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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    Abandoned Car Find: Next Project 1983 Audi Quattro

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    I'm a long time Audi Enthusiast, with an emphasis in 'classic' models. I've owned at least 6 cqs, and 8-12 90s, a few 4000s, and probably 6 URS4/6s. I gravitate mostly towards the coupes and enjoy making them 20vt beasts.

    Now this car is kinda a white whale for many. It really is what changed Audi and made it what it is. It is the original AWD turbo production car. In the USA 1983 was the first production year, 85 was the last. In that time 664 examples were imported.


    I got my car through a local abandoned car auction. From what I gather (receipts, tire dates, ect) this car hasn't been on the road since 2001.

    So I won't be starting this project right away as i have a cq that i'm trying to finish at the moment, but i'll start hunting for donor parts and such.

    Here it is as I first saw it:









    There is some ugly:



    This looks like it was previously repaired













    So. That is the baseline for this project.


    When i brought it home i jacked it up and had a look under it to see what it looked like on from below:

































    Overall it really isn't that bad, there are aftermarket fenders that can easily be bolted on. the underside is very solid, looks like it will make for a great project.

    I washed out the engine bay and it tells the same story. no rust on the tops of the strut towers or fenders, very clean over all





    The goal is to bring it back to its former glory, something simple like this:




    So yeah, that is that. not sure how quickly the updates will roll in, but I will update it. Anyone with Spare URQ parts are welcome to contact and donate them to the cause, sponsors as well :) #shameless

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    Established Member Two Rings cclarkb5's Avatar
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    Followed, very excited to see developments :)


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    Veteran Member Four Rings Guitarmageddon's Avatar
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    A few buckets, a lot of microfiber towels, and 3 Pilot Sport PS2- for sale, PM me
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    PM me your price on one of these...
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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarmageddon View Post
    PM me your price on one of these...
    not planning on selling at the moment. I'll at least get it running first, that will increase the value significantly.

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    Stage 3 Forum Advertiser Four Rings UroTuning's Avatar
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    Holy project! I look forward to seeing more

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    Veteran Member Four Rings maga4's Avatar
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    Awesome - can't wait to see what you are able to do! Definitely too intimidating of a project for my skills!
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    LED Interior/License Plate Lights, Short Shifter, BFI Catch Can, V1, Rieger Lip Replica, FRT's FMIC, aFe Filter

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    Stage 3 Forum Advertiser Four Rings UroTuning's Avatar
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    Nice find!!! She needs work but will be worth it when you are done! :D

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    Any updates? :))

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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    Not many:
    i pulled this car out of a field (81 Coupe GT) as a parts car and for some 'vintage' metal to help in the restoration process:





    It also has good looking interior i'm trying to restore:





    I've had my hands full with 3 other car projects and a ton of house projects.

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    Veteran Member Three Rings MadAudi's Avatar
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    IF you ever wanna unload the car as is let me know....
    Contact me for all your Audi/VW Repairs and Modifications in the Chicagoland Area. PM for quotes!
    ***Starting to take appointments after Jan 1, 2019!!***

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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadAudi View Post
    IF you ever wanna unload the car as is let me know....
    I've turned down $6500 dollar offers already!

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    Veteran Member Three Rings MadAudi's Avatar
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    I believe it, I almost got one last month for $9500 in slightly better condition that this one, non running. They hold their value, congrats on the find!!
    Contact me for all your Audi/VW Repairs and Modifications in the Chicagoland Area. PM for quotes!
    ***Starting to take appointments after Jan 1, 2019!!***

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    Veteran Member Four Rings RoguesGambit's Avatar
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    How's the build going?
    JHM St2 w/HPFP, JHM HFC+B7 S4 FI Catback, JHM St1 Clutch/Flywheel, S4 Recaros, JHM Shift-Trio+Cross Rod, Bi-xenon Headlights, JOM Smoked Tail Lights, Enkei PF01, Conti DWS, Solo-werks S1 Coilovers

    More to come

    Also, my story: https://www.amazon.com/Sage-Mike-Fra...7646774&sr=1-1

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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    Not much built, but i've bought everything I need for it.

    Seats:


    Steering wheel:


    New Subframes and uprights:




    Built bottom end, Calico coated bearings, ARP mains, DM forged Rods, windage tray, Southbend clutch:


    GTX2867r Turbo:


    New Passenger side Original Fender:


    Upgraded front brakes:


    951 Intercooler
    KW Coil overs
    01E transmission
    New carpet, dash, ect
    All new mounts


    just need the time to actually turn wrenches now

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    Established Member Two Rings thierryfabrice1's Avatar
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    Nice! suscribed! wanna see the finished product!

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    Senior Member Two Rings snolvr's Avatar
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    Awesome! Can't wait to see the finished project. I remember seeing my first Ur-q on the dealers lot back in 1983 when I was 13yrs old, a Gobi beige specimen. Take your time, do it right, it will be worth it in the end!

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    IN!

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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    kinda forgot about this thread. Bit has happened. I actually found a different/more clean shell to start with, so i sold this car, and purchased an Alpine white one, it also needs restoration, and i'm doing that, i'm trying to document a lot of it through video posts / vlogs, here is the latest: https://youtu.be/x8eDhqEK-30

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    Veteran Member Four Rings
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    Love the old urquattros.
    Post up some pics of your
    new one.

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    here is an album full of pics:

    https://imgur.com/a/n9J8qEi

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    Veteran Member Four Rings Nollywood's Avatar
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    Please don’t fit Audi 80 type 81 headlamps to this car!

    And I think it’ll definitely look nicer with genuine Euro bumper, foglamps, indicators and rear reflectors built into the rear bumper, as per the original cars.
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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    These are my Head and Tail Lights for it:



    I also have front and rear Euro Bumpers. however, you said 'as per the original cars' these bumpers that are shown are the originals. they are just the US Spec originals.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings
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    Yes we got the bulkier and uglier
    DOT bumpers & lighting. I’d still
    love to have a urQ. Great looking
    project you have there.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings Nollywood's Avatar
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    I like the more modern ellipsoid headlamps you’ve chosen. Very fresh-looking, yet still in keeping with the original “twin square” units. 👍
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    Veteran Member Four Rings
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    Yea those ellipsoids actually look
    really good. I want to see how they
    look on the car.

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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    I told my friend Alex about them, he tossed a set on his car:


    Huge improvement to light output:

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    Veteran Member Four Rings jbrentd's Avatar
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    I'm excited to see some more progress on this. Keep up the good work Dave!

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    Looks great


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    Veteran Member Four Rings
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    I definitely dig the look. Retro
    with a modern twist. That picture
    on the lake is pretty cool.

    Is the red urQ alxdgr8 over on QW?

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    Quote Originally Posted by landfill View Post
    I definitely dig the look. Retro
    with a modern twist. That picture
    on the lake is pretty cool.

    Is the red urQ alxdgr8 over on QW?
    yes



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