Years ago I ended up getting rid of a money pit known as a VR swapped MK2 after getting it prepped for paint only to find it lacking 80% of the metal known as the rocker panels and wheel arches. So after being able to finally have a bank account I wandered off back into the domestic world with a few LSx vehicles (C5 FRC, modded C6 Z06, and a Trailblazer SS) I ended up selling the last two to fund a house purchase (f this adulting thing...) and decided recently to get back into my 4th MK1 (but 39th car overall at 27yo. )
Found a friend of mine picked up this 1982 Rabbit from a guy after it's sat most of its life. There are the occasional rust spots such as the pencil eraser sized hole on the rear hatch allowing water to get into the car which you will see some of the damage done to the interior below, as well as a hole about the size of a matchbox car under the drivers seat. The good part is it is solid other than those areas, starts right up and drives but it is a 2 door, non sunroof car with only 97k miles and an FN trans; because of these solid points I decided against my best interest and bought it.
What I need to do:
-Replace leaking hoses going to Injector Pump
-Go over the braking system (Vacuum pump needs to be rebuilt)
-scrub the interior and remove the mold/mildew.
-Replace the wheels/tires with something safe to drive on when the time comes.
-Window Seals/Scrapers need to be replaced as they are basically non-existent.
-Possibly replace all light fixtures with replacements.
The water leak really messed up the interior so I may end up unfortunately not being able to save some things and may have to throw out the back seat and the seat belt buckles that are bolted to the rear floor pan.
Here are some of the pictures I took of it from when it was dropped off and while I was cleaning some things up today.
After getting dropped off:
Needs a cleaning up:
Here is what you can see is over about 80% of the dashboard, hopefully some of my Adams Polishing cleaners can get this stuff off but does anyone recommend a product that will get it back to being clean without ruining the color/material?
This is a 50/50 shot of what I did some work on today before it got dark/cold, hoping the spare well can be salvaged but I will have to take some time and clean it up some more, that is the only 'rust' in the rear of the car aside from the tiny hole in the hatch. I removed the Original spare tire from there as well which will more than likely be scrubbed down and put back in place. I removed the old carpet/wood cover that went over this area but that will be going to the dump as it is rotted out and the carpet is ruined.
Looks like it'll be a fun time, once it warms up I'll be able to dedicate more time to it but unfortunately I can't get too in-depth due to not having a garage to work on it. I can't promise this will get frequent updates due to my work schedule as well.
Hoping to have it be running/driving/stopping and registered well before MK1 Madness 2016.
Thanks for looking, any tips/pointers or sharing knowledge is more than welcome.