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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?
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?
Name- Hunter Barton
Address- Millbrook NY
Username in VWvortex Forums- hunter90gli1.8t
Model- Jetta GLI
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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