Well, the time has come to begin my next project. The subject car is a 1990 GTI 8V. The car was left abandoned for over a year and was headed for the scrapper when I got it. Although an A2 GTI is hardly a rare car, their status as a cult car makes them ideal for restoration, even if this car is only 13 years old.
This project will be chronicled here as a guide for others interested in restoring their VWs. I'll break the project into 4 phases, each with its own "sticky thread". When the car is finished it will be a Vortex feature car, but you'll have access to the buildup here as it progresses.
Some notes of interest; this restoration will fall into the category of a "custom/restoration". In other words, I'm not putting it back 100% the way it came from the factory. But the overall scope of the project is more restoration than customization. I won't be doing any of the typical A2 "showcar" mods (Audi door handles, badgeless grilles, etc.) Instead, I will attempt to rebuild the car with only mild modifications that were common at the time the car was new (Euro bumpers and lights, etc). The goal is to essentialy have a "brand new" 1990 GTI.
So with that in mind, let me introduce you to the subject:
More pictures will follow very shortly. Phase I will deal with the assessment and disassembly of the car. Keep an eye out for more soon