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      Did I miss the part where it was asked what the deadline that's so important is for? Maybe it's just not supposed to be asked?

      I'm starting to get stressed out that you gotta do a 20 hour drive in 22 hours. I can only imagine how you feel. I wish you the best of luck and I'll be sitting on the edge of my seat till you get home. Drive safe.

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      <---------is watching a thread about a car a guy took out of the junkyard and is driving it across country, while hoping his car will make the 20 minute commute home

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      Quote Originally Posted by LG6R View Post
      See, that's awesome. The anxiety and frustrations that you felt and experienced were burdensome as they were happening in real-time but trust me, it will make the memory of the trip much more remarkable when you look back upon it. Every obstacle you overcome adds depth to your story; enduring every barrier makes your feat that much more impressive. I truly am amazed by all you've accomplished thus far and as the reader I feel like I'm right there with you guys, enjoying the ride. Kudos and keep rollin'.

      I still feel mainly frustration, but that will pass. Then it'll be a cool story.

      Quote Originally Posted by 1.8tCrayon View Post
      Thanks for showing up last night! It was nice to see the car everyone (nationwide) has been talking about. Hope you guys had a good time!
      Thanks! Minneapolis was awesome!

      Quote Originally Posted by bherman13 View Post
      Did I miss the part where it was asked what the deadline that's so important is for? Maybe it's just not supposed to be asked?

      I'm starting to get stressed out that you gotta do a 20 hour drive in 22 hours. I can only imagine how you feel. I wish you the best of luck and I'll be sitting on the edge of my seat till you get home. Drive safe.
      I wasn't really making it very public, but the Jalopnik article mentioned it. My wife is having LASIK eye surgery on both eyes tomorrow morning and I want to be there to drive her, and look after her afterwards.

      Quote Originally Posted by g60rabbit54 View Post
      <---------is watching a thread about a car a guy took out of the junkyard and is driving it across country, while hoping his car will make the 20 minute commute home
      I'm happily surprised at how many people are finding this interesting Thanks for following along!
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      Day 4's full video recap is now live on YouTube ❤️




      Driving well over 800 miles today, across the northern United States of America, in the Volkswagen that I saved from a junkyard 3 days ago.

      Today's route was from the east of Yellowstone National Park, to Minneapolis, and includes Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

      I use RossTech VCDS vagcom to scan the car.

      The Minneapolis GTG is hosted by Kris and EuroWerks.

      The Porsche shop is FlatSix, with thanks to Jack for letting us use the lift and helping turn wrenches. They specialise in air-cooled 911s.

      Big thanks to Veronica, John, Andrew, and Rob, from the Coolwater Club for generously paying for today's fuel on the drive. This was such an amazing gesture, and a total surprise.

      Thanks also to Oskar from Das Parts in Ontario, Canada, for covering the costs for the brand new battery for the car. Das Parts specialises in recycled and new VW / Audi parts.

      Much love to everyone who's following, and for Aaron, Kris, Jack, and everyone else in Minneapolis for the amazing welcome and hospitality. Love you guys.
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      Quote Originally Posted by the brit View Post

      I'm happily surprised at how many people are finding this interesting Thanks for following along!
      I'm following it (on here only) mainly because of the Harlequin aspect. No one outside the VW community understands the Harlequin or it's draw.

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      Quote Originally Posted by the brit View Post
      I wasn't really making it very public, but the Jalopnik article mentioned it. My wife is having LASIK eye surgery on both eyes tomorrow morning and I want to be there to drive her, and look after her afterwards.
      Will he make it? Stay tuned to find out!

      Wait, this isn't TV, it's the internet... "You won't believe what happened next!"
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      Quote Originally Posted by the brit View Post
      I wasn't really making it very public, but the Jalopnik article mentioned it. My wife is having LASIK eye surgery on both eyes tomorrow morning and I want to be there to drive her, and look after her afterwards.
      All the best to her. Everybody I know that's had it were very satisfied with the outcome.

