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Taken from Edition38's classifieds (you have to login to view so I've copied the post to here)

Hey everyone,

Sadly I have to sell my Golf project that I have
been building for the past 16months. This is due to a recent driving
offence which is leading to a ban and forces me to sell both my Golf
and daily hack the Audi 80. I have moved in to a new flat and there is
no where to store them especially if I?m not going to be using any of
them for the next year. This is a very special car indeed and nothing
like this has been build in the UK yet. This engine is capable of
220bhp with a remap and larger injectors (which I have but have not got
round to fitting yet) in its current spec (currently around 130bhp). If
you do not believe this then you obviously don?t know what a TDI engine
is or capable off so this car is not for you. This car was made to be a
street sleeper, sounding like a diesel and capable of blowing most
things off in sight as it will have ~350lbs ft of torque once remapped.
I have just completed this car and have drove it for roughly a month to
wear the engine in after its rebuild and make sure everything is ok.
Everything works perfect and I have a full 12months MOT on it and
6months tax. Anyway before I continue here is the rough spec of the car
and work that?s been done (there?s so much I will miss out from custom
little jobs that I can?t remember doing to little parts that I have
ordered from VW):

Engine Spec:

? 1.9 TDI engine code AHF 110bhp
? Fully rebuilt head with 3angle valve seats and mild gas flowing
? Modified pistons reducing CR to around 17:1
? Lightened and balanced Golf G60 flywheel on new uprated Sachs VR6 clutch
? Modifies Allard intake manifold with custom EGR delete section
? Modified exhaust manifold running GT22V turbo
? Manifolds fully port matched
? Custom 2.5? down pipe and side exit exhaust
? Japanese big front mount intercooler
? 2.5? stainless steel intercooler piping with custom MAP flange and boost nipple
? Forge Motorsport silicone boost hoses all round in black
? Big boost pipe clamps not the crappy jubilee clips that don?t hold
? Rare non-AC bracket for alternator and PS pump ? eliminates AC compressor
? Custom MAF in cased in Audi S3 housing
? Full set of new gaskets everywhere
? New timing belt, tensioner, all idler pullies and water pump
? Full mk4 wiring harness running throughout the car ? no mk2 wiring at all
? New Mk2 GTD radiator with custom plumbing
? Kenlowe fan
? 3bar MAP sensor
? All new engine mounts and ALL correct brackets for conversion
? Battery re-located to boot with heavy duty cables and gold terminals and new Bosch battery
Full custom stainless braided turbo oil hoses not cheap clip onesm-
these are proper Aeroquip fittings and lines which cost a fortune!
? In tank lifter pump
? Rebuilt alternator
? Mk4 coolant expansion bottle
? ECU mounted under scuttle panel on original Mk4 bracket


? Mk4 TDI gearbox and Mk4 cable change shifter box fitted
? Mk4 hydraulic clutch pedal box with custom clutch line
? VR6 driveshafts


? Full VR6 suspension setup all round consisting:
? New front VR6 wishbones and bushes
? VR6 front anti-roll bar
? VR6 rear axle running mk4 rear alloy callipers with new discs and pads and both bearings
? VR6 280mm front brakes with new discs and pads
? All callipers painted silver in high temp paint look like new
? VR6 hubs
? Full Bilstein suspension with new bump stops and G60 top mounts
? VR6 alloys and VW locking wheel nuts
? VR6 steering rack with custom pump lines and mk4 reservoir
? Mk4 solid brake lines throughout
? Mk4 ABS system fully working!
? Mk4 brake servo (huge) and master cylinder
? Castrol DOT 5.1 racing brake fluid


? Fully functional Mk4 dashboard with full loom
? Fully functional climate control (less air con)
? Toad Ai606 Cat1 alarm with total closure and shock sensing
? 42Draft design gauge pod with VDO boost and Exhaust gas temp gauges (most important on TDI)
? Mk2 GTI 16v interior
? Electric Windows
? Remote central locking
? Full custom fitted Mk3 pedal box and steering column


? Full GTI 90spec big bumper trim
? Side exit custom 2.5? exhaust system
? New ?Golf GTD? badge
? Door lock armour plates

are so many parts that I have missed out from new bolts, clips and
panel that aren?t worth listing but cost an arm and leg! I have
literally spent over my annual wage on it! What I want is a good home
for this car and an owner who can appreciate what it is and how unique
it is. I am very knowledgeable with VW?s and TDI?s and have built this
car with great care and attention. This is no way bogged together or
rushed! I have taken a very long time to perfect everything I have done
to ensure reliability and performance. Quite literally the car can
start over again at 0miles as everything has been removed
overhauled/replaced as appropriate incl engine (which originally only
covered 68K miles on the clocks). The car pulls like a train with no
smoke and with its lightweight body will return well over 50mpg!

