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      02-01-2013 01:59 PM #1
      Purchased the car from the original owner with 7,100 OG miles. She was the little old lady who drove to the liquor store once a week. It is an L model with no other options. She somehow managed to cook the clutch so we pulled out an NOS VW one to install. We later located an NOS Abarth exhaust and am currently hunting an NOS Callaway Stage II kit. I couldn't ask for much more as it's my favorite color Lago Blue(LE5B) and has all the rare blue interior parts, plus the original radio delete plate!

      Plans are to find NOS period correct aftermarket parts then choose from the best. It will be lowered on KW V2s thanks to the info from the forum. It will be receiving 15 inch ATS Cups, but I know nothing about offset so I may end up with several pairs of shoes lol. And finally a vintage aftermarket steering wheel.

      First night home 2 years ago, had 7,100 miles and it is currently the farthest West it has ever been from Westmoreland.


      Current status: 15x7 ATS Cups, Rokkor Coilovers , Nardi Classic 390MM, Aluminum Euro Bumpers
      Last edited by Blade3562; 01-24-2014 at 09:54 AM.

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      02-01-2013 02:06 PM #2
      Nice Sonet you have there
      Eastep: making the possible, impossible since:1981

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      02-01-2013 02:08 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Eastep View Post
      Nice Sonet you have there
      It's one of the lowest mileage Sonetts as well. Bought it with 35,275, and I just turned 45,000 last month! All original as well

      The two together in 2011
      Last edited by Blade3562; 01-24-2014 at 12:03 AM.

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      02-01-2013 04:58 PM #4
      so you bought the $8000 blue car that has been on thesamba forever?

      too bad youre going to ruin it with ultra low suspension

      but have fun with it...

    5. 02-01-2013 07:05 PM #5
      Is there a place for those of us who don't believe in ruining and sticker bombing our Rabbits?

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      02-01-2013 07:13 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Redwheels View Post
      Is there a place for those of us who don't believe in ruining and sticker bombing our Rabbits?


      hey its not that bad, the exhaust is actually a legit performance upgrade

      as for riding low...meh... i dont see the benefit other than looks
      especially if the control arms, cv axle, and tie rods are not taken into consideration


      i dont understand why he needs to mod the hell out of it after he just got it
      a callaway turbo kit for your 1.7L cis?

      new rimz?


      hell im just trying to keep mine on the road to see 300k

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      02-01-2013 07:52 PM #7
      Nice clean example. Thanks for showing us your car. You have any interior shots?

    8. 02-01-2013 08:21 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by foxygrandpa View Post
      Nice clean example. Thanks for showing us your car. You have any interior shots?
      Exactly!

    9. 02-01-2013 08:23 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Redwheels View Post
      Exactly!
      I want to see the radio delete plate, I have a cut Rabbit mud flap behind mine to block out the 3 holes.

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      02-01-2013 09:34 PM #10
      I'd love some interior shots as well.

      Nice Saab!
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      02-01-2013 09:43 PM #11
      Good find

      Also a fan of the mods you have lined up. Period correct stuff thats not overtly outrageous or tacky. Maybe the orange wheels, but like you Im okay with the gulf colors (917 fan )

      Food for thought. Might look good on a square headlight car as well. -shrugs-



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      Rip the ebrake. Neutral. Get bitches
      Function is the form.

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      02-02-2013 07:59 AM #12
      We were going to do a Euro front end but the late Westy front has grown on me and nobody seems to do them right.


      Was this not the car posted on "TheSamba" a while back? I was actually going to buy it for the $7900 he was asking for it. But I already have an 82' with 16k OG miles on it

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      02-02-2013 10:51 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Blade3562 View Post
      I just found the link to the album. There are a lot of pics there I don't even remember lol.
      http://karmannghias.org/Rabbit/
      thanks for link, save all pictures for human preservation incase of nuclear war or zombie outbreak

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      02-03-2013 01:39 PM #14
      I remember when this came up for sale here and on the Samba. I thought the seller was

      But, please don't scene it out with stupid-low suspension and gaudy wheels.
      Be tasteful if you have to modify it.
      Put on some period-correct 14's, some Bilsteins, and you have a car that looks better than 250 cars on here.

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      02-03-2013 04:05 PM #15
      Vamped Tuning! Scrappy Dubs!

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      02-03-2013 07:26 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Blade3562 View Post
      14's are too small, and I am not a fan of BBS wheels at all. I have been considering modified teardrops with a nice lip or something but eh. 15"s look just about right on MkIs. It almost needs 14.5"s lol

      I like the look of lowered MkIs always have, probably will run a similar setup to my MINI, all function not form.
      There are PLENTY of period-correct wheel options beyond BBS. Zender turbos, Ronal Turbos, ATS Pepperpots, Phone Dials, etc.

      Most 15' wheels that aren't BBS-style mesh designs or turbo discs look too big on these cars and make them look like Tonka Trucks, even when dropped.

      Then again, it's your car. Just remember there are a 1,001 ways to "modify" it, but it's only original once.

