December 7, 2022

All of us love a pizza night time right here, and when Domino’s supervisor/part-owner, Stephen McClintock contacted us about his mouth-watering Mk1 Golf full with a VR6 engine, we simply knew we needed to have a slice… 

Characteristic from Efficiency VW journal. Phrases: Graham Leigh. Images: Mike Kippen.

Thirty-one-year-old Newberg, Oregon resident, Stephen McClintock by no means actually stood an opportunity of not being inflicted with the Wolfsburg bug together with his older brother’s shopping for into the marque and influencing him from an early age. “My first automobile was a 1979 VW rabbit after I was 15. I quickly satisfied my mother it wanted a brand new motor and some months later I discovered and fitted a G60 supercharged engine”. That’s our form of negotiation! Stephen defined that for day by day transport he has largely turned to Ingolstadt, calling upon the trusty providers of a B5 S4, a B6 A4 Avant and at the moment a 2014 B8.5 S4. Because the antithesis for his slammed old style dubs, Stephen will get his offroad kicks in a lifted Jeep Wrangler. He defined that changed vehicles are an escape from the pressures of working a enterprise: “I do it for the fervour of vehicles. I simply love doing little changes and mods and tinkering, it’s a good way to construct friendships, a dialog starter and an ideal stress reliever”.

A Mk2 Golf adopted that Stephen duly VR6 swapped. He was happy with the conversion however needed to hold one out on a Mk1 for an much more spectacular power-to-weight ratio. “I needed one thing gentle and enjoyable to drive every day. I additionally needed a automobile that may attraction to individuals of all ages. I really like speaking to random people who strategy me and clarify that that they had one in highschool or in interval”. The story with this Rabbit began 5 years in the past. It’s a ’79 base automobile that was dropped at Stephen’s consideration by means of a buddy. The shell had been stripped down in preparation to transform it right into a racecar by the earlier proprietor. It represented a strong however daunting base because the shell was simply that, no bins of bits and a Haynes guide with this buy. “The naked shell, and by naked shell I imply no nuts, no bolts and no home windows, gave me and my spouse anxiousness on the way in which residence considering we had been in over our heads!”. The deciding issue was that it was a discount 500 bucks. The good thing about that is that it supplied Stephen with a clear sheet for his construct and compelled him to glean information from mates and professionals to show the overwhelming majority of the work round himself in a well timed vogue. Federal pleasant Rabbit aspect marker holes had been welded up and the engine bay smoothed with a minimal and stylish decluttered completed article in his sights. The story of Stephen’s Rabbit is a well-recognized one in that it was by no means speculated to be this good. “I simply needed to do a VR6 swap and be carried out with it however as I spent extra time with the automobile, I realised the Mars pink paint was worse than I had first thought while I used to be buffing it. The following day I began sanding a lot of the automobile all the way down to the steel. I used the bodywork expertise I had acquired by doing my Mk2 and loads of recommendation from mates that I’m eternally grateful for. I did my very own bodywork, primer and prep however I farmed out the paint to a neighborhood store, Marshalls. The automobile got here again trying nice within the Atlas Gray metallic, offering the inspiration to complete the challenge off as I simply couldn’t wait to get it on the highway”.


Glass and seals had been rigorously fitted to the freshly painted automobile as quickly because it was put in Stephen’s storage. He then turned pirate and hit up mates for his or her elements stashes and scoured the scrap yards and boards for treasure. His swashbuckling bore fruit as you possibly can see within the particulars of this trusty vessel. As soon as nearly all of the element elements had been in place, Stephen was capable of flip his consideration to increase the motor. This options all of the goodies you’d need on an NA 2.8 12V VR6. Tectonics function closely and their 276 cams with uprated springs, chip and exhaust had been all used. Eurowise headers and a customized brief runner consumption fabricated by Justin McDonald at NubWorks add to the combination. The block stays inventory and the pinnacle was rebuilt while the engine was break up. A 02A CCM transmission with  Peloquin LSD and 10lb light-weight flywheel take care of shifting duties. A wire tuck ensures that the ‘bay appears to be like tidy. Stephen reviews a formidable 210 WHP which is backed up by a wholesome 13.5 seconds at 105mph quarter mile printout. Not shy, particularly on road tyres. “It’s quick however good to cruise round in. I can drive it to exhibits or the strip, race it and get groceries on the way in which residence. I like it.”