I?m not saying this car is perfect. It?s not. The paint is original
hence it?s not perfect nor has it got a matching bonnet (thanks to my
neighbour and her Range Rover). Viewing is welcome but the car is not
insured hence it is not road legal because of that so it is on my
friends drive. This is a very reluctant sale but I have no other choice
as I do not have the place nor the money to store it until I can drive

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Original topic here.

Now, apart from the dashboard and airbag missing, and the the fact it has no tax or MOT, this is one VERY interesting car. Whats the opinion of the diesel guru's?

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Not sure if I'm a guru lol but all I can say is WOW[H]

The dash for me is the best part. It is also running some size of turbo (GT22 FFS!).

It's basically a new car, I wonder how much he'll take for it.

1,310 Posts
That looks like a cracking motor!! and i love the dash.[H] It also looks like a very good conversion and looks almost factory bar the intercooler pipes.

Anyone noticed the side exit exhaust yet?


2,313 Posts
impressive, bet it goes well too in that shell. why does it not have an MOT though? failed on something? or can he not be bothered to get it done?

4,528 Posts
Looks interetsing.. would need a new steering wheel or an airbag blank... all looked good to me till I saw the MK4 dash... dash transplants are often bodged and have nasty rattles.

Could be worth talking to or finding someone with trade plates so a drive could be arranged. If you want some to look at it with you I dont mind .. I did a few transplants on 205's so know how to look for bodges also on motors like that the more eyes the better

On the flip side Mark you could get a mint mk2 campaign in green with bbs for 3k or even a mint mk3 vr6 highline for 4k or if its a toy there are still some rallyes around for that money

2,103 Posts
Have another drive of my latest Mk2 to see if you could live with the experience.

Had mine a few months now, done nearly 10K without any issues!

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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Heh it's just a pipe dream Andy, I'm going back to one car so having a toy isn't really a priority. Believe me I've been feasting my eyes over Rallyes for the past three months but sky high insurance and running costs are putting me off. Plus I'd want one with a 1.8T in it!

I think I could quite happily live with the experience its just the 'unkown' factor of buying a car such as the one above - looks good, but will it be reliable?

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Just incase?any?of?you?(or?anyone?you?know)?are?getting?bitten?by?the?Mk2?nostalgia?bug?i?have?a?truly mint?G reg,?8v?GTI?(big?bumpers/BBS?etc?etc)?110K.?Spent?4?years?in?storage,?you?wont?find?better.

I'll get round to advertising it properly soon i'm just in no real rush cos it's in storage, got SORN and is only gaining in value.

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Youve hit the nail on the head mark... will it be reliable... yes and no its a modified car every component has done various different mileage it has also been rebuilt with varying torques on nuts and bolts.... thinks will wear at odd rates due to the swapping of components.... Also you didn't modify it so don't have intimate knowledge of how it all works... awesome of your proffered garage are a while away if things stop working.

I know your job depends on your car ... if this is your only car i would say no, This is from experience I spent 6 months commuting to Manchester in in a transplanted 205 mi16.... I would never do it again i would buy an old mondeo/rover diesel

However the standard GTI sounds too good to be true... also as you say you could add the 1.8t yourself

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Very respectable effort that - although heavy diesel engine putting out big BHP/torque = power transfer issues & bad understeer.. Same problem with VR6 motored MKIIs too, very nice in theory but FWD and 16" rims have their limits.

Now that with Rallye/syncro running gear is a whole different kettle of fish!! I remember seeing a RHD converted Rallye with an S3 engine yonks ago for sale - I was 5 minutes away from hacking my kidney out with a spoon.

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That's really good money - Although the VR6 lump would have put me off I think, you'd get similar power from the original G60 motor and lighter to boot!

Awesome's silver 1.8T syncro was a stunning car, although I'd have Euro'd it personally.. wonder what the build cost was on it though, cos you'd never see it back.

Here's Ian's shell on the bay, just in case you're thinking of a project?
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