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Matts 1981 VRirocco

Matt wanted to be able to jump in his Scirocco and drive it everyday, without worrying about the failing CIS system leaving him on the side of the road.   To overhaul the 1.8 and rebuild the CIS system was a realistic option, however after looking at the cost of the rebuild he realized he was well on his way to a later model motor swap.  Even better.  Better mileage from an 02 controlled fuel system, more power, easier to find parts. Win-win!

On to the evidence!!

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Slightly better after a washing!

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Ready to Paint!

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Our  MK1 VR6 motor mounts ready to go!

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Motor hanging!

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Integrated Cable Boss on our mk1 02a mounts, we also offer a smooth version for our mk1 hydro kit

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Its ready to go home!

Mk1 Vr6 Scirocco conversion, stainless shift rod kit, full 2.5″ stainless exhaust, silicone coolant lines, hidden 3″ maf intake pipe, 2.25″ tucked radiator with fan and shroud.  everything you need to have a fun in your mk1!

 

Interested in installing one into your own mk1? Interested in having us install one into your mk1?

Check the kit out here !!  Contact us anytime :  info@s-pautomotive.com

 

 

1.8t Powered Go-Kart

Steve built this man sized go-kart based off an Ariel Atom, all hand built, no kits or rolling chassis.  He dropped it off for a tidy up on the wiring and to add a couple other items.

 

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We took a quick note of what needed to be done:

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We got to work straight away  cleaning and removing excess wiring and general mess

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Now to start the rebuilding:

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Concealed under the dash is one of our sealed fuse-boxes we use for large load motor swaps, or in this case, a complete car system:

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We also installed a battery disconnect switch, push button start system, a working obd2 port for diagnostics and live data logging.

 

Interested in a project like this? Send us an email, we would love to talk with you about your crazy idea, and how we can help you make it happen, Steve built this car when everyone said he couldn’t, wouldn’t or shouldn’t. That sounds to me like perfect kind of motivation!

New S&P Parts

Check out our new products released this week.

 

Vanagon hatch latch extension, allowing you to lock your hatch and still vent your Vanagon while camping. Buy Them HERE

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Mk1 gutter mount rack towers are in stock as well!  Low and sleek, a great base for you to build your custom rack on.

Buy Them HERE

 

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S&P Mk1 Fan Shrouds

A custom radiator like OURS needs a custom shroud, well now we have one.  These aluminum shrouds are designed to be used with our radiators, they can also be fitted to a stock mk1 or mk2 radiator with minimal user modification.

 

We are using a high quality, well balanced 10″ 1650 CFM fan.  The fans can be purchased separately HERE.

 

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Finishes for the shrouds will include, polished or raw aluminum, for an extra fee we can have them powder coated.  We will be offering an option as a complete cooling package with our radiators, already wired with a relay and temp sensor all you will need to do is hook up a labeled power and ground, plumb the coolant lines and you’re running cooler than before!  Check out the shrouds in our store NOW!

S&P And Tech53, Joining Forces to Bring You Better Parts Faster!

In the MK1 world, you’ve probably heard of or even purchased some of Freds awesome parts he provides for the mk1 community.  To help us with our Canada canada customers and to help his USA customers we will be stocking some of Tech-53.com ‘s gear here in the USA, cheaper on shipping, faster shipping with no customs for the customer to deal with ect…

Keep an eye out for some new things coming our way!!

Big brake kits, mk1 mount options, billet bearing inserts for the steering column, scirocco rain trays, ect.  billet camber billet caps billet guides BBKmk1-8T TRSMT02A02J-2

Summer Software Sale

It’s time for a summer sale, if you are thinking about a mk4 motor swap for your mk1, we are offering 20 percent off your wiring harness work or ecu tuning when you purchase an integration kit from us. This offer is good until around mid August. Purchase of the integration kit must be between July 10 and August 15, your harness can be scheduled up to a month after that. image image

 

How To Install Our Parts by VWDIESELNET

Ryan over at VWDIESEL.NET wanted to build a tdi swapped caddy using our parts.  He went way beyond the call of duty and made a set of videos documenting the various parts used, and how he installed them.  Check out the website for more awesome videos on keeping your VW on the road.  http://www.vwdiesel.net

 

Part 1 : Parts Overview

 

Part 2: Mounts and Engine Prep

 

Part 3: Shift Rods, Cable Clutch Kit, Exhaust

S&P Radiators For Your MK1 Swaps

So you’ve installed your new mk4 powerplant into your mk1, now you are left with plumbing it in.  Some swaps (vr6 specifically, the TDIs dont fit well either.) require you to modify the radiator, and finding stock hoses that will work can be a scavenge-fest.

We have used a stock mk1 rabbit radiator flipped upside down, then you have to cap the overflow port, and it wants to leak eventually, not to mention that your temp switch is now across the engine bay and in the way of everything you just installed..

Soo… we went looking for OEM options, found a dasher radiator that works pretty well, unfortunately the aftermarket support for Dashers is very small.  There seems to be little to no stock of the replacement dasher radiators anymore. Leading us to our natural course of action, make something that works the way we want.

 

In about 1-2 months, we will be stocked with a new radiator for your swaps.  Fully tig welded endtanks, no plastic all aluminum construction coupled with the dual pass design will help keep your rabbit running cool. Stock mounting pins and core-support mounting tabs are in place.  We also have removed the overflow port as most mk4 based swaps have a port on the motor or in the factory hoses.

These will also work for those who want to run carbs or ITBS and are using some sort of an overflow container.

