A/b: 1990 Jetta GLI

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Next up, and winner of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: hunter90gli1.8t

Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: I’ve owned it for about 5 years.

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

A: The guy who owned it before me sold it because he wanted a Chevy Cavalier.

Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase?

A: Because I like the space and color of the Jetta.

Q: What other cars did you consider?

A: A Volvo 240 turbo.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: I wanted to make it a fast but still able to be a daily driver.

Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?

A: OEM+ and Euro.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: My whole family Helped me, along with Momentum Tuning and the Auto Firme.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: It’s the only 4-door Jetta GLI in Calypso Green with a full 2001 1.8T motor and drivetrain I have ever seen.

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

A: The power the car has on the highway.

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

A: My father.

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

A: I don’t like the 4-inch speakers in the dash.

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

A: Finding a reasonably priced motor.

Q: How did you overcome the issue?

A: My girlfriend had just gotten a 2001 GTI 1.8T. The car was mint and only had 23,000 miles on it. She drove the car for about 2 months until getting rear ended. I bought the totaled car for 1,500 dollars and took the car down to Momentum Tuning. They took out the motor, tranny and everything else needed. Then I sold the rest for 1,500 dollars. So in the end I got the motor for free.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: I would have smoothed the engine bay before putting the motor in.

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

A: I’d say a 7 or 8.

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

A: I would strip the car down to nothing and make it look like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

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

A: My friend, Erik.

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

A: They love it and can’t get over how fast it is.

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

A: I did a big smoke show right in front of an undercover cop.

Q: Has this car competed in any events?

A: No, I just had it finished.

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

A: The back roads around my house.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: Give the car a good bath and just go and drive.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: My father, my girlfriend, and I.

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

A: Squash.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: A 1974 Mini Cooper.

Q: What is your next project?

A: A 1974 Mini Cooper.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Surprising.

Owner Information:

Name- Hunter Barton

Address- Millbrook NY

E-mail- hunterbarton@hotmail.com

Username in VWvortex Forums- hunter90gli1.8t

Occupation- student

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1990

Make- Volkswagen

Model- Jetta GLI

Mileage- 180,000

Original Color- Calypso Green

Current Color- Calypso Green

Engine- 2001 1.8T

Engine Modifications- Dahlback Racing stage 1 chip (with immobilizer removed), Evolution Motorsports front mount intercooler, Dahlback Racing diverter valve, custom intake, 225 total horsepower

Exhaust Modifications- 2.5” Tectonics down pipe, Tectonics 2.25” exhaust (resonator only)

Transmission Modifications- Stock 2001 1.8T 5-speed trans with Sachs clutch and B&M short throw shifter

Suspension Modifications- Koni adjustable struts with VR6 upper bearings, Eibach 2” lowering springs

Brake Modifications- None

Wheels and Tires- stock BBS with Khumo Ecsta 205/50-15 tires

Exterior/Body Modifications- Big bumper kit with US-spec VR6 chin spoiler, Hella smoked blinkers

Interior Modifications- None

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Kenwood head unit, Cerwin Vega 6×9 (rear), Infinity Kappa 4” (front), Kenwood 250 watt amp for speakers, Alpine 350 watt amp for subs (Infinity Kappa 12”)

Thanks/Props- Kristin, Bopper, Mike, my dad, my grandfather and my friends

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