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AUTObiography – Danbodia’s 1992 GTI 8V

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Next up is VWvortex reader: Danbodia

How long have you owned this car? Five years or so.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car? RonnieG didn’t flip it. Not even once, the entire time he

owned it.

Oddly enough the car was first sold at the VW dealer right up the road. Kinney in Rutland VT. It traveled to a few different owners and through a few different states, but it ended up back home in Vermont.

Why did you choose this car to purchase? It was clean and had a fairly straight body. That provided a good starting platform.

What other cars did you consider? None

What was your objective with this car? Build an A2 as close to the original idea of “GTI” as I could get it. Basically, a no frills, sporty, NA, four-banger hatch. I wanted to stay period-correct and only use parts from the VW bins. OEM parts or OEM knockoffs. Visually the car would be subtle, with changes only noticeable to someone who is familiar with A2s.

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What tuning style would you describe this car as? OEM minimal.

Who helped you build this car? John Hart at Fast Addiction and Bill Halligan at B&H

What makes your car special? It’s a unique blend of subtle OEM rareness.

What is your favorite part/feature/function? Right now, it’s the seats. They match the doorcards.

Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car? Mostly gin, tonic, and lime.

What don’t you like about this car? I replaced what I didn’t like.

What was your biggest obstacle in building this car? Just finding the time and money.

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How did you overcome the issue? I’m patient, so the time eventually came, and I work hard to try to save up for projects.

What would you change if you could?Petty as it may sound, I used A4 rear calipers when I should have used A2 rear calipers. That bothers me, they’re not period.

I would have liked to of done a lightened intermediate shaft too. But really, I’m over both of them.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project? 8 or 9. There is always room for improvement.

What would you do to the car if money were no object? It wouldn’t change drastically.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project? Myself.

What do your family and friends say about this car? Nothing but praise and support, I’m pretty lucky in that respect..

What is your most memorable moment with this car?I had a little problem with some flex lines when I first did the brake swap. That involved a very cautious ride home to fix.

Has this car competed in any events? One show, 1st in class.

What is your favorite place to drive this car? Local secondary roads that are paved and follow rivers is the order of the day.

What is your ideal day with this car? Autumn in VT with no particular place to go.

Who gets to drive this car? Kev1. RonnieG. Johnny. The boys when they are old enough. Meg, when she is feeling spicy.

If your car had a motto, what would it be? KISS – Keep it simple, stupid.

If you had to name your car, what would you name it? The Blackeye (Duh!)

What was your previous project? The Rust-rocket. A long dead ’86 GTI.

What is your next project? I’m going to re-tile my kitchen floor.

What one word best describes your car? Hessian.

Anything else you’d like to share? No, that about covers it.

Owner Information :

Name: Neil Philip

VWvortex Username: danbodia

Occupation: Sous chef

Vehicle Information:

Year – 1992

Make – VW

Model – GTi

Mileage – 150k+

Original Color – Black

Current Color – Black

Engine – 2033cc Digifant II 8v

Engine Modifications – Full rebuild. New seals, gaskets, bearings. Bored ABA block 2033cc. ARP head, main, and rod bolts. The head was ported and polished by Colin Gyenes at TT and larger 41mm and 34mm valves with 7mm guides were installed. TT 276 cam. Rods balanced at TT. Lightened flywheel, intermediate shaft pully and adjustable cam pully. 3.5 bar FPR. Custom burned chips from AMS

Exhaust Modifications – Bosal header, TT high flow cat and cat back

Transmission Modifications – Peloquin 80% shim kit, TT short shift.

Suspension Modifications – Koni adjustable coilovers. Eurosport front and rear tie-bars

Brake Modifications – Corrado G-60 front discs. A4 rear discs. 22 mm MC

Wheels and Tires – 15×6 Corrado steelies. 8mm rear spacers. 195/50 Yokohama AVS es 100’s

Exterior/Body Modifications – Euro small bumpers, ½ spat rear flairs, single round grille. The colormatched mirrors and rear plinth were dropped for raw finish replacements.

Interior Modifications Golf Rallye leather/fabric sport seats and 60/40 rear. 3 point manual seat belts. Full AC delete. Radio delete cubby. Euro center vent delete ashtray. Euro parking brake indicator lamp. Euro drivers side CEII underdash and passenger side deep non AC underdash. Euro center console delete panel. Euro deep glovebox. Euro small shift console. OEM leather shift boot. VWMS dimpled “golfball” shiftknob

Audio/Video/I.C.E. – N/A

Thanks/Props – Meg, Ian, Rony-bones, Me mum, Kana, John Hart, Duffy, Dana and the gang for listening to all my VW BS.



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