Hey all, thought I'd start a thread on my 99 now that I actually have some time to work on it.
To start the story on the blue car though, I need to flash back to the beginning of my red daily. It started a couple years ago when I needed a reliable daily to drag me back and forth to college. I came across this beat (really beat!) rusty jetta for $400, got it home and discovered it had a really nice set of Bilstein Pss9's on it, threw a low mile obd1 aba in it, patched (the cheap/wrong way with pop rivets ) and drove it. I met one of the cars previous owners, who had pulled it from a junkyard a few years before me (scrapped for rust, go figure) and found out that the car had pretty high mileage. Over a few years it started to fall together as a somewhat cool daily, wheels, racks, a few cool oem parts, and some aftermarket goodies. So, with all of the stuff falling together on it, and still very little money in it I had a pretty cool car. Then it finally decided it wanted to be a real mk3 (as it turned over 300k on the body) and it Really started to rust. So, left with a lot of cool parts on a rapidly dying shell, I began looking for another one to take its place. A year went by looking at local (West Virginia) cars, some in P.A., and some in Ohio. I couldn't find one in decent shape that was a cool optioned car, and basically gave up hope of getting one close to home. I started surfing craigslist listings for V.A., and one night came across a 99 Windsor Gl, with black interior, every power option, keyless entry, and working A/C and cruise control just outside of Richmond. It also has records of all maintenance for the last few years (timing belt, water pump, tune ups... all done at the dealership) I called the next morning, and after talking to the owner, headed south to get it.
So here's where the story goes downhill. I bought it at night (I know, I know... I still kick myself) and didn't catch everything wrong with it. The sunroof drains were apparently plugged, so the floor has some rust. The rockers had a few small spots starting, and there's a good sized dent in the roof. The passenger door was also caved in, but It has a straight windsor door on it now. The paint isn't great, and since I'm putting rockers in it I'm going to respray it anyways. The hood has some hail damage, but my red car has a new (ish) Oem replacement hood on it that's straight as an arrow.
So, on to the plan. I'm eventually going to do something cool with it, but for now the plan is to end up with a very solid daily, with a nice respray and No rust and a few very subtle body mods (OEM+ all the way) to swap all of my parts onto. So far, I've only started into cutting the rockers up and sourcing parts. The new rockers are laying in a box in the garage (Klokkerholm), and I have a decent pile of parts for it. It will probably be a slow progress build, and it won't be any high dollar show car, but I have the patience, time, tools, and most of the skill to make it right.
Finally, some pictures
The red daily day 1
IMG_0069 by KJHillbery, on Flickr
DSC_0131 by KJHillbery, on Flickr
DSC_0703 by KJHillbery, on Flickr
DSC_0063 by KJHillbery, on Flickr
The steel blue parts car (R.I.P.)
IMG_0399 by KJHillbery, on Flickr
And my 99.
1472751_574659629287444_1525758884_n by KJHillbery, on Flickr
And the progress so far. (Remember, it's still better than the one I'm driving , and the towers are perfect. The rot only comes from having clogged drains and sitting outside for 15 years)
Passenger side (worst side)
IMG_0118 by KJHillbery, on Flickr
IMG_0119 by KJHillbery, on Flickr
IMG_0121 by KJHillbery, on Flickr
Drivers side (better but still not the best)
IMG_0122 by KJHillbery, on Flickr
IMG_0123 by KJHillbery, on Flickr
And the non-dented door.
IMG_0125 by KJHillbery, on Flickr
So, thanks for looking, and thanks for all the motivation in the mk3 picture thread