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    1. Member Ice_ken's Avatar
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      10-06-2009 11:03 AM #1
      My name is Ken, I bought my first mk2 in 2009, at the time I was 19. This is the story of how a car became a hobby, a hobby became a passion and the passion became pure uncut love for the mk2. I currently own 2 mk2's, I bought my second one in 2013.

      This topic is about my first car;
      originally an Austrian golf gti however it moved to belgium via the netherlands.
      1987 golf mk2 gti 8valve

      I bought it in March 2009.





      It looked OK from a distance, but it had (and still has) a lot of rust.


      Then 2 months later, this happend:


      So it got stripped:



      To respray it


      all done?
      Last edited by Ice_ken; 01-12-2015 at 03:37 PM.

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      10-06-2009 11:05 AM #2
      Hard to tell in the "after" photos except for the last one, but it looks like a great job was done
      on the restoration. Great looking car!
      FASTIVUS - sponsored by VW USA and HPA! August 14th @ Auto Club Speedway - Fontana, CA

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      10-06-2009 11:07 AM #3
      white is a hard color to get a good picture off, but thank you I'll put up some better fotos, in high resolution

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      10-06-2009 01:20 PM #4
      Sharp. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      10-06-2009 07:44 PM #5
      thanx

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      11-03-2009 06:46 PM #6
      hello again everyone,
      nothing big has changed in the past months, I monstly do some maintnance on it
      -completing the interieur(small things such as plastic caps to cover bolts and stuf)
      -changed the oil filter, oil, sparkplugs, airfilter
      - fixed some electrics (dashlights, indicator, ignitionwiring)
      and so many other small things... I'm currently adding some VDO gauges...
      I will put up some new pics today

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      11-03-2009 06:49 PM #7


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      11-03-2009 10:45 PM #8
      Very nice job. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      11-06-2009 07:28 AM #9


      Last edited by Ice_ken; 01-11-2015 at 04:55 PM.

    11. 11-06-2009 09:25 AM #10
      [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      The perfect little toy... a true original small window/bumper GTI with I hope the mechanical injection 8v motor.
      I used to have one like this. I loved it so much. The throttle response is amazing in these.

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      11-06-2009 09:34 AM #11
      Quote, originally posted by Ice_ken »
      white is a hard color to get a good picture off, but thank you I'll put up some better fotos, in high resolution

      Don't I know it
      Looks real good! Like real real good! This is how cars should be done


      Modified by VDub2625 at 9:40 AM 11-6-2009
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    13. 11-06-2009 10:26 AM #12
      Lookin real nice keep up the good work [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      11-07-2009 05:18 AM #13
      thanx everyone, really means alot to me that people appreciate the work!
      @ trannycracker: It is indeed the mechanical K-jetronic 8v motor, in full original condition.
      @Vdub2625: Though the last pictures are my best so far, I'm really getting the hang of it!
      I still have some work left though.
      @Vdubadmirere1: Will do!

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      11-07-2009 05:32 AM #14
      Looking good man. Nice work [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      11-07-2009 07:37 AM #15
      cool [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Any VWs made after 92 are usually only good for drive train donors.

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      12-01-2009 06:32 AM #16
      In the beginning of the month november I did a big service on my engine, since then she's runnig a lot better. I had to fit a new alternator since the old one had died on me:




      I replaced the non-original alternator with a bosch 90A alternator OEM VW/AUDI. It got up to 13.9volts now, the regulator limits it to 14V. Tyres need to be replcaced as well, I almost ended up in the ditch twice.
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      01-05-2010 02:08 PM #17
      I haven't driven the gti since the wheather got bad(beginning of december), So I spend some time on it making it nicer.
      latest pics, waiting for the new exhaust I orderd. The old exhaust was rusty and leaking fumes.






      tailpipes
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      11-25-2010 08:38 AM #18
      it has been almost a year since I've posted an update on this forum, here's what has been done in these past 10 months:

      OEM BBS rims:



      I just couldn't stand the scratches they had:

      primer:


      color:


      New stuff, most of it is OEM vw



      overhauled the brakes(all 4 corners):
      -calipers(rebuild)
      -discs(brembo)
      -pads (ferodo ds2500)
      -nuts and bolts (OEM vw)
      -bearings (skf)

      before/after:





      some suspension work:








      new thermostat:


      engine:


      new pedalrubbers:


      that's about it for now
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      11-25-2010 08:46 AM #19
      Looks nice
      love the color and OEM look

      you should buy some nice RM wheels =)
      .:Let no man who is not a VAG owner judge the elements of my ride:.

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      11-25-2010 09:01 AM #20
      i'd love to buy some, however they're a bit overbudget

      almost forgot to show you guys these pictures:






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      11-25-2010 10:25 AM #21
      Wow, I really like the look of your car. I also really appreciate how you decided to fix it and are now making continual small improvements to it as time/budget allows with good attention to detail and quality parts. You have a really nice car there!
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      11-27-2010 07:28 AM #22
      thanks,

      work in progress:



      I'm working on a rear seat delete, and making my interieur somewhat more racy.

      updates soon
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      11-29-2010 05:45 AM #23
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      11-29-2010 06:14 AM #24
      Very clean! Nice work.

    26. 11-29-2010 07:45 AM #25
      love the oem look!

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