I purchased a complete kit from Vintage Rubber and most of it is OK but the door deflectors are dubious. I asked them how I was supposed to get the hard plastic to stay on the car. No answer. I had other questions for them but after the sale, they refuse to respond to my questions. Also, not included in the "complete" was the inside the door window guides not did they provide the U-shaped trim that goes over the body seam around the doors. Except for the door deflectors, what you get is good. However, it is not complete.I wish mine had ac. Im currently restoring my 77 scirocco. Vintage rubber is the plqce to go for the window seals.
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Where are you located, Joe? I have a balanced 1.8 with about 90 k on it, AND a 2.0 with a 1.8 head and roughly 82 k on it. The 1.8 was used in an 86 GTI, so the injector adapters will fit those the Scirocco uses.For the 1.8 engine, any sources that you might recommend?
Wishing you great success with this fun project. This will be wonderful to keep it alive and "new".Hello forum!
My daughter and I have decided to do a complete restoration of a 1980 MK1 Scirocco. I bought this off of ebay in 2019 and drove it for a bit but realized that it needed some major TLC. This was originally a California car so fortunately rust has not been too bad.
This thread is to document the teardown and (hopefully) restoration.
Currently, we are considering as close to a period correct restoration as possible depending on parts availability etc. Thought about engine swaps but right now thinking that we will rehab the original 1.6L. Open to suggestions, however.
Since this is the first time either of us has embarked on a project like this, any feedback or help from the forum would be greatly appreciated!
Hi Clyde,Where are you located, Joe? I have a balanced 1.8 with about 90 k on it, AND a 2.0 with a 1.8 head and roughly 82 k on it. The 1.8 was used in an 86 GTI, so the injector adapters will fit those the Scirocco uses.
Either would suit you IF not too many miles separate us…
Out of curiosity, what is your motivation to keep the car as original as possible? This is something we have been struggling with: do we do a restoration that is as true to the original as possible or do we do a restomod with upgraded engine, brakes, suspension etc. I don't think I would ever sell this car but resale does sit in the back of my mind and I would think an original restoration might be more desirable to a collector...I would be interested in everyone's opinionBack in the late 1980's we were doing a 1.8 swap into these early cars every week.
Agreed that an 8 valve 1.8 out of an A1 chassis car (later Scirocco, Rabbit GTI) is the easiest swap possible, and definitely worth doing.
The only reason I have not done this on my 1981 S is that I'm trying to keep the car as original as possible, and I have the 1980 with the AWW engine in it.
This is an important consideration to us - love the original soundEngine options are plentiful and if it were me I would probably try to locate a 1983 GTI 1.8 engine & transmission to install. It would provide you with good power, nice torque, almost perfect original look except where the upper radiator hose exits of the cylinder head. I believe that this vintage engine still has the solid lifters with shims giving you the same sound as the original 1.6l engine.
It would depend on which 1.8 engine you want to install. Some use the CIS type of fuel injection (at least 3 different types) and some have electronic fuel injectors with their fuel management systems. Some of the 1.8l engines should also run knock sensors with an oxygen sensor needing computer controlled ignition advance.With regards to 8 valve 1.8 would we have to change the wiring harness or other electronics?
Hello neighbor. Maine here, up near Bangor. Where in NH? There are enough engine options thrown out you here to make your head spin, and depending on what you want, they are good options. If you are looking to enjoy it and don't care about speed, I would stick with the original 1.6, but a later 1.8 JH would be a cheap and easy to way for a bit more power. Great looking car btw.It would depend on which 1.8 engine you want to install. Some use the CIS type of fuel injection (at least 3 different types) and some have electronic fuel injectors with their fuel management systems. Some of the 1.8l engines should also run knock sensors with an oxygen sensor needing computer controlled ignition advance.
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