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Old 06-27-2013, 11:58 PM   #101 (permalink)
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It looks like 87homebuilttdi built the car, but likes to refer to himself in the third person. I tried searching for some of the things that he wrote, but when I tried his username, I got this:

87homebuilttdi Gallery - TDIClub Gallery

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That is the very last image. The previous four are also of the car, we just hadn't seen the front!


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Old 06-28-2013, 02:53 AM   #102 (permalink)
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Great find guys ! Must be why there's no web history of it; it was built in the pre-internet days (1987)!
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:03 AM   #103 (permalink)
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I read the thread, and I'm still not sure who is the owner/builder of the car that is the subject of this thread. Is it 87homebuilttdi?

I hope that whoever it is can post some pictures, please! And I hope they show any and all improvements as they make them; like how they got rid of the exhaust smudge, if that is what they did.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:46 AM   #104 (permalink)
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The Seinfeld episode with Jimmie and his third person persona cracked me up, so I thought that I would have fun with it. I see that it didn't work....

Anyway, the car is mine, I designed and built it back in 1985-1987 and it's only purpose was to get great fuel mileage. It was originally powered by a 1980 VW diesel that I added a Rajay turbo to and ran about 9 psi of boost. It got about 65mpg at 65 mph back then. Now it has a 1.9 TDI AFN motor in it and gets 74 mpg at 60 mph. The tune that was in it was more performance oriented and dumped a lot of fuel during hard acceleration. Fun, but not as efficient. The newest tune is much cleaner, albeit not as fast. Engineering tradeoffs....
I made the body out of poly isocyanate foam board and covered it in glass and epoxy resin. The frame is a space frame made from 316l stainless steel. I know, what was he thinking! (I hate rust!) Front suspension is modeled after the Ford Mustang II/ Pinto set up, just copied it out of stainless.
The rear suspension is made up of the strut and brake/spindles from a 1972 Datsun 240Z. Front and rear have coil-overs. The engine/transaxle is in the rear as a mid engine layout. DLC PP520 injectors, VNT-17 turbo, water cooled intercooler, fabricated intake, 2.5 exhaust with Magnaflow muffler, tune,
thinnest head gasket, port clean up, unshrouded valves, air/oil separator, and I forget what else!
The windshield is from a McLaren, the door frames, hinges, and latches are from a 1967 Corvette, taillights are 1982 aftermarket Corvette, side markers are Ford truck, front directional are 1972 Camaro.
I designed this car on paper after being hit broad side on my motorcycle at an intersection by a drunk chic. Cops never figured that part out....my friend did.
I had plenty of time to do this as I was laying in a bed for a good part of a year with a couple casts on.
Hope that helps.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:02 AM   #105 (permalink)
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Thanks and welcome, great car.
Got plans for further modification?
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:59 AM   #106 (permalink)
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Moreairlessfuel: thanks for chiming in with that additional info and putting this mystery to rest.

Sounds like quite the car.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:21 AM   #107 (permalink)
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More air less fuel, you certainly made the best of a bad situation! I just wish that you could have come up with this design with less personal cost!

How did you get rid of the black smudge on your rear bumper?

How are you working to get better mileage?

Your car is gorgeous!

What do you call it?

Thank you so much for joining us and sharing! Welcome!
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:44 AM   #108 (permalink)
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Nice car...

Do you have any interior photos???

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Old 06-28-2013, 10:57 AM   #109 (permalink)
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Hey More air less fuel, welcome to the board. I am guessing this place is right up your alley. I was the one who spotted your car on the Thruway and also getting off in Victor. (I live in Perinton). Glad your car has finally been identified!
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:30 PM   #110 (permalink)
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More questions!

How difficult was registration? Did you use the minimum portion of some other car to use its VIN or is this completely from scratch?

How did you decide on your front wheel skirts? Members on here have tried many ecomods, but few have done front wheel skirts. I believe that Basjoos' were the best done, they are almost flat, but they are hinged, with rollers that push out the skirts when the tire makes contact.

Can you fully crank your steering wheel?

Do you ever get stopped by the highway patrol?

How many miles have you put on this car?

Especially well-done projects are often put on the main page. I believe that this is definitely one of the best!

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