      I'm happily surprised at how many people are finding this interesting Thanks for following along!
      We love underdog stories, especially with multiple color body panels. I'm not too surprised that it's becoming popular. After all, did you hear the one about the guy who rebuilt his AMG motor in his garage when the dealer wanted $57K to fix it?
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      Love those wheels - flashbacks to my '92 MK2 Jetta

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      Quote Originally Posted by the brit View Post
      I'm happily surprised at how many people are finding this interesting
      Are you kidding? You're an average Joe who decided nearly spur of the moment to live out your own epic Roadkill junkyard rescue and road trip. I may not be into VWs, but simply being a car guy means I have to appreciate (and envy) what you are doing. To guys like me, your adventure is less about the specific vehicle and more about the entire process itself.

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      Quote Originally Posted by TurboMinivan View Post
      Are you kidding? You're an average Joe who decided nearly spur of the moment to live out your own epic Roadkill junkyard rescue and road trip. I may not be into VWs, but simply being a car guy means I have to appreciate (and envy) what you are doing. To guys like me, your adventure is less about the specific vehicle and more about the entire process itself.

      X2

      I could never consider something like this due to family responsibilities. I might be able if it were a planned vacation but even then it would only end in disaster.

      Edit: Except the not being into Volkswagens part.

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      I've done this fly out to CA buy a car and drive it back to NC trip four times with Mk1 Sciroccos. 2 out of the 4 didn't make it out of CA , but the when the 1981 Cosmos S I bought on Ebay dumped it's coolant all over the Angels Stadium parking lot on my third trip I bought a 1966 Bus Camper and drove it backBut these were complete cars. Jamie with this trip you have turned the VW diehard scale to 11! Just wish I was following Vortex like I used to a followed the thread live from the beginning. Attached is a pic of the Indiana Red 79 I drove back from Sacramento at Bonneville in 2008. [IMG][/IMG]
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      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      I'm following it (on here only) mainly because of the Harlequin aspect. No one outside the VW community understands the Harlequin or it's draw.
      Whoa, slow down there Turbo.

      I would definitely not consider myself to be "in the VW community"; in fact I'm a "Honda Guy" who thinks Mk3 Golfs are crap. I'm only here for the Harlequin, because I admire the passion that people have for this particular car.

      Just had to clear that up
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      Like I said... best thing I've seen in quite awhile


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      Quote Originally Posted by hushypushy View Post
      Whoa, slow down there Turbo.

      I would definitely not consider myself to be "in the VW community"; in fact I'm a "Honda Guy" who thinks Mk3 Golfs are crap. I'm only here for the Harlequin, because I admire the passion that people have for this particular car.

      Just had to clear that up

      The funny thing is based on the number of units sold and still out on the road, while the number of them sold was small compared to Honda models,
      an amazing amount of MK3 Golf and Jetta still out there. I see them all the time. I personally have an MK3 Golf GL and the thing has been
      dead reliable and bulletproof with only a timing belt replacement and general maintenance and new exhaust, the car has 240k on it and drives like nearly new. Hardly a squeak or rattle.

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      Thank you everyone for the awesome insights in your responses. It's nighttime here now so I'm trying to keep my responses online quick while I'm in the passenger seat.


      Repost from Instagram:

      Ohio! Another state, and another fill up! The last complete fuel tank's worth of driving was flawless - crushing the miles, both in traffic and cruising the turnpikes. The air conditioning is working great, and the oil level's steady and it looks nice and clean. No misfires really either.

      Negatives? Steering vibration, braking vibration, control arms are really bad, and shocks/mounts feel old. The gauge cluster kinda sucks generally. No rear view mirror on the windshield. No radio. Apart from that, it's pretty spectacular.

