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    Thread: A Slow "Build" For A Slow Car

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      01-27-2015 11:02 PM #1
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      Hey guys, so my name is Jordan, and this is my 1996 Jetta Gl.

      I've been on Vortex for a little while now, but never posted much of my car because it has been pretty much a stock MK3 minus a couple of small mods here and there, and nobody wants to see that!
      However, I figured its about time to start a thread on the car because the mods are starting to become more frequent, and I'm going to try my best to keep track of everything I do with the car.
      So without further ado, here is the story of my MK3:

      Back in 2002, my parents were shopping for a car, and they ended up picking up yet another VW, this time a 1996 Jetta Gl. For many, many years this car, along with my moms MK2 were the two dailies and only cars of the household, up until about six years ago when my dad got himself a 98 Jaguar for his 50th birthday present. The MK2 then started getting a little more rest, and the Jetta got kicked out of the garage, and the driveway became its new parking spot. A few years later the transmission in the Jaguar takes another sh!t and the car has been sitting since then, leaving the MK2 and the MK3 the sole dalies again. Fast forward another few years, and my parents decide that the MK3 Jetta is becoming a bit too old and worn to remain as a reliable daily, so they start shopping for another car, buy a MK5 Jetta, and the MK3 Jetta sits and my parents start to let it sit go to sh!t.

      So about three years ago my parents start talking about donating the car and just giving it away so they can get rid of it. So I bring up the fact that I'm gonna start driving soon, and i'll need a car for High School. They think it over for a while and decide that I can have the car if I pay for all the repairs to get it back to daily driver condition, and pay for whatever else the car needs after that. (Insurance, repairs, etc.) So I got the car back to DD condition, and drove the car for a couple of years not really modifying it at all just doing a lot of maintenance when stuff broke. Which it seemed to do much too often for my liking. However, the car hasnt broken in a while and more mods have started coming in, so I figured maybe I should start tracking my progress.


      My Ownership Timeline:

      The original window sticker
      OG Papers by MK3 LUV, on Flickr
      Some of it is smudged, and I need to get a better quality picture, but I'm still glad I have it.

      Stock as it gets:
      My Jetta by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      The ignition coil then decided to stop working on me
      Ignition Coil by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      The car got a new coil, along with its 40K mile service (plugs, wires, etc.) but when I went to pick the car up the alarm was engaged, and wouldnt turn off. So I had them put new door latches in, and after a month of no car, I finally got it back!

      Went straight from picking the car up to go and get new tires put on, I was actually paying attention to what they were doing to my car until this pulled in
      12C In Front by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      The car was good for about another five months, until this happened yet again
      Timing Belt(?) Tow by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      (Horrible picture but you get the idea of what happened)
      Slipped Timing Belt by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      Turns out that the lower crank pulley bolt had backed out, causing the pulley to come off, which then caused the timing belt to slip off. When I was driving and the belt came off I had actually driven the car about a block with the motor still running, and everything was still good after the car was put back together, not even a single bent valve or anything! Still wish I had thought to turn the motor off after the belt came off, but now i'll know what to do if it ever happens to me again I guess.

      Got the car back a couple weeks later, everything back the way it should be
      DSCF3937 by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      That brings the car about up to date on everything that happened maintenance-wise, so I guess now on to the much shorter and far less exciting modification part of the 'build'

      Heres a picture of the dirty, stock engine bay, it has since had a couple of small changes here and there
      Stock bay by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      About a year ago now I had a friend help me update my stereo some, I put in a new Kenwood headunit, Kenwood rear speakers, two 12' Kickers, a Kicker amplifier, and a Capacitor. (never again will I put a bunch of bass in a car without the proper speakers and sound deadening to support it)
      The least embarrassing photo I have to show the subs
      Tidied Up Wiring by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      My friend Ty sent me some GLX taillights, I later de-ambered them and put in new bulbs and foam gaskets
      De Ambered GLX Tails by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      Then I swapped the 90a alternator out for a 120a one
      Untitled by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      Then I picked up a cheap set of wheels off craigslist I was planning to run in hopes of a bigger front brake setup, but I later bought another set of wheels I am far more excited about running once I get the proper tires and adapters for them
      Untitled by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      Ended up picking up the Jeep wheels the same night that these showed up
      Coils Arrived by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      A couple of months later I finally bought the coil install kit from ECS, so then this happened
      Untitled by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      Had a few issues with getting the coils in and everything in properly, but a few days of work with a few setbacks mixed in here and there, and everything is worked out now

      Did some late night craigslist browsing and I ended up with this
      Untitled by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      Most likely just going to let the fender sit for a while until I have a few more parts that I can all send off to paint at once to help keep costs down a bit

      So there is the history of my car, sorry it's so long, I doubt a lot of you will actually read the whole thing, but I hope you guys enjoyed it!

