AUTObiography a2kameix1’s 1986 GTI

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Next up is VWvortex reader: a2kameix1

How long have you owned this car?

For about 10 months.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

The motor swap was done by SK motor sport in Bellingham WA in 2001, it was one of the first vr6 swap in the state.

What drew you to this specific car?

The body kit.


What other cars did you consider?

Corrado SLC.

What was your objective with this car?

Old school meets today.


What tuning style would you describe this car as?

Old school.


Who helped you build this car?

Washington unemployment checks.


What makes your car special?

The X1 body kit.


What is your favorite part/feature/function?

The VR6 motor.

Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car? Old school style



What don’t you like about this car?

The paint, it could use a new paint job.


What was your biggest obstacle in building this car?



How did you overcome the issue?

A lot of work.


What would you change if you could?

I’d like to get a turbo for it.

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



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

Like I said turbo and new paint.


Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

Nobody, I don’t care what people think about it.

What do your family and friends say about this car? They love it.

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

All the road trips with good friends.


What is your favorite story about this car?

The night when I got it.


Has this car competed in any events?

Yeah only two since I owned it. I got first place at Dubtoberfest and 2nd place at EuroCamp.


What is your favorite place to drive this car? To out GTG at Sonic every week.


What is your ideal day with this car?

No rain or snow.


Who gets to drive this car?

Not a lot of people. I think only my friend Nate and Dave drove it.


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

Old School is back, 80s meets today.


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

I just call it car or GTI.


What was your previous project?

’86 GTI v6

What is your next project?

I want to get a Jetta coupe 1.8T.

What one word best describes your car?



Any regrets? Tell us about it.

No not at all.

Anything else you’d like to share?

No that’s it.


Owner Information:


Name- Keven Draves

Address- Port Orchard WA

VWvortex Username- a2kameix1

Occupation- Being at Home

Club Affiliations- Broke bucket


Vehicle Information:


Year- 1986



Mileage- 144k

Color (Include original if applicable)-Black

Engine-2.8l Vr6

Engine Modifications-Cams, lightened Flywheel,Chip

Exhaust Modifications-2.5 tt

Transmission Modifications-o2a stock

Suspension Modifications- Bilstein cup kit

Brake Modifications – Corrado brakes front and back with cross drilled rotors

Wheels and Tires- esm 15×8 with 195-45-15

Exterior/Body Modifications- Kamei x1 Body kit,  Zender Hatch spoiler

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- , Sony head unit with pioneer typ s speakers

Interior Modifications- Corrado bucket seats

 Thanks/Props- Thanks to everybody out there helping me withe the car, My friend Nate and Steve from SK Motor sport.