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About 3 years ago I sold my beloved '76 Scirocco, aptly name Mr. Yuk. Immediately after that SWMBO says something to the effect of "I always liked the car, you shouldn't have gotten rid of it." Luckily enough I live in the Pacific Northwest where things have a strange way of not rusting. Unluckily enough Mr. Yuk was bent and somebody had cut a massive hole in the roof for a cheap-o sunroof. That said, I took my Revolutions off and cut my losses with her. But, I've always kept my eyes open (and a few extra c-notes in the sock drawer) for another metal bumpered Scirocco with the roof intact.
Yesterday a rusty '75 model with an automatic in non-running condition sold for $2200. This morning I made the call. It's an early '76 Special Edition, which makes it the first automobile that VW manufactured with CIS. The 1.6l has been axed in favor of a hotted up JH from an '84 GTI/GLI which also donated it's close-ration 5 speed transmission.
It's incredibly solid. I poured over the thing looking for rust and other flaws for close to an hour, only finding a small pinhole on top of the drivers rocker panel. I came with a few spares, notably a supposedly NIB Shrick 272 and a full set of BBS RAs (which will be flipped because they're made of aluminum that is softer than playdough). I am super excited to be back in an A1 right now.
A build thread will follow. This may become Wheeler Dealers Episode 2.
Score and congrats
I love those cars. Good get.
Is that a Kamei front air dam?
I can't help it. I have done A1 VWs, having had three.
I still have a soft spot for them.
Random question: I don't remember this from my '84 GTI, but the '82 Rabbit I had more recently felt like it had the steering rack out of an ocean liner... Were there variations in rack ratio between A1 models/trims?
Yes, I could google that, but it might suck me into some kind of vortex, and this is easier...
I am pretty sure it either stock or a Zender unit.
The Kamei air dams have the, umm, hole offset of center:
Whereas the Zender (below) and Stocker are symmetrical with two on each side:
Either way, it's coming off. I can't stand the things on their own.
It's the rest of the Kamei kit that pulls that look together as seen on my buddy Brad's XP Scirocco:
In reply to ransom:
That's a good question. I have no answer for you.
Ditchdigger to the courtesy phone, Ditchdigger to the courtesy phone.
Memory is foggy, but IIRC the only quicker racks were the power steering units out of the 84+ cabriolets and 16V sciroccos.
That info is probably wrong. It isn't something I have thought about for 4 years or so.
In reply to ditchdigger:
Thanks! That's something... Huh; I guess the GTI was still in my increasing hierarchy of neat vehicles, and I didn't think it had a slow rack because it handled so much better than my '75 Nova...
Oh man, I love first gen Sciroccos. I had an '87 GTI 16V and always had my eyes open for a Scirocco, never found one.
Mr_Estrotica wrote: Either way, it's coming off. I can't stand the things on their own. It's the rest of the Kamei kit that pulls that look together as seen on my buddy Brad's XP Scirocco:
I agree that the car would look better without it.
I do, however, miss the idea of Kamei air dams. Cars with one were special back then.
I always liked the A1 Scirooco. It's a fun, fun car.
I bought a Kamei air dam on sale at a Euro speed shop (can't remember the name) in Atlanta 2 months BEFORE I bought the new '78 Rabbit to put it on....
Yay yay yay for A1 Sciroccos!
And that goes double for 1976 limited editions.
We've had a few threads about them in the past, if you want to search for them.
LopRacer wrote: I always liked the A1 Scirooco. It's a fun, fun car.
All Sciroccos in the US where A1s :D
I love Mark 1 Sciroccos. One of the best looking VWs ever
Correct me if I'm wrong (and I'm sure that someone will), but didn't some MkI Sciroccos have a single wiper and others had two?
Yep. Single wipers from '75 to '82 IIRC. Early, early MK1 Sciroccos had two wipers. '82 is the only year of single wiper on the Mk2 Scirocco.
That's pretty much a Unicorn down here.
Thats cool, I love old Vdubs. I sold a set of 16x7RAs to a VW guy and two of them had flat spots, not bad bends but definitely an issue. The RA are light though.
Good luck keep us posted.
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