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Thread: 1993 Volkswagen B3 Passat GLX VR6

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    Default 1993 Volkswagen B3 Passat Variant VR6

    Been lurking on here for a long time, and I figured it's time to contribute. I've been around cars my entire life...to list the VWs, Audis, Porsches and Mercedes that I've seen change hands in my immediate family alone would be another thread in itself.

    My first car was a 1980 Mercedes Benz W123 240D that was totaled by someone more concerned with her cellphone than driving. Besides a short affair with a 1999 VW MK4 GTI VR6, that incident left me carless from 2006 through 2012. In the meantime I became a competitive bike racer and needed something to haul gear at a low cost. It came down to either a Scion xB or a Honda Fit (not Euro ), and I found a black xB quicker for cheaper. Fast forward to 2013, and my xB looked like this:



    The xB was perfect for everything I needed it for, but it lacked character. Those that know me from the cycling world know everything I take on as a project is usually obscure and always unique. I got a call from my good buddy Shane one day saying he needed to unload one of his VWs to free up cash because his second daughter was on the way. His family is my family, so naturally the xB was for sale the next day and I was on my way to pick up a new-to-me VW. I didn't even know what a B3 was. The next night I ripped around the block in a freshly rebuilt VR6 and took her home:



    There is only one known owner before Shane with a skimpy paper trail of oil changes and basic maintenance. Shane did some major work under the hood but hadn't touched anything else. Once I started digging into it my to-do list got very, very lengthy. Here's the first set of photos I took to document the starting point:













    In 1993 she rolled off the line as a LA9V Brilliant Black family rocket. At some point, all panels forward of the B pillars were swapped from a green donor. The clear coat on the hood and roof is shot. The hatch is dented and rusted. All the fenders are wrinkled from bad rolling. The coils she sits on are unknown and there's a few rattles I still can't find. This is where the fun began.....
    Last edited by 7vchvry; 04-17-2015 at 02:44 PM.

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    Time to get some dirt under your nails! The beginning of a new project is always fun. It's something new you'll be keen at starting on!

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    love these wagons and miss my b4 every day that I had. Cant wait to see more of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    love these wagons and miss my b4 every day that I had. Cant wait to see more of this.
    you and me both bud sucks its in the junk yard now
    @DollaDollaDill

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    Ah damn this is beautiful. I had a 94 back in high school and I ***** it. Now Im ****** myself for never doing anything with it. Love this man!!

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    Nice car, I have a B5 now, love Passats, especially when they're wagons!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauluzz View Post
    Time to get some dirt under your nails! The beginning of a new project is always fun. It's something new you'll be keen at starting on!
    I'm actually about a year into it...more content coming when I have some time this weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwob View Post
    you and me both bud sucks its in the junk yard now
    The B3/B4 following is small but definitely loyal. I'm a full convert now. You'd be surprised how much those junkers help out when you keep a keen eye out

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoLOwX3 View Post
    Ah damn this is beautiful. I had a 94 back in high school and I ***** it. Now Im ****** myself for never doing anything with it. Love this man!!
    Thanks! Wait til you see the changes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearheaded View Post
    Nice car, I have a B5 now, love Passats, especially when they're wagons!
    Nice! I'm more of a MKI-III person nowadays, but any wagon is a good wagon imo. B5s have a lot of potential...especially if you build a sleeper.

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    Always loved these ! Good solid foundation too
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7vchvry View Post
    The B3/B4 following is small but definitely loyal. I'm a full convert now. You'd be surprised how much those junkers help out when you keep a keen eye out
    oh i know. i moved so much with mine. i miss it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwob View Post
    oh i know. i moved so much with mine. i miss it

    Damn Dwob that's you! Had that image saved for awhile...so clean!!
    Last edited by 7vchvry; 11-10-2014 at 01:38 PM.

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    Solid wagon sir, love it!

    Renato
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    I really havent seen many of these wagons done up at all. Cant wait to see what you come up with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWM Performance View Post
    Solid wagon sir, love it!

    Renato
    Team TWM Performance
    Quote Originally Posted by walkbyfaith View Post
    I really havent seen many of these wagons done up at all. Cant wait to see what you come up with!
    Thank you!

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    A few more before we tore into her:




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    Finding out the hard way that the US and eCode corner light brackets are different...oops:



    Questionable battery tie down:



    Messy redrill:



    Tired brakes. eBrakes in the rear were also partially seized:



    The surprises keep coming!

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    At this point it was December 2013 and I was relying on the B3 as my daily. The right coasters here will laugh, but my heater core was shot and I needed it fixed quick, and I didn't have time to do it myself. Here begins my relationship with James and the guys at #becausebags. You may recognize a few of the cars here:


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    Heater core done. A bunch of maintenance done. Posted on a chilly SF morning with my JDM brethren:



    Subaru Outback crossbar test fitment (don't do this... it is cheap and looks ok, but it sets your trays at an angle):


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    Nardi from a Mazda MX-5:








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    Rockymounts trays mounted, ran into a homie at work:


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    If you know...you know:




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    First team ride of the year:



    First race of the year up in Sacramento:



    The last time I saw her:


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    At this point, the B3 was in the shop with major plans for brakes, suspension, and wheels from the ground up. In the meantime I was sourcing a full black interior swap...not an easy task, and not often completed. After setting up every junkyard alert possible and a lot of futile runs, I hit the jackpot. I came across a mint B3 Passat GL at the Windsor Pick N Pull. I abducted Roy ( @dirtywerke ) on his day off and we stripped the entire Passat revealing a factory fresh shell...nothing in it had ever been removed!!!








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