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Photos of the progress or lack thereof:
http://www.pbase.com/ivannachoo/gti

My history with VW. Long, long time ago, my father had a 1976 Mk1 Rabbit,
bright yellow 4 door automatic. We had it until the late 80's when it totally
crapped out on us.
It looked just like this!

me and said car :D

I may still have a polished hub cap at my folks place
Then in hs, I
dreamed of owning a bug. But, it never came into fruition... Anyways, I've
always had a soft spot for vw's, especially older ones. Long story short, since
I sold my previous stickshift car, I've been driving a auto slushbox for the
past year or so. I've been dying to get a "fun" car. Wanting to get something
different (ie. not a Honda), I picked up 16vU4EA's 1989 Gti 16V couple
weeks ago.
I've been thoroughly enjoying driving it to work each day. It's got some
issues, mostly cosmetic (it ain't no beauty queen), but who doesn't. hahaha.
We'll work through them =D This site has been an invaluable resource and
I'm looking forward to picking your brains and hopefully meeting some of you.
Ivan





Modified by choochoo at 4:56 PM 12-22-2009
 

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Re: OMG

Thanks for the warm welcome. Some of you guys are scaring me
good thing my wife's not reading this forurm. She explicitly said, "you can get a car as long as it's not going to break down all the time." I said, "okay, sure
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I don't think I'm going to put any more performance parts on. It's got enough grunt & spunk for me. The priority now is to get rid of the rust and the water leaks. That's the biggest issue right now. I've been scouring the DIY section for solutions. Any recommendations? I've been reading that POR 15 is the way to go. There's no interior except for the seats and dash. So, it's easy to get to the problem areas.
Plan of attack:
1) fix rear shock (shoots through the strut tower) & passenger door handle
2) find and fix the water leak(s) (this should be fun...
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3) clean up all the rust spots interior and exterior (this should be fun...
X2)
4) install interior carpet and headliner
5) Alignment
6) drive and enjoy the car

How does that sound?
Any recommendations on good mechanics or shops? I've been reading that VW Specialties is good. He's not close, but not too far. I used to drive out to Torrance to get my Saab worked on.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Ivan


Modified by choochoo at 12:04 PM 12-5-2008
 

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Re: (rustype)

Thanks. I can't really take any credit for it, since I bought it this way. Well, I guess I can take credit for paying for it! hahahaha!!!

Update: passenger door handle fixed, horn fuse replaced and new wiper blades! It has begun.....
oh yeah, and $5 Walmart steering wheel cover



Modified by choochoo at 7:54 AM 12-6-2008
 

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Doesn't look it, but it's loud WOT. Drones at 70mph. I think I'll need another resonator to quiet things down.

Interior mess

compfy seats


more interior mess



Modified by choochoo at 12:55 PM 4-29-2009
 

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Re: (GrandpaDriver)

Thanks for the encouragement! I hope it doesn't rain....
Is anyone running 185/60/r14 instead of 205/55/r14? If so, what tires are you running and how's the grip?


Modified by choochoo at 4:30 PM 12-8-2008
 

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Re: (_pineapplegti_)

Hell yeah! That's awesome! There are not many Mk2s in this area - or Mk3's, it's pretty sad actually. Makes me wish I would have just bought a Mk2 instead of buying a brand new Mk5. Anyone wanna buy a Mk5? :-D
 

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Re: (_pineapplegti_)

Thanks for the recommendations.
Right now, it's got Toyo Ra-1's on there. It grips like it's on rails in the dry, but last time I drove in the rain.... it was a little sketchy..... I'm looking for something that's good for everyday use. I've been fairly satisfied with pirelli p-zero nero, bf goodrich g-force sport, and falken 512 tires in the past. The falken's were the worse performing of those, but they weren't terrible. Anyone ever run Bridgestone Potenza RE960 AS Pole Position?
 

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Re: OMG (_pineapplegti_)

Quote, originally posted by _pineapplegti_ »
That car was on craigslist for awhile. good luck on your purchase .

Haha...that's what I was going to say...
I have a Bentley that is pretty much new for that car for sale.
 
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