 

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24k – Sal’s Vr6 Swapped Mk2 Golf

Sal Robertson, co-owner of S&P Automotive, bought this car a little over a year ago. Having owned and built a lot of different VWs, he decided to let this one sit for a while whilst he decided ultimately what direction to go with the car.

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To kick things off, Sal shipped the car off to his painter to have the car resprayed in the OEM LE1V Gold Metallic, thus beginning with the car’s moniker of 24K.

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While the car was away a low mileage 24V VR6 and a 1995 2.0 GTI donor car were sourced. The 4 lug suspension, coilovers, Nuespeed F&R sways, 10.1” brakes for a base were reappropriated, and a host of new parts from axles, and brakes, down to the tie-rods and some hot cams were thrown in the mix.

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After getting the car back, Sal went to town. Inside an awesome set of low bolster Recaros were placed in the front and matched to the OEM tweed on the rears and the door cards. The dash and plastics were re-dyed to the original dark brown, and the cluster was treated to some Autometer ES gauges to keep an eye on things under the hood.

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The car presently rides on those pristine Ronal Turbos IIs and perfectly fitted Kumhos, but we don’t know for sure that those will be permanent…

Eurobumpers and e-code lights finish up the exterior of the car, keeping it simple and classic.

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As far as entertainment, and the sound system… What better soundtrack could one have than a mildly massaged 2.8 24V VR exhaling through a 2.5” Borla exhaust? IMHO, none. Whilst idling, the car gently purrs with nary a loud rumble to clue you in on the work that has gone on; until you hit the pedal on the right, that is.

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Some might call it too simple, saying that it needs some 16 by eleventy wheels, mad camber, and tires that look impossible to mount or drive on. But, this car… clean, classy, and 24K all the way.

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Coming soon, an inside look into S&P Automotive and a few other recent builds. Be sure to check back, and hit the like button over on Facebook!

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-CM
sr83.com

 


But we can’t forget about Seth’s Jetta!!!
Another fine example of S&P Original goodness, when Seth saw this thing, he had to have it.

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It wasn’t in its current state when he bought it from Sal & Perry, it took a little of Seth’s imagination and S&P’s elbow grease to fit the 12v vr6, complete with fully polished Schrick intake manifold.

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Yea, those are common, just roll out to your local bone yard, they’re everywhere…
While Sal chose the old school feel with the golf, Seth felt that the original Recaro Trophies just werent quite what he was looking for and opted for front & rear Recaros from a Mk4 GLI.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all about keeping certain cars true to their vintage roots, but there’s a lot to be said about a slightly more modern, comfortable seat, that’ll hold you through the twisties.

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These days, low seems to be the only thing people think about when “building” a car. And though I’m a fan of all aspects of suspension and wheel fitment, I have to say, its quite relieving to come across enthusiasts these days who can build their cars and drive them, rather than garage queens and speed-bump dodgers.

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Thanks for the opportunity to shoot your cars guys.

For more info on S&P Originals, check out their website at S&P Automotive!

-Josh
sr83.com

Grumman

 

 

It is for no better explanation, a sales pitch.  Grumman Olsen was trying to get the USPS bid for manufacturing the postal carrier vehicle..   between 1983-1985 they produced 500 kubvans in 2 different models (70 and 100) with a couple different options.  High or low Floor (cargo area) dual or single rear doors, automatic or manual shift and right or left drive.

Most were automatics, almost all were diesel, I have heard that a few may have been ordered with the CIS gas engine.

Mine is a 100, with a manual trans (1/23 supposedly) single rear door, high floor.  I looked for almost 4 years for one, and in January of 14 I found one in Ohio.  After alittle time talking with the owner we struck a deal and it was on its way to me.

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I drove it around the neighborhood for a while trying to find out what worked and what didnt .. all the while thinking of paint schemes and engine options.

With a local show coming up in April I wanted to have it there and the simplest way with our work load and project list piling up was to work on the exterior first and then pull the original drive train out after the local show.

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We added a bullbar for safety… you know how rough the city streets of Chattanooga can be..

 

 

Final touches were a set of wheels that I use on every car, but never sell with a car. My Ronal Turbos. They were not what I had in mind but with the fenders and the offsets I was going to have to work with, these fit the bill.  We also added a roof rack and a functioning ladder to access the rack.

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It made it to the local show and we had a great time.

 

 

 

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From the local show to SOWO14 was only 30 days, so we were still under a bit of a time crunch to get the new driveline inplace to make it to Helen GA.

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The rebuilt ALH motor from an 03 Beetle TDI was painted CAT yellow before installing the accessories or transmission parts.

 

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With all the accessories on we were ready to try out the new MK1 02A mounts and mk1 02J shift linkages we had made.  Of course they fit like a glove and work even better.  The Eurovan Cable Clutch conversion kit was also used on this chassis to simplify the mk1 02a/j conversion.  Scirocco 16v axles were used with the standard mk1 hubs.

 

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With those installed we were onto wiring, inter-cooler plumbing,and maintenance parts on the spindles and hubs.

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We made the trip with out any issues,  had a great time cruising around town seeing old friends.  They had a mobile dyno setup so we crawled on top of it to see how we did. kubvan 017kubvan 016kubvan 023 The video is not that great as we were having issues finding a tach signal to work off of.  After that was sorted we got 3 good pulls and managed 325ft/lbs of torque and 146hp.

 

Overall I am very happy with the performance and drive-ability of this vehicle,  I have put a total of 1000 miles on the swap as of 6/4/14 and will continue to update as we add new parts.

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