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      02-03-2013 07:57 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Blade3562 View Post
      I feel like all those are overdone, and most of them are ugly, it was the 80s lol. I have all the original parts that have come off the car, even the plugged cat lol. I've always always liked ATS Cups, but so many cars have them nowadays. I actually tucked a pair of 16's under the car and they would have looked ok but I had too much rubber on them from our xB. My buddy has 15"s on his MkII and they look the right size for a MkI. Options are always open though!

      G60 steels with a tip are also an option. My top choice would be BB Arrows but they are way too expensive right now.
      G60 steelies are class, too.
      If you put on 16's you might as well get script on the fender that says "16's" with some soundz and gullwing doors.

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      02-04-2013 01:13 PM #18
      I wouldn't mod a damn thing on that car. No suspension, wheels, nothing! And definitely nothing to the engine. That car is so minty, it'd be a crime to mod it. It's ride height is that way because that's the way these things were in 1981. I wish I had the cash to buy it as is off of you, because I'd treat it like the queen that it is!
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      02-04-2013 02:25 PM #19
      Nice find.
      I count 5 "NOS" in the first post by the way.

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      02-04-2013 05:18 PM #20

      You totally missed my NOS point.

      And cars are meant to be driven.
      Only dumb collectors buy and don't drive.

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      02-22-2013 05:13 PM #21
      Without NOS:
      It's cold out and it's turning blue. Put that rabbit back in the garage!!


      With NOS:
      It's NOS cold out and it's turning NOS blue. Put that NOS rabbit back in the NOS garage!!

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      02-22-2013 05:23 PM #22
      our rabbits were probable together on the line in 81

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      02-22-2013 06:09 PM #23
      Lovely rabbit. In my opinion which means nothing, but i am not a fan of the idea to put orange on the car. NOS items, a drop and some wheels for sure. I just think something like bright orange could take away from the overall beauty of how original the car is. Again just my .02
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      02-22-2013 06:55 PM #24
      very unlikely that just being both from the same year, or especially same color
      were they ever together in the same MONTH.

      even a VIN in series wouldnt mean they were on the same line at the same moment


      though i would agree...dont take the minty rabbit out of the garage in the snow

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      02-25-2013 08:57 PM #25
      Excuse me while I whip out these two extra doors...



      Nice find. Love the color. Love the non-mod a lot!

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      02-25-2013 11:30 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Blade3562 View Post
      I want a 5 door LE5B in the worst way! Yours is even an LS! Brotherhood of the Lago Blues unite! Lol

      And the more that I look at the car the more I don't even want a Callaway (unless it is still in the original box lol). I really think after wheels and coils I'll be done. Probably even going to keep the late westy bumpers.
      Thanks man. It's a stone ride. I love it but yours is awesome nice. I'm just glad someone else is sporting the Lago Blue and not modded the hell out of it.

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      Peek!


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      02-27-2013 09:22 PM #27
      I've been thinking about getting a set of 14s or 15s snowflakes from fifteen52.us, but do to lack of availability I've not jumped yet. Not really sure if 15s would clear on a turn or not. I just want normal tires nothing fancy or lowered suspension or nothing. I'm not sure where to start...

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      04-15-2013 12:21 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Blade3562 View Post
      Well the wheels ended up falling through, but no fear, Adam is here with his next idea.

      But I need assistance. My interior color according to the dealer booklets(The big blue ones of holiness) indicate I have is silver gray, but I believe they have more of a blue hint to them.

      I need to know the vinyl and cloth colors. I asked SMS fabric to send samples.
      http://www.mk1vw.info/modules.php?na...=viewtut&id=42

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      04-15-2013 09:23 AM #30
      nice mk1
      Buy for new ''NORMA SCHELLEN'' clamp and (no new) 1980 ''early west'' grill and lamp --> pm

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      04-15-2013 10:44 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by Blade3562 View Post
      Okay next interior question, where can I find repro or used blue interior bits for seats? Such as the sest release levers and their bezels, blue plastic covers for the metal on the seat sides, and lastly blue seat belt buckle clips?
      Dear Lagu Blue brother,

      Honestly, going to the salvage yard. Finding something better than what you have and then going to an auto paint shop to help match the color.

      There are some salvage yard trolls on here. Just post and ask them to find SPECIFICALLY what you need.

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      04-23-2013 01:21 AM #32
      Great looking car
      How old would you be, if you didn't know how old you were?

      Alaskan Green build thread.

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      04-24-2013 09:23 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Blade3562 View Post
      Anyone running base model cooper wheels? I have an 02 Cooper S so i've always been partial to mini things!

      I know the hub will need machined/bored out.

      Found them on a Mk3
      lol you should put that photo in the Epic Win! thread. Love the colors! Love the phone dials.

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      04-25-2013 10:48 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Phil0 View Post
      lol you should put that photo in the Epic Win! thread. Love the colors! Love the phone dials.
      That car is my Dad's. hahaha. Thanks for the kind words. The hub was machined out a bit to make them fit, but they fit perfect after that. We put 25mm spacers in the rear as it was tucking crazy far inward.

      following this thread!

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      04-30-2013 11:28 AM #35
      Two roofracks huh. Would you consider getting rid of one?
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