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A/b: 2002 Jetta GLS 1.8T

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Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: I have owned this car since the day it rolled off the truck on April 22, 2002.

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

A: No, not really, and it looked like every other stock Jetta out there for a bit.

Q: Why did you choose this car to purchase?

A: I decided to purchase the Jetta for a number of reasons – style, engineering, the carefull attention to detail that Asian, and Domestic automakers seemed to lack. Also, it fit my lifestyle, as well as my 6’4” frame very comfortably.

Q: What other cars did you consider?

A: I had considered the GTI, actually, however I wanted out of 2-door vehicles.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: My objective was to build a car that reflected my personal style, retained the clean lines of the original car yet enhanced its curb appeal. I wanted a car that was easily tunable while remaining logical.

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

A: I would say OEM plus as I do try to use as many OEM parts as possible and I believe my bodykit enhances the OEM lines instead of restyling them.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: Myself for the most part – I have made 99% of the decisions that have gone into this car. Jeremy at Matrix Integrated as well as Dean at Futrell Autowerks have also had their hands on it.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: I feel that the overall appeal of the car is what makes it special. You don’t see many fully Projektzwo-kitted cars running 18” BBS LMs with OEM HIDs in white out there. I believe the attention to detail I’ve put into this car makes it stand out from the rest. I have tried to use only top-shelf components in its construction and I believe it’s reflected once behind the wheel.

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

A: My favorite part would have to be the bodykit, as even with the stock Longbeach wheels on it still looks wonderful. They really produced not only a top fitting and quality kit, but one that just flows so nicely.

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

A: Wow, so many influences. Anyone who has been around the MkIV forums for a while can easily tell that John Hazel’s car was a bit of an inspiration, as well as Tivs31, Bobby Digital, Ron Burgundy, and VR6inAZ – all have contributed at least something.

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

A: I don’t like the fact that I am soooo protective of the car; so afraid to break something; and the stock headlights were a joke and needed to go. I also don’t like the stock seating and easily peel-able interior material.

Q: What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?

A: Budget!! With the euro killing the US dollar and everything I like coming from over the Pond, the budget did not allow for as much as I would have liked.

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Q: How did you overcome the issue?

A: Patience and a little more creativity.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: I would tune the engine more and concentrate more on the performance aspects of the car.

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

A: So far I would give it an 8 – there is still so much more I ‘could’ do, however this is the best car I’ve ever owned in so many different ways and I am very proud to have put it together.

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

A: I don’t think there would be an end to such a list. Two things I would certainly do would be to mold in the body parts and strap on an APR Stage 3 kit.

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

A: VWvortex members Brelvis25 and Tivs31.

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

A: My family really likes it and so do my friends even though some don’t understand the need for all this.

Q: What is your most memorable/humorous/embarrassing moment with this car?

A: Most memorable was having the keys to this ride handed over to me to drive off the lot – I still remember adjusting the seat and mirrors for the very first time.

Q: Has this car competed in any events?

A: No, however I may enter Waterwagens.

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

A: Back roads out in farm land.

Q: Do you agree that some people are taking this Enzodude thing way too seriously?

A: Huh?

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: Waking up early in the morning and detailing every inch of it and then cracking yet another beer and just looking at the results.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Me, my ex has, my father has, and Bucket has… that’s it.

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

A: “60% of the time, it starts everytime.”

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

A: Heidi.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: I never had a car I felt was worth being a ‘project’.

Q: What is your next project?

A: I plan to keep this Jetta and continue with it till it’s dead.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Classy.

Q: Other info you’d like to share?

A: Not really, however I would like everyone to know I will gladly be accepting donations via Paypal and to send me an IM for details.

Owner Information:

Name- Patrick Ready

Location- Portland, OR

E-mail- patrick_ready@hotmail.com

Username- grassfeeder

Occupation- Unemployed – awesome!!!

Club Affiliations- None

Vehicle Information:

Year- 2002

Make- VW

Model- Jetta

Mileage- 40,000

Original Color- White

Current Color- White

Engine- 1.8T

Engine Modifications- APR DPP chip

Exhaust Modifications- None

Transmission Modifications- None

Suspension Modifications- Bilstein PSS9 coilovers

Brake Modifications- Stainless steel lines; Hawk pads

Wheels and Tires- 18×8.5 ET25 BBS LM; Falken ST115 225/40-18 tires

Exterior/Body Modifications- Full Projektzwo body kit (front & rear valance, side skirts, grill, flush mount spoiler); Euro front rub strip; OEM HIDs

Interior Modifications– AWE/Omori Boost Gauge; 42nd Draft Designs A-Pillar gauge pod; Euro headlight switch; TT pedals w/ Beetle Sport dead pedal

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Alpine CDA-7995 headunit; Focal Polyglass 165v2 components; Alpine MRV-F450 5-channel amp; Alpine MRV-M301 Mono amp; JL Audio 10w1v2 subs

Thanks/Props- To my parents for actually understanding (somewhat); my ex-girlfriend, Erika, for encouragement; those on Vortex who have inspired me with creations far more involved than I could have ever done



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