Tagged: mk2 golf syncro gti conversion
Firstly just wanted to say that I am no mechanic…. I can battle my way through most basic mk2 problems, but I have a good group of mates who are always keen to help – who know a lot more than me – which has been invaluable. I bought this car of my friend, who had unfortunately wrapped it round a lamp post! The damage although it looked bad – was minimal, as it hit exactly in the middle… and I had the spares to do a simple fix, so it was a no-brainer! SO this is where the project started…
Initially I was focused stopping the rust from getting hold in the standard mk2 places including the jacking points and wheel arches. Then I stripped and re-sprayed the engine bay.
I swapped the wiring loom to later CE2 version from a scrap mk2 gti. (with the later fuse box) I also used this ‘scrapper’ to salvage loads of other gti parts such as interior trim, rear brake callipers, fuel pump & lines, and various bits n’ bobs. This was 500quid well spent considering all the miscellaneous parts I scavenged from it. The scrapper was a run-out model gti (J-reg) which had the later fuse board, steering column and pedal box configuration all of which ended up being changed over to the Syncro. Other stuff was invaluable also such as the fuel pump, power steering rack, fuel sender (which needed to be modified for the Syncro fuel tank) the interior, and the big bumper exterior trim. The engine and gear box went into my old j-plate 2-door atlas grey, which then got sold on. The 2e bottom end, with a TSR head & cam from my old golf mk2 GTi, with a Rallye O2C gerbox is now in the Syncro.
The end result will be a Golf Mk2 8v GTI Syncro. Not mental quick, but fun. And hopefully in keeping with VW thinking… if VW had ever done a 4 door 8v gti, it would look something like this. I always loved my 8v gti so wanted to build something which maintained this character, but was also ‘future proofed’ a bit, if I ever wanted to put something silly in it!
Other stuff I remember doing at somepoint….
Drive shaft modification – gti drive shaft one side, Syncro the other, but with bigger Inner CV’s to marry up with O2c
Cable linkage conversion, with manual actuator. Cable linkage box from a mk2 g60syncro. Mk2 1.3L clutch cables used (I think)
G60 front brake conversion, with bigger 22mm master cylinder and bigger brake servo.
Things to sort /problems to solve
Working out the Rear diff vacuum configuration.
Work out how to marry the reverse lights wiring.
Work out how to get the relay from the old Syncro wiring loom for the free wheel mechanism incorporated into the new wiring loom/fuse board.
Custom Exhaust manifold & downpipe will have to be purchased.
All things I hope that this amazing Syncro Forum will be able to help with to finish the project!
Looking good Andy! Super clean bay, mmm… 🙂
hope this helps “rear diff vacuum system”
Nice car! Look forward to seeing how it turns out
nice project – this is the sort of inspiration I need to get a move on with mine 🙂