      The paint and the fender dent and other damage is part of the story. I don't know what comes next on the project, other than very specifically driving the next 550 miles tonight. I hope the car, and my luck, holds out. We are so close to making my goal of 5 days. I'll try to update as much as possible.
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      I don't care for the MK3 Golf because I never really interacted with them and don't understand them, but do love the Harlequin. I was 10 when they came out, and being a native Atlantan I saw them buzzing around the city when I was a kid.
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      Quote Originally Posted by MAGICGTI View Post
      I don't care for the MK3 Golf because I never really interacted with them and don't understand them, but do love the Harlequin. I was 10 when they came out, and being a native Atlantan I saw them buzzing around the city when I was a kid.
      The dealer tried to get me to buy one when they came out. It felt like a step down from the Mk2. It was then that I decided VW stopped making cars in 1992.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
      The dealer tried to get me to buy one when they came out. It felt like a step down from the Mk2. It was then that I decided VW stopped making cars in 1992.
      hey, if I can go from air-cooled rear-engine RWD to front-engine water-cooled FWD cars, then you can handle cars getting bigger and putting in a few pounds.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Iroczgirl View Post
      The dealer tried to get me to buy one when they came out. It felt like a step down from the Mk2. It was then that I decided VW stopped making cars in 1992.

      Actually the MK3 was a better quality product overall than the MK2, the weak spot was the specs that VWoA chose for our market (floaty and flabby).
      If you put a decent set of touring springs and struts from H&R or Sachs it really dramatically changed the character of the car.
      As for extra weight it did put on a few pounds, however the 2L with a few cheap mods made the thing surprisingly peppy if not fast as long as
      you opted for the 5 sp manual transmission.

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      I Cannot believe this was literally just at the pick n pull right behind my house. I literally live in the neighborhood closest to this pick n pull like a 5 minute walk. so shocked and wish I could have seen and witnessed all this. congrats on the amazing find!
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      Quote Originally Posted by hushypushy View Post
      Whoa, slow down there Turbo
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      171 miles to go. Candle is burning on both ends, little wax remains, but spirits are high.


      Quote Originally Posted by Ncpalafox View Post
      I Cannot believe this was literally just at the pick n pull right behind my house. I literally live in the neighborhood closest to this pick n pull like a 5 minute walk. so shocked and wish I could have seen and witnessed all this. congrats on the amazing find!
      My drone, with my friends GoPro, is still in the fields there somewhere it was windy, I was underskilled, both myself and the drone learned something that day. Now it's like the Mars Explorer quietly sitting out there alone.
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      81 miles to go 😱 I just dropped co-pilot @chaslessig at his house in New Jersey (you know, the state that borders the Atlantic Ocean..), after a crazy long day and night of driving. We had to switch seats a lot to get through the miles, but we made it. Now the Rescue Harlequin and I just have to finish the job out.

      The challenge was 5 days, from Junkyard in California to Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The count is currently at 4 days, 18 hours, and 30 minutes. I can't believe it.

      Just got to drive smooth and safely. No clipping the apexes on the corners. No burnouts. Just finish. Less than 100 miles after well over 3,000 miles. I've got this. We've got this.
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      Quote Originally Posted by the brit View Post
      81 miles to go 😱 I just dropped co-pilot @chaslessig at his house in New Jersey (you know, the state that borders the Atlantic Ocean..), after a crazy long day and night of driving. We had to switch seats a lot to get through the miles, but we made it. Now the Rescue Harlequin and I just have to finish the job out.

      The challenge was 5 days, from Junkyard in California to Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The count is currently at 4 days, 18 hours, and 30 minutes. I can't believe it.

      Just got to drive smooth and safely. No clipping the apexes on the corners. No burnouts. Just finish. Less than 100 miles after well over 3,000 miles. I've got this. We've got this.

      Wow, getting goosebumps here! I'm in Morrisville just over the Trenton bridge, and you're probably going to come through within the next hour or so. It's amazing you were able to pull this off. Best of luck the rest of the way!
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      Stay safe though the final miles, you've got this!

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