Ha, I assure you I was cringing the entire time, too. I just finished re-upholstering the headliner and A- and B-pillars after magically fixing a lack of interior lighting. Also swapping in black trim (sunvisors and lights, map lights, handles). I will post some pics this week when I have it a little more buttoned up.Oh how I cringed my way through, but now that I see what you’ve done... nice going, I am amazed! You could get awd rear end and go into business manufacturing the best pickup since the old rabbits.
Ha, I assure you I was cringing the entire time, too. I just finished re-upholstering the headliner and A- and B-pillars after magically fixing a lack of interior lighting. Also swapping in black trim (sunvisors and lights, map lights, handles). I will post some pics this week when I have it a little more buttoned up.
There are a ton of things I want/need to do not directly related to the swap (need a new downpipe, have a spare turbo, probably time for new injectors).
The most pressing swap related issue is the suspension. Because the swap effectively sheds ~250 pounds from the rear, there is a noticeable height difference between the front and rear. Not sure how to achieve my goal. but I want to (1) raise the front to match the rear height; and (2) leave the rear at its currently taller stance, but with stiffer springs so it doesn't sag too badly when I am lugging things in the bed.
I have been on Koni FSDs and stock springs for ages. My first instinct is to go with VR6 springs and a 1" lift kit up front to even the height out. No idea what springs to throw in back. I will go with whatever struts can accommodate a lift kit, if that's the route I choose. I am not canyon carving in this thing, so sports handling is not needed. That's what the TTRS is for now.
Haha, tempting, but my poor electrical luck/skills might destroy me. This truck will not be really used for frequent hauling. But it would be nice to keep the a$$ from hitting the ground those few times a year I will load it with cargo.Airbags are a great option for a working truck for ride height and load leveling.
There's not much to set up. All you need is a 12V compressor, some air lines, a ride height magnetic sensor, airbags & mounts, and a controller. You can buy complete duplex (each side independent) kits for reasonable prices, or simpler kits for less. Or just trailer it to an airbag expert installer. They're just not always on the internet.Haha, tempting, but my poor electrical luck/skills might destroy me. This truck will not be really used for frequent hauling. But it would be nice to keep the a$$ from hitting the ground those few times a year I will load it with cargo.
I don't think I will have to go that far. Worst case scenario, I have to get it re-registered as a "composite vehicle," which is defined as "[a]ny motor vehicle, composed or assembled from several parts of other motor vehicles, or the identification and body contours of which are so altered that the vehicle no longer bears the characteristics of any specific make of motor vehicle." I would argue, however, that the modifications are not such that the car no longer bears the characteristics of a VW. The front end is clearly a VW and the badging is as such. See https://portal.ct.gov/DMV/Inspections/Inspections/Composite-Vehicles.We'll hope they don't make you change the title...
Those are really very understandable reasons. I knew it was going to be a money pit, so that isn't shocking me too badly. Plus, in reality, I was never going to get rid of this car; too many miles and peculiarities to dump onto a relative or other unsuspecting novice.It was like the fifth one or something like that.
I regret the amount of money I spent on it. My little golf and trailer were perfectly capable of hauling around anything I needed to haul around. Every bit as useful as a truck. I will admit that the reasons why we chose to embark on this project have little to do with usefulness so I try to remember that when I look back. As I said I did enjoy (some parts) of the project.
I also regret cutting up the car that I cut. It was a nice car. Very clean. I feel like I killed a living thing. Strange and dumb as that sounds. Had it been an already wrecked in back or otherwise cosmetically troubled I probably would have felt the opposite but I really feel like that car could have just been a really good, inexpensive car for someone and I stopped that from happening.
Hey, if you are still paying attention to this thread, can you tell me what that foam is you used under the leading edge of the quarterpanels?