Hey all. so I have been meaning to create this thread for many months now but just have not had the time. I actually don't see this as much of a build thread since I don't plan on changing too much more stuff on the car. This will be more of a "keeping track of what I have done" and "sharing is caring" thread than anything else.
But first, a little history on the car.
December 2011 -After getting T-boned in the first GLI we built, Billburt buys this GLI from a guy up in Pennsylvania . Its a low mileage car with not one single door ding! It was also already bagged with Accuair (thank goodness we didn't have to tackle that task again) and whoever did the air ride install did a pretty good job. I only wanted to make one change. More on that later.
February 2012- My cousin started a DIY/build thread for this car. Billburt, His brother, and I (along with a few other local guys) did all the work on this car. You can see all the work we did in his thread here:http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?5594065-Billburt-s-DIY-build-thread
September 2012- Billburt sells the car to Jason in Atlanta. He adds tint to the windows and a speaker box in the trunk. He also put a vinyl wrap on the roof.
SOWO 2013 and 2014- I see the car and speak to the new owner both years. He only put about 1500 miles on it in the two years he owns it. At the 2014 SOWO he tells me that he is thinking about selling it and he would prefer that it go back in the family. I tell him to give me a call if he is serious.
August 2014- He calls me. I buy the car. I fly up to Atlanta. Jason picks me up from the airport in an uber clean 90's dually. I drive the car back from Atlanta.
Here is how the car looked when I got it (these two pics are actually from SOWO 2014
^Photo cred: Ant
From here on I will just keep adding to the stuff I do to the car. some post will just be general info and some may be actual DIY's.
POST #1- Vinyl removal and Recaro bolster fix
POST #2 - Trunk set up
POST #3 - AGN Valve cover
POST #4 - Intake Manifold
POST #5 - Clutch replacement
Post #35 - Powder coating your alternator
Post #49 - New exhaust tip
The first thing I did when I got the car was remove the vinyl wrap. I actually thought Jason painted the roof when I saw it the first time. I really didn't look at it that close. The vinyl looked kind of cool but its really not my style, plus it scared my kids. So my #2 and I removed the vinyl once the car was home.
RECARO SEAT BOLSTER REPAIR
The next order of business was to fix the bottom bolster of the drivers seat. The interior of this car is a 9.7/10. The only issues with it are the fabric on the door cards is just starting to fall (I will be fixing this soon) and the bolster on the seat was crushed. This is a pretty common problem with the Recaro seats. I did a full DIY on it with pics. you can find it here:
And here is the finished product
And a couple more pics of the car to round out this first post.
at Fixxfest 2014
Billburt's back yard
The Gathering at Reeves Import Motors.
And a cold start video for S&G