them.
the wheels are 16x9" Gotti's they are french wheels and this set were originally intended for a late 80s or early 90s Corvette. there are 25mm adapters/spacers on the rear and 15mm on the front and i have no clue what the offsets are.