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Old 03-18-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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I had a build on here for my 24v VR6 Corrado already, but the photobucket photos stopped showing. I've moved everything over to flickr and started again.

This thread will cover the progress on my 24v Corrado build and my recently acquired 1978 mk1 Scirocco (daily project).

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So I bought this car when in 2005 when I was 16 - it was my first car.

It's one of 13 New Zealand new VW Corrados (all were 16v), and now one of 10 left on the road here. It is finished in a factory option Helios Blue Metallic (LA5Y), which has a sweet violet pearl in the sunlight.

At first I didn't actually like it much. I thought it was the most ugly thing I'd ever seen, but then it grew on me.

This is how it looked when I bought it, with 183,000kms on the clock. It stayed like this for a few years while I worked in a pizza shop saving zero dollars. (Pic is really small because I have no old ones!)


1 by tbagnz, on Flickr

A few years later I bought another of the NZ New Corrados. The intention was to take the bilsteins & -40mm jamex springs out, along with every other good bit I could find.


2 by tbagnz, on Flickr

Next up was a FK badgless grill that I bought on the-corrado.net.


3 by tbagnz, on Flickr

Then long nothing. It cost me enough just keeping the car tidy and maintained with genuine parts. Until came the idea of BBS RS. I bought my first set in the hope that they'd fit, not knowing a thing about stud patterns, widths, offsets, adaptors, redrilling etc. They didn't fit and couldn't fit. This sent me on a downward spiral of whoreism. I became probably the country's worst BBS RS whore, buying every set that I could sniff out of the woodwork. I even bought cars just for the RS that were on them!

I went through so many sets of wheels, buying & selling to make a buck to fund more bits for the Corrado. But as I learnt about what was what, I didn't want to settle for anything less than a 16" 4x100 RS - the rs003. It took me three years, but I finally found a set in NZ and snapped them up before anyone else had seen them.


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Imported a bunch of bits for some friends and I from Germany


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And did a bit of a refurb on them. They went to 16x7.5 and 16x8.0. At the time I thought that'd get them sitting flush, but I was wrong. I was also broke, so it had to do for the time being.


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Some more 17" RS that I found for $300, probably around USD$150 at the time!


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This is how the car was sitting on the same -40mm jamex springs, but we had then chopped a couple of coils out to get it sitting lower. It drove like shit.


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Then I found a '76 pre facelift mk1 scirocco - probably even more rare than the Corrado in New Zealand. It needed a full resto, but I had to have it to match the rado. I didn't have any money to do the build, but getting the car is always the first step!


14 by tbagnz, on Flickr

I then moved to a flat with a MASSIVE garage because I didn't have enough room for both cars & work space.


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Then I found this BMW with another set of rs003s on it! He didn't know what they were, and I bought the whole car for $1200. I took the wheels off the car and sold the car for a profit


17 by tbagnz, on Flickr

These wheels were to become the newly refurbed, wider, better 003s that I'd put on the Corrado. I used the rear lips off the other set and put them on the front. I got some new 2.5" lips for the rears, new black/chrome 3D badges, new chrome bolts, new 1/4 height caps. The final spec was 16x8 et12, 16x8.5 et6. I ran them on 195/45 Kumho tyres, which is the smallest 16" size you can get in NZ.

The front wasn't stretched enough, so I imported a pair of 195/40/16 Toyo T1Rs from Holland, they cost around $400 each. I also had bought some cheap (sh*t) V-Maxx coilovers by this time and wound them right down, but they weren't low enough.


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Just a few of the sets I had at the time


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Here's a little trophy I built for a show that we started called Stance Off (www.facebook.com/stanceoff)


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I then polished up the original 1" lips for the other set I had and sold them to a nice guy in Luxembourg with an E30 cabriolet.


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Then I found a little mk1 golf which had not been registered or warranted for 10 years and had sat in a field on Waiheke Island. It was totally illegal to drive it on the road, but I thought it'd be a bit of fun. Over the weekend, I transformed it into the "RatPig mk1". The pig part being the police theme I took the springs out of this thing, but it still wasn't low enough. So we chopped the bottom off the shock housing, dropped the inserts about 30mm lower (through the bottom of the shock), and welded the insert in place. The shocks were fucked anyway so it didn't matter.


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Anyway, by that time, there was one little thing on each panel of the Corrado that pissed me off, so I went balls deep and had a full respray in the original colour. At the same time, I had all the guards hammered dead flat, removed the rub strips from the doors & smoothed the front bumper.


