1982 Volkswagen Rabbit

Started on Dec. 11 by vweezly

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82 Rabbit with a Euro front and Berg cup replica flares.

1.8 16v with a K26 turbo, Saab Intercooler, Audi WG, and Megasquirt.

Bilstein Group B suspension with coil sleeves.

15x9 Diamod Racing rims.

Lots of other little stuff.

Lots of welding.

16 comments on this ride

Latest updates

April 17

Performance VW Magazine!

8 page feature plus a centerfold in the May issue of PVW (Performance VW magazine)!!!! Here is a teaser:

Dec. 16

Video shoot

It's been a while since I posted here... the car is almost done here is a pic and a link to the video: http://vimeo.com/30459240

Nov. 24

one seat is almost done

I need the emblem embroidered and add more padding and i should be set.

Nov. 19

Short Runner

Lookee what just arrived :)

Oct. 21

Working on reupholstering

What it started as.... http://www.ghostproductions.com/medical/clientarea/client/name/In%20House%20Stuff/Joel/seatRabbit.jpg Took the seat cover off... http://www.ghostproductions.com/medical/clientarea/client/name/In%20House%20Stuff/Joel/ReUpSeatWeb001.jpg Took out all the stitching I needed to to make a pattern making sure that I marked where the stitches were. Then I spread it all out on some ...

Oct. 15

Plates for the roll cage

I added a couple plates to the floor pans to disperse the stress from the cage. I also repainted the cage flat white. It should be installed soon. All the holes have been drilled.

Sept. 29

cage test fit.... mint

I am going to try to get it all squared away this evening

Sept. 23

the cage has arrived!!!

I will be adding some side bars... but here she is... autopower bolt in... used :)

Aug. 28


So the tuning is going ok. The car has come a long way since the show. I have been datalogging like a sonofabitch. I had some fuel issues (crap in the tank). Actually... they haven't completely gone away. But the ...

July 25

Driving the hase

I have been doing some datalogging and a bit of tuning and it turns out she's pretty quick :) 3rd 4th and 5th gears are nice. It takes off. I still need to tune it so 1st and 2nd aren't ...

July 15


I had a few issues since the last update. Car was running hot. Air was in the line so it was a half gallon low. Now temps are a little better. Had a sizable coolant leak from one of the ...

July 09

Eurowerks 2009 show!

The car was there! I drove it there too :) It needs tuning and still some slight things. But it's getting closer and I am stoked! More pics here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=270846&id=544675320&l=cac725174a

June 08

A few things!

The exhaust is done! 2.5" turbo back. I also got a new windshield... no more warp and crack!

May 19

Pic from the swap meet

Here is a pic from the swap meet at South Central Imports

May 19

Currently this is being dealt with....

Wiring is being fixed....

April 09

new wheels on

The 15x9s are now on for daily driving... with 215/45 rubber. I don't have any pics with spacers in the rear... but I have some 25mm ones that will kick the rear out a bit. She is getting very close ...

March 12

Turbo back on

Monday night I did a crap ton of welding. Found a bit of rust on the drivers side rocker near the pinch weld.... turned into a bit more than I thought. Patched it up and rebuilt the pinch weld and ...

March 09

Turbo rebuild

Finished the turbo rebuild... Easier than I thought... although the last part was a bit tough. HUUUUUGE thanks to Karl (Dieselkraftstoff on vwvortex) for helping me put the impeller back together. Without his expertise I would not be as far ...

Feb. 07

Finally got to work on it

Worked on the car for about 3 hours this morning (Hurray for 40 degree weather!). Tossed on the euro bumpers (minus the plastic covers) to see how they'd fit. They look pretty good... lots of holes though :) I think ...

Dec. 11

Exhaust reworking

I had some clearance issues. I ended up having to change the angle on the downpipe and cut out the resonator. It will end up being a little bit louder but I will have no rattling. Exhaust banging against the ...

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Dec 11, 2008 7:51 a.m.
Tim Baxter:
Original epic build thread: http://archive.grassrootsmotorsports.com/board/viewtopic.php?id=27964
Dec 11, 2008 9:40 p.m.
That is so bad ass. I nominate you for ride of the month.
Dec 13, 2008 1:40 p.m.
kickass car! Wish you would have made it to the challenge so we could have seen it in person
Dec 16, 2008 10:44 a.m.
VW's do nothing for me typically but that is pretty sweet!
Dec 26, 2008 10:38 a.m.
poopshovel again:
Christalmighty. That's pretty much the sexiest VW I've ever seen. Great job, man.
Dec 28, 2008 5:29 p.m.
I love this car. Such an awesome look to it. I was bummed when the thread died when the old forum was replaced. Are there any build pictures anywhere else on the interweb?
Dec 30, 2008 1:57 p.m.
The thread on VWVortex is current: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=3348629&page=1
Jan 23, 2009 4:17 p.m.
Tim Baxter:
The fact that this one is climbing up "most interesting" so fast lets me know it's working. Now add more updates. With pix.
Jan 23, 2009 4:29 p.m.
I will update as soon as I can. It's going to be -15 this weekend. I haven't been able to work on it in the past month. I was sick for a bit and it's been balls cold outside. Not much left though. I still have to put the turbo back together and weld a bit of the exhaust. As of right now I am in search of 15x9 daily driving wheels and tires :)
Feb 17, 2009 8:31 p.m.
EastCoastMojo (Forum Supporter):
That is sex on wheels right there. :-D Me likey!
Mar 20, 2009 3:43 p.m.
I LOVE the hood straps
Jun 8, 2009 7:01 p.m.
Jul 1, 2009 11:02 a.m.
Smokin' hot. Good to see a racecar that is this damn good-looking. Forgot about this one since it was first on the old forum.
Jul 9, 2009 8:19 p.m.
Love the new photos. It's the little details that make this car so damn cool. Awesome work.
Nov 13, 2009 10:44 a.m.
Matt B (fs):
Squashed rabbit crest on the c-pillar would be my favorite part if everything else wasn't so ridiculously sick!
Aug 1, 2016 11:15 a.m.
Saw this a few years ago. Awesome build and great guy.

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