I would live in the mk1 forums for a bit and just get some ideas if you do not have that much knowledge about them.
Hello everyone I come from mkiv land to share my project and seek advice on my recently purchased 82 Rabbit. I'm 22 years old and work at a body shop and hope to return this vehicle to somewhat show quality. Here's my plans for this old girl.
- Patch gas filler, floor pans, left wheel arch, left rocker, both fender mounting strips, euro core support/fenders.
-Paint either teal or light blue, haven't decided but I have a while to think about it.
-Shave side markers
-Euro, or custom bumpers
-Wheels, undecided but they will be 15x8 and 15x9
Interior: couple options here
-Keep the blue vinyl interior that's overall in good condition. Or sell it all.
-Black carpet, false floor, roll cage, two racing seats, black dash pad, quick disconnect wheel.
-New control arms and anything else I cant save
-Shaved bay with the stock 1.7l gas engine. (need advice on what i can delete and make it drive-able when I want)
-Either keep a/c and wipers, or ditch them both.
That's about it. Any advice is welcome and appreciated, especially on what to do engine wise. Now onto the pictures.
Day i brought it home
Less than a week later
Found this under the back seat, kinda creepy
My current daily for anyone who cares.
Last edited by chance946; 10-11-2012 at 07:26 PM.
The beautiful thing about MK1s is there originality. Keep it original I say... preserving history sort of preserves us all I think, but then I say a lot of things... Wish I had your balls to strip the metal like that. My '84 really needs some attention.
Last edited by Phil0; 09-16-2012 at 10:25 PM.
Start with Moogie's MK1 Autohaus and go from there. If he doesn't have it ask him or ask us if you need it used. Rust happens. That would be a great original GTI.
I dare you to do better mister 22 years old works in a body shop...
Show us how a young man with good hands can renew a classic. Watching.
el chupacabra!!! lol... You're right, that is terrifyingly creepy. Good thing you stripped the car, just imagine driving around with that thing a few feet from you. *shiver*
Anyway, welcome to mk1 land. I'm somewhat new and have mine stripped (not as much as yours) also. Good to know their is some youngblood on here. I'm 24. Anyway, looks great man. Can't wait to see what you do with it since you're an actual body man.
Welcome to the mk1 side of the pond and good luck with the build. Glad to see another Mansfielder in the mk1 forums I think you must live close since I see your mkIV driving on Lex-Ont. all the time. I just sold my mk1 scirocco but still have a rabbit project going on in the garage.
Can't wait for you to make some head way!
Everything I take off of this thing I find more holes. I don't know if I want to keep going with this or just sell all the good parts I have and scrap the thing. What do you guys think, I wanted to keep it in the $4000 to $5000 range but I don't know if its even worth fixing
where the fender should mount
hole actually continues into the frame rail
this was going to get boxed in anyway so it didn't matter
Also needs a front control arm mount made
how much is bulk metal in your area? Vise + ball pein hammer + heat + ear protection + eye protection + weld ?
Come on young hands... don't give up yet. Metal cuts like paper with the right tools. You're the guy to "tape" it back in. It's your first MK1. Get your experience on this one. Come up with a plan and post it.
What welder do you have access to? Don't give up with all this help here. We are rooting for you.
Focus on the goal. Don't get bogged down from the trees:
Last edited by Phil0; 10-22-2012 at 10:54 PM.