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Davids 81 Scirocco

David called and said his 16v was making some “extra” noise, which he believed to be a rod bearing that took an unscheduled leave of absence..  David is from the great white north and had the car shipped down to us to look it over and try to come up with a game plan for his best options moving forward.  We weighed rebuilding the 16v, adding modern fuel management, even forced induction.  After several conversations about options he actually decided that a VR6 would be a nice mid ground to having a NA car, with modern injection control, and a fun to drive powerband.

So I got to work:

Ok, so I had to take advantage of the fact there were 3 red roccos here at the same time..

Now I really got to work…

With the old 16v out, the bay had a few issues from previous owners, while I do not sell myself as a paint and body shop, I will make repairs and spray an engine bay for a customer.

Back side of the repairs seam sealed and ready for service.
With the holes fixed, the bay was ready to paint.

A new coat of paint goes a long way in an old engine bay.

Onto getting the new driveline ready, I had an 04 touareg motor with under 80k on it.  With a touareg motor into a tranverse chassis there are a few pieces you need to swap from either a 2.8 BDF or mk4 r32 motor.  Oil filter housing, oil pump and pan,  exhaust manifolds, accessory bracket (if you want to keep AC, otherwise you can use the treg bracket and accessories) lower timing cover needs to be ground down to clear the trans.

As a rule I always replace service or wear items on a motor before I install it,  so this motor got chains, guides, rear main seal, plugs, coil packs, waterpump, water transfer pipe, thermostat housing, thermostat, valve cover and manifold gaskets.

With all of that done, I was ready to fit the motor.

As you can see the radiator is in before I fit the motor, I cover this in our install videos but this gets overlooked more often than I’d like to hear about.   I am using one of the S&P Mk1 Vr6 radiators with a single fan and a 70c fan switch.

David insisted that we find an Audi intake manifold to dress the motor up a bit over the boring Touareg manifold,  good call on his part, looks great on top of the VR lump.

I knocked out a hidden MAF intake, a remote fill bottle for the coolant system which finished off the plumbing to the radiator and heater core.  These along with the valve cover and upper strut brace got a wrinkle black powder coated finish from TopNotchCustoms located here in town.

Onto wiring,  as with many of these cars the wiring had been touched by alot of people, and they all left their mark..

I removed a lot of the old management wiring, some was even left from the 81 motor that was long gone,  there were abandon relays, multiple wire taps for radios or accessories at some point.  All of it needed to go and start with just what was needed for the current setup in the car.

With the interior wiring in a better place, I moved onto the battery which was moved to the back, using an S&P Battery Box I mounted the Optima Red Top into place with a main breaker mounted on the box itself, this prevents having a 2ga torch running the length of the car if you have a short between the battery and the fusebox/starter/alternator junction point.

The original headlights were tired, I installed some LED low beams and h4 high beams with a pair of Hella relays to keep the load off the switch, this also gave me time to put the face back on the ‘rocco.

Time to get under the car and install the exhaust system. Using a 2.5″ stainless kit from TT with a Borla muffler gets the VR notes out in the perfect way without getting that drone while cruising the highway.

Onto suspension brakes and bearings, I installed a set of Mk1 Solowerks Coilovers  along with new bearings into the ‘rocco spindles, the car was already setup for 10.1″ 16v brakes so just a hardware refresh was needed there.

The seatbelt retracts were sticky, and unresponsive so we sent them out to Safety Restore and had them install some red belts for a bit of color on the inside, David once again was right, it looks great without being LOUD.

With all the safety issues covered it was ready for some road tests.

With all the safety issues covered it was ready for some road tests.

Exhaust Video

Driving Video

I was able to take it to a local show before it had to be loaded up and head home to the Great White North.

This has been one of my personal favorites, its not overstated, its not slammed beyond function, its a ton of fun to drive (yes even in the corners thanks to sway bars and reasonable ride height), it sounds great, it looks good enough to be brought to any GTG or show, but doesn’t have brand new don’t touch me with anything but a diaper paint.  Overall a well sorted car, I hope David gets many years of enjoyment out of it.

Parts available from S&P

Mk1 Vr6 Hardware Kit – Base

Cable Clutch Kit 

S&P Radiator – Vr6 Mk1

Vr6 AAA Based coolant hoses

Tach Adapter

Speedo Cable

Mk1 SS Exhaust

MK1 Vr6 24v downpipe

Solowerks Coilovers

Wiring Services

S&P Battery Box

LUK clutch kit

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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!

