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    Thread: GTI TDI Rally Car Build - Mostly Pics

    1. Member dextervw's Avatar
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      10-28-2014 02:00 PM #1
      I've posted this in the rally forum but I thought you mk3 buffs might get a kick out of my build.

      how it all began: The test mule (circa 2009)


      the previous incarnation towing the newly caged chassis home from Cagethis.com (2009ish)


      The car really didn't receive much work for the first few years as I went through a divorce, 5 moves (one across country) and a bunch of other stuff.. but
      Then I rebuilt the motor, a 1.9 TDI AHU with some fancy Nural Pistons and a sweet port and polished head and manifolds




      Eventually it was time for a new roof



      A raised shifter


      And Paint!!





      Then some seat were installed


      and some more engine building



      and chassis prep/suspension install


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      10-28-2014 02:01 PM #2
      and more....


      and finally the engine was installed in the chassis


      and it was assembled as I could get it in a day


      but because i was doing this (moving back to New England)


      along the way this happened


      which lead to this


      and a long set back of $$, so i toiled away with this





      until i eventually dug the beastie out from hibernation for some of this



      until my landlord called it a demo derby car and asked that I remove it before the neighbors complained... so off to a new home she went


      and then a bunch of stuff happened :-D
      I took the brakes off the car i bought for my GF to start racing in



      I got a completely new cooling system


      and started installing parts as they came




      I made some VW to Subie adapters


      and bolted up some rocking wheels


      and I continue to rock forwards as fast as I can being an hour and a quarter from my garage

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      10-28-2014 02:04 PM #3
      AND ITS ON THE ROAD!!!

      So much time and effort and 5 to 6 years of building... its here and I can't stop smiling!!



      I definitely will. The even was fantastic fun, the car was well planted and pretty well sorted.. that was till my last run when the camber plates and upper spring perches had a small disagreement which ended up snapping my strut.

      No huge deal and I was happy to find it here instead of 2 miles into the first stage of a rally. A quick strut rebuild and some updates to the camber plates and we'll be back in business.

      The other things I need to sort are:
      Rear beam bushings
      Slightly higher EGT's that I would like to see
      Tires
      Driver (still a little rusty.. but man did this car help with that. Finally something connected to my brain! )

      More pics from the even coming as soon as they are published.












      Please feel free to comment, ask, or offer parts or money for sponsorship (I have a huge blank canvas for your logo ;-) )

      Hope it inspires some of you and I hope you guys can help me along with my quest for some rally fun and dominance

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      10-28-2014 03:08 PM #4
      ****ing sweet dude. never see stuff like that here in the states.

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      10-28-2014 08:02 PM #5
      Very cool! Good color choice as well out of curiosity why did you go with the diesel over say a bulletproof 2.0ltr?

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      10-28-2014 09:18 PM #6
      I'm down

    7. 10-28-2014 09:28 PM #7
      Kick ass dude. Havent see you since we swapped hoods in Cranston all those years ago. Car is top notch!

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      10-28-2014 10:31 PM #8
      Here's a guy, that doesn't matter what life through at him, he stayed true to his passion and car. Cheers to you my friend, an inspiration to us all.


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      10-29-2014 09:19 AM #9
      Thanks Guys! She has been my labor of love and I will do the best to keep her competitive and running hard.

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      10-29-2014 09:23 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by CasuallyWreckless View Post
      Very cool! Good color choice as well out of curiosity why did you go with the diesel over say a bulletproof 2.0ltr?
      Cost and because it was something different. My last racer was a high strung 2.0 on carbs so I wanted something a little different. By the time I had built a 2.0 up to rally specs (goal of lots of wheel torque which takes lots of revs and a very expensive gear box to make it all work) the TDI was cheaper and provided me with all the torque in the world.

      Plus the thought of rolling coal down the stage just makes me happy ;-)

    11. 10-29-2014 07:30 PM #11
      we are not so different, you and I:
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...-gti-rally-car

      Are those brakes custom? are they 280 or 288 rotors? love the build, keep it coming!

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      10-29-2014 08:05 PM #12
      Really nice man!!

      Do you have any videos?? nice.
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      10-29-2014 08:27 PM #13
      awesome build. the perseverance is inspirational.

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      Yesterday 09:40 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by WanganLLama View Post
      we are not so different, you and I:
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...-gti-rally-car

      Are those brakes custom? are they 280 or 288 rotors? love the build, keep it coming!
      Custom bracket for the Wilwoods yes. To tell you the truth I'm not sure what size the rotors are... It was a bolt em on an run em situation but I should probably measure them at some point.

      I will keep it coming if you do. Love the blue on white motif! Just need to find me some wheels like yours ;-) (trade for some 17" team dynamics? and spacers to make your car accept subie wheels?)

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      Yesterday 09:24 PM #15
      What's up with that IC?
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      "Hey guys. Woah, Big Gulps, huh? All right! Well, see ya later!"

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      Today 03:44 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Svën Höek View Post
      your way = your way, good luck with resale.

      everyone else's way= the way vw built it..

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