My Mk2 VR6 conversion...Now on the road...but not finished!

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My Mk2 VR6 conversion...Now on the road...but not finished!

Postby GTi_Phil » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:28 pm

Hi people, have owned my mk2 16v GTi since april 2005, in that time its had loads done in terms of full engine rebuild etc, but now decided to go for the VR6 conversion.

Have been thinking about it for ages and have finally gone for it. Heres where I am so far.

First off a couple of pics of my mk2.
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First off I bought all the bits I need, Found the lot on ebay off of another Mk2 for a bargain £560.

Heres some pics of the bits.
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Its all off of a 1995 2.8VR6 I'm told.

Heres the front subframes and steering etc.
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The column also has the pedal box for the clutch master cylinder aswell. I have bought a seat Toledo front cross member and mount also as unsure what this one is off of.

Other various bits, and lots of wiring looms lol.
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Have got the Mk3 dash also but will most probaly keep my current mk2 16v dash.
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The rear beam and brakes.
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Exhaust system, full magnex stainless system, tailpipe will have to go, not really to keen but the rest is all ok.
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Theres a few other bits and pieces also. Ordered my Mk3 VR6 coilovers from Janspeed thursday. Not the most expensive coilovers but will see how it feels when there on and worst case will have to save for some more expensive ones.

Next started to clean everything up, first the rear beam.
Wire brushed and rubbed down, removed brakes, brake pipes etc the painted with black hammerite.
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With this project space is my biggest issue, I am doing it in a single garage and having to rent a second one next weekend to store all the bits, looking forward to geting into it though. This thread was in another forum hence why I am posting it all up tonight although it is progress from the last few weeks.
Engine has apparantley only covered 56000 which is pretty low but will be doing a minor rebuild anyway. :-D
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Postby GTi_Phil » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:41 pm

Next off I put the brake pipes back on the rear axle and removed the inlet manifold for cleaning and some minor polishing.

Paint came out pretty well.
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Brake pipes back on.
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Next off removed the inlet manifold.
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Going to polish the inlet manifold myself, its going to take a while but should be worth it.

Heres how it looked when I first removed it.
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Heres pics as I polished it.
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Carried on in front of the tv that night lol.
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Next day at work we ran out of work so spent a few more hours on it, only doing the raised areas now.
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Needs some fine polishing to finish it off but really happy with how it turned out.
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Postby GTi_Phil » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:49 pm

Coilovers arrived now, look all good.
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Picked up my wheels, need a refurb and some new rubber but a bargain for £50. Heres some pics of one of the good ones.
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The golfs SORN now, tax ran out last week. Got my run about car now just need to buy my clutch and a few other bits. Hopefully can make a proper start at the weekend.

Painted the rear brakes. I dont want them looking painted, just like they are new so took them into work and rubbed them all down then sprayed them with heat proof paint. Have come up pretty well.
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I know all the photos are coming out half cut off, dont know how to sort that?
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Postby GTi_Phil » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:59 pm

Next off I fitted the rear brakes back onto the rear beam.

Really happy with how its turned out.
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Sorry about the poor quality photos but I'm using my phone and it really isn't that good sometimes.lol.

New front cross member arrived. The one I did have was a Corrado one and the engine would have sat to high if I used that so I bought a Seat Toledo one, you can see the slight differences in shape and position of the mount.

The seat one is the lower one. Just needs a little spruse up now. :-D
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GTi_Phil wrote:I know all the photos are coming out half cut off, dont know how to sort that?


its because they are over 1000 pixels wide. you can either, in firefox (because you should all be using it :whistle: ) right click and view image, or you can resize them. If you can't be arsed resizing them, you can upload them direct to the forum and they will be thumbnailed. Its done like this so when someone posts a HUGE pic, it doesnt screw up the look of the forum :up:

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Re: My Mk2 VR6 conversion on budget!!!

Postby GTi_Phil » Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:08 pm

Okay well I had a whole day today to spend on the VR6 project which was great as I only have till the weekend when I get the other garage to finish getting everything ready to start.

With the rear axle finished I started to attack the front subframe, rack etc. I bought myself a Snap on 18 battery impact gun on friday and it helped out so much, its a powerfull as allot of air guns so great for working at home.

Heres some picks of what I did.

Front subframe before I started.
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Started to take off the shafts, brakes etc.
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Lower arms off.
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Subframe starting to look a little bare now lol.
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Next off started to give the subframe a coat of paint after a rub down.
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Heres the front crossmember just before some paint.
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After some paint, also painted anti roll bar and steering rack.
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Have to give it all a second coat tomorow evening once its dry.

Also sprayed front callipers after having them at work to clean up.
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Taking the front shafts and hubs into work tomorow to seperate as didn't have right sized socket at home and then once its all finshed been painted can put it all back together. Need to replace a lower arm bush and a cv boot which I nboticed need changing today aswell.
Getting excited now because this weekend I can make a real start, cant wait!!! :-D
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Re: My Mk2 VR6 conversion on budget!!!

Postby GTi_Phil » Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:13 pm

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GTi_Phil wrote:I know all the photos are coming out half cut off, dont know how to sort that?


its because they are over 1000 pixels wide. you can either, in firefox (because you should all be using it :whistle: ) right click and view image, or you can resize them. If you can't be arsed resizing them, you can upload them direct to the forum and they will be thumbnailed. Its done like this so when someone posts a HUGE pic, it doesnt screw up the look of the forum :up:


Thanks mate, am up to date with the thread now so any new photos I will upload direct, cheers. :up:
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Re: My Mk2 VR6 conversion on budget!!!

Postby NIMPY248 » Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:36 am

a good start to the project mate :up:
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Re: My Mk2 VR6 conversion on budget!!!

Postby D16vGTi » Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:47 am

Looks like its coming along nicely :up:

The mk2 looks like a tidy base for the conversion as well :up:
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Re: My Mk2 VR6 conversion on budget!!!

Postby GTi_Phil » Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:30 pm

Thanks for the positive comments people, I want to get everything looking as good as I can although I'm on a budget. Would love to be able to afford to replace everything with new bits or get them powder coated but its all coming out pretty well at the moment.

Came home from work today after taking a few bits into work to clean up and take apart.

Heres some picks of how the bits I painted yesterday came out.

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First of steering rack, doesn't look to bad.


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Next off the front cross member after first coat of paint, cant beleive how well this came out.

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Front brake came out quite well also.

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Seperated the hubs from the shafts at work today, gave them a clean up ready for a paint. Heres the before.

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Heres after a coat of hammerite.

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A pic of the rest of the subframe and anit roll bar after another coat.

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Started on one of the drivshafts also.

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Will do some more tomorow night after work. Ordered some bits today, clutch, new lower arm, brake lines etc which I will pick up tomorow aswell. :-D
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Re: My Mk2 VR6 conversion on budget!!!

Postby GTi_Phil » Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:55 pm

Couple of the pics didn't work so will try another way.

Steering rack pics.
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Front hubs before and after first coat of paint.
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