      Thanks to: TheTynosaur, mk4max, CabbieVR6, KawahBunga, MK3.OT, and anyone else who has helped me that I cant think of at the moment. The car wouldnt be where it is today without your help, and I thank each and every one of you for that.
      Last edited by MK3 LUV; 07-22-2015 at 02:40 PM.

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      01-27-2015 11:02 PM #2
      Mod List:

      Engine/Drivetrain:
      Swiss Cheesed Airbox
      Washer Resi Delete
      Magnetic Oil Drain Plug

      Exterior:
      GLX Taillights (De Ambered)
      Debadged
      Rain-X'ed Windshield
      Driver Side Bosch Icon Wiper Blade
      New Door Lock Cylinders
      Door handle 'spacers'
      Ecodes
      GLX Drivers Fender in the works
      Painted Mirror caps in the works

      Interior:
      MKIV Shift Knob
      Non OEM Rear Mats
      Replaced Seat Sliders/ Bushings

      Audio:
      Kenwood BTC555-U Headunit
      2 Kenwood Speakers
      2 600W 12' Kicker Comp S'
      Kicker Amplifier
      Capacitor

      Wheels/Suspension/Brakes:
      14x6 OEM Steelies w/ 185/55 Yokohama S.Drives
      CX Racing Coils 'Drift' 10K/8K spring rates
      Last edited by MK3 LUV; 08-25-2015 at 08:38 PM.

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      01-27-2015 11:04 PM #3
      Recent Maintenance:

      Timing belt replaced on 06/19/14 @ 159,607mi
      SYLVANIA 9004 Headlight Bulbs installed 02/24/15
      Replaced Oil Pan 04/10/15
      Replaced Oil Pan Gasket 04/10/15
      Replaced Oil Cooler Seal 04/10/15
      Replaced Seat Sliders 05/01/15
      Installed Oil Pan Baffle 05/06/15
      Replaced Oil Pump 05/06/15 @163,404mi
      Replaced Oil Pump Baffle 05/06/15
      Replaced 1.8bar Oil Pressure Sensor 05/11/15
      Replaced PCV System 05/11/15
      Replaced .25bar Oil Pressure Sensor 05/22/15
      Installed TT 266* Cam 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Installed TT HD Valve Springs 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Replaced Lifters 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Installed Supertech Valves 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Cleaned/ Machined Head 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Replaced Timing Belt 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Replaced Waterpump 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Replaced NGK Spark Plugs 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Installed 71C Low Temp Thermostat 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Replaced Tensioner Roller 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Replaced Head Gasket 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Replaced Head Bolts 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Coolant Flush w/ G12 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Replaced Rear Wheel Bearings 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Replaced Parking Brake Cables 06/27/15 @163,408mi
      Installed HD Upper Strut Mounts 07/06/15
      Installed H&R Front Coilovers 07/06/15
      Installed LED Rear Amb/er Turn Signals 07/11/15
      Installed DjAuto Ecodes 08/25/15


      *Disclaimer* All mileage listed is the current mileage shown on the cluster, not the miles actually on the motor.
      Last edited by MK3 LUV; 08-25-2015 at 08:39 PM.

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      01-27-2015 11:05 PM #4
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      01-27-2015 11:11 PM #6
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      01-28-2015 01:48 PM #8
      I think I started a trend... I've seen two or three of these threads pop up. And I love it. We don't see enough of these types of threads for MK3s anymore.

      Hopefully this just makes us all work harder and starts a new renaissance here in the MK3 world
      2.0T... it's back!
      Don't call it a build thread

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      01-29-2015 04:49 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by taymk2 View Post
      Thanks man

      Quote Originally Posted by nfx View Post
      I think I started a trend... I've seen two or three of these threads pop up. And I love it. We don't see enough of these types of threads for MK3s anymore.

