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Old November 23rd, 2011, 06:41   #1
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I found an ad for a 96 passat TDI on CL for $1000, the ad had no pictures. So I decided to go take a look and see how bad the car was. The car had been sitting under a pine tree for a while, had bumper rebar damage front and rear (covers were OK, just not alligned correctly). Car was filthy inside and, but ran fairly well. The seller just had about $500 in suspension and brake work done, at that time the garage told him the turbo was shot. He decided he was done with the car and wanted it gone. I offered $600 and left with the car. The next day I found the boost issue was caused by a front hit that popped the boost hose off the IC. I fixed that issue and then found I was making 25psi, so I lubed and worked the wg linkage and corrected that issue. I bought some g60 BBS wheels for $100 and some cheapo $55/ea tires. I also got varios body parts, bumper rebar, etc, and straightend the car out a bit. I fixed some rust bubbles on the lower doors, sanded and prepped the car for paint. I now have about $1300 into the car and she looks pretty good. I have some .205 nozzles and an ebay microchips chip to install still and will need to fix the headliner at some point. Here are some progress pics:










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Old November 23rd, 2011, 06:44   #2
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 06:50   #4
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Nice!!! I will bring you my bug and you can paint it. ha ha
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 06:55   #5
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Awesome find. It's coming along, too bad that you got rid of the bumper stickers
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 07:05   #6
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Awesome find. It's coming along, too bad that you got rid of the bumper stickers

I saved them just in case, would you like me to mail them to you?

This car was driven by the guys college student daughter, apparently she was in to causes.

Oh yeah, the car has 207,000 miles on the clock. First tank was about 40MPG. I have a lot of wind noise from the back of the two front doors, is this common? easy fix? I have the wife using the car for her 50 mile round trip work commute. heated, power, leather seats are next on my list.

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Old November 23rd, 2011, 07:16   #7
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That looks awesome. Its amazing what a paint job will do. Another TDI saved from the junkyard! Nice wheels too.
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 07:24   #8
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nice job!
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 07:44   #10
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I love these B4 rescues.

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Old November 23rd, 2011, 07:45   #11
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Looks great!!
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 07:57   #12
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Nice paint job, will you do my B5?
You need this bumper sticker instead:
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 08:08   #13
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Thanks for the comments, I plan on keeping the car for a while. although, I could probably flip it for decent money but I'm more interested in the economy right now.

What is the concensus on headliner replacement? I was thinking pop out windshield, pull headliner, drop it of to shop for recover, reinstall and have ins replace windshield.
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 08:10   #14
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You can get the headliner out with the glass in place, but i bet it's easier to remove with it out.

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Old November 23rd, 2011, 11:33   #15
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What would you get for a repaint on a B4, if you do such things? Mine is in better shape than yours started, but it really needs a new paint job and that looks spectacular.

The front door windows are a pretty easy fix, just raise the front window attachment point a little and it'll seal evenly. It's pretty common on B4's with worn regulators.

You can also try just pressing down on the button for a quick blip and that will probably bring it into alignment better.
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