• Winter Has Arrived!!

    Winter has arrived here and we are getting prepared to hunker down for the winter. This is typically the time when the automotive tinkering slows drastically and the outside time with the family increases. The tools get tucked away and the toys come out! We have a couple of pretty sweet long term projects in the shop, so we will update periodically. Luckily, before the snow came down in feet, we got one of our long term projects into the shop for its final phase of the build. This 1975 VW Rabbit spent some time at our friends JRM Fabrication getting a turbo setup built. There are a few loose…

  • Project A3: New Suspension!

    Earlier this week at my “day job”, we had a customer in to get a new set of coilovers installed on his mk6 GTI. He was removing what looked like a decent set of WRD Street coilovers, so naturally I inquired as to his plans for the old suspension. I got the previously mention WRD coilovers for a song, and since the rear shocks were completely blown out on the suspension I got on the a3, I figured that this new setup would at the very least get me through the winter. The old suspension was Koni FSD shocks coupled with Eibach lowering springs. When it was fresh, it probably…

  • Project A3: Engine Progress

    Pushed the car out of the garage for, hopefully, the last time today. I  borrowed a pressure washer from a friend and got the car out and dragged the transmission out into the open. A can of engine degreaser and the engine bay and trans are looking drastically better. Got back to work on the engine assembly, at last post, I had installed the cams and had the tbelt on. Well those turned out to just be test fits, I forgot to install the cam chain tensioner when I put the cams in last weekend. So today, I got to un-install the cams and tbelt, install the tensioner, then re-install…

  • Project A3: Photo Updates

    Few more photos from the build this weekend: New catless dp, with stainless vibrant resonator, hooks up to stock rear section for deep stock ish sound levels Ran into an issue with the ARP cam girdle bolts, they sit higher than the sealing surface of the valve cover 🙁 Going to ditch the over complicated tension setup from the FSI, and swap on an old school 16v timing belt and tensioner

  • Project A3: Engine Rebuild

    We haven’t really introduced this project yet, but mine as well start when the car is coming back together. This way, updates come fast and progress seems to blast along at a nice pace. Here are some photos of the engine rebuild, will post more details later.