A/b: 1998 Jetta GLX

A/b: 1998 Jetta GLX

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Next up, and recipient of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: vr6jetta

Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: I have owned the Jetta for more than seven years now – it was bought new back in May of 1998.

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

A: Nope, it was taken right off my local dealer’s lot.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: I can’t really say, the car has been through at least five different looks and now I’ve gone toward the simple, cleaner look I would say.

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

A: The tuning style of my VW would be a cross between Euro and OEM plus. I have added a lot of OEM Euro parts, such as the bumpers, moldings, etc.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: For the most part I have done most of the work myself. I did have the help of a few friends (eurotekms, vtgolf, and dubdocvr6) along the way.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: I think what makes my car special is that it is a daily driver and is driven 365 days a year. The winters up here in VT can take a heavy toll on cars. For being seven years old I think it’s one of the cleanest VWs around.

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

A: My favorite part on the Jetta has to be the custom A2 Jetta rear spoiler that Justin (dubdocvr6) made for me.

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

A: That’s a hard question to answer, but I would say the Vortex community in general inspires me a lot.

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

A: I love everything about the car, but if I had to pick something it would be that it’s not boosted yet.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: Add more power – plain and simple.

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

A: I am about at a 7 right now. There are a lot of little things I would like to change as money and time allow. Will I ever be 100-percent satisfied? Probably not.

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

A: Myself. I’m a hard person to please I guess.

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

A: They all have positive and negative things to say. I have had a few friends give their opinions along the way and say that this or that won’t look right. They just can’t see the overall picture. Plus, I get the usual, “you spend too much time and money on the car and it’s time for a new one.”

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

A: On the road of life… any open road is fine with me.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: I’d start out by giving it a complete detail and then cranking the tunes and hitting the road for a long drive, or head out to snap off some photos.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Mostly me and sometimes my dad will swap his GTI with me and he’ll drive the Jetta. My girlfriend has driven it a couple times but not much more since she is new to driving a standard transmission. Also a few select friends that I trust have driven it.

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Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?

A: “KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid.”

Q: Has the Mk3 scene become overly moot lately?

A: I’d love to answer that, but only Dan has any idea what the hell that even means.

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

A: My good friend Craige (vtgolf) came up with the name Project OEM (Original European Madness).

Q: What was your previous project?

A: My last project was my 1996 Jetta GLS which I had for 2 years till I wanted to get the VR.

Q: What is your next project?

A: I’m not sure yet. I really want to build up an A2 Golf or Jetta, but I think I might get a Jetta V.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Clean.

Owner Information:

Name- Scott Herdling

Address- Vermont

E-mail- vtjettavr6@yahoo.com

Occupation- car stereo installer

Club Affiliations- dubsnorth- dubaudi gruppe -and club h2o

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1998

Make- Volkswagen

Model- Jetta GLX

Mileage- 73,000

Original Color- Tornado Red

Current Color- Same

Engine- 2.8l 12v VR6

Engine Modifications- Turn2 cold air intake; polished bits

Exhaust Modifications- Techtonics Tuning 2.5″ stainless-steel cat back

Transmission Modifications- Stock

Suspension Modifications- FK Silver Line adjustable coilovers; Autotech upper front strut bar

Brake Modifications- Zimmerman cross drilled rotors; Mintex pads

Wheels and Tires- 17″ BBS RS-GT; Falken GRB451 tires

Exterior/Body Modifications- OEM Euro textured top f & r bumpers; Euro radiator support and rebar; JOM 2-bar badgeless grille; OEM Mk2 Jetta GLI trunk spoiler; Mk3.5 Cabby mirrors; OEM Euro deep VR6 chin spoiler; Mk4 Golf-look clear headlights; in.pro crystal front fogs and turns; OEM Golf hood; Euro textured VR6 side moldings; Euro textured fender flares; shaved trunk emblem; Bonrath single wiper; rear Euro plate tub

Interior Modifications- GTI leather seats front and rear; Momo Race steering wheel, shift knob, boot and pedal covers; Cabby chrome door handles; black headliner; custom rear deck [with screened ports]; blacked-out upper pillars; OEM black Cabby sun visors: OEM Passat grab handles black; Euro headlight switch

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Clarion 745 AV/DVD 7″ LCD; MB Quart 3 way components 6.5″ 4″ 1″ front; MB Quart 6.5″ rear; Kicker 10″ l-7’s (2x in custom enclosure); Kicker 600×1 and 360×2 and 240×2 amps; Stinger 1 farad caps (2); 300w DC inverter; Optima Red Top battery; Sony Playstation2; Sirius satellite radio

Thanks/Props- vtgolf, dubdocvr6, Chelsea, the crew at Stingray, dubsnorth, my family and all the others who have supported me along the way, dubaudi, and everyone in the G/J3 Forum



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A/b: 1998 Jetta GLX

A/b: 1998 Jetta GLX

Want to see your car featured in an AUTObiography? Just click HERE. We can’t promise you that we’ll feature every car that gets submitted, but we encourage you to be creative with your answers, as that’s always a good way to score some brownie points with us. Quality photos won’t hurt your chances any, either, so please include up to five with your submission.

