Almost everyone has seen one, whether or not they knew it was a purpose built car and not an accident, who knows…
In 1996 Volkswagen built a small batch of cars for a promotional purpose. They were built on a 4 door Golf GL chassis, the only real interior difference was the seat upholstery, it was the same fabric used in the “joker” trim on European models of the same era. The outside is where the “magic” happened, VW took panels from 4 base color cars (Red, Blue, Green and Yellow) and swapped the removable panels between the other base color cars, leaving you with a very loud exterior.
Fast forward to 2015, and I have an opportunity to buy a very sad, yellow base harlequin locally. It had been resprayed at some point to be all yellow, but the colored panels were peeking through the worn paint. The driveline was tired, the interior was beyond tired, it was time for either a restoration, or euthanasia…
I sent the car off in pieces to my local painter, he began smoothing out life’s abuses and owners neglect, fixing shopping cart dings, and poorly placed jack stands. We needed a new hatch, or at least a tub that wouldn’t fall out every time you closed the hatch or went over a bump.
I found someone parting a 4 door golf, that had a lot of Euro market parts, hatch, bumpers, core supports, rebars, etc. We took it all.
Next on the list was the interior, after looking and not finding anyone wanting to sell their limited edition seats, I spoke with Kip at Loves Trim Shop and worked out a plan for some new threads. Mk2 Recaros on mk3 bases, leather wrapped, suede inlays and stitching to match the colors outside, without making the interior too loud to enjoy driving it.
That left me to get started on the driveline, the stock ABA was no different in the harlequin cars than it was in a standard Golf GL.
I had a 2.8 24v from a GTI that was wrecked, I had the machine shop go through the block, hone and a ring job, new bearings, new chains, guides, gaskets etc.
I couldn’t help myself, since I had it all in pieces I painted each section of the motor in the matching colors of the car, engine block, head, upper timing cover, lower timing cover, valve cover, intake, accessories, brackets…
I was seeing spots from all of the painting and planning.
Now that the car had been painted back to its original colors, engine painted and assembled and interior back from Love’s, it was time to make it a whole car again.
This is always the fun part, assembly is very gratifying.
Since the interior itself wasn’t very “loud”, Brandon Rosensteel at EuroGlow made an overlay for me.
Once the car was fully assembled, we could enjoy the best part of a vr6 swap – DRIVING!
During this build, a lady had contacted me about wanting to purchase the car when it was done. That is another story all together and arguably better than the one I just told you.
She and “Polly” now are in the Knoxville area, so if you see them, say hello!
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!!
Slightly better after a washing!
Ready to Paint!
Our MK1 VR6 motor mounts ready to go!
Integrated Cable Boss on our mk1 02a mounts, we also offer a smooth version for our mk1 hydro kit
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We took a quick note of what needed to be done:
We got to work straight away cleaning and removing excess wiring and general mess
Now to start the rebuilding:
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:
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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