Bruce wasn’t a euro guy, that was until he happened across an 84 GTI that needed some love. Unfortunately some shady people took advantage of Bruce’s good nature and after starting on a 1.8t swap, his car sat and alot of the parts were “missing” .
He brought it to me and after assessing the missing parts, and the general state of the car he decided that he would rather start over with a different driveline and settled on a 12v VR6 that I serviced up with new chains, guides, ignition wires, plugs, new gaskets, fresh clutch and then bolted the S&P Vr6 hardware kit to the VR lump and set it into the mk1 shell.
The car also got a fresh set of 9.4″ gti brakes, a full set of Solowerks Mk1 coilovers and strut mounts. We cleaned up some chassis wiring issues and sent it home with Bruce, he says he enjoys the look on mustang drivers faces when they cant shake the little mk1 econobox..
We shortened up our dual pass radiator, and made it stockier, 2.5″ thick core, so that we could put a 21×2.5×3″ intercooler core on the top of it. Now we can add a condenser to the front if we need to, or tuck it all the way under the core support and make some room for that 1.8t log manifold.
We should have this ready for shipment by mid to late February, we are sorting out the last bits of attachment points, testing outlet sizes and making piping kits for 1.8t and TDIs
Look at that, a radiator that fits UNDER your core support, now you can tuck it out of your way. Great for CARBS, ITBS, or even the big VR6 swaps.. We have a special shroud for these radiators, and as with our other radiators, they use the stock fan switch, and factory size coolant inlet and outlets.
These adapters are great if you are a mk1 owner with a mk3/4/5 swapped chassis and are needing to keep that mk1 cluster working perfectly.. Simply install this in one of the spare locations found in the coolant system, attach the included ground wire, thread your sensor into the adapter, attach your original signal wire and boom, a working mk1 cluster again!
They also work for aftermarket gauge installations for the mk3/4/5 owners, install the sensor into the adapter, ground the adapter with the provided ground wire, install into the coolant flange, enjoy an aftermarket gauge in your cockpit!
With the help of our Canadian friends we have put together a nice bolt in hydro clutch kit for your mk1. Now putting that six speed 02m into your mk1 chassis just became a little easier.
Our kit comes with the backing plate, wilwood .75 master cylinder, and optional slave cylinder if needed. 02m users will need a threaded bleeder adapter which will be offered soon, but for now can be purchased from vendors like 034 motorsport or ECS.
On the same weekend that herds of VW owners head for the usually damp H20i show in Ocean City, we chose to go south for a get together of Mk1 owners. For the last 5 years Yates and his friends have been putting together a relaxed weekend meet. While the event was small, the weekend was full of well planned events. This group of enthusiasts embody everything that got me into VWs; friends that become family. There were a couple of cars that needed some coaxing to continue on one of our cruises through the old town of Saint A, and everyone was out there helping in some way or another. If you have the opportunity, plan to make it to the next A1 Classic, it will be a permanent event for us here at S&P. We would love to see them grow it into a 100 plus mk1 gathering. Come down and get to know Christian and Manny, you won’t be disappointed!
A couple pics from the event.. we will upload a video from some of the cruising later.
Here is our “magic” box !! Its a dual purpose unit and has 2 modules in it, digital>analog + cylinder conversion. It’s used for many applications, putting a VR6/1.8t/TDI/2.0 into a mk1/2 and retaining your factory cluster. (However if you wanted to drop an ls1 into your mk1 and drive the stock tach, this will do it for you)
This module will allow your factory cluster to read the correct rpm of the engine. It will save time on not having to do a dash swap or retrofitting the 6 cylinder cluster and allow you to maintain that stock sleeper look inside your mk1 or mk2.