      Hopefully this just makes us all work harder and starts a new renaissance here in the MK3 world
      I've always planned on starting a thread, so I figured why not do it now since i'm starting to mod the car more so now I'll be able to keep track of everything a lot easier

      and hopefully one day my car will be clean like yours, you've done quite a few of the mods i'm planning, so your car is a pretty big inspiration for mine

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      01-29-2015 10:25 PM #10
      you should rustproof it and keep that forever bc damn that is a nice car
      You really can't beat German engineering

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      01-29-2015 11:29 PM #11
      Interested to see the reserved spots fill up with some solid mk3 content.

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      01-29-2015 11:50 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by colinc1444 View Post
      you should rustproof it and keep that forever bc damn that is a nice car
      Thanks man, and it's a Texas car now, so it wont need much rustproofing

      Quote Originally Posted by Insan3Vr6 View Post
      Interested to see the reserved spots fill up with some solid mk3 content.
      I'm hoping for the same haha, big plans but they might take a while to pan out. But we'll see what the future brings

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      01-30-2015 12:12 AM #13
      I think those 185/55/14's look pretty darn nice compared to the stock balloons.
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      01-30-2015 12:25 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by My Big View Post
      I think those 185/55/14's look pretty darn nice compared to the stock balloons.
      I love how they fit, and they grip a hell of a lot better, too

      edit: I also have better pictures of the fitment if anyone needs/ wants me to post them
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      01-30-2015 07:49 AM #15
      love where this is going. Keep it up.
      Can't wait to see the Jeep wheels on.
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      01-31-2015 12:28 PM #16
      Good to see a thread for it man! Cool that it's been in your family for so long too
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      02-01-2015 01:01 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by MK3 LUV View Post
      I love how they fit, and they grip a hell of a lot better, too

      edit: I also have better pictures of the fitment if anyone needs/ wants me to post them
      Go for it, I need a new set of 4x100 beater wheels and I really like that tire size in the pics!
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      02-01-2015 02:21 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by My Big View Post
      Go for it, I need a new set of 4x100 beater wheels and I really like that tire size in the pics!
      I tried copying and pasting from my phone, if it doesnt work, i'll fix it tomorrow

      Quote Originally Posted by MK3 LUV View Post

      185/55/14 by MK3 LUV, on Flickr


      185/55/14 14x6 by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      I have a couple of other pics as well, but these had the best lighting

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      02-01-2015 10:18 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by MK3 LUV View Post
      I tried copying and pasting from my phone, if it doesnt work, i'll fix it tomorrow
      Wow, those look a TON better than the stock size. I'll be getting a set of those. Do you like the S-drives? I have them in 195/50r15 and I like them.
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      02-02-2015 12:11 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by GTIKole. View Post
      love where this is going. Keep it up.
      Can't wait to see the Jeep wheels on.
      Quote Originally Posted by crestfallen View Post
      Good to see a thread for it man! Cool that it's been in your family for so long too
      Thanks guys!

      Quote Originally Posted by My Big View Post
      Wow, those look a TON better than the stock size. I'll be getting a set of those. Do you like the S-drives? I have them in 195/50r15 and I like them.
      I like them a lot, but I also dont have anything else to compare them to though because theyre the first set of performance tires i've owned. I chose them because they were they only summer/ performance tire available in 14's, and when I got them put on, the guy actually was telling me that theyre discontinued, now I have no idea how credible he was, but that was a year ago, so good luck in your search

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      02-07-2015 04:23 PM #21
      you should get a picture of the MK4 knob you got for free
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      02-13-2015 02:54 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by TheTynosaur View Post
      you should get a picture of the MK4 knob you got for free
      disregard my dirty interior and weak attempt at a shift boot


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      02-13-2015 03:26 AM #23
      Update ish.

      Got the car aligned today

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      Untitled by MK3 LUV, on Flickr

      and got a complimentary wash as well

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      First time the car has been clean in months
      Last edited by MK3 LUV; 03-15-2015 at 02:53 PM.

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      02-13-2015 07:06 AM #24
      Sweet It's exciting to see a sequoia green car together
      2.0T... it's back!
      Don't call it a build thread

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      02-13-2015 08:38 AM #25
      I always really like seeing lowered jettas on hubcaps. That was my winter set up for years and I think I like it more than summer wheels

      keep up the progress
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