Next up, and winner of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: elicitvr6

Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: I bought the car used back in 1999 with 26k on the clock. She was wearing this really sexy black bra and some cool glasses. It was love at first sight.

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

A: I actually bought the car because my girlfriend liked it. Now she won’t even get in it. Originally it was an automatic but once we started bumping the power up I realized that the slush box was gonna have to go. Now she has a 5-speed with a Peloquin LSD, South Bend DXD Clutch, an Unorthodox 6-lb. Flywheel and a Dieselgeek short shift kit.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: I wanted to build something that was multi-functional, so to say. There had to be just the right balance of show and go. I wanted to be able to head out to the track and beat on her for a day, shine her up for a show, or jump in and head down to the supermarket for groceries. I think we accomplished what we set out to do.

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

A: Lables kind of suck, don’t you think? Personal taste – how about that? I really wouldn’t know what to categorize it as, maybe Euro-American.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: Doug at VFC Engineering has been incredible – this guy takes such care and pride in what he does that I trust him completely. Detour1999 (aka Dylan) has been a HUGE help too, not because he’s had to but because he’s wanted to. Having good friends around when you’re building a car is an invaluable resource.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: Because my mom says so.

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

A: That’s really tough to say – I’ve taken a lot of care to choose each and every piece so that the car doesn’t just seem thrown together. For right now, though, I would have to say that my favorite thing about her is the sound she makes. There’s nothing quite like the sound of a supercharged VR at full throttle on the expressway. I just turn off the radio and roll down the windows. It’s pure sex. That being said, I do really love the new interior and the Futura’s.

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

A: Years ago I used to be pretty heavy into graffiti in the Chi-town area. One of the oldskool guys (Casper) once said to me that everyone bites from everyone but it’s what you do with what you take that makes it yours. I think that the inspiration for my modifications has come from a variety of sources, be it the ‘Vortex or a car driving down the street. If you observe your surroundings you’ll notice that the world around you offers up a wealth of inspiration. I did, however, try and use as much VW stuff as possible, though. The Corrado spoiler, Golf front end, Corrado rear seats, Jetta 2 Recaro front seats – even the side skirts are an upgrade option that used to be offered by the dealer.

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

A: I’m not happy with the paint and body and I don’t like the bumpers! Im in the process of finalizing the design on new front and rear bumpers that we will be manufacturing later this year. There isn’t a whole lot out there for the Jetta 3 when it comes to rear bumpers, so we’re making our own.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: Other than some simple body mods, I’m not really sure. So far everything that I’ve wanted to change has been changed.

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

A: Well, since I’m not really done yet I can’t comment on my satisfaction with the outcome. However, the way she sits right now I would have to say I’m at about an “8.” I’m shooting for a 10 but we all know that, 1) – you’re never really finished with a project car and 2) – even though everyone else may think your car is a 10, we owners will always see the flaws or imperfections.

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

A: I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. If money were no object I would have the car stripped down to bare metal, have the door handles shaved along with some other misc. body mods, pull the motor and trans and have the engine bay smoothed. After, I’d have the whole car resprayed Silver Arrow Metallic. While all of that was going on I’d have the motor rebuilt, ported, polished, cleaned up and powder coated to match the car. I’d also like to really beef up the power – 320hp to the wheels sounds just about right. I’d also swap in a 6-speed with a limited slip differential.

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

A: I have. As have the people that have helped me build her. They’ve been great about reeling me in when I start getting too far ahead of myself and they’re the first ones to tell me when something isn’t right.

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

A: My non-VW friends think I’m crazy, my parents think I’m wasting my money, my girlfriend hates it, and my VW brethren love it.

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

A: Anytime I’m driving this car I’m happy. But if I had to pick one particular stretch of road I would have to say I55 heading east between California and LSD. I don’t know what it is but there is something about that couple of miles that I just really like.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: I love washing this car, so I guess my ideal day would be spent washing and waxing her in the morning and then heading out to a cruise night or get together with some friends. Shows are also great because I really enjoy getting to talk with other enthusiasts and hanging out with other like-minded people.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Other than me, only Doug at VFC. I don’t even valet park when I go out. I just don’t trust people enough to let them drive her. Too much love, blood, sweat and tears have gone into her to just let anyone bomb around in her.

Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?

A: “Do it right or don’t do it at all” or perhaps “bottles are for babies – real men get blown.”

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

A: Sophia. I think that’s just a sexy name and since my girlfriend already refers to my car as my mistress or “the bitch” she may as well have a sexy name to go along with her looks.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: My last project was a 1986 Olds Cutlass. I used to be part owner of a hydraulic shop so I used to move from one project to another almost every month. The Cutlass was built more as a bet than anything else. That year there was also a 1988 Caddy Coupe, 2 1964 Impalas, and a 1986 Buick Century. None of the others ever got as far as the Jetta, though. This car is the closest to finished I have ever been because I have never lost interest in it. Every time I see this car I smile.

Q: What is your next project?

A: Really hard to say. Doug Hillmann and detour1999 seem to want me to build a Golf or Jetta 2, which I would love to do, but I think it may be a Golf 3 Cabby. I have a family friend that has a Cabby with an auto trans that’s on its last leg so I think I may try and pick it up from her. And I just happen to have an extra VR motor laying around that’s in need of a home… We’ll see.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Elicit (meaning: to draw forth or provoke an emotion or response).

Owner Information:

Name- Kieran Delaney

Address- Chicago, IL

E-mail- kieran@diversedesign.com

Username in VWvortex Forums- elicitvr6

Occupation- Lead Designer/CEO of diversedesign,inc and Mk3Concepts

Club Affiliations- CVO and soon to come Club 606

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1998

Make- Volkswagen

Model- Jetta GLX

Mileage- 75,000

Original Color- Sliver Arrow metalic

Current Color- Sliver Arrow metalic

Engine- 2.8L 12v VR6

Engine Modifications- Vortech V9 Supercharger; Stage 2 GIAC chip (280hp); Bosch 30lb. Red Top injectors; Eurosport 8mm spark plug wires; Turn2 Stage IV motor mounts; Unorthodox 6-lb flywheel; Optima Blue Top battery; billet battery hold down; polished billet battery hold-down; polished and painted intake manifold; polished engine tray; polished hood lifts; billet aluminum dip stick handle

Exhaust Modifications- Eurosport 2.5″ cat-back exhaust; Techtonics hi-flow cat

Transmission Modifications- Automatic to 5-speed manual conversion; Peloquin LSD; SouthBend DXD clutch; Dieselgeek short shift kit

Suspension Modifications- Bilstien PSS coilovers; ABD front and rear sway bars; polished Techtonics front strut brace; Eurosport rear strut brace

Brake Modifications- Audi TT big brake upgrade in front; Neuspeed SS brake lines; Zimmerman cross-drilled rotors w/ Mintex pads in the rear

Wheels and Tires- Front – 17×8, 3-piece forged OZ Futura with 215/40 Kuhmo Ecsta 712s and 20mm H&R 5×100 to 5×130 adapters; rear – 17×8.5, 3-piece forged OZ Futura with 215/40 Kuhmo Ecsta 712s and 25mm H&R 5×100 to 5×130 adapters; matching spare

Exterior/Body Modifications- European Vento front bumper w/molded Porsche 993 wrap-around turn signals; shaved trunk lid; power Corrado rear spoiler; custom frenched air vents in fender; Golf 3 hood; Kamei mesh grille; Hella Golf 4-Look headlights; Freedom Design side skirts; Rieger GTX front spoiler; Votex smoked long fogs; Hella smoke side markers; color-matched door handles; color-matched rear license plate housing; color-matched mirrors; billet aluminum stubby antenna

Interior Modifications- Jetta 2 Recaro Trophies re-upholstered in black leather and silver Ultrasuede; Corrado Rear buckets re-upholstered in black leather and silver Ultrasuede; custom silver Ultrasuede door card inserts; silver Ultrasuede knee bump and lower glove box; black headliner; black 2000 Cabrio visors; color-matched interior trim (black and silver); New Beetle Turbo shift knob and boot; Audi TT pedals and dead pedal; custom black floor mats with silver trim; Conrero aluminum e-brake handle; aluminum door pins; Autometer gauges (boost and air/fuel); dual gauge pod; European headlight switch

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Stock Monsoon system

Thanks/Props- Doug and Robyn at VFC Engineering; Detour1999 (a.k.a Dylan)



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