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Project: Not an E30 - Susie's Jetta

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  • Project: Not an E30 - Susie's Jetta

    So my '91 Jetta caught on fire. It is gone now. My wife and kids got out safely. That is all that really matters.

    Finding myself in need of a car, I hit craigslist. I searched like crazy for a nice, clean E30 Sedan. I even went to Metro Detroit to drive one. I quickly realized that I should stay away from them for wife daily driver duty.

    I ended up picking up this '97 GLS Sedan. 2.0, 5 speed, A/C hits cold, 126k on the clock, rust free. I had to buy it. Shout out to Justin Cleary for the solid car.

    Thankfully I never scrapped out my brothers car last fall because I got sick and practically died, so it provided plenty of parts, including headlights to replace the busted out, cracked up, waterlogged units.

    The passenger rear power window fell into the door the day I bought it. Out with the tan power cards

    In with black manual cards

    The car came with oversized 195/70 tires on the ever stunning VW steelies. I needed tires. Picked up some almost new 195/60 Sumitomos. Props to Eric Turner for the tire hook up. A little U.P. dirt never hurt nobody, eh'.

    Minus whale get new wheels too. I wanted an E30. This is as close as I am getting for now...

    Obligatory mock-up

    ...Then one day I went to help Josh Beute work on his MK2 project. He hooked me up with a sweet used Pacesetter cat-back to replace the muffler missing its tailpipe

    5 minutes later, and BAM

    So then I got some hardware in the mail...

    ...and Joe Rosales hooked up a deal on some GLX tails

    Shout out to xnumbx for a steal on some nice coilovers too.

    So. I have some parts. Tonight was the night to get busy. Tony Johnson at Lakeside Car Company in Rockford helped knock out the install in about 2 1/2 hours. Tires mounted and balanced, coils installed and exhaust welded in with MK3 hangers.

    In she goes

    Doing work

    Out she comes

    Snagged a few on the way home before the sun went down. She needs a bath.

    Just over an inch more threads left up front to play with in the next couple days. I think I like it.
    Henry | 97 Jetta | 07 Daily Rabbit | Fuelly

  • #2
    Super clean! Take good care of that car please! I love nice mk3s and they are hard to come by these days. Very jealous of your snag!
    13 Golf R 01 GTI VR6 83 GTI 74 Honda CB360


    • #3
      Solid replacement for the MK2. GL with it!!
      88 GLI w/ABA OBD2
      SOLD: 95 GTI 2.0


      • #4
        Well done! I really like those wheels on the mk3.

        '09 JSW 2.5 - Mine
        '10 JSW TDI - Hers


        • #5
          uh oh.... you and jeff are on equal levels for auto-x now....


          • #6
            And this is why i want to scrap the e30 in favor of another vdub. Don't see community love/support like this in the BMW world.

            car looks great keep it up!
            '02 BMW M3, '03 VW Jetta tdi, '87 BMW 325


            • #7
              Need to find some VW center caps that fit
              -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,


              • #8
                Thinking I will eventually find some VW stickers to throw on these caps. I don't think a flat faced VW cap will fit over the rear dust cover.
                Henry | 97 Jetta | 07 Daily Rabbit | Fuelly


                • #9
                  Looking good Henry!


                  • #10
                    Had to take another picture this morning

                    Henry | 97 Jetta | 07 Daily Rabbit | Fuelly


                    • #11
                      Looks good..bump that rear up a few threads.
                      '93steVoR6 : '92SLd : '90g6d : '58 gypsi : '59scab : '60dlx
                      >> VAG-COM & Tow Dolly For Rent <<
                      Parting Out: MK3s, Passats & Corrados


                      • #12
                        Wow Henry!
                        Looks awesome, and seems like a good replacement
                        '81 Rabbit Pickup
                        '03 Audi TT

                        <--- the paper says "despite all my rage"
                        Always one rusted rounded off bolt away from success


                        • #13
                          Coming along nicely!

                          Sent from my SPH-D710 using Tapatalk 2
                          -Matt- 2011 VW GTI - 1946 Chevy Pickup


                          • #14
                            Very nice.
                            2003 Golf
                            1978 Baywindow


                            • #15
                              Nice one!
                              Bad decisions make excellent stories.