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    1985 Audi Coupe GT Build

    This will be the first of many posts in a journal style to show the progress of the 1985 Audi Coupe GT I purchased a few months ago. I got it for next to nothing for the condition it is in.

    The interior is immaculate, the exterior needs paint and a door ding fixed, and the engine was running great except for a problem of running rich. I tossed on a new fuel filter and other easy fixes but nothing worked. I decided it was better to take it to a specialist and have them take a crack at it.

    Well the car came back yesterday from an Audi specialist. After their advice I had them put in a refurbished fuel distributor and it fixed the A/F mix problem, so now if it goes bad again I have no issue spending $1500 for a new one! Finally got the chance to drive it around and it is amazing. But soon after a new problem arose...I went and put a few gallons of gas in at Chevron, and soon after the engine was hiccuping and eventually died. That was yesterday. This weekend I will be going over the system a bit to see if I can clear it up myself. Vacuum leak and fuel filter are my guesses but who knows.

    My plans with the car revolve around restoration and a clean modern look. Currently the car is the original red, but I will be changing that to a dark blue color. I have two sets of original wheels with the car. The better set will be left untouched incase I want that look again, while the other set will be done in a dark grey color. Currently the car has a super dark tint that makes it impossible to see at night, so I will be stripping that and putting in a much more subtle tint. Currently I also have a trunk being shipped to me that will be a replacement. The one currently on the car is missing its badges, and this new one has all of the originals in great shape.

    Work on the interior will not be much. The only thing missing is the original radio, so I will be keeping my eyes peeled for one of those. I may have the seats restitched for a more modern color/look. Ill probably tear out the carpet and replace that as well. The dash is in great condition considering the car came from Temecula and I'd imagine some hot summers.

    Once the car is in a bit better shape, expect to see it at Coffee and Cars. I'd like to bring it to So Cal Euro meets as well, though it seems like almost all of them are in San Diego? Maybe I just missed the South Bay area threads.

    Anyways, thats it for now. If you have questions fire them my way. Hopefully this is a car people will enjoy hearing more about And if you have experience with this generation of Audi, I would love to hear your experiences and advice!

    Steve
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    Re: 1985 Audi Coupe GT Build

    Looking good!

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    Re: 1985 Audi Coupe GT Build

    Sweet .. my favorite Audi ever!!

    Wanted one bad, but settled for a 4000Q ... big mistake .. was a rolling garbage heap.
    Seems these cars are either mint or wrecks .... the motor will never let you down, but your vacuum lines will fail, as will your power windows.
    Luckily you have only 2 doors, so less door handles/window switches to go inoperable.

    Transmission is solid too.

    I hate red cars, which cancels half the Coupe GTs out there for me, but I'll get one some day
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    Re: 1985 Audi Coupe GT Build

    I miss my old 1986 4000q most of all it had all the right stuff on it and I might get another when I am done with my new big motor for my Urq then I can put the Urq motor in the 4000q

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    Re: 1985 Audi Coupe GT Build

    nice man good luck!
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    Re: 1985 Audi Coupe GT Build

    Quote Originally Posted by LBCoupeGT View Post
    Once the car is in a bit better shape, expect to see it at Coffee and Cars. I'd like to bring it to So Cal Euro meets as well, though it seems like almost all of them are in San Diego? Maybe I just missed the South Bay area threads.
    We have a big monthly meet in Laguna Hills at In-n-Out. It is the last Thursday of every month.

    I believe there is a Long Beach meet on Tuesdays.

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    Re: 1985 Audi Coupe GT Build

    Quote Originally Posted by xoutofstepx View Post
    We have a big monthly meet in Laguna Hills at In-n-Out. It is the last Thursday of every month.

    I believe there is a Long Beach meet on Tuesdays.
    Ahh ok great!

    Thanks for the love guys...and an awesome turn of events today! I was talking with a guy who rallies Quattros and 4000s, he is very helpful with tips regarding the Coupe GT. He suggested that vacuum lock was possibly causing the problem. The easy test: remove the gas cap and try to start the car. So today I got home from work and tried it out. Started up like a champ and ran perfect. So I gotta talk to him about why this happened and see if I need to make any changes.

    Looks like the car will be on the road shortly!

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    Re: 1985 Audi Coupe GT Build

    Quote Originally Posted by LBCoupeGT View Post
    Ahh ok great!

    Thanks for the love guys...and an awesome turn of events today! I was talking with a guy who rallies Quattros and 4000s, he is very helpful with tips regarding the Coupe GT. He suggested that vacuum lock was possibly causing the problem. The easy test: remove the gas cap and try to start the car. So today I got home from work and tried it out. Started up like a champ and ran perfect. So I gotta talk to him about why this happened and see if I need to make any changes.

    Looks like the car will be on the road shortly!
    The number of people with these chassis/type of vehicles is very limited. Good thing you found someone to help you out.

    Urq might be able to assist some too.
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    Re: 1985 Audi Coupe GT Build

    Just a quick update with the car...

    Today the other trunk got here. Originally I was hoping to just swap the two, but the new one is in worse shape than my current one. The badges look great though, so I'm just going to pop them off and glue them onto my trunk.

    Tonight I started to repaint the trim on the car. Took care of the front grill and will be working my way back in the evenings. The black has faded and to give the car a little bit of an updated color, I am redoing them in a dark grey metallic. I'm hoping it'll blend well from far, but really pop when standing close. If not, then its back to black

    I still need to repair the exhaust leak near the muffler, unfortunately I won't have time for it this weekend but I should have time to get it done on the next. Doesn't need to be pretty, just need it to stop so I can smog it.

    Also, once I get the car smogged I'd like to get a custom catback exhaust put together. Something that could be bolted on/off with ease so I don't have to worry about smogs in the future. If anyone is interested or knows of a good shop that would like to work on a classic Audi, let me know

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