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Q: How long have you owned this car?
A: I’ve had it for about seven years
Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
A: It was originally a competition stereo car.
Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase?
A: The previous owner told me he was thinking about selling it… I told him I was thinking about buying it.
Q: What other cars did you consider?
A: None – this one was kind of an accident.
Q: What was your objective with this car?
A: Balance and timelessness. No matter what fads are popular, I wanted the car not to age, style-wise.
Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?
A: OEM Plus, especially the exterior. Everything is OEM except the wheels.
Q: Who helped you build this car?
A: The Fastdubs crew – what an unbelievable source of knowledge and their willingness to help was amazing.
Q: What makes your car special?
A: The engine swap was done in a storage garage with no workbench and one outlet. I had BBS RS wheels long before they became popular again or widely available.
Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?
A: My SDS programmable engine management. Want to up the boost? Just make a few adjustments, no chip reburn needed. The flexibility is great.
Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
A: Getting burned on Vortex a long time ago when the car had vinyl on it – yellow vinyl – and being in constant “competition” with another red 4-door.
Q: What don’t you like about this car?
A: It has its share of dings and imperfections.
Q: What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?
A: Not enough money to do all the things I want.
Q: How did you overcome the issue?
A: Time – that’s why it’s taking so long to get done.
Q: What would you change if you could?
A: I would switch to dampening adjustable coilovers.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
A: I’d give it an 8.5.
Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?
A: Syncro, Recaro A8s… the rest will happen at some point.
Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?
A: My family and friends love the car; however it has become an issue of some sort in all of the romantic relationships I’ve had since I’ve owned it.
Q: What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?
A: That’d have to be running over my side exit exhaust on the way to Mk3 Massiv, then breaking an axle pulling away from the side of the road and getting flat-bedded to the show. I swapped the axle out with some key parts with the help of Pete (general problem) and Brent (OnelowcabriO).
Q: Has this car competed in any events?
A: Waterfest, H20 International, Mk3 and Mid Atlantic Massiv, various local shows.
A: As much as I’ve grown to not care about trophies, I’m still chasing first place at both Waterfest and H20. Seems I get second and third every year. Oh well.
Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?
A: Anywhere where the road isn’t straight.
Q: What is your ideal day with this car?
A: Making it home without breaking anything.
Q: Who gets to drive this car?
Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?
A: “If it ain’t broke… just wait a while.”
Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
A: RS Edition.
Q: What was your previous project?
A: A 1989 Jeep Wrangler.
Q: What is your next project?
A: A 1985 Jeep CJ7 that has been sucking the time away from the Golf. As for the Golf, next up is an 02A trans with LSD, front mount i/c, and a big turbo.
Q: What one word best describes your car?
A: Anally clean. (That’s two words, actually, and as far as I’m concerned, not really possible- Ed.)
Q: Other info you’d like to share?
A: This car was originally a stripper GL – no power anything, no AC, and factory rear discs.
Name- Vinnie Moellering
Address- Liverpool NY
Username in VWvortex Forums- evolveVW
Occupation- Warehouse guy at Keystone Automotive
Club Affiliations- Fastdubs of Central New York
Model- Golf GL
Original Color- Tornado Red
Current Color- Tornado Red
Engine- 2002 AWP code 1.8T
Engine Modifications- SDS Programmable Engine Management; custom cob-jobbed intercooler piping; Greddy Type S BOV; smoothed and polished valve cover, intake manifold and BOV; Magnecor custom everything plug wires; and about three boxes of crap taken off of the motor and thrown out
Exhaust Modifications- stock 1.8T downpipe; MK Racing Side exit exhaust
Transmission Modifications- BSI Racing unsprung six puck clutch and pressure plate
Suspension Modifications- FK Coilovers; Momo and Eurosport strut bars
Brake Modifications- Cross-drilled rotors
Wheels and Tires- 15×7 BMW E30 BBS RS 25mm ET; 195/50-15 Bridgestone RE730; 10mm spacers in the rear
Exterior/Body Modifications- GTI grill, headlights, and fogs; 6-year-old VR6 chin spoiler; painted side molding, lower rear valance, and hatch spoiler; rear wiper deleted
Interior Modifications- ’98 GTI “Flag” sport cloth; Mk4 shift knob and boot; Schroth 4-pt harnesses; BBS 3-spoke steering wheel; Autometer gauges
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Alpine 7949 old skool competition deck; Kicker Resolution 5.25″ components in Q-Logic kick panels; Kicker Resolution 6.5″ midranges in front and back doors; two 10″ Kicker Solobarics; Kicker ZX460 4 channel and ZR240 2 channel with Sink Link
Thanks/Props- My family for providing support and use of garage and tools; Fastdubs… especially Ryan McShane, Pete, Brent, and Jeff; Vortex peeps like Pat (Blown Wide Open), Jay Cabot (BadasslilGTI), Neil (big bentley), and Gina (Pimpsta) for the unyielding encouragement; Luke (Lukedwag) for clutch help doing the swap; Pierce Autoparts in Bouckville; If i didn’t mention you by name, don’t worry, you’ve probably had something to do with this and I thank you; last but not least, my two ex-girlfriends for sticking with me as long as they did… someday Ill find someone who understands
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