The Mk1 Golf VR6 sits completely over these beautiful wheels. That is due to Solo-Werks coilovers with a customized spring charge up entrance to permit for the heft of the six-banger. Autotech higher and decrease strut bars entrance and rear hold issues taut. These BBS RS, after all, deserve a particular point out. Stephen entrance confronted mounted the centres utilizing gold BBS bolts. They measure up a purposeful however useable 7×16 (entrance) and seven.5 (rear) and go well with the automobile completely.

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Mk1 Golf VR6

We hardly ever see a Mk2 sprint conversion in a Mk1 as of late nevertheless it appears to be like at residence with the Recaro Trophy seats and the Renown Monaco steering wheel. Black headlining, rear bench delete with carpeted rear deck, a relocated battery in Moroso security field, harness bar and Schroth harnesses full the sparse however nicely thought out and stylish inside. The aforementioned sidelight delete, small Mk1 Golf bumpers and CL arch spats give the automobile a clear Euro look while the Rabbit badging acts as a nod to the automobile’s start line. Stephen needed to create a delicate automobile however have particulars that lovers would recognize. It’s actually a type of vehicles you’ll spend some time with, ingesting in all the main points at a present. Who clocked the ‘postal’ taillights (devoid of the white reversing lenses) and the clear non-defrost rear display screen?

Build up a automobile like this Mk1 Golf VR6 from a naked shell is just not for the faint-hearted. For some, the hassle will be considerably of a wrench (pun completely supposed, you’re welcome). Fortunately, Stephen is just not that man: “The toughest a part of the construct was on a regular basis I needed to dedicate to it and having to search out each nut and bolt as a result of bare-bones start line. Perhaps second to that may be the bodywork and the wiring. They took up the majority of the time. Nevertheless, I’d do it once more, for certain. The individuals I’ve met due to the automobile and the construct has been price it in itself. I did the whole lot I needed to do with this Mk1 and I’m pleased with it. I wouldn’t change a factor”.

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Mk1 Golf VR6

Time on the drag strip has bought Stephen enthusiastic about 10-second passes and with discuss of a turbo or nitrous on the Mk1 Golf VR6 and a constructed Mk2 VRT or RS3 as future tasks, we very a lot doubt whether or not this would be the final we see of him. If he selects the all-important elements in addition to he has for this Mk1, we’ll actually be again for seconds. As for the place PVW sits on the controversial matter of pineapple on a pizza… Hawaiian is a basic. We’ve all the time bought time for a basic.

Tech Spec: Mk1 Golf VR6


2.8L 12v VR6 OBD2 with Tectonics 276 cams, Tectonics chip, Tectonics exhaust, Eurowise headers, NubWorks customized brief runner consumption manifold, Mk4 head gasket, transmission: 02A CCM with Peloquin LSD, 3.94 ring and pinion and diesel fifth, 10lb light-weight flywheel


BBS RS wheels (staggered 7×16 and seven.5×16, ET33, entrance face-mounted with gold BBS bolts, Federal 165/45/16 tyres, 6mm entrance spacers, 15mm rear spacers). Solo-Werks coilovers with customized spring charge, Autotech higher and decrease strut bars back and front, 9.4 vented brakes with rear discs


Euro bumpers, CL arch spats, shaved working lights back and front, ‘postal’ taillights, non-heated rear windscreen


Mk2 Golf sprint, Recaro Trophy seats, Schroth harnesses, Renown Monaco steering wheel