A/b: Fox Wagon

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Next up is VWvortex reader Banned wagon’s 1989 Fox Wagon…

Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: 12 years

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

A: I am the second owner. I bought it with 50,000 miles on it. It now Has 350,000 miles on it.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: Wow, that’s a hard question. There have been many changes to this car’s purpose over the years. At first it was a daily driver, then a sound competition car (at one point in its life it had a 9” TV in the dash and play station in the glove box), then I stripped it all down to bare bones and added Neuspeed springs and sway bars, Bilstein shocks, and 8” wide rims. I also added rear disc breaks to help it perform better on an auto-cross course.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: A few friends over the years (thanks Serg), but mostly just myself!

Q: What makes your car special?

A: It’s got to be the two door wagon factor – not too many two door wagons have been built (the Nomad, Vega, Pinto, and the VW Type 3 Squareback, to name a few).

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

A: The way it drives like a big go-cart. I now hate power steering thanks to this car.

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

A: My first car was a 1968 VW Squareback. I bought it in 1988. I really wanted a mini truck at the time, but somehow ended up with this little surf wagon (as my mom dubbed it). I fell in love with VWs, but still wanted a mini truck. Hmm… Voilá – the Fox wagon!! (Kind of looks like a small truck… Sort of.)

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: The reputation of the Fox. It’s always been kind of looked down upon by the VW community, since it’s not a “true VW” and never saw Germany.

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

A: I’d say about a “2.” I’m never satisfied and always thinking of new things to do to this poor car.

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

A: I’d chop the top about 4” and tilt the windshield back to the same angle of a Scirocco. I’d maybe add a full length sliding ragtop, dual round headlights, and a 1.8T with quattro – nothing much.

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

A: Me, myself, and my wallet.

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

A: They are Chevy people – they simply don’t understand (and never will).

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

A: I have a few twisty back roads in the Bay area that this car just seems to love.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: Start the day with a wash and detail. Then cruise (around 90 mph) down the coast on HW 1 toward Santa Cruz. Find some nice waves, surf for a wile, then come back home on Skyline Blvd through the redwoods.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Anyone that wants to (as long as I get to go with them).

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

A: “Keep it clean.”

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

A: Engelbert.

Q: What was your previous project?

A: A 1968 Squareback.

Q: What is your next project?

A: Another Squareback (turbo, this time).

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Clarity.

Owner Information:

Name- Ric Barker

E-mail- Ric_barker@hotmail.com

Occupation- Electrical engineer

Club Affiliations- None

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1989

Make- VW

Model- Fox GL Wagon

Mileage- 350,000

Original Color- Blue

Current Color- Blue

Engine- 1.8 stock

Engine Modifications- Neuspeed large TB, K&N, sport cam, port and polished head, port-matched manifolds

Exhaust Modifications- Removed restrictor plate, high flow cat, 2 ½” piping, Flowmaster muffler

Transmission Modifications- Audi 5-speed conversion (previously 4-speed)

Suspension Modifications- Neuspeed springs, front and rear sway bars

Brake Modifications- Rear discs from GTI

Wheels and Tires- 15×8 wheels with 205/45/15 tires

Exterior/Body Modifications- Shaved rear side lights, antenna, badges and trim strip. Clear corner and bumper lights. H4 headlights

Interior Modifications- Tach gauge swap, new carpet, sound deading added to every panel, Momo steering wheel and shift knob, tinted windows, shifter has been shortened, factory fog light switch, power door locks

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Head unit is a Sony 90es with CD changer. Lots of speakers: Two 12” JL Audio subs, two JL Audio 8” in side panels, six Boston Acoustics pro series 6” separates, and six 1” Boston Acoustic silk dome tweeters. Four Alpine V12 Amps, Optima deep cycle battery, two 1farrad capacitors, and about 60 pounds of Dynamat

Thanks/Props- Sergio, Mike, Dwayne, the good guys, Monster Cable, Alpine, Dynamat, http://www.newdimensions.com/, oh, and of course, VWvortex!

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