Last month we gave you a peek at TJ Jones' '03 Jetta 1.8T built by Shifty's Spraywerkz. The project is finally out of the bodyshop and the exterior features a two-tone paint job using VW's Black Magic Pearl and Platinum grey. The front bumper and side skirts are aggressive pieces from Dubtechnick. The front also features Rieger's bser hood extension, Kamei's badgeless grille, FK headlights and European stubby mirrors.
TJ didn't stop the bodywork there, as the rear features a GLI valance and lights plus a shaved trunk. While the car was at Shifty's, they also shaved the side markers and engine covers.
Other highlights include Koni coilovers, a GLI interior, GHL exhaust system, custom FMIC and 18x8.5" Stern ST-2 wheels.
Final plans include molding the rear valance to the body and creating a dual exhaust cutout for an R32 feel.
Back in et 8/07, Bill Hammer decided to build his own chassis for his extensive Rabbit V8 widebody project before attaching the rest of the body to it. Since then, he's picked up some new parts and continued working on it as much as he could. "I've been looking for cheap fenders and found some locally," he told us. "The majority of construction will begin as soon as the front fenders are bolted on. This will give me a reference point to locate the body over the wheelbase."
Bill's been consumed by other tasks, such as grinding and welding the body to remove all the undercoat and glue. This will help when he's ready to finish the chassis.
Bill's also located a set of factory 16" wheels, which he eventually plans to widen to 10" himself.
"I previously stated I'd have the car done by July," he stated, "But as you can probably tell from my updates, I'm not even close. Now I'm shooting for late September, so I can take it to H2O International. But honestly, money will probably prevent that being a reality. However, I'll keep nickel and diming my way through the tasks, one at a time, until the car is the way I want it to be." All we can say is good luck, Bill!
We'd like to introduce our old pal, Seamus Taaffe and his '82 VW Golf Caddy project to the mag. "I've owned this truck over 10 years," he told us. "It was my primary source of transport when I was young and broke!"
A decade later, Seamus has decided to rejuvenate his truck and turn it into a functional, yet spectacular vehicle.
It started life as a diesel, but Seamus took the motor out and swapped in a TDI turbo-diesel from a '97 Jetta, including the transmission and wiring harness. The builder has also fabricated his own exhaust system and FMIC, and upgraded the intake and exhaust manifolds for a GT20 turbo. The injectors are from Kerma, a renowned supplier of the VW Rally Team.
A large capacity radiator was also fitted to achieve cooler oil temps. In the near future, the Caddy will also have propane injection, which should give it an extra 25hp.
Seamus vividly explained he doesn't plan to make the Caddy a show queen or a track vehicle. Instead, it'll be a functional pickup, comfortable to drive and capable of hauling.
Aesthetically, the Caddy will have 17" wheels with 12.9" big brakes all-round. The seats will be Sparco, the stereo and video from Pioneer, and the center console from an Audi TT.
Seamus has also upgraded the suspension with FK coilovers and Euro Sport camber plates in the front.