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It's crazy what this car has gone through :banghead:
My name is Caleb, I work at http://theshopsanbruno.com/ as an alignment specialist and general tech, as well as at Sunset Machine shop building engines.
Car now looks like this:


So, about 18 months ago I bought this. Previous owner painted the Montreal II's black. I don't like it, but I don't hate it.

Maintenance is paramount :thumbup: Water pump, coolant pipe and thermostat and things like that. Put bilstein HD struts on Eibach springs, which I did before I joined VWVortex. I like them, but I'm saving for a good set of coilovers.


After the maintenance came some of the vanity type things, such as a debadge:


Decided to "detail" my car. Got after it with my dads 17 year old polisher, which didn't do much more than vibrate but meh. Here are the results:

And this is my passenger door. One of my favorite pics for a reason ;)

Then, tried my hand at body work. Started small with filling the holes in the rubstrip. I realize now that I should have plastic welded a plug, then filled it, but the way I did it turned out okay. Ended up with paint lines, but I was luckily able to wet sand the entire rubstrip, re-clear coat it all and blend them. Got lucky!




This is how I killed time between coats of primer, paint and clear:

Going down the way to Livermore from Sacramento, this happened, about a week before I had plans to fill the notch. I guess it was my car's way of saying "Since you're apparently not gonna fill the notch, you can't go badgeless!"

I was like mehhh. But, while in Livermore, I picked up some 25mm spacers, in preparation for low and wheels:

Went to 034 Motorsports to pick up some track density strut mounts, saw this outside :thumbup:

Started updating the interior, scuffed and sanded and painted the interior trim such as:

Clear bumper markers with orange bulbs:

Went to hangout with Zach, titled this picture the Good, the Bad and the Ugly:

LED strip lighting wired into the dome lights:

Car turned 99k this week:

Cleaned up the mess of wires and such after my washer fluid delete:



Stubby antenna:

Giant Ball of tire stickers we have at work :D Weighs about 900lbs:


And finally, my engine bay currently, with the SRI Zach was gonna put in, decided not to. Gave it to me, I cut it back to fit Vr6 specs:


Updates will come as they happen. All these pics are taken with my phone, and they aren't that bad. I always have it with me and am eager to capture what I do.
 

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Fit a 4Mo rear lip with Zach, in preparation for exhaust work on Monday:


Took on quite a project. Received this GLI lip from a friend for free, spent 15$ on materials, got to work, never done anything like this before, but we'll see how it goes, if it doesn't work out, it was experience :)









Edit: More pictures!
Definitely didn't feel like moving my car another inch :/

Convenience lighting! Just a simple LED strip tied into the door ajar white/red lens thing, whatever it's called. Did this on the passenger side as well:



The car at Santa Monica Beach. Front row parking!


Decided to clean the throttle body, it wasn't even bad, this is what it was like as I JUST removed it!
 

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:thumbup: for that tire sticker ball
Haha yuppp I remember about a year and a half ago, it was no bigger than a soccer ball and if we weren't busy, we would kick it around or play basketball with the rim lock machine :D


looking forward to see how the gli lip comes out :thumbup:
Expect a big picture dump tomorrow night, I should have it sanded and hopefully primed!
 

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Nice. the first picture made me go "okay dude got a mk4 nothing new:
then right after, i see work being done :thumbup:

i wanna see more pics of that off road vehicle in your garage
Not til she's done ;)
She's currently got a massive misfire issue related to a faulty injector ground SOMEwhere. We (my dad and I) really just haven't had time to look for it.


This :laugh: hahaha

Nice car!

:thumbup: for diving in and trying to fix that lip.
Thank you!
I'll give the lip a new life, I promise!
Should I leave it GLI, or should I do something unique, customize it somehow?

My thoughts were, my car isn't a gli, and while a GLI lip is nice and all, I wanna keep my car what it is, and not try and make it what it isn't. Thoughts?
 

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Thank you!
I'll give the lip a new life, I promise!
Should I leave it GLI, or should I do something unique, customize it somehow?

My thoughts were, my car isn't a gli, and while a GLI lip is nice and all, I wanna keep my car what it is, and not try and make it what it isn't. Thoughts?
OEM+ is awesome. But if that's not you then do you're own "customizing" as long as you like it. :thumbup:
 

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OEM+ is awesome. But if that's not you then do you're own "customizing" as long as you like it. :thumbup:
Zach and Ian suggested filling the vents on the sides, to make it look like a 20th lip? Would be "customizing" it, but still OEM+. Maybe.

Edit: Few more pictures :)
My personal motivator:


Was thinking about throwing these on, what do you guys think ;)


Customer came in, complained of a tire leaking of air and a weird vibration. Completely oblivious lady hahaha:


Did a rear seat delete to help save gas for my trip to LA. Every little bit helped!
 

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More updates/progress on the GLI lip repair process.
I used a soldering iron to weld the cracked sides together, then liberally applied ABS cement.
In order to repair the two holes, I did the following:
1) Sanded gently around the hole
2) Layered some electrical tape over the FRONT of the hole
3) Generously applied ABS cement to the BACK of the hole, over the electrical tape
4) Removed the electrical tape after eight hours
5) Applied the ABS cement to the FRONT of the hole, ensuring to encompass an area larger than the hole to allow for a smooth, clean repair.
Or, I could just let the pictures do the talking :D











Edit: YAY HOLE FILLED
 

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sweet deal. for some reason your bay looks really nice and clean and tidy for just a washer delete, i like alot.
:thumbup::thumbup:
I've done other super minor things, like simply moving some wires around, hiding them under bigger pieces. I've done other things that I haven't posted up yet like, painting the coolant and power steering caps black, and the oil dipstick black. It's the small things that will add up :thumbup:

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Might as well post it up since it's being talked about:
 

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I've done other super minor things, like simply moving some wires around, hiding them under bigger pieces. I've done other things that I haven't posted up yet like, painting the coolant and power steering caps black, and the oil dipstick black. It's the small things that will add up :thumbup:
yes now i see. looks real good, might do a little surgery on mine as well. nothing better than a good, clean oem look imo.:thumbup:
 
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