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A/b: 1979 Dasher Coupe

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Next up, and winner of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: greggearhead

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Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: For about a year

Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

A: When I bought it I thought it was running on 3 cyl, but turned out to be 2 cyl. Bought it from a grad student in Golden, CO. Oh, and it only has 61,000 miles!!!!

Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase?

A: ‘Cause its a dasher 2dr and they are cool and gettin rare.

Q: What other cars did you consider?

A: I go through cars like water through small-bladdered person, so I am always on the lookout for cool cars for projects

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: Make it cooler, make it faster.

Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as? (ex. Euro, Bling, OEMplus, street racer, auto crosser).

A: Old School Speed. Ain’t a show car, hella fun and people ask what it is.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A:Me, myself, and I.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: Kinda custom being that no “off-the-shelf-parts” are available for Dashers.

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Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?

A: The side-exit exhaust kicks ass. Loud. Too loud. I have to short shift to get out of my neighborhood. The Recaro seat and Porsche steering wheel make the driving comfy, at least. The 2.0 engine and 5 spd make it keep up with modern day cars, most of the time.

Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?

A: What I had laying around in the garage. And what was cheap. It isn’t 100% period correct, but it works, and doesn’t look like a mish-mash of styles, so I can look at it and smile.

Q: What don’t you like about this car?

A: Rust over the right rear fender lip. Of course that means I can cut out the lips and weld in Rabbit ones to widen it and fit spacers on the rear.

Q: What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?

A: Fabbing everything.

Q: How did you overcome the issue?

A: Borrowed a welder. Used a hammer. And a sawzall. Got help from the Dasher Owners Group.

Q:What would you change if you could?

A: Finish the mods – the front struts need stiffer valving.

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

A: So far, I am totally satisfied, 10! But a project is never finished, so I will actually say 8.

Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?

A: Heh. Heh. You don’t wanna give me that option. Acme adapter for a Suzuki Samurai 5 speed transmission. Rear Axle from a Toyota Corolla or similar. Tunnel clearanced. Longer rear locating links for the RWD axle on reinforced mounting plates in the floor with a better draglink/panhard rod. T3 60 trim turbo on a modded 6cyl Volvo TD manifold. Volvo/Audi Turbo CIS setup. Go drift and have fun.

Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

A: Hmm. No one. Most people have been interested because it is different.

Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?

A: Family – they shake their heads, but they always do that. Friends that are into cars give a thumbs up. Friends that aren’t into cars shake their heads. Until I give them a ride, then they laugh.

Q: What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?

A: Pitching it completely sideways several times at the DATR 2005 autocross.

Q: Has this car competed in any events?

A: The DATR 2005 Autocross

Q: Results?

A: It finished. Wasn’t last, wasn’t first. Finished ahead of some turbo- & supercharged, much newer vehicles, too.

Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?

A:Garden of the Gods, Highways 24 & 67 – twisties.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: Wake up, get in, turn the key & it starts. Drive the piss out of it.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Me.

Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?

A: I am from the 70s!!

Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?

A: Hanky, the christmas poo.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: Which one? 2.0 16V Rabbit Truck, TD Rabbit Truck, G60 Corrado, etc etc etc.

Q: What is your next project?

A:Got a couple. Rock Crawling Suzuki Samurai (possible VW powertrain), Rabbit with AWD, hi-output TD Caddy. Maybe an A3 2 dr Golf with a 2.0 16V.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Laid-back

Owner Information:

Name-Greg Dunn

Address-Colorado

E-mail-greggearhead@adelphia.net

Username in VWvortex Forums-greggearhead

Occupation-selling crap

Club Affiliations-www.edition719.com

Vehicle Information:

Year-1979

Model-Dasher 2 dr

Mileage- 61,000

Original Color-Brown

Current Color-Brown

Engine-2.0 3A Audi

Engine Modifications- Autotech 270 cam, adj cam gear, Volvo 240T control pressure regulator, holed airbox, large intake manifold & throttle body

Exhaust Modifications- Ported Dasher manifold, early Audi Fox long secondary downpipe, custom 2.5″ mandrel bent side exit exhaust (in anticipation of turbo)

Transmission Modifications-PSA Fox 5 speed

Suspension Modifications- A2 Golf 16V Front lowering springs (don’t know what brand), Monroe gas front struts, Volvo 740 sedan rear springs, modded to fit, KYB gas-a-just rear shocks

Brake Modifications-10.1″ X-drilled front rotors, Scirocco 16V calipers, Mintex redbox pads

Wheels and Tires- Street are 15 x 7 wheels with 205/50ZR BFG G-force radials. Race are 14×6 Rikens with 195/60R Goodyears

Exterior/Body Modifications- H4 headlights with yellow city lights, black painted bumpers, Audi wing-driver’s wiper arm, yellow high beams

Interior Modifications- Trophy Recaro seat on custom modified seat base, Porsche 911 3 spoke steering wheel, Dasher plaque removed and 3 gauges installed, black round plastic shift knob, funky stain in rear cargo area

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- CD player, amps, speakers, etc.

Thanks/Props- D.O.G., edition 719, Rob Kelley (use of welder)



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