'88 tornado Red 1.6 Jetta TX

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'88 tornado Red 1.6 Jetta TX

Post by JettaRhys on Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:21 pm

Hello all,

I have just joined the forum so I thought I would get stuck in, no need for long introductions I'll let the photos do the talking.

The first day I bought her, I brought her all the way back from Norwich to Essex with under 70k on the clock, a whole heap of paperwork; dating back to the day she was bought and a big smile on my face.

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Everything about the car was as it rolled out the factory and still remains that way to this day (with a few minor changes). Original radio cassette, interior and steel wheels.

I loved how the car was completely unmolested, 1 owner from new which were an elderly northern couple who didn't really drive too much, a perfect start for some subtle mods.

My first mod was to remove the black vinyl which covered behind the number plate and the front and rear door pillars.

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(no photos of door pillars but you get the idea Smile )

and after:

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My second and third mod has been counted in the above photograph, pressed clean metal plates and Genuine Autohaus- Wolfsburg number plate surround (front and back).

My third mod was a good slamming, I ordered some JOM coilovers from Venom Motorsport, they arrived two days after payment, very happy with the service thanks guys Wink.

A Weekend later the lowering commenced.

Before Lowering:

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Up on to axle stands she went:

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Back seats out to reach the rear top mounts:

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Off came the old coilovers:

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On went the shiny new ones:

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This was the final Result before they settled:

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After a little height adjustment i rolled her like that for the next couple of months, untill i got bored of the skinny wheels and fat tyres.

I am a huge fan of originality and subtleness so i decided to go with banded mk2 golf steels (the same ones that were originally on her anyway).

A very helpful guy from the midlands took on the job of banding them up for me at a very resonable price i might add.

I decided to go with 14" steels banded to 8" at the rear and 7" at the front.

I guess growing up with aircooled vw's due to my uncles life long enthusiasm i wanted tuck at the front and a bit of poke at the rear. Kind of mixing up the arch flush watercooled feature at the rear with a nice aircooled tuck at the front. I know how the aircooled boys love a bit of tuck.

This is what i achieved a weekend after buying and sealing the wheels.

Wheels masked and primed:

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Wheels painted:

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I was pretty happy with the turn out of the paint it wasn't perfect but hey ho.

Personally i'm not a fan of flawless paint work and perfect body work. I like a car that shows it's age, a bit of rust, wear and tear, Ranging from a little natural age rusting on the doors and bonnet to a fully blown rusty rat splitty camper or beetle, but that's just me Wink

I like to call them 'character marks' Smile

As you can see from the above photos i had to cover the tyres before painting. This is because the weekend before i travelled to Basildon in which a very helpful garage named Oakdene Autos very kindly stretched 175 tyres on the rears and 165 tyres on the front.

Not mad stretch but this is my daily drive, i need a little practicality.

the rears:

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and the fronts:

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Just a couple of quick photos after putting the wheels on:

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This is how she stands atm (credit photo to audistu of renegadedubs.com):

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To be continued ...


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Re: '88 tornado Red 1.6 Jetta TX

Post by 07jettamk5 on Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:14 am

Welcome! cheers

Looks like a great car! Keep it very OE and clean! king
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Re: '88 tornado Red 1.6 Jetta TX

Post by JettaRhys on Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:02 pm

thanks Smile, OE was the intention from the start, i will be sure to keep it that way.

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Re: '88 tornado Red 1.6 Jetta TX

Post by Reaver 'Ant' on Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:38 pm

Sweet buddy im lovin it keep the updates comin. Where was this advertised buddy i live 10 mins from norwich and missed this one

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Re: '88 tornado Red 1.6 Jetta TX

Post by JettaRhys on Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:30 am

she was advertised on piston heads, i can't remember exactly where i picked her up from though :/

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