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BRB, Grocery Store!

Alot like Gillbert, I’m a sucker for wagons. I came across this MKIV Jetta on VWVortex (as per usual) and got in touch with the owner, he was more than happy to answer a few questions for me, so here is a quick feature! Thanks again Steve!

-Your Name, Location, and Your Car

Steve Mitchell, Temecula (Wine Country), CA, 2004 Jetta

-Where did you go to school? What is your Profession?

Went to a small business college in Beaverton, OR, that no longer exists, and studied to be an accountant… I’m now a software engineer.
-What was your first car?

First car was a 1976 Honda Accord hatchback with a “Hondamatic” transmission (the beginnings of tiptronic… HAHA). Bought it for $400 with a blown headgasket and the block full of coolant. My dad and I went through the whole motor and replaced everything that was bad and somethings that weren’t. Was a great car until 5 months later when it met it’s death to a Volvo.

-When did you buy your current car, and when did you start modding it?

The Wagon came home in October of 2010. I traded my built mk2 GLI for it because I was moving to CA and the smog people here would have frowned upon it. The wagon was supposed to be a nice, untouched daily driver until we moved when my wife would let me purchase another project car. Yeah… that lasted for maybe 2 weeks. First came coilovers, then wheels, then tune, then more wheels, then bags, then random odds and ends…

-List of Modifications

Uni Stage 1+
Forge 007 DV
AirLift XL fronts AirLift Lifestyle rears with Bilstein sports
Autopilot digital management with dual 400c’s and custom 5 gallon alum tank
Staggered 17×8 & 17×9 Privat Remembers with black chrome RS spike bolts and Autobot center caps (by the time this is posted it will have 18×8.5 Work VS-XX’s)
Custom smoked ecodes with a collage of tracks from around the world vinyl’d inside
I know I’m forgetting a million and one things, but this is the gist of the mods

-If you weren’t driving your current car, what would you be in? Would it be modded?

I have always wanted, and will always want a mk3 variant… I would do very little to the car, because it’s perfect in every way, but I would bag it and add some stupidly expensive wheels.

-Do you plan on keeping the Jetta for a while?

In a word… Yes… I truly love this car. Of my 9 VW’s, this is by far my favorite. There is a lot of work in store for this car… so much so that even my wife has gotten involved in the planning. eek!

-Pick a word, any word, Why did you pick it?

Venkman… he is my cat, and sleeps in my office for much of the day. I blame him for my inspiration and my shortcomings, he never seems to mind.

-Shout Outs!

As always, I’ve gotta give love to my buddy Brandon and SoCal Stance Shop… without his help the wagon would still be pathetically high and lack any sort of steeze. But I can’t go and forget my wife, Angie, she has been, not only, stupidly kind and forgiving, but also a huge inspiration in the car and it’s future. Lastly, my mom… anytime her and her friends come to my house she gives them the grand tour which always includes a demonstration of the air ride.

Ain’t That Some S***!

So as per usual, I was browsing the beloved VW Vortex Car Lounge, only to come across a beautifully built ’02 Impreza. As soon as I saw it, and scanned through the rest of the pictures of course, I had to tell Mike how well done his car was. Turns out he didn’t mind answering a few questions, so in true Scraped Crusaders style, I bombarded him with a “few” questions. Enjoy!

Ps. The Colour is Porsche Macadamia Metallic 

-Your Name, Your location, and Your Car

Mike Wasserman. Long Island, New York. 2002 Subaru WRX

-Where did you go to school / what do you do?

University at Buffalo. I work in film production (photoshoots, commercials, shows, etc)

-When did you buy your car and when did you start modding it?

I’m the original owner since January 2002. First ‘mod’ was done a couple weeks into owning it. Taking out the daytime running lights if that counts. An exhaust came a couple months after that.

-List of modifications

TurboXS Hyperflow V2 TMIC
JDM STi Pink Injectors
Walrbo Fuel Pump
K&N Typhoon Intake
UR Uppipe
Tial 38mm EWG
GM Boost Control Solenoid
B&B Downpipe
Borla Hush Cat-Back
Group N Engine Mount
Hasport Pitch Mount
Kartboy Exhaust Hangers
Lightweight Pullies
Perrin Turbo Inlet Pipe
Samco I/C Hoses
Samco Aux Hose set
Revitilyzer Voltage Regulator
EcuTEK tuned by Dave Brown/MSPT

Hot Bits DT2 Coil Overs
Cusco F&R Sway Bars
MRT End Links
Carbing Front Strut Bar
TiC Diff Bushings
Kartboy Shifter Bushings
EDM 4 pot Front Brakes
’06 WRX 2 Pot rear brakes/hubs
Racing Brake Slotted Rotors
Hawk Pads

Porsche Macadamia Metallic Paint
EDM Headlights
6k HID’s
Prodrive Grill
Lamin-X Fog Light Film
JDM Spec C Roof Vent
JDM STi Hood Scoop
JDM STi Fenders w/ Side Signal
JDM STi V2 Lip (not pictured)
JDM Rain Guards (not pictured)
Seibon Carbon Fiber Trunk
Ureshi Rear Window Spoiler
JDM Side Strakes
OEM Rear Lip/Diffueser
OEM STi Limited Spoiler
OEM ’04/5 Tail Lights
Hella Supertones (4)
35% Tint

18×9 +35 Work XