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Dongboy 05-22-2006 06:52 PM

Project: VW Rabbit ver dieselicious
 
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I went and looked at this car my friend's GF's granpa was getting rid of, he is a 93 year old man and bought it new in 1980. He is an old diesel head and had 2 spare motors and stacks of parts laying around.

this car is absolutely pristine! nothing but a few spots of surface rust, just impeccable condition.

The old guy was totally afraid of the car doing anything for him so he swapped out anything that might ever possibly fail with mechanical units, he made and installed his own damn thermostat!

engine is a fresh rebuild he did himself and it scoots the car right around, its got the 1.6 diesel with a 5 speed instead of the original 4 speed & 1.5 combo. car moves right along even with people in the car and gets rediculous gas mileage even running hard on the freeway.

pics!
before the wash after a 90 mile drive that netted me with 41mpg with a leaking injector pump (fixed it ! ) and driving it buried to the floor on the freeway the whole time
[img]http://x002.uploaderx.net/x/IMG_6292.jpg[/img]
front end looks pretty good after 350k
[img]http://x002.uploaderx.net/x/IMG_6293.jpg[/img]
[img]http://x002.uploaderx.net/x/IMG_6296.jpg[/img]
[img]http://x002.uploaderx.net/x/IMG_6297.jpg[/img]
you can see the original golf ball shifter (much like in my 20th AE) and the dashes the old guy ran in, nothing like steaming hot oil pressure about a foot from your nuts
[img]http://x002.uploaderx.net/x/IMG_6299.jpg[/img]
left to right: fan motor, glow plugs, turn indicator, rad fan#1, rad fan#2, ignition, manual t-stat control. only thing the key does is turn the starter and unlock the wheel lock
[img]http://x002.uploaderx.net/x/IMG_6302.jpg[/img]
front end after a quick washing, looks SO much better (working on a german car requires german beer, only way to make sense of the damn things)
[img]http://x002.uploaderx.net/x/IMG_6307.jpg[/img]
[img]http://x002.uploaderx.net/x/IMG_6312.jpg[/img]
[img]http://x002.uploaderx.net/x/IMG_6304.jpg[/img]


plans:
strip the god awful interior (car sat for 8 months and got a little nasty inside)
mk2 gli dash & seats - figure out door cards, probably black mk1 gti door cards and rear seats if I can't make mk2 gti seats fit back there. new black carpet.
rewire entire car with ce2
new not-too aggressive suspension setup - probably a cup kit or similar so it handles but doesn't kill me on long drives
new light weight wheels/tires (something akin to flik blasts)
rear disc brakes and larger front brakes, new master cylinder a its getting a little slow.
Probably do the rustoleum brush or spray paint job, the paint honestly isnt in that bad of shape I just don't like the color at all. (shave the side markers at the same time, they look so stupid)
something has to be done with the bumpers... I'm told I can euro them up by drilling the shocks out of them and driving into a wall to compress them :lol: maybe take the hooks off of them do the euro thang and have them re-chromed
quad round grill probably retrofit the 7" low beams with HIDs and some super fogs for when i'm out cruising in the middle of nowhere to keep from hitting raccoons

and lastly, the best part 96+ TDI swap with long fifth gear and a gas mileage chip and injectors (bigger injectors = shorter injection pulse = better mileage)

i'm aiming for 65mpg after the TDI swap and a budget of $5000 which I feel comfortable I can meet. The car will obviously not just be a huge mileage beast with that much torque waiting to be brought out, 130whp/250ft/lb is about what i'm expecting out of the chipped TDI with a nice exhaust system and new IC

Thermo1223 05-22-2006 07:08 PM

Tell your gf I am your new love bitch, I coming over. :drool:

wwilliam54 05-22-2006 07:08 PM

sweet

Ultrabrite 05-22-2006 07:52 PM

I'm looking for something like that right now, found a custom turbo diesel rocco with intercooler for 3000 on a 10,000 mile rebuild, supposed to "haul" (what ever than means)

[IMG]http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a30/echandler/PortlandRallyRaceandothers079.jpg[/IMG]
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L1n34r_3urn() 05-22-2006 07:54 PM

[QUOTE=Ultrabrite]
[url]http://mail.google.com/mail/?view=att&disp=emb&attid=0.11&th=10b58287f5a7b289[/url]
[url]http://mail.google.com/mail/?view=att&disp=emb&attid=0.13&th=10b58287f5a7b289[/url][/QUOTE]


Err . . .

BPJ 05-22-2006 08:08 PM

[QUOTE=Ultrabrite]I'm looking for something like that right now, found a custom turbo diesel rocco with intercooler for 3000 on a 10,000 mile rebuild, supposed to "haul" (what ever than means)

[url]http://mail.google.com/mail/?view=att&disp=emb&attid=0.11&th=10b58287f5a7b289[/url]
[url]http://mail.google.com/mail/?view=att&disp=emb&attid=0.13&th=10b58287f5a7b289[/url][/QUOTE]

dood put sweet wheels on it like this:

[URL=laf]C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\My Pictures\wh33lz.jpg[/URL]

wwilliam54 05-22-2006 08:11 PM

[QUOTE=BPJ]dood put sweet wheels on it like this:

[URL=laf]C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\My Pictures\wh33lz.jpg[/URL][/QUOTE]
:lol:

German Muscle 05-23-2006 01:07 AM

you can sell that front end on a vw forum for some money. those arent very common.

RobCrezz 05-23-2006 02:28 AM

Thats gonna be awesome. Good luck.

ComputerJLT 05-23-2006 03:22 AM

when i first looked at that car all i heard was "KILL ME" coming from it


poor sad car :( it looks like a 90 year old man.

give it some love

Colonel Sanders 05-23-2006 06:41 AM

"Impeccable" and "pristine" are not words that come to mind when I look at that :lol:

Paints 05-23-2006 07:16 AM

[QUOTE=Colonel Sanders]"Impeccable" and "pristine" are not words that come to mind when I look at that :lol:[/QUOTE]
no, dings, scrapes, body panels looks straight and true, nothing a fresh coat of paint and some angle grinder won't fix.

Bluesultan 05-23-2006 08:21 AM

i'm assuming you got that for free...if so, that's awesome :D

Nox 05-23-2006 09:14 AM

Won't this be like the 5th rabbit you've killed? :lol:

Dongboy 05-23-2006 10:57 AM

[QUOTE=I LIKE THE BIG COCK]no, dings, scrapes, body panels looks straight and true, nothing a fresh coat of paint and some angle grinder won't fix.[/QUOTE]

exactly, after washing it the only pot marking is the bumpers and the front of the hood. Not a single ding on the entire body.

car cost me 500 bones (grandkid price :D)- the engine is worth more then that... if anybody knows someone looking for an immaculate fresh rebuild 1.6NA full engine bay dropout let me know.

interior comes out today, will be more pics :o

[QUOTE=Nox]Won't this be like the 5th rabbit you've killed? :lol:[/QUOTE]
to be fair the last project one got shot. this is I think my 5th dub though
86 jetta
85 golf
87 jetta
03 gti
80 rabbit
yep, 5 :D


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