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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

 

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For Sale ! MK2 Jetta VR6 Coupe

Here is one of the greatest combinations VW never created!

 

Mk2 jetta coupe, big bumpers, no wheel arches, big trim, ecode aero lights!

Drivetrain

  • rebuilt vr6 engine
  • new clutch
  • new timing chain kit
  • new water transfer parts
  • obd2 management
  • 5 lug conversion

Interior

  • Recaro trophy interior
  • mk3 dash conversion with lower glovebox
  • Working AC/Heat (with repaired blend doors, no foam bits flying in your face)
  • Power Windows

Exterior

  • Fresh Alpine white paint with clearcoat
  • Painted big bumpers
  • “Fat” trim
  • rear quarter flares
  • GLI spoiler
  • non sunroof
  • Aero E-codes
  • NOS aero grill with all trims and tabs

Suspension

  • H&R Cup kit with new strut bearings
  • new wheel bearings

 

 

The car is a ton of fun to drive, and with all these new parts it should be reliable as a daily driver if you wanted to enjoy it every chance you could..

 

Price is going to be 7250.00 OBO, it will be at SOWO15 from may15-17 with a clean title and ready to meet its new owner..

 

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The rebuild of a 96 harlequin

We will be documenting (as we can) the rebuilding process of a 96 VW Golf Harlequin edition.  Full respray, updated driveline and a refreshed interior..   All chassis parts will be refreshed with new parts.

This is chassis number 101 of 264 produced in 96 only as a Volkswagen promotional vehicle.

 

Our friends at RossVW have a great write up and history of the harlequin model.  Check them out! http://www.rossvw.com/harlequin/

 

Back to Project VRlaquin

We received the car in less than a desirable state.  At one time it had been resprayed (poorly) yellow over its colored panels.  The joker seats were in rough shape, it had the usual mk3 rotten floor boards, a fallen door hinge and crushed rocker. vrlaquin6
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OFF TO PAINT!!

 

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More updates coming soon! Stay Tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red panels —- Eurohatch (no more problems with the NA license tub) not pictured are the red fenders!!

 

vrlaquin15    Looks alot like a part of a discarded “Golden Arches” campain right now.. Needs those other two colors..

Blue panels came from the paint shop next!!

vrlaquin11  Blue parts looked amazing in the sun, they should have used Chagall blue on more of the VAG line.  This harlequin is really coming together..

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Three Of four colors completed now!! vrlaquin10

Green Parts have arrived!!! vrlaquin9 vrlaquin8 vrlaquin7  Now we have all four colors! We cant/wont hang the green panels until we are done sorting out the wiring harness in the drivers floor panel..

next up motor assembly and painting of the parts for the driveline..

 

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Its Grumman time

Check out our build on our new shop truck! Its a Grumman Olsen Kubvan

Click the pic or go to ORIGINALS>1983 GRUMMAN

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MK1 02J Transmission Mounts Are Here!!

They are here, laser cut, plated and ready for your swap. Includes a boss for our eurovan cable conversion.

 

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Also arrived, another shipment of our mk1 02a/j shift linkage kits

These give you a great alternative to trying to fit the cumbersome cable box into your mk1.  No cutting or welding required, you keep the stock linkage in the tunnel.  No console modification, no drilling holes in your firewall or dealing with pinched cables from the very sharp firewall bend on the mk1 cars. Shortens the throw over the cable setup..

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Click the pictures for pricing, or go to SERVICES >CUSTOM PARTS

 

 

 

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Projects for customers we have been working on

Over the past couple months we have finished a few projects you may be interested in.

 

1983 Rabbit GTI o VR6 Swap

We took a tired 1983 GTI and added 1.5″ of steel to the rear arches and 1″ to the fronts, had it painted factory black, and stuffed a VR6 into it..

 

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An early westy front end was cloned from parts we had and the existing core support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewart Warner gauges set into a mk2 dash panel lets the owner know what is going on under the hood.

 

 

 

 

 

1990 Jetta Coupe

We rescued this coupe with a blown headgasket on its VR6 swap.  After looking the car over we decided it needed a complete redo.

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Rebuilt the motor with new rings stock pistons and new bearings, head was sent off to the machine shop for a refresh, and new chains were installed.

 

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Car was then disassembled and sent off to paint where it is almost done and ready to come back to us for final assembly.