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Due to an unfortunate incident, I have been forced to start rebuilding my MK1 a bit sooner than expected; therefore, I might as well start a thread. Because I work and will be going to school full time, the rebuild may not go as quickly as many projects that are on here.

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Bought from an autocrosser by vwrabbit, who then...
traded the car to peterock17 for a Caddy and a midget. :laugh:, who then...
sold the car to Stump16V, who then...
Sold it to me. :D

1984 GTI, 1.8 8V JH
The car was already modded with the following:

G grind cam
2.25 exhaust (straight pipe)
Redline TB
Bilistein HD's
Autotech adjustable cam gear
Diesel 5th gear
Nuespeed race springs
Scirocco K bar
Roll Cage
Schroth ASM harnesses
Corbeau racing seat
100mm Axles
O2O with Diesel 5th gear
Short shift kit
Personal steering wheel
Hella 550 Grill w/ fogs
Pacesetter Header
Autotech plug wires
BBS front lip
Kamei hood scoop
BBS and Zender rear spoilers
Polyurethane bushings throughout
AC, reservoir, and wiper fluid deleted

Future plans include finishing the cage, door cards, minor shave of the engine bay, POR-15, respray in Alpine White, battery relocation, upgraded grounds and wiring.

After I took a ride there with one of my friends for a look over and test drive, I realized that it had a lot of potential. There was no major rust other than a small minor section of the rear lower panel and the body was in great shape (minus the yellow paint that I didn't like). About a week later, I returned with a trailer to take it home.










When I arrived home, I managed to source a set of Recaros on the cheap.


I then began driving it for the next few months to get a feel for the car and get my confidence up on it's reliability. Also, I put it on the dyno to see what it was doing.

99whp, 92ft/lbs


The engine and tranny were so solid, that I decided to take it down to Southern Worthersee from NJ. The trip was enjoyable and I made it without a hitch (other than the hood scoop and sunroof leak incident, lol)

I also bought a set of 13" Vial Basketweaves from a local Coolwater fellow. :thumbup:


The GTI remained on the road until last weekend, when I was involved in an accident in NYC. Luckily the damage did not extend into the engine and I was able to drive it home. Since body work will need to be done, it made sense to me to begin tearing down the car so that all necessary body work and paint can be done in one shot.

Accident damage (bumpers saved that ish)



After fighting with a few rusty screws


Continued removing the gorilla snot and cleaning up the floor pans and interior for a POR-15 treatment later on.






Also began removing the dash, labeling wires, and bagging up all of the hardware.



More to come.
 

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do you have a pic of the logo? im curious. i had a set of wheels back in the day that i could of sworn said vial, but i was told its rial, it had a V but with a hook that the top of the right side of the V so it could be a "fancy" r.... anyway not im wondering what the wheels were i had!
 

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From what I have read, Ronal sold wheels in France under the Vial name. I will take a pic tomorrow of the stamp in the wheel.
 

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They're Vial.

Your bumper did nothing.

Good luck on the rebuild. Always hated that color :laugh:
 

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They're Vial.

Your bumper did nothing.

Good luck on the rebuild. Always hated that color :laugh:
The bumper dispersed the force of the impact rather than having the radiator take the hit. I would have had to tow it if it wasn't there. :rolleyes:

And I could never force myself to like the color either. Having drunk people in manhattan jumping in front of me, yelling taxi was not fun.
 

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You rocked that color though, only real men can wear that yellow, you wore it well. Now paint it Alpine white, I was paying attention. I just did a single round core support swap in one day bro, single round fenders and support could be had for 250$, so do it. Get a welder, drill the spot welds out, and take it off. aint nuthin to it but to do it nikkel . LOL.

I actually thought you painted that car that color....
 

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Lol. The car was painted by a previous owner. Even though I wasn't a fan, I have to admit, I got a lot of stares when driving it around. :laugh:

I am still in the process of sourcing a daily and I am also getting ready to move to another place, so I am not doing the front just yet. Once the wiring harness and heater core is stripped, I am going to grind everything down and give it a coat of POR-15. Then yank out the engine and trans and give the body shop a rolling shell.
 

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That's my old whip. The paint is John Deere yellow. I had traded this to peterock17 (who did the paint and a good bit of bodywork) for an 81 Caddy and a 73 Midget...

Funny to see how many hands its change since I had it how many years back... I purchased this in 2001 from a kid in Williamsburg, VA who autocrossed the snot out of it.

Tim
 

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I have been busy with getting ready to move residences, so I haven't had any real time to work on the car. My only progress has been the removal of the wiring harness and the rest of the interior. Everything else will be stripped once it gets moved to its new home. :cool:




I did manage to pick up a set of wheels for $50. :D




(fenders and Recaros will be up for grabs shortly). :beer:
 

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hey man i saw ur car in person right before we went to the cult classic show in PA and i talked to u for a bit too. Nice rabbit bro ! Hope to see more progress !!!
 

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saw you at chillis gtg at waterfest
sad to see what happened but glad to see you are going ahead and fixing it

those snowflakes look mint btw
 

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saw you at chillis gtg at waterfest
sad to see what happened but glad to see you are going ahead and fixing it

those snowflakes look mint btw
you were at the chillis gtg :sly:... to many near misses man. glad to finally shake hands at h20... :p


Nuno, stop slacking and put up some progress pics.

:p
 
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