Kyle Crewe has been around the scene for a while, and into VW’s and cars the whole time. Some of you likely bought his previous cars; a Mk3 , MkV with a turbo upgrade, a MkV 2.5 5 Cyl , Mk4 and Mk5 TDI’s ! . Like it or not some of the credit goes to his Dad – a motor head with a penchant for muscle cars; Camaro’s and Corvettes to be precise. So Kyle had the groundwork laid with a little help from his family and friends to put together a serious project. Enter the MK2 Jetta. Not just one MK2 would do, so he picked up a second for spares bits and pieces.
Kyle started the project by stripping the car down to its shell then lost his marbles, because anyone who has shaved an engine bay will tell you, one is usually more than enough. This didn’t dissuade him though and he got to work fixing the body and shaving the bay, and by the time he was done the car looked good enough to eat off of. Next a layer of Macadamia Nut Brown from our friends at Porsche was put not only on the body but also on the centers of BBS RS’s bringing the wheels and the car together. To really get the motor to jump right out of that beautifully shaved engine bay he painted the intake gold, accentuating it from a pool of Porsche brown.
While picking up bits for the heart of his dreamy beast, Kyle managed to source something very unique off the shelf, namely a brand new VR6 12V. Yes you read right … brand new. The VW dealership network had a few of these they were pimping out a few years back and Kyle was lucky enough to get his hands on one. He cleaned up an O2A transmission, bought some nice new shiny bits; clutch, Mason Tech crack pipe, coil and wires. Now it was time to do some brakes, Kyle chose the to go with the ever popular Corrado G60 front brake swap and MK4 aluminum calipers in the rear for the extra weight from the 6 pot lump. Next he took the brakes one step further and outfitted them with stainless steel lines to give the pedal a firmer feel.
Soon came the part that Kyle wasn’t looking forward to, wiring. It’s not fun and very few like to do it, but he had some friends or local scene heroes (Rolling eyes – Robbie (Vrcoupe) and Mike (Driverwanted)) that wanted to see this thing come to life and gave him a hand. He was the one who did the real work though by doing a wire tuck, lengthening and feeding them through the fender. Shaved and tucked – nothing hotter.
The car was pretty much ready to start when the curse of the VR, which has hit us all at some point or another, stung Kyle twice. Debris in his intake ceased the rings to the pistons and his brand new ACT Clutch was broken right from the outset. The motor had to come out, and of course these did not happen at the same time – so technically it came out twice. Once the new clutch was in, one late summer afternoon the car took its maiden voyage around the lot where Kyle’s Dad works. The sound of the motor could be heard reverberating off the surrounding buildings, which was music to his ears. Even those who don’t like the VR will admit there are not too many better sounding VW motors out there. All that was left to do were some finishing touches in the interior and to permanently bolt in a set of stock MK2 GTI Recaro seats. Some locals may have seen Kyle’s car at the CO/Overall show or driving around Fall River, but be careful if you see him, this head turner might put you in the ditch if you look too quick.
- Wheels/Tires/Suspension: Color Matched Macadamia Nut Brown 15” BBS RS’s with 2.5” and 3” lips with Gold Bolts , Toyo Proxy TR1’s and B&G Coilovers
- Exterior: Mk2 Big Bumpers with Aero Headlights – Macadamia Nut Brown Paint, G60 Front Brakes , Mk4 Rear Brakes, German Auto Parts SS brake lines.
- Interior: 42DD 3 Gauge Pod, Mk2 Recaro Seats, Mk2 Gauges with Tach Corrector, Mk3 Shifter box and Linkage.
- Engine: OBD1 12v VR6 , Powder coated VR Intake, Shaved Engine Bay, Wire Tuck , Clutchmaster Clutch, Hydro Clutch Setup from Mk3, Battery relocated to trunk, Mason Tech Crack Pipe, 42DD SAI Delete, 02a Cable Shift Transmission, G60 Radiator, Custom Rad Hoses, TT Exhaust with a 42dd test pipe