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  • Project Track Rat? (04/13/17 Back in the habit!)

    Yup, I have yet another project to distract me from the realities of life.

    I currently have no time or money budgetted for this thing, but hopefully that will change when I get the bug back on the road. The price was right and I have always wanted a track specific car to mess around with. I'm really happy with the car so far and I can't wait to get her back on the road...er...track.

    So, it's an '82 rabbit set up and campaigned as an ITB racer. There is no drivetrain and a few other things to sort. I'm hoping to put this together on the super cheap. Used parts, donations, and team collaboration will be a must. I'd love to have it ready for the MIVE track day this year, we'll see how things go though.

    On with the pics.

    A little history first. The car came with an SCCA log book and pictures from the original build. I love this stuff.







    Here is how she sits now. There are a buch of cool little details and race parts. I could never assemble this thing for what I paid for it. The cage alone is really serious and probably cost a mint.

















    Last edited by zeeuwvw; 04-30-2018, 01:45 PM.
    Ben Zeeuw
    1981 Rabbit Racer
    1998 Audi Avant Grocery Getter
    www.germanautoltd.com

  • #2
    That thing is the shit! excited to see how it comes out
    - Tom -

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    • #3
      Need a 1.8t for this thing? :p
      --paul--
      MKV R32, 78' Suns Out Guns Out, 81' Caddy,
      2012 Tiguan SEL 4Motion, Failure--Rollin on 20's

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      • #4
        The track rat is finally revealed!!

        Originally posted by vdubbin View Post
        Need a 1.8t for this thing? :p
        Yes, yes he does :D:
        Henry | 97 Jetta | 07 Daily Rabbit | Fuelly

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        • #5
          project Ho
          WSAC,PWC
          00 Golf
          71 Westy

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          • #6
            Are you going to reassemble this in line with any possibility of running it in any SCCA class in the future? (meaning keeping the parts within certain class parameters)

            Or are you going to just build it for club track days only?

            I hope to have a track dedicated toy someday as well. I would think it would be neat to have it with a semblance of street legality so you don't have to trailer it everywhere even if you wouldn't actually want to drive it around often on the street.
            -Nick V-
            Current: '88 Golf GL 2.0 16V / '82 Caddy Diesel
            Favorite Past Dubs: '92 Corrado VR6, '99.5 APR Stg.3 A4, '91 GTI 8V, '81 Rabbit Truck,

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            • #7
              Originally posted by vdubbin View Post
              Need a 1.8t for this thing? :p

              I'm going to try and keep it simple so there is more driving fun and less broken down car.

              Joe has donated a set of 8v side draft carbs and a cylinder head. I am now debating between an ABA bottom end or 16v. The 16v would give me like 14:1 compression and require race fuel, but hey, it's a race car. I'm gonna keep my eyes open regardless though. I'm sure if I'm patient a good deal will come through.
              Ben Zeeuw
              1981 Rabbit Racer
              1998 Audi Avant Grocery Getter
              www.germanautoltd.com

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              • #8
                looks like itll be alot of fun! I do agree with Nick, if I ever have a track car someday, I would want to option of driving it on the road.
                -Andrew

                2003 Jetta GLI "VRSIX"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by xflowgolf View Post
                  Are you going to reassemble this in line with any possibility of running it in any SCCA class in the future? (meaning keeping the parts within certain class parameters)

                  Or are you going to just build it for club track days only?

                  I hope to have a track dedicated toy someday as well. I would think it would be neat to have it with a semblance of street legality so you don't have to trailer it everywhere even if you wouldn't actually want to drive it around often on the street.
                  I don't think I'll have the time or money to compete in any events. It will just be for fun.

                  I don't have a trailer or truck so the car will be street legal to drive to events. I am just waiting on the title.
                  Ben Zeeuw
                  1981 Rabbit Racer
                  1998 Audi Avant Grocery Getter
                  www.germanautoltd.com

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                  • #10
                    vr6!
                    04 XC-70 - R.I.P.-00 VR6 GTi -64 Vespa - 06 Jetta TDi (the lady's)

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                    • #11
                      So here is the shopping list. Keep an eye out for smookin' deals would ya.

                      - Engine
                      - Trans
                      - Tires
                      - Suspension
                      Ben Zeeuw
                      1981 Rabbit Racer
                      1998 Audi Avant Grocery Getter
                      www.germanautoltd.com

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                      • #12
                        That rabbit is fly, nice find.
                        I heart the open road.

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                        • #13
                          I may have an ABA for ya.

                          as for tires... 14's or 15's?
                          -Nick V-
                          Current: '88 Golf GL 2.0 16V / '82 Caddy Diesel
                          Favorite Past Dubs: '92 Corrado VR6, '99.5 APR Stg.3 A4, '91 GTI 8V, '81 Rabbit Truck,

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by zeeuwvw View Post
                            So here is the shopping list. Keep an eye out for smookin' deals would ya.

                            - Engine
                            - Trans
                            - Tires
                            - Suspension
                            Theres a guy selling Patech coilovers on SWOV for $700...not sure how firm the price is...i would imagine $$$$ talks though
                            Chris
                            Covington, KY
                            2010 VW GOLF
                            There is nothing more expensive than a cheap Corrado

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by zeeuwvw View Post
                              I'm sure if I'm patient
                              im not sure if i see that happening... :D:
                              Last edited by eyerolleddapiece; 04-22-2010, 04:27 PM.
                              Chris
                              Covington, KY
                              2010 VW GOLF
                              There is nothing more expensive than a cheap Corrado

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