I built and ran a mk2 20vt for a few year not long ago, that was a load of fun! However i lost the bug with regards to the older generation of cars, as no matter how much i worked on it and developed it, there was always compromise with regards to parts. Scrapyards arent what they used to be, and the mk2 golf is much akin to the mk1 escort, not many about these days. Especially in the scrapyards of the north east! Heres my build thread for that... MUSH MK2 20VT - Edition 38 Forums So with the idea of a big turbo project looming, i decided id go a bit newer. At the time i had a mk4 GTI daily and loved the build, comfort and adaptability of the mk4 chassis. However the mk4 was a bit wet. So with the intention of being able to put all the power id be making on the road, i started the look into what i class as top of the pile with regards to the mk4 chassis, an 8L S3. I had a range of figures going around my mind, anything from 350bhp plus was what i was after, once converted. I viewed a few examples, some good, but some terrible. The biggest thing for me was that the car had to be mint. I couldnt be naffed on with paintwork or tidying up something, as the only developments i wanted to pursue were strictly performance related. I also didnt care whether it was pre or post facelift either, i like them both. I stumbled across a red example close to where i lived that had engine problems, and after viewing it decided against it, but it did plant the thought that i may get a good example with engine problems, saving me on the initial purchase cost. And then this popped up on ebay... The exact interior i wanted!! The car had suffered failure of some sort and had a knackered engine. However it was mint and with 2 owners, all new brakes, tyres, FSH and only 72k on the clock was worth a punt. So a deal was done and the car was mine. Didnt take long to get the car back to mine, and it arrived mint as expected. It was taken to perth audi and the technicians removed parts of the engine for inspection, so i received a boot full of boxes and a few missing parts from the bay... but as it had been a decent garage, all the bits were there. Got it down the lane to my lab... And for a little while, it shared a home with my mk2, before the a nice chap from reading came and bought that. And then the stripdown commenced... Now you see it... Now you dont... Didnt take long to get it in bits, at this time me pal took claim to a lot of parts like the 312 brakes for his mk4. And i was left with a garage full of dismantled car again... And with some help from some good mates the lump came out quite easily... Only after stripping it did we find a nice crack in the sump where it had taken a ding, a oil starved turbo (although it doesnt feel too bad, just excessive movement on the shaft, no blade contact on the housing) and a solid crank caused by this... So the engine definately was toast. Only ancillaries could be re used. In the mean time i had sourced an engine, and more importantly... a TURBO!! More on that next time, but it is from the GT30 brethren so fun awaits... ...I hope.