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Still unhappy with the ride height, I bought some new FK Konigsports from Venom in the UK. They are height & damper adjustable, and they go lower than the V-Shits do. Nice.

Oh, forgot to say I had a 24v VR6 motor and VR6 O2A box lying around that was meant to be for the mk1 rocco. But I was bored of the 1.8 16v so decided to whack it into my Corrado instead.


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This meant I needed a facelift bonnet, in a country located at the asshole of the world, with 10 nz new corrados (all with the early bonnets) and about two imported cars with the facelift bonnet. Shit. Even Germany wouldn't supply me with one after they had quoted me $2,000 to get one. I was running out of options, but luckily I keep tabs on all the other Corrados in the country, and had remembered meeting a nice guy with a facelift 2.0L 16v. I had stayed in touch with him for years, always wanting to buy the car, but he didn't want to sell it. I thought i'd flick him a text and ask if he wanted to sell me the bonnet. 'Nope, but i'll sell you the car'. That night, I bought the whole car... just for the bonnet.

I swapped bonnets, and a couple of other little bits, and sold the car three days later to a young dude in Hamilton.

This was the car. For those who don't know - the facelift bonnet has a lump in the middle as you can see, which allows an extra 2" of clearance required for a VR6 swap.


37 by tbagnz, on Flickr

Motor in, bonnet on, things were underway.


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I had sent the ECU away to a guy in the Isle of Man to get remapped & deimmobilised. When we got it back and plugged it in, it wasn't deimmobilised Turns out he had never done one to the point where the car was still running corrado clocks & key. So 13 days out from the SO2013 (Stance Off show) that I was organising, I thought I was f*cked.

Stealth Racing to the rescue! Within 6.5 days, I had expressed the ECU over to them, had the immo removed, tested, and expressed back to me. I try to forget that I spent $400 just posting an ECU around the world!

But I got it back in time for the show and the car was all go. The radiator came in from ECS in the states, and left us no room to mount the fans on the engine side. So we whacked two big 12" and 10" fans on the front side of the rad. These things blow way harder than any girl I've ever come across!


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The motor is 204hp standard out of a V6 4motion mk4 Jetta with 77,000kms on the clock. It's now running a remapped ECU, BMC air filter, new Sachs clutch kit, Powerflex nolothane bushes all round, mk3 subframes, 2.5" catback exhaust & solid front engine mount. I haven't had a chance to dyno it yet but I imagine it'll be somewhere around 220 - 230hp.


40 by tbagnz, on Flickr

I got the exhaust done, 2.5" cat back with one resonator & a small back box. It sounds awesome, doesn't drone at motorway speeds and is nice and quiet, but when you put your foot down you hear it alright...


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Then I found an oldschool NOS wooden BBS steering wheel, rare as a rare thing. I wasn't sold on the look, but I'm a sucker for rare parts and I got it for a good price.


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I also gathered together a full set of original half height centre caps for the wheels - quite hard to find. I had them polished and whacked some new badges in to freshen the wheels up. They look 10x better than the aftermarket ones!


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I had the car ready for the show and that's how it sits now.


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I'm pretty stoked on the car now, all it needs is a full beige leather interior and maybe a turbo in the future. The interior will have to wait because i'll have to go to the UK and buy a car and send it home for that, haven't quite got $10k for that exercise yet!

Anyway, if you're interested, here is a write up of our show on the hellaflush website:
http://hellaflush.com/society/stance-off-12/

Be sure to check us out and like us on facebook too:
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I'm also still pissing all my money into the wind on wheels, here's another set of RMs that I'm nearly done. I'm about to try and buy another mk1 scirocco also as a daily driver so will put these on that!


36 by tbagnz, on Flickr

And here's a little video of the car driving:

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Old 03-18-2012, 04:38 PM   #2
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Now I've gone and bought another mk1 Scirocco because it was cheap and in great condition. The idea is to get it road legal as fast as possible and use it for a daily driver.

The good bits I have for it are:

Chrome bumpers
Factory de-wipered tail gate (smooth)
French spec Hella headlights
NOS duckbill spoiler
NOS tail lights

I'll run it on the cherry red RMs for the time being but I'm not sure what widths to go just yet. Ideally I want to run it on something 13x8 and 13x8.5 or 14x8 and 14x8.5, I think 15" is too big on these things.

Anyway here are the pics from the online listing. I bought it sight unseen from a 70 year old guy who had stored it for 10 years. It still runs though and is virtually rust free! It's only done 91,000kms too.....

