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Q: How long have you owned this car?
A: Eight months.
Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
A: Yep. It’s such a rare combo (year/color/condition) and I found it when everybody said it was impossible to do. VW didn’t paint many cars in this color (Nacar White) and I was lucky to find it in mint condition.
Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase?
A: I’ve always loved GLS and GTI VWs. This color is awesome and the Recaros are great. The 2.0 has got a lot of torque and it’s fun to drive.
Q: What other cars did you consider?
A: VW Parati GTI and a Mk2 Golf, but Mk2 Golfs are quite rare in Brasil. I’ve already found some MkIs, mainly cabrios, but no one would sell them.
Q: What was your objective with this car?
A: To keep it in mint condition as long as I can. I’ve been enjoying searching to replace some parts and details on it. I want to make it look and ride even better than it is now.
Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?
A: A tweaked classic.
Q: Who helped you build this car?
A: My girlfriend Alessandra, my friends Luizinho, Rafael, Toninho (tuner) and my family.
Q: What makes your car special?
A: Its mint condition and its color.
Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?
A: The smooth body shell.
Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
A: All street/race VWs I’ve seen since I was a kid. I always liked tweaked V-dubs, both 8v and 16v with Webers or ITB. Oh, that intake sound is magic…
Q: What don’t you like about this car?
A: Some internal noises/rattles, but we’re already fixing them.
Q: What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?
A: Money – lack of money, I mean.
Q: How did you overcome the issue?
A: I’m still trying to…
Q: What would you change if you could?
A: I’d drop a 2.0 16v with ITBs in it.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
A: For now, I’d give it an “8”.
Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?
A: BBS RM 15” wheels, Wilwood brakes and a Drake 16v engine. Well, first I’d have to find one Drake engine to buy.
Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?
A: They like it, too.
Q: What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?
A: Some night, when three guys asked if I’d sell it. By the way, they were not together.
Q: Has this car competed in any events?
Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?
A: Smooth roads. It’s great to drive.
Q: What is your ideal day with this car?
A: Give it some water, soap, wax and then drive it.
Q: Who gets to drive this car?
A: Most of the time, it’s me, but Daddy and my girl already drove it.
Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?
A: “It’s only a VW.”
Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
A: Ma Babe.
Q: What was your previous project?
A: Not a project, but it was a GM Corsa Wagon.
Q: What is your next project?
A: A VW, for sure.
Q: What one word best describes your car?
Name- Andre Stein
Address- Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Username in Forums– Gigante
Model- PARATI GLS
Mileage- 70,000 miles (engine has less than 8,000)
Original Color- Nacar White (pearl)
Current Color- Nacar White (pearl)
Engine- 2.0 8v
Engine Modifications- Runs on alcohol, flat pistons, 12.5:1 compression ratio, Autotech 270º cam, Autotech cam gear, 40/33mm valves, ported/flowed head, Marelli IWP043 injectors, ITG air-filter, MSD 8.5mm wires, NGK plugs, JAZ oil catch-tank
Exhaust Modifications- 4×1 header, 2.25 exhaust with 2 Silenpro mufflers
Transmission Modifications- Stock
Suspension Modifications- Monroe Gas Premiun Gold on front and adjustable Koni (red) in back, Springs and (front) anti-sway bar are stock from Parati GTI, 2 anti-stress bars up front (upper and lower) and one rear/superior from iMohr/Brasil
Brake Modifications- Stock
Wheels and Tires- Wheels are 15” stock from Parati GTI and rubber is Michelin Pilot Exalto 205/50-R15
Exterior/Body Modifications- Stock
Interior Modifications- Stock
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Pioneer 6” front, 5×7” back and Kenwood CD unit
Thanks/Props- My girlfriend Alessandra, my friends Luizinho, Rafael, Murdoc, Toninho (tuner) and my family
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