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GETTING A LESSON IN HOW TO MATCH UP YOUR WHEELS I purchased the VR6 in December 2015, so Iíve only had it for a short period. I was searching for a new car for a few months and thought I had my mind set on a Nissan RWD turbo.
When it came time to get a new car I couldnít see myself parting with my Mk3 1.8L and at the same time my mate was selling his VR6 as he upgraded, I guess fate took over from there.
Plans so far are to get rid of the stock ECU to help open up a whole field of options. Iím going to fully build the engine and then run a single turbo setup. That should get around 250kw to the wheels. With it being a car that isnít often highly modified in Australia, I have to reference a lot of builds in the US and Europe. The possibility of hopefully getting a stroker kit to bring it to a 3L 6cyl is definitely on the books.
I was aware when I purchased the car that it was running wheel spacers on the front and I figured it was just to give it the aggressive look. I was coming onto a motorway, and I got to about 80km/h. The car started to violently shake and pull to the left. I quickly pull into an emergency zone on the side of a busy motorway. I get out and have a look around, and my front left wheel is angled with positive camber and the lug bolt cover is bulging out. Luckily I was with a group of mates who had pulled in behind me. After pulling the wheel off, we found the spacer was warped and destroyed. Lesson was learnt. Always make sure you properly size wheels, this could have ended up a lot worse than it did.
I find that the car has a lot of top end pick-up.
Off the line and to about 3k itís a bit dead, then after that it picks up fairly hard for the size of the car. You can definitely feel the weight of the engine as you enter a corner but as long as you have the right gear she will pull through fine.
It surprises a lot of people. It sounds and goes harder than most people would think. Without a doubt, every time I drive the VR6 it leaves a smile on my face. Itís such a fun car to drive.
GETTING TO GRIPS WITH A COLOUR CONCEPT Ibought the car in June last year off a friend who had it for about two years. I wasnít specifically after a VR6, but was admiring from a distance.
Owning a six-cylinder hatch is much better compared to previous six-cylinders Iíve had.
And itís fun enough to have the kind of power the VR6 offers with a fairly decent weight to the car too.
The VR6 that Iím in is actually a Colour Concept model, which was a factory option where the interior was colour matched to the exterior of the car. There are little tidbits of differences like having heated leather seats, and colour matched spark leads in the engine bay.
Iím working in a pizza store at the moment and sometimes I have to take deliveries out in the Golf, but I try and avoid that as much as humanly possible heard of Ďnouvelle figurationí artist Peter Klasen or his craft Ė Ďa pictorial language that relies on tensions to avoid leaving nasty smells I think Mk3 Golfs may be on their way to becoming classic cars, particularly the VR6s in Australia as theyíre not overly common.
I really enjoy the fact that itís a nice tight little package of a car with power to boot, but also the practicality side of the car offers a lot because itís quite spacious, and has a few options of foldable seats and extra space to put things like my bikes in the back without any hassles.
MORE FUN THAN THE STOCK MARKET There arenít too many HGs around. Well itís an original rally red 253, with a four-on-the-floor Saginaw, Sidewinder stripes and original wheels.
We call it Nelson (as in HG Nelson the comedian/sports broadcaster). Itís got the original Sandalwood interior Ė the previous owner did a magnificent job bringing it back to this state.
Itís an interesting car to drive, not overly powerful but a good cruiser. I was looking for something around about 1970 Ė that was my youth. I was about 13 or 14 at that stage and remember some of the old cars going past I thought I can invest in the stock market or I could buy a car and it was a pretty easy question to answer. I saw it online, it looked really nice, saw it in the flesh and decided to buy it that weekend.
That was a bit over two years ago and it was an excellent decision. Iíve never regretted it.
The guy has done a number of cars over time and he clearly knows what heís doing. Iíve had people drive past with cameras hanging out the window. Itís lovely to be able to share that passion with others.
I look around events like today (the Hanging Rock car show) and think isnít it wonderful that people have the time and resources to preserve a bit of our history.
RARELY SEEN and sometimes spoken about, the first generation Civics could make a bit of a classic comeback.
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RESTORING THE FAMILY HERITAGE I actually grew up with VWs in the family. My dad and his father were both VW nuts, so I suppose itís memories from my childhood that made want one when I first got my licence around 19. For whatever reason, I decided not to, and possibly reaching my current age has pushed me into considering one again.
I see a lot around on the roads, which I think is great. I used to see one on the highway every morning on my way to work, which reminded me of my grandfather.
The opportunity came up, and this was exactly what I was looking for. Itís an Australian built model from 1966. Weíd been looking on the internet for something to do up and came across this, which already had a lot done to it.
The price was good, so we went for it.
The smell, the sound, the look and feel was everything I remembered from being a kid. I just love the vibe of the car. I have German heritage on one side of the family and my grandfather on that side was very keen on them, but never actually had one, so maybe that helped to push me this way as well.
Although it doesnít look much different from when I bought it two years ago, thereís been a fair amount of mechanical work done Ė especially on the clutch.
Probably the most weíve done is to the aesthetics.
The wicker bench inside, the cushions and a few other little accessories, like the Wolfsburg crest and the Deutschland ďDĒ symbol on the back and re-sculpted engine cover and moving the number plate to the bumper bar. We actually got it from NSW. It had a lot of modifications, like the rear lights from I think a 1960 model, which confuses a few people when theyíre looking at it. They canít quite figure out which year it is.
I love driving it, and everyone smiles when they see it, which is what itís all about.