Keep checking back for progress on the mk1 build. It should arrive in the next few days so I'll update with better pics once I've given it a clean and had a look at what I've bought!


rocco1 by tbagnz, on Flickr


rocco2 by tbagnz, on Flickr


rocco3 by tbagnz, on Flickr

Also forgot to give credit to another unsung hero of my Corrado build. I wrecked this mk3 for a few parts.


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And once I had the Corrado sitting how I wanted it, I began to have problems getting in and out of my driveway. It wasn't a huge issue for long though, when the road workers were resealing my street, I went out and spoke to them one night.

I explained that my car was quite low to one of the bros and that it scrapes like a c*nt, and asked if he could hook me up. Next minute I had a custom driveway and they wouldn't even accept a box of beers!


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Old 03-18-2012, 05:14 PM   #3
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This is awesome

Love all the effort you put into one car
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:28 PM   #4
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Thanks man, I've bought four other cars (2x corrados, mk3, e30) to get this one to where it is today!
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:48 PM   #5
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it's evident for sure, great rado
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:40 AM   #6
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Rocco turned up today. I gave it a bit of a clean down and whacked the chrome bumpers on. Looking heaps better already but will post more/better pics in the next few days. After ten years of sleeping it woke up and drove primo!


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Old 03-19-2012, 03:47 AM   #7
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put the scirocco wheels on the mk1 if u still have that

awesome rocco tho!
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:51 AM   #8
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I sold the mk1 golf but still have the ATS Type 5s off it. You mean put those on the rocco? Or put the pepperpot wheels on the golf?

Ideally i'll build a set of 14" RS for the rocco, I know where there is a set hiding..
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:59 AM   #9
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yup peppersport on golf


u don't happen to know any 18" inch sets
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:00 AM   #10
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Beautiful cars and wheels you have!!
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:52 AM   #11
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Hey man! Can't wait to see those rocco's finished. Never got to tell you in person but I love what you've done with your Corrado. Will be following this.
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Don't know how I missed that driveway mod but you sir have contacts
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I need to remove the front wings to weld up two small spots of rust in the bottom rear corner of the wheel arch.

After removing the six bolts holding the wing on, it only took me 2.5 hours to remove one wing!!! There was so much glue holding it on, I swear if I ever meet the German man responsible for gluing the front wings on in 1978 I'll hurt him bad.

Here's a pic of about 2" of glue in the top corner of the first wing. I'm attacking the second one tonight.


photo-59 by tbagnz, on Flickr

I've been using a propane torch to heat the glue and scrape with a flathead. Heat, scrape, heat, scrape, heat, scrape.

I've decided that i'll use the old 1.8 16v from the Corrado as the motor for the mk1 also. I'll build it up over winter and whack it in in late Spring. I'm not sure what configuration I want yet but I like the idea of a 2L bottom end and some bike carbs.

I've also decided against running the 15" RMs on it because it really needs 14s. I've just bought another set of 15" RS that i'll sell and hopefully find some nice 14" wheels to rebuild. I love Compomotive Turbos, but fat chance i'll find a set of those!
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I know where there is a set hiding
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Are they for sale? What specs, condition & price? I'd prefer to rebuild them myself so I can end up with exactly what I want, but am open to anything
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2L bottom end and some bike carbs.
This I like! Thinking about doing something similar to my golf.
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I tried some prefacelift bits on today along with my Hella French spec lights. I like it more than the facelift stuff, so might convert the front end to prefacelift. I'll have to respray both guards but that's it. Ignore the stuff lining up poorly, it's all just sitting there.


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Everytime i skate past your house i explain to my friends the special drive way. I live less then a kilometre from your house... Also, those french hella's are super legit. Im guessing they are stupidly rare?
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they are in ur part of the world

nice update tho
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Most Mk1 Scirocco parts arent easy to find these days, but I guess you could find some if you lived in France if you looked hard enough, it's not like there's a set for sale every month though.. I bought mine from a dude in France, they're LHD lights though so not technically 'legal' to use on the roads here but should be ok if the car is low enough!

I still haven't pulled the second guard off yet, there's even more glue on it than the first one That's the mission for tomorrow!
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Maybe I should try some french spec fogs in the Rado to match the Rocco?


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A cool shot of my Corrado taken by a good mate Phil.

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Maybe I should try some french spec fogs in the Rado to match the Rocco?
I like the simplicity your Corrado has by being a dark color and then all the lights being clear. I think the yellow might take away from that. Looks good on the Scirocco though.
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