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:
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."
Great story, and good to see the car being saved.
Will be on the lookout for updates.
2018 Golf R - mine, mine, all mine.
2017 Golf Alltrack SEL+Tech - Son #1. In a galaxy far, far away
2014 Dodge Durango Limited AWD - Wife's
2004 Acura TSX - Son #2. The sax-mobile
1967 Chevrolet Corvette - I promise to get this car back on the road in 2018....
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.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
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.
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.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
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.
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.
2018 Golf R , '96 993
past:2004 Passat 4Mo, 1.8T, stick
'96 Audi S6, forced to sell, F. U. nh emissions
'87 VW Quantum syncro wagon, got me into quattro,
'85 GTI, 17 yrs , 280k miles, '75 Nova (first car)
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:
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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.
^ 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".