Newbie intro -- back in it after 20 years!

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leah's_dad
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Newbie intro -- back in it after 20 years!

Post by leah's_dad » Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:06 am

I posted this in the VWVortex forum, but it was suggested I hang out here as well.

Hi everyone. My name is Harris and I live outside Atlanta. So now that I'm fast approaching my late 30's, and am going to be a Dad in about 8 weeks, I was beginning to feel a bit nostalgic. My first car was a '78 Rabbit that I pumped gas at the local Exxon station back in Delaware every day after school and saved every penny I earned to get the $950 I paid for it in 1986. I loved that car. Then the muscle car bug bit me a year later and I sold it to buy a 1972 Olds 442. And the rest, they say, is history.

I always said "someday, I'd like to get another one." I even tried to buy that old Rabbit back in 1989 and almost convinced the owner. But I enlisted in the US Navy and never saw Delaware again. That car is probably quietly rusting away somewhere. :(

Anyway, I was on a mission last week to find a Rabbit. I found this on craigslist. I've been wanting a convertible with a backseat for a while, and have been itching for a toy. So this is the best of all worlds combined. And since it was only $500, I was able to keep the peace with my very pregnant wife.

My Rabbit was white with '84 GTI fender flares, '86 GTI wheels and a Scirocco Mk I interior. I'd like to paint this one white with the flares and add some teardrop wheels. The car came with a complete, nice grey tweed interior from an '89 Cabby.

It runs, but has a cold start problem. I'll dive into it this weekend, I guess. And post some better pictures. These were taken by the seller back in January, and aren't very good. That's not me, nor is that my kid. My daughter is due in November and she'll have a place in the backseat!

Scroll below the '83 for a picture of my '78 taken in early '87 that I found and scanned.


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If anyone knows where to find one of those windshield banners (it was tinted and static-cling,) or one of those Kamei front airdams, let me know!
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Post by Briano1234 » Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:43 am

Welcome to the bestest local site run by the bestest local yokels that I have ever had the chance to meet.

Nice looking cab with a lot of possibilites.



Okay the site isn't exactally local, but I am.
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Post by 1lowcab » Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:57 am

welcome to the forums!
looks like you got a pretty good deal on that cab, good luck with the project.
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Post by kamzcab86 » Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:30 pm

Welcome to the Topless Club!

Your old Rabbit, minus the spoiler and wheels, looks like my Cab before I put the euro bumpers on it! 8)

Have fun with the new toy! :D

leah's_dad
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Post by leah's_dad » Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:26 pm

A little update...I sold the wheels off the car today for $150, bringing my total investment DOWN to $350. GOTTA find a set of '86 GTI snowflakes like my old car had -- this sitting on jackstands stuff is for the birds (and NOT the Rabbits!)

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Post by tolusina » Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:59 pm

leah's_dad wrote:..... GOTTA find a set of '86 GTI snowflakes like my old car had -- ......
Snowflakes go for around $20 in the junk yards around here. About 1/4 of the ones I find are straight, most all have at least some curbage. Took about two months of irregular yard searching in four different yards to get a set of four, I'm still looking for a 4th white one.

I never see those A2 center caps pictured on your GTI in the yards, maybe one set every two months on the road. I keep looking, I think they're sharp.

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Post by tolusina » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:03 am

Love your user name!! I remember when I was known in the neighborhood as Jasmine's Dad. I puffed up a bit whenever I heard that, still do. :wink:

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Post by leah's_dad » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:04 am

Thanks...still not used to it (Leah's not due until November 10th!) :wink:

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Post by leah's_dad » Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:31 pm

Found another old picture of the first car! (I forgot that someone had jacked my gas cap!)

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Post by gull » Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:54 pm

Love that vanity plate!

The Cabriolet looks like a good project. Just a little rough, but fundamentally solid.
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Re: Newbie intro -- back in it after 20 years!

Post by leah's_dad » Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:56 am

BUMP!

LOL...I'm back. Just bought this. I need to do some catching up I guess!

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Re: Newbie intro -- back in it after 20 years!

Post by Briano1234 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:44 pm

leah's_dad wrote:BUMP!

LOL...I'm back. Just bought this. I need to do some catching up I guess!

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That top can be fixed..... Didn't realize you were around the corner from me.
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Re: Newbie intro -- back in it after 20 years!

Post by leah's_dad » Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:28 pm

Briano1234 wrote:

Didn't realize you were around the corner from me.

Yep...have been all along (almost 8 years since I first posted on this forum)

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Re: Newbie intro -- back in it after 20 years!

Post by Briano1234 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:37 pm

leah's_dad wrote:
Briano1234 wrote:

Didn't realize you were around the corner from me.

Yep...have been all along (almost 8 years since I first posted on this forum)
My daughter and husband lives off of Old Alabama in Johns Creek, the Safest City in Ga.
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Re: Newbie intro -- back in it after 20 years!

Post by 84Vert » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:04 am

Very nice
84 Rabbit Convertible

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