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    1. Moderator silverspeedbuggy's Avatar
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      05-24-2015 11:12 AM #1
      This car fell in my lap.
      - 1989: the owner originally thought it was an 87, but it's actually an 89.
      - 1 owner (he's 92 and still active!)
      - 67000 miles
      - a/c (still works!)
      - all original
      - MINT interior

      The minor bad stuff:
      - some surface rust on lower half of doors
      - soft brake pedal
      - dead battery (already charged it and got the car running this morning)
      - missing three things: a wheel trim ring, a sunroof, and a clutch. Yeah: it's an automatic.

      I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this car. It's a blank slate, so I'm thinking a very slight drop, maybe some 12 holes or Castellets or I'd LOVE a set of 1552 Snowflakes if I can find them (and afford them).

      Running project total as of 6/22/15: ~$700.
      - $450 purchase price
      - $103 tow
      - $19 temp tag
      - $78 parts/fluids
      - ~$50 in add'l fluids and such









      Last edited by silverspeedbuggy; 06-22-2015 at 02:44 PM.

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      05-24-2015 11:19 AM #2
      Last edited by silverspeedbuggy; 05-24-2015 at 10:41 PM.

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      05-24-2015 06:33 PM #3
      That's a gorgeous mk2 you have there. And $450, with only 67k? That's a steal! Completely stock and minty mk2s are a treat, its such a blank slate to start from. Congrats on the purchase, and I can't wait to see what this thing becomes!
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      05-24-2015 10:21 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by PolarSilverJetta View Post
      That's a gorgeous mk2 you have there. And $450, with only 67k? That's a steal! Completely stock and minty mk2s are a treat, its such a blank slate to start from. Congrats on the purchase, and I can't wait to see what this thing becomes!
      Thanks! I'm trying to decide which direction to take it in: resto-mod, OEM+, or retro-hood-ridey look. First off I have to get a couple of things sorted out. Brake pedal is very soft. I tried bleeding the brakes and this happened on the first wheel:

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      05-24-2015 10:26 PM #5
      Picked up some stuff at the local Autozone. From the post above my attempts to bleed the brakes did not go so well.

      Running project total:
      Car: $450
      Tow: $103
      Brake bleeder and muffler weld: $14
      Dot 4 fluid, Back to Black, fuel system cleaner: $36
      Total: $603

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      05-24-2015 10:34 PM #6
      Some more pics:










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      After a little TLC:





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      05-25-2015 12:27 AM #7
      I love it.

      That's definitely an '88 though.
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      05-25-2015 03:24 AM #8
      Oh man, that is sweet!!
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      05-25-2015 10:22 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by s-rocc View Post
      I love it.

      That's definitely an '88 though.
      HOLY CARP! I just checked the title; it IS NOT a 1987! The seller told me it was an 87 and I just took his word for it. The original owner purchased it on January 19, 1989. I checked the doorjamb and the build date is 8/88. So is it an 88 or an 89? I'm assuming it's an 88, but I know build dates don't always reflect the model year of the car.

      EDIT: It's a 1989. I took five extra seconds to really look at the title and it states it's a 1989. I also verified with the A2 resource and my car has the illuminated passenger vanity mirror. I have to check for the height adjustable driver's seat.
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      05-25-2015 10:46 AM #10
      Found out a couple of other things:
      1. My car was built in Germany
      2. The original owner bought it 5 days after my 15th birthday. Nerdy, but fun.

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      05-25-2015 12:15 PM #11
      I have at least one of those wheel trim rings, yours for the price of shipping pm me for details

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      05-25-2015 06:57 PM #12
      Did some more detailing today. Minus the rust spots on the exterior, I'm floored by the condition of this car!





      This car had the ski sack, but apparently it was removed.
















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      05-25-2015 09:53 PM #13
      Wow,what a time capsule.

      Another true enthusiast recommended Kiwi Black shoe polish for the bumpers. I have tried about three other products but they all dry and fade in a matter of weeks. I will try the polish next go around.

      That interior is mint. If I were you I would OEM+ it, but keep all the original items. Some rims to dress it up, maybe a set of sport springs (nothing major) and keep everything original. Anything you alter could devalue the car. 100% stock, low mileage are worth 2x-3x projects.

