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So this is my first car :)D) A 1990 Jetta GLI 16V!

Specs:
Milage: Around 155,000? The odometer stopped working at about 115,XXX miles.
Engine Code: 9A
Transmission Code: 2Y
Color Code: LY3D (Tornado Red)
Interior: Recaro Grey Fabric 8/10
Build Date: 7/90

A little history of how it got to be my first car:
We bought it from rompin'rabbit here on the vortex who had it for 13 years and his daughters just had no more interest in it. We paid $2,300 for it and we have no complaints so far.
Here is what the PO said about it:
rompin'rabbit said:
I bought the car with 83k 13 years ago. The odometer broke at 115k. It was a family car for the first 5 years, but my wife comuted in a 84 gti (our rompin' rabbit) and I worked out of an 81 vw pick up that I still have. Th GLI has been a second car since 2002. In 2009 I had to use it a lot and filled the tank 2 to 3 times per month. It has hardly been driven since March and what a shame since it is such a nice car to drive and it gets 28 to 30 mpg. The lowered and firmer suspension with the upper strut tie bar made it really handle like a sportscar but still comfortable. I use a small self inflating lumbar pillow to make those Recaros really comfy. I would sell the truck instead but I need it for work.

The head is not original but this one (same type 16v) has been on for 15k and the mileage on the odometer on the wreck it came from was 120k. The original head had a freak break between two adjoining valves. The 5 speed had to be replaced with a used one when my disabled wife jammed it into reverse without the clutch. I heard the gear teeth being ripped off . The salvage yard from across the country said the wreck for the doner tranny had something less than 60K (i don't remember) for whatever that is worth.
Well me and my dad went up to Richmond, VA to get it last October and we drove it the entire 1400+ miles trip back. Somehow we managed to make it back all in one piece.

Here is how it was when we first bought it:









 

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Looks like parts of it were resprayed, kind of hard to tell which parts exactly. That d/s shot shows those front doors being very different colors. Did you get a really good price on it? Carfax show any accidents?
 

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Now let it be known that I am only 16, and I have no idea about doing the mechanics of the engine, but I have got A LOT of time to figure that out, so i'm in no rush.

Here are pictures of the drive back to Garland, TX:
Picking it up

Gas Station outside of richmond

Outside of the halfway point hotel


Nashville





In a Gas Station exiting 635 in Dallas



How it sits right now.




 

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Looks like parts of it were resprayed, kind of hard to tell which parts exactly. That d/s shot shows those front doors being very different colors. Did you get a really good price on it? Carfax show any accidents?
I mean $1 per pound is what he sold it for. I find that a good price

Looks great. Keep it clean!
Will do! :thumbup:

NICE!! I'll give you $2500 if you ship it to Hawaii. :laugh: :laugh:
Hahaha :laugh: Thanks but no thanks, i'm not letting go of her till im like 20 or something
 

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Ok, so here is the work that we have done so far.

A/C Switch Installed, CEL Switch installed, CEL-Seabelt-(!)BRAKE Dash Light Installed and made functioning (Thanks to VDub2625)



Walmart Floormats


New E-Brake Boot


New Inner Mirror Triangles



New AKTIV Grilles and 4" Kenwoods under it.



------ Kenwood Installation:









My Dad's old gorrila that he had in his first car: a Mk2 Base Model Golf

His name is Hugo :D

New rear mirror switch


#29 Door Chime Relay


Smoked no-name tailights






 

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Ok, so all this little meanial work may be boring but really its all I can do right now....

My dad says I'm a "bit" obsessed and he's probably right....:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Anyway, here's all the work I've done since February, the last time I bumped the thread :eek:

Put B-Pillar seatbelts on the car



Got a NOS Jetta_GLI and 16V badge from Amir :D




Then I changed the rest of the speakers in the car
Dash:


Rear shelf speakers put into OEM holders with a BUNCH of sanding and cutting...


Took it apart


After a bunch of cutting and sanding



Test Fit!



Then I put new fabric in the covers for the dash and rear shelf




Finished Project!




Mounted
 

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Then more stuff...........:p

Took the dash apart to get to the radio wires to cut into them for the Kenwood amplifier. With the amplifier I have a FULL kenwood set-up in the car. Minus the subwoofer that I don't have yet...













Then got a gas pedal rubber from across the pond :)



 

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Then I got to work on my fog lights
So I took apart the dash again



Put in the fog light switch harness that I got from Germany that came WITH the heated side mirror plug
(Sorry no pictures of it)

Then went to go look for the plug for the fog light harness that after searching and greasy cut up hands I found it close to the firewall. Then plugged this in:



Took apart the front end to mount the fogs:







Put everything back together turned them on and bam!
She felt a little photogenic :rolleyes:



 

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Really nicely done man, keep it up and when you can drive it you're going to have a really solid example :thumbup:
 

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I am jealous of the steering wheel insert. I have always wanted one of those.

I also like the way you did the speaker installs, pretty OEM looking.
 

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great photo
Thanks, I love my camera :heart:

Really nicely done man, keep it up and when you can drive it you're going to have a really solid example :thumbup:
Will do :thumbup:

I am jealous of the steering wheel insert. I have always wanted one of those.

I also like the way you did the speaker installs, pretty OEM looking.
I have one for sale, look at my started threads list. It's not for the same steering wheel as I have but it is for a steering wheels found on some Jettas and Golfs. :beer:

Thanks, it took me about a week to do it because of school and everything.

looking good man, keep it up:thumbup:
Thanks :thumbup:

So right now I am thinking of doing little maintenance things that I am capable of doing in my garage :rolleyes:
Any tips on what to do first that wouldn't be too hard?
 

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I went to the junkyards today and picked up a bunch of new things

Like:

Leather Shift Knob and Boot
Passenger and Drivers Map Pockets (mine were broken and hanging out)
A/C Faceplate
Cigarette Lighter (mine didn't have the cig picture)
Glovebox Light bulb

I am going back tomorrow morning to pick up these things

New CE2 Cluster (my odometer broke an I'm going to replace it)
Drivers Front Flare
Whatever else I feel like taking and hiding in my bag to get for free :rolleyes::rolleyes:

And a COMPLETE WESTY front end setup!!! :eek::eek::D
The only thing is that the grille is cracked :mad:
I think the westmoreland Golf is a rare color too....LB3V? Titan Red Metallic according to A2 Resource
 

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FV-QR

its REALLY nice to see someone from the next generation enjoying these cars and NOT doing dumb **** to them like most of the kids are nowadays. its really nice not seeing plaid or argyle or sportmaxxxzz

:beer: to you sir :thumbup:
 
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