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    1. 04-25-2003 11:54 AM #1
      My daily driver.
      Who says that a long cold winter is a bad thing?
      No, I'm not quite done yet. Please ignore the loose wires and brown seats.




      2002 ALH + 1982 Rabbit =

      -Dave
      Last edited by MrDave; 02-16-2015 at 04:14 AM.

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    3. 04-25-2003 12:00 PM #2
      Cool, 1st one I've seen! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      04-25-2003 12:09 PM #3
      Very NICE! RabbitGTDGuy will like you much!
      Abraham
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    6. 04-25-2003 12:10 PM #4
      Awesome! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      How hard was it? Are you using drive by wire or did you convert everything to mechanical injection?

    7. 04-25-2003 12:11 PM #5
      I was waiting for this. Thanks for the post.

    8. 04-25-2003 12:12 PM #6
      freaking cool as hell [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      04-25-2003 12:14 PM #7
      I think I'd like to see what the instrument cluster looks like. Holy gauges!! AWESOME! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    10. 04-25-2003 12:22 PM #8
      Noticed the motomaster battery, same as mine
      So whereabouts from Canada you from? NWT?

    11. 04-25-2003 01:57 PM #9
      That dash is amazing!

    12. 04-25-2003 02:51 PM #10

      As for the conversion, it's full ECU, OBDII, IMMO3, DBW, MAF, cruise, and MFA.
      More pics:



      and to make things even better:

      -Dave

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      04-25-2003 03:02 PM #11
      Wow...that looks awesome. How did the engine swap go? What else do you have planned for it?
      From the outside it looks like a total sleeper, especially with that rear cap on it!
      -Tim

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      04-25-2003 03:25 PM #12
      Wow! Nice cluster!! Curious because the mileage is so low. I wasn't sure if it was even possible to zero those out. I guess anything is possible.

    15. 04-25-2003 03:33 PM #13
      HOLY FRIG!!!

    16. 04-25-2003 03:57 PM #14
      TOIGHT! LIKE A TOIGER!

      Man that is some serious work you put into it (I checked your other post in the hybrid forum). I wish I was electronically-gifted also. I'm lucky I don't electrocute myself changing the batteries in my TV remote.
      How'd you do the accelerator pedal?

    17. 04-25-2003 06:29 PM #15
      sweet! clean up that engine bay when you're done with everything and you'll have one clean, bad ass rabbit [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      04-25-2003 06:40 PM #16
      definitely something different [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] . slaps some propane in (did you consider doing it?), blow out a big puff of smoke, and bye-bye people [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      take care,
      nash

    19. 04-25-2003 06:51 PM #17
      Roughly.... what was the total cost for the swap and motor, and how much time? I've got a few friends looking at this option...

    20. 04-25-2003 10:01 PM #18
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      Roughly.... what was the total cost for the swap and motor, and how much time? I've got a few friends looking at this option...
      I have yet to sit down and total how much it really cost.
      It may sound strange, but I'm not really concerned. "Do it once, do it right,
      but don't go wild" was pretty much the way I went at it. When it's all said and done, this Rabbit is still less expensive than buying a new TDI. Heck, it's still less than buying a 1st gen TDI car with tons of miles. And tons more character.
      The killer on the project was all the little bits. I strongly recomment to anyone
      wanting to do this, is get the whole car. I just had the engine, ecu, and most of the harness. I had to get a cluster and the other 1/2 of the harness.
      The conversion would cost about the same as doing a 1.8T into a Rabbit,
      with about the same difficulty. Oddly enough though, this probably won't
      earn as much respect as if it were complete 1.8T swap, most likely because
      people don't understand what all goes in to this sort of thing, and people don't
      associate a diesel engine with performance.
      Once I throw a chip and injectors into this thing, I'll be suprising a few people.
      Maybe at that point I'll put a 1.9T badge on it. I love the prospect of 50+MPG
      while still having all the performance.
      As for miles on the odometer, (kilometers actually...) it's a brand spanking new cluster. I was tempted to roll it ahead to the truck mileage with the VAG-com (you
      can do that to a cluster with less than 100 km on it) but decided just to start at zero
      and pretend it was a new car.
      I've actually put more miles on my conversion than were originally on the engine.

      -Dave

    21. 04-25-2003 10:01 PM #19
      the pics aren't loading any more

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      04-25-2003 10:15 PM #20
      super duper pimp!!! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    23. 04-25-2003 10:22 PM #21
      Flat out slick.. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      04-26-2003 01:53 AM #22
      crazy man [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] i love it

    25. 04-26-2003 04:05 AM #23
      Holy F-ballz that is a very sweet set-up.
      -Possible Stupid Question- How hard was it to swap in the A-4 ignition?
      Thanks.
      Car is [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      and for you. Did you do the work yourself?

    26. 04-26-2003 12:34 PM #24
      wow... sweet truck man. I was hoping someone would do this swap [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Love the dash too.


      [Modified by MagicNinjaVR6, 9:35 AM 4-26-2003]

    27. 04-27-2003 11:06 PM #25
      Quote, originally posted by jokerklock &raquo;
      How hard was it to swap in the A-4 ignition?

      It's not an A4 ignition. It's an A3 ignition from a 2002 Cabrio.
      Uses the same style of sidewinder key, so you can use a switchblade key.
      Quote, originally posted by jokerklock &raquo;
      Did you do the work yourself?

      Yup. Everybody needs an expensive hobby.
      -Dave

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