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Q: How long have you owned this car?
A: I’ve had it about a year now.
Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
A: This is one of the few original GTI 16vs left that have not been modded into oblivion. I drove over six hours just to look at it, then drove it home in eight hours through the night and rain with no rear brakes and NO radio.
Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase?
A: The MkII Golf has always been a car that I had loved. When I was a kid I didn’t know what kind of car it was, but I knew I wanted that boxy thing with the four round headlights.
Q: What other cars did you consider?
A: The MkIII GTI VR6, and (gasp) Honda Civic Hatchback EG.
Q: What was your objective with this car?
A: Keep it as factory as possible, but still daily drive it, and have fun with it.
Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?
A: OEM Plus.
Q: Who helped you build this car?
A: I’ve done most of the work myself out in my parent’s garage with nothing but a scissor jack and a couple of Craftsman ratchet sets. My father has helped me a lot, as well as my other friends who drive a variety of different cars.
Q: What makes your car special?
A: “Those wheels are stock?” The reaction it gets due to it being a nearly 100% original GTI 16v 2.0.
Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?
A: The factory Recaros are nice. I love the BBS RMs, and the 16v is a fun motor (when it works).
Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
A: My own personal tastes and a combination of my favorite cars from the VW community.
Q: What don’t you like about this car?
A: CIS-E Motronic.
Q: What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?
A: Hmm….CIS-E Motronic.
Q: How did you overcome the issue?
A: I ripped it out.
Q: What would you change if you could?
A: The fact that this car came with CIS-E Motronic from the factory.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
A: Well, the “real” project has really just started, so I can’t really rate it yet.
Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?
A: 16v Turbo.
Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
A: My mom, and all of my Honda driving friends (I know you’re reading this).
Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?
A: My family seems to like that I’m so enthusiastic about the car. My friends think I’m crazy, and want me to get single rounds (it’s not happening).
Q: What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?
A: It wouldn’t start after coming out of a restaurant one night. Literally after beating on the air plate, it finally started. I can also never forget that night where the throttle cable broke, and I had to get under the dash and reconnect the cable to the pedal every ten minutes.
Q: Has this car competed in any events?
A: Not yet – H20, maybe.
Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?
A: Harford Road (MD locals will understand).
Q: What is your ideal day with this car?
A: Any day that it’s running, and it’s not raining.
Q: Who gets to drive this car?
A: Me. I get to drive it, too. Myself, occassionally.
Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?
A: “It’s the Siiiiiiixteeeen Valve!!”
Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
Q: What was your previous project?
A: It wasn’t really a project, but my first car was a 1995 GTI 2.0l.
Q: What is your next project?
A: Finding a real girl – this one’s too expensive.
Q: What one word best describes your car?
Q: Other info you’d like to share?
A: The car is currently undergoing a Digifant I engine management swap. Here’s a link to that thread in the Golf/Jetta II Forum: More Information
Name- Ryan Ward
Address- Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation- Food prep/cook
Club Affiliations- 4ten yo. (not a real club yet)
Original Color- Tornado Red (LY3D)
Current Color- Tornado Red (LY3D)
Engine- 2.0 16v
Engine Modifications- Digifant I Swap in progress. Will have fully rebuilt head with Techtonics sport cams
Exhaust Modifications- Techtonics 2.25″ Aluminized exhaust with Dynomax muffler
Transmission Modifications- Stock
Suspension Modifications- Bilstein shocks, H&R 1.5″ lowering springs
Brake Modifications- Crossdrilled rotors/stock
Wheels and Tires- BBS RM (Restored factory wheels), Bridgestone Potenze S0-3 Pole Position Tires
Exterior/Body Modifications- Stock
Interior Modifications- Stock
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Pioneer headunit
Thanks/Props- Anyone who has ever helped, or given me information about this car
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