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    1. Senior Member UncleJB's Avatar
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      03-11-2019 10:44 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Chockomon View Post
      Nice save!

      If you want to replace the beat up wheels, I've got a set of 13" steel wheels in my garage you can have!
      Or if you want to look like a baller on some huge 14's I have a nice set of Le Castelletes (sp?) I would sell you.

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      03-11-2019 10:59 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by wb4yye View Post
      Question. As I recall the standard engines on the '85 Golfs were diesel. I worked at an Audi dealership at the time. Is this a senior moment or was that the case?
      The diesel engine was the least expensive model of the Golf in '85-'86. It was more decontented than the gas engine Golf, with skinnier tires, no tachometer, only a driver's side exterior mirror, and only a "mini-console" instead of a full center console.

      This old-school web site has very comprehensive information on the original features, specs, and prices of Mk2 (or what we used to call "A2") VWs:

      http://www.a2resource.com/
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      03-11-2019 11:22 AM #28
      Awesome! I don't think it would've been hard for her to sell that for $500 (probably half the people in this thread would buy it including myself ) but it sounds like she trusted you and that was worth more than the cash.

      I'm having fun imagining a VR6 swap and a down-to-metal respray in a dark blue that does the OEM paint justice, but is just a bit more "electric."

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      03-11-2019 11:26 AM #29
      Great story, and good to see the car being saved.

      Will be on the lookout for updates.

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      03-11-2019 11:32 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      You're not wrong, and it was a Holley!
      Pretty sure mine was a Solex.

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      03-11-2019 12:03 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
      Pretty sure mine was a Solex.
      Really? The microfiche stated it was a Holley. (I'm an old parts guy).
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      03-11-2019 12:56 PM #32
      I'm pretty sure … it was 35 years ago, though.

      I get some pictures that look familiar if I search 1983 Rabbit Solex and click on images or the ebay listings for some that are at salvage places. The Solex 34 PICT something-or-other sounds fuzzily familiar.

      Wonder if there were more than one. Like lots more. This says Carter-Weber: https://www.ebay.com/itm/VW-Rabbit-8...sAAOSwXeJYGcom.

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      03-11-2019 02:29 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
      I'm pretty sure … it was 35 years ago, though.

      I get some pictures that look familiar if I search 1983 Rabbit Solex and click on images or the ebay listings for some that are at salvage places. The Solex 34 PICT something-or-other sounds fuzzily familiar.

      Wonder if there were more than one. Like lots more. This says Carter-Weber: https://www.ebay.com/itm/VW-Rabbit-8...sAAOSwXeJYGcom.
      you didn't have to say that part, did you?

      You're right, yours was a Solex. The Holley was rare, and after some searching I think it was circa 1981 on the 1.7. I haven't been able to confirm that. (and deny it's a failing memory!)
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      03-14-2019 09:27 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      Sounds like you have a good plan. Also love that I am not the only one storing stuff on my Cabbys soft top.
      ^ Yeah, the top is pretty shot already. I'm still careful though, wouldn't want to scratch the dashboards!

      Quote Originally Posted by Chockomon View Post
      Nice save!

      If you want to replace the beat up wheels, I've got a set of 13" steel wheels in my garage you can have!
      I might take you up on that, where are you located?

      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      Or if you want to look like a baller on some huge 14's I have a nice set of Le Castelletes (sp?) I would sell you.
      I LOVE Castelettes, and had a clean set years ago I wish I hadn't sold... Oddly enough though, I'm not sure I like them on Mk2's as much as Mk1's...

      Quote Originally Posted by ghost03 View Post
      Awesome! I don't think it would've been hard for her to sell that for $500 (probably half the people in this thread would buy it including myself ) but it sounds like she trusted you and that was worth more than the cash.

      I'm having fun imagining a VR6 swap and a down-to-metal respray in a dark blue that does the OEM paint justice, but is just a bit more "electric."
      She mentioned other people were interested over the years, but my note stuck out for some reason... I'm glad I got it now and not ten years ago though, I don't have as much time to wrench so I tend to plan things out better instead of tearing everything apart, getting overwhelmed and losing interest...

      I have been daydreaming about the car a lot. I'd love to do a quality respray in a dark blue. LE5N "Dark Blue Metallic" seems to hit the spot.

      I'd really love the sound and power of a VR6 swap, but I'm also cheap and enjoy having a good handling car as well. I don't think a VR would work out for me.

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      03-15-2019 04:55 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post

      I'd really love the sound and power of a VR6 swap, but I'm also cheap and enjoy having a good handling car as well. I don't think a VR would work out for me.
      Could always go 16v or 2.0. Both sound pretty darn good with a nice TT catback. Of course nothing sounds as good as a VR.

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      03-15-2019 05:01 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      I'd really love the sound and power of a VR6 swap, but I'm also cheap and enjoy having a good handling car as well. I don't think a VR would work out for me.
      Quote Originally Posted by UncleJB View Post
      Could always go 16v or 2.0. Both sound pretty darn good with a nice TT catback. Of course nothing sounds as good as a VR.

