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1986 Volkswagen Golf GTi 16v (swap)

Make: Volkswagen
Model: Golf
Type: Hatchback
Trim: GTI
Year: 1986
Mileage: 65,000
VIN: 1VWDB0176GV037779
Color: Red
Engine: 1.8l 16v
Cylinders: 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: 5 speed manual
Drive type: FWD
Interior color: Gray
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Santee, California, United States

1986 Volkswagen Golf GTI Additional Info:

Car is being relisted because buyer was unable to perform. If you intend to bid/buy, please do so only if you can complete the transaction. It just passed CA smog with zero issues. Any CA buyer will not have to smog the car for at least 2 years.

FS: 1986 Volkswagen GTi 16v (swap) in phenomenal condition!!! Located in zip 92071 (Santee, CA – East County San Diego).

Super low miles on both the body/interior (110k-ish) and drivetrain (65k-ish). Car runs GREAT! No issues what so ever. I had the motor scoped and based on what was seen that is the estimated miles. The drivetrain was taken out of an 87 GLi 16v and the research I did I came up with 55k miles before the swap.

The swap and all other work performed was done by Scott Wood of Stray Dog Garage (formally VW Specialties) so you know it was done correct.

I started with 2 running and driving cars. All items needed for the swap were done all at once which include: 1.8 16v motor, tranny, fuel system, ECU, wire harness, air box and more.

When the 16v motor and tranny were out I had them cleaned and re-painted. I also media blasted the exhaust manifold and intake to clean off the usual pitting that happens to them over time. I powdered coated the manifold and intake crinkle black before installation. As you see in the pics it turned out great.

The 16v motor and tranny were resealed before installation so there are zero leaks anywhere.

Before any work was started I had the motor compression tested and a leak down test was performed and all results came back well within OEM specs.

Other items added to the car when the swap was done are as follows: oil, oil filter and drain plug, air filter, fuel filter, tranny fluid, coolant, stat and low temp fan switch, radiator, timing belt and tensioner, cam seals, all other belts, clutch, 4 brake rotors and pads, brake fluid, Koni STR-T shocks and struts, Neuspeed Soft Sport springs, all new suspension mounts and bushings, 16v gauge cluster, 16v steering wheel and e-brake handle, EuroSport cat back, brand new set of OEM VW Steelies with Dunlop tires (have never been on any car aside from this one with zero curbagge) and more I cannot think of at this point. All items used where OEM VW or OE equivalent. No Chinese garbage used on this car.

I’ve put nearly 6k+ miles on the car since the swap. I drove it out to AZ from San Diego and back (8 hours one way) with not a single hiccup.

The paint and interior are 99.9% OEM. The paint looks and feels really good. It is not perfect by any means. There are some dings and chips from use over the years but still it looks and shines up nicely. I would rate it a 7 out of 10. Besides the few chips, there are some OEM molding holes that go along the side of the body on both sides. They are covered so no water will ever leak in. I did not have them filled and painted because I am trying to track down the molding and reinstall it. I like the look with the molding.

The interior is fantastic. No sagging headliner, no tears or wear marks on the seats. I did have the drivers side bolsters refoamed and recovered as they were a bit worn down form getting in and out over the years. Interior is 9 out of 10 easy.

I tracked down a brand new German made Kamei golf ball shift knob and OEM VW leatherette shift boot that are installed already.

The only non-OEM item in the interior is the addition of a Sony CD player. I do have the OEM am/fm cassette player and it is included with the sale.

I have paperwork dating back to day one and all the way through now. Paperwork included are OEM window sticker, build sheet, VW brochure, receipts for work performed, owners manual and much more.

I have collected a few parts that are also included. They are a bunch of random hard to get VW parts.

Full set of OEM VW keys are also included.

Everything on the car works, as it should with the exception of two items. First, the A/C blows cool and not cold. Could use an R12 recharge if you could find R12 or better yet be converted to R134. And second, the ODO works when it wants. The speedo works and always has but the ODO works sometimes. I took it to an ODO shop and was told it was a spider gear in the dash that is missing some teeth. It would cost $125.00 to fix.

No rust now or ever.

I have owned this exact VIN car 3 times over my life. I love it and don’t really want to sell but I need the funds from this sale to fund another.

I’m sure I am missing some info and will update should I remember. Please bid with confidence as the car runs superbly. I encourage any perspective buyer to swing by and go for a spin. Any questions please ask. Good Luck!!!

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