      The same guy who recommended the polish has an ~87 in OEM+ and was considering selling it for ~$7500, and he could get it.
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      05-25-2015 11:25 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by nbvwfan View Post
      Wow,what a time capsule.

      Another true enthusiast recommended Kiwi Black shoe polish for the bumpers. I have tried about three other products but they all dry and fade in a matter of weeks. I will try the polish next go around.

      That interior is mint. If I were you I would OEM+ it, but keep all the original items. Some rims to dress it up, maybe a set of sport springs (nothing major) and keep everything original. Anything you alter could devalue the car. 100% stock, low mileage are worth 2x-3x projects.

      The same guy who recommended the polish has an ~87 in OEM+ and was considering selling it for ~$7500, and he could get it.
      Do what makes you enjoy it more. But realize you found a real piece of history.

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      Thanks man. I'm definitely leaning OEM+. Some 14" or 15" wheels with a slight suspension drop. Much like my Scirocco 16V, this car deserves to be honored and not bastardized. That may be a harsh word, but I definitely won't put it on bags, or throw on some 17" or 18" wheels. Just keep it clean and classy.

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      05-27-2015 01:11 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by silverspeedbuggy View Post
      Thanks man. I'm definitely leaning OEM+. Some 14" or 15" wheels with a slight suspension drop. Much like my Scirocco 16V, this car deserves to be honored and not bastardized. That may be a harsh word, but I definitely won't put it on bags, or throw on some 17" or 18" wheels. Just keep it clean and classy.

      You sir, have class
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      05-27-2015 01:46 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by silverspeedbuggy View Post
      Thanks man. I'm definitely leaning OEM+. Some 14" or 15" wheels with a slight suspension drop. Much like my Scirocco 16V, this car deserves to be honored and not bastardized. That may be a harsh word, but I definitely won't put it on bags, or throw on some 17" or 18" wheels. Just keep it clean and classy.
      Just to clarify: I'm not stating that those who do this to their own cars are 'bastardizing' them. I'm stating for this car I won't be doing any of that. The condition this car is in deserves to remain close to OEM. I can and do admire bagged cars all the time, but this one should not be messed with too much.

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      05-28-2015 01:19 AM #18
      frozen in time...like most odometers of the era

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      05-28-2015 08:45 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by folkwain View Post
      frozen in time...like most odometers of the era
      My Scirocco 16V has a freely rotating odometer, but only the left most number changes. In one short drive the car can go from 935040 miles to 035040 miles.

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      05-28-2015 09:10 AM #20
      WOW thats amazing. I had a Marine Blue Jetta which was an '89. What an amazing color for a car. Good luck with it!
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      05-28-2015 05:01 PM #21
      Personally, your largest/most urgent priority should be to drop that pan on the auto transmission, throw away the fluid, carefully remove the little circular screen (no paper filters in these.....just the wire-mesh screen.....cleaned in gasoline or solvent), renew the rectangular pan gasket, and pour in about 3 quarts of new ATF.

      THEN, pull the plug on the diff and change the gear lube in the back half of that trans.

      I had one of these 010 autos in a diesel and changed the atf (1/2 of fluid is renewed) every 5,000 miles and that trans was still working fine at 435,000 miles! JUST starting to get very slightly weaker in reverse. I sure wish I had run it until it died. I wonder how long it would have gone.

      Anyway, service that trans. I think autohausaz.com still have the gasket you NEED for the pan.

      The problem with those trans were that eventually the seal between the gear lube and the atf failed......although, mine never did.

      Edit: You have to remove the little bash plate before the pan comes off. The other draw-back is the two throttle/shift cables. I don't think those are available anymore. Soooooo, you might try to find some used spares long before you need them....and, you WILL need them.

      The little wire screen will have some clutch material in it. HOW MUCH is there will tell you a fair amount of what is/has been going on in this trans. Take a picture of the dirty screen and show us. You need Mercon-Dexron non-synth.
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      05-28-2015 06:29 PM #22
      So jealous of that interior!!! Great find.

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      05-29-2015 09:00 AM #23
      Picked up temp tags from BMV today: $18.50
      Also picked up two new wheel cylinders and grease for wheel bearings: $28.50

      Running total: $650
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      Just brought my 1987 Scirocco16V home after getting a new exhaust system installed.




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