      As much as I love the sound of a VR6 there's no way I'd want one in a lightweight MkII. They already made the MkIII way too nose heavy. I loved my MkIII, but it was a far better freeway car than autocrosser.


      The MkII 16V with matching 5-speed is where I'd go. The close ratio gears were perfectly matched in my 2.0 GLI and I really miss that feeling of upshifting and being right in the middle of the power band.
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      03-15-2019 05:20 PM #37
      That makes two TCL'ers now that had cars given to them if they promised to fix them up.

      Great story, can't wait to see your progress.
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      03-15-2019 05:33 PM #38
      Nice story!

      I fell in love with an '86 base Golf in dark blue back ~2005. I drove by it on a weekly basis and finally ran into the owner one day at the grocery store, but he had no intentions of selling. At the time, I had a ratty '91 4 door that we swapped an ABA into and slapped H&R coilovers on it. It was a ton of fun and made me want a clean example.

      Fast forward a few years and I found an original sub 10,000 mile '87 16v. My dumb ass sold it a few years later to put Mommy to be in a safer car.

      Enjoy it.

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      03-15-2019 09:04 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by craig20v View Post
      Nice story!

      I fell in love with an '86 base Golf in dark blue back ~2005. I drove by it on a weekly basis and finally ran into the owner one day at the grocery store, but he had no intentions of selling. At the time, I had a ratty '91 4 door that we swapped an ABA into and slapped H&R coilovers on it. It was a ton of fun and made me want a clean example.

      Fast forward a few years and I found an original sub 10,000 mile '87 16v. My dumb ass sold it a few years later to put Mommy to be in a safer car.

      Enjoy it.
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      03-16-2019 08:44 AM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      I'd really love the sound and power of a VR6 swap, but I'm also cheap and enjoy having a good handling car as well. I don't think a VR would work out for me.
      This is just sitting in the middle of my shop right now, *in the way* ahem ahem


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      03-16-2019 12:38 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      This is just sitting in the middle of my shop right now, *in the way* ahem ahem

      That would be fun to throw on a stand and clean up while you drive the 8v until its ready. Heck I am kind of tempted, especially after the Camissa Cabby video.

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      03-16-2019 01:24 PM #42
      On my old '85 GTI , I loved the ABA shortblock swap I did. Especially with the stock head that was ported & polished with a Schrick 272. Nice lumpy idle with TT exhaust.
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      03-16-2019 11:02 PM #43
      You’ll need the trans to go with that. Gear spacing is perfect on a stock setup!


      Edit: Okay, that’s a want, not a need.
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      Yesterday 07:57 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      This is just sitting in the middle of my shop right now, *in the way* ahem ahem

      As tempting as that is, I've never gotten into 16v motors (more expensive to maintain & upgrade). I also have two 2.0L 8v motors sitting in my garage...

      The weather was OK this weekend, so I finally got to spend some time on the car:

      First a quick pressure wash:


      Then I tried to figure out why there's no fuel getting to the distributor. I can get the in-tank pump to flow fuel into the pump housing (leaking part in picture), but when I disconnected the fuel filter (both sides) I am not getting fuel to flow up to the filter. This leads me to believe the main pump is either clogged up or non-functional...

      I have a lead on a Weber 32/36 setup and am about to tear all the CIS stuff off if I find the main pump is done-for.



      I also threw on a dirty set of BMW Bottlecaps to elevate the appearance a bit:


      And lastly, I bought this front brake setup last week... I assumed it was 10.1" vented discs which would be an upgrade over the solid 9.4" on the car now. However, upon closer inspection they are actually 11" discs, and there's solid heim joint type bushings at the rear:



      Last edited by Jettaboy1884; Yesterday at 11:37 AM.

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      What a great story. In for more

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      Yesterday 08:49 AM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      As tempting as that is, I've never gotten into 16v motors (more expensive to maintain & upgrade). I also have two 2.0L motors sitting in my garage...
      I don’t blame you. Despite the fact that it’s a healthy motor (came in the car when I bought it) I’m not a fan of maintaining CIS either, and a VR6 is going in its place primarily for reliability reasons.

      Solid progress on your car! My car also came with solid control arm bushings, can’t wait to see how they feel on the track.

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      Yesterday 09:02 AM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      As tempting as that is, I've never gotten into 16v motors (more expensive to maintain & upgrade).
      I have never had good luck with 16v motors. I've had 4 of them and the only one that wasn't junk was the one that had a complete rebuild as soon as I got it. I'd be happy to never own another one.

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      Yesterday 05:48 PM #48
      ^ Yeah, the 16v motors never really appealed to me, and nowadays being CIS based doesn't help.

      While I was pulling up the carpet the other day to get to the tank fuel pump, I found an original bottle of (rock solid) Autobahn touch-up paint. So in case there was any doubt, the car was in-fact LE5C "Deep Cosmic Blue".


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      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      ^ Yeah, the 16v motors never really appealed to me, and nowadays being CIS based doesn't help.
      ABA swap FTW! No more CIS crap to deal with
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