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    Hello all. It's no secret that Mk3s arnt the most loved generation of VW in this club... But luckily I have enough Mk3 enthusiasm for the rest of us!

    So, a little bit of background:
    First off, no, this is not yet another terrible purchase of mine. This is a friend's terrible purchase. Pretty much, long story short is that he has a bit of a carcaine addiction (arguably worse than me) and loves my mk3, so he's commissioned me to build him a GTI VR6.

    So, here's the car in question! A super crusty 1996 GTI VR6, 5 speed manual in Tornado Red/Pink/Rust!












    Now... I know what you're thinking... "why did you start with the worst Mk3 ever, and that's saying something"
    Well, it was a bit of an impulse buy, cause it was super cheap, and a different friend of mine has been dailying it for the last few years as a winter beater.. So, I had a really good idea of the overall health of the drive train. Also, in my defense, yes, almost half the car has rotted away BUT the other half doesn't look too bad!

    So you can probably see where this is going... This car will never be a "nice car" again (atleast not with how much time and effort I'm willing to put into it). It's a parts car. So we started looking for a suitable chassis. Low and behold, a month or two later and (almost!) the perfect car popped up in Vancouver. I just wish it was a different colour.. This paint is called Suede Silver Metallic.. Which is German for saying its not quite silver, but also not quite grandma 90s beige/tan/gold.
    Anyays.. Behold! A German to Swiss to JDM to Canadian import 1999 Golf Variant/Estate/Touring/Wagon!







    So I'm pretty stoked on this chassis, it was stupid cheap (it's like nobody wants a mk3 or something?) and since it's a late model import, it's extremely clean and straight! As an added bonus, it already has some OEM and aftermarket Euro goodies such as Euro bumpers, fenders, steering wheel, interior etc. As well as genuine Hella Mk4 look headlights, red/smoked/red Magic Colour tail lights, an ABT grille and a Remus exhaust!
    Furthermore, it's a 1.8 8v NA auto... So it's the prime candidate for a VR6 drive train.

    So there we have it! The beginnings of what (I think?) will be the first mk3 GTI VR6 Wagon in Alberta.
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    Awesome, I personally love MK3s, one of my all time favourites and my first ever brand new car (1997)!!

    I think this should be a great project as wagons are also awesome. I recall Silver Suede being a fairly rare colour, but yes not too exciting.

    Bring on the build!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I LOVE MK3's. I just could never get the right timing to buy one. I did have one for a while though.

    Mk3 VR6 wagon sounds awesome! 2 of my favorite things combined.
    Jay

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    That's pretty cool. Excited to see the progress. I also really liked my of mk3. This will be a cool ride.
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    Step 1 of this project was to move the red mk3 into the garage for a teardown... Unfortunately the car was slightly frozen into the earth.. And also, since no f*cks are given with this body, we just hooked the tow line onto the rusty rear hatch. In my mind, the worst case scenario was that the latch would fail and the hatch would swing open dramatically... I was wrong lol







    Turns out the entire flange joining the rear bulk head to the chassis was made of pure rust, resulting in the quick removal of the panel, with almost surgical precision (just ignore the obliterated rear bumper).

    Anyways, that was a week or two ago, onto the present day. With the car now in the garage, it seemed to make sense to start with pulling the VR6 out.





    It was after we pulled the front end that we realized that the AC has been deleted at some point. This made the engine pull alot quicker as we didn't need to mess with taking out the AC condensor/lines etc. Nice. We also found more catastrophic rust after pulling the intake elbow off and prodding the strut tower with a screwdriver.





    After unhooking all necessary hoses, wiring, axles, exhaust and engine mounts, the engine and trans was yanked out as one unit.

    I must say, this car has been quite a pain to work on. Somebody has been through this car before me, and pretty deep into it. Alot of the oem hardware has been replaced with random junk... Which is annoying because I've torn enough mk3s apart that I've got alot of the fastener heads memorized, so there was alot of extra walking back and forth between the car and my tools. For example, the first axle I took off had the normal #8 triple square bolts, but I was struggling with the other side for way too many minutes before I realized that this axle was held on with mk1 style 5mm internal hex bolts.




    I also noticed a gnarly oil leak at the front of the block that I assume to be from a deteriorated oil cooler seal. No worries though, I was planning on tearing this engine apart for a quick refresh anyways.
    Another thing I did notice was however not cool. WHY IS THERE RTV BETWEEN THE HEAD AND THE BLOCK. I mean, part of the planned refresh was an upgraded headgasket anyways. But still, don't RTV your head to your block kids! Not looking forward to prying this head off down the road..





    With the powertrain out I turned my attention to a few critical, but boring jobs such as ripping the interior apart to harvest the cars manual pedal box, and tediously unclipping and labeling the wiring necessary for the swap. (Yaaaay... Wiring..)







    So that'll be all for now, just a few more things to strip out of the red car, and then I never have to look at this rusty hunk of junk ever again.

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    Love your build threads Jason!!!
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    Thanks for sharing the build. Looking forward to following along.
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