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    Default 1984 vw rabbit gti mk1 build (pic heavy)

    well heres my 84 gti. ive sunk around 2-3 grand into this thing so far. its still a work in progress

    the story behind it.
    i was 16 and working at a small auto shop when a old guy walks in talking about his old dodge truck he has that he wants to sell, he also mentioned that he had a 1980 gti, i didnt know much about vw's at that time but i did know for some reason i liked gtis. i went to look at it during lunch that same day, and i saw it was a pretty neat little car, he also had a rotted out 80 rabbit diesel. the gti was in great shape rust wise, floors were pretty solid, and strut towers were solid. both the gti and the diesel had been outside for 18 years, the gti was covered with tarps so it faired pretty well over those 18 years, the diesel was not covered, and it just rotted away. i offered him $300 for the gti, and he said he will have to think about it. 2 weeks later i got a call and he said i can have both the diesel and the gti for $300 and all he wanted from the diesel was the tranny( he had another diesel rabbit, pretty nice shape and garage kept, wont sell it now but i hope to own it one day). got them towed home and started working on the gti. i traded the diesel to a buddy for a scirocco 16v and tranny.

    i actually managed to get the gti running with a new battery and a used fuel pump and about 5 gallons of gas mixed with the old gas. i drove it around my neighborhood(put about 60 miles on it) until the water pump broke, then i pulled out the old 8v(less than 50k og miles) and put in the 16v.

    mods currently done to it

    jom coilover suspension
    upgraded rotors
    poly a arm bushing
    new A arms
    new ball joints
    poly trailing arm bushings
    new rear drums, pads, and hardware
    new tires
    painted the wheels
    engine swap
    2.25 tt borla stainless steel exhaust system
    cat delete
    2.25 raceland headers
    new racing engine mounts
    brand new brake lines
    stainless steel braided brake hoses
    painted the bumpers
    installed one racing seat (i have 2 better ones that i need to make mounts for)
    stripped the interior(new interior to come later)
    added stickers for extra hp(kw)
    grant racing steering wheel
    new/used gas tank
    and a rear brace.

    mods to still be done

    install new seats
    install lower k bar
    install upper front strut bar
    install duckbill
    interior
    stereo
    possibly a racing cam


    as i found the cars













    interior of the gti was pretty moldy









    48846 og miles



    first day home i reattached the bumper and cleaned up 18years of rat poo





    i have only seen one other set of these wheels, css carroll shelby wheels, 13X5.5 had some broken pieces near the bolt holes, and one had some curb rash



    bringing home the scirroco 16v



    mr. gasket co T handle just for giggles



    it lives! (exhaust broke in half so its pretty much just a cat to muffle the sound)



    everything still worked enough to drive the car (clutch was a bit out of align though)



    painted the red and polished it



    new tires



    interior cleaned a bit



    used simple green to get rid of the mold, i did get new door cards though





    new fog lights



    new coilovers



    lowered it!



    oil pan clearance



    negative camber attempt, made the rear wheels toe in unfortunately







    started removing the old sound deadner, floors are really solid, only one tiny rust hole



    wheels now blaaaaack



    exhaust



    new door cards, still have to do some proper fitting





    painted the rusty front





    bumpers back on and painted



    driveway scrapeage





    old engines out







    new header



    new engines in, just not wired yet



    got the gf to help me add 25 kw!







    painted and polished the valve cover



    painted the upper half of the air intake, got to do the lower half still





    grant racing wheel



    rear trailing arm, drums, new used gas tank painted





    new seats



    stainless steel braided brake hoses and new brake lines run



    k bar and duckbill still to be added



    and thats all i got for now, car is out getting some wiring bugs fixed right now. when the cars back, more updates will be added, enjoy!

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    Sweet resto! Looking good, keep it up.
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    Im so jealous of you lol, how do you like it??

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    Quote Originally Posted by F@BOY View Post
    Im so jealous of you lol, how do you like it??
    the 50 miles i have driven on the old motor, it was a blast, handles like a slot car, able to take flat sharp 90 degree turns at around 40mph without skipping a beat and holds its ground, i cant wait till the 16v is up and running.

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    that's awesome

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    I'm in lesbians with your rabbit.

    I wanna do the same thing but i dont have the cash to pay the insurance on two cars at 20 years old I have a mk5 rabbit still a blast to drive even though the suspension is quite a bit softer and it weighs about a ton more than yours xD.

    P.S. turn the diesel into a ratrod half the work is already done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DubWabbit View Post
    I'm in lesbians with your rabbit.

    I wanna do the same thing but i dont have the cash to pay the insurance on two cars at 20 years old I have a mk5 rabbit still a blast to drive even though the suspension is quite a bit softer and it weighs about a ton more than yours xD.

    P.S. turn the diesel into a ratrod half the work is already done!
    i really wish i still had the diesel, i dont own it anymore,

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    nice work!i had three mk2 8vs and a 90 passat wagon 16v. i miss my old dubs. i really wanna get a mk1 gti or gli. you should check out www.eurovagens.com we had a problem with the site and just got it back up so the layout and theme are goofy and not fixed yet, but you can still join and post.

    cant wait to see more updates.
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    got my upper strut bar in today, pics later

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    My GF walked past and said that she liked the car a lot. She loves VW Rabbits.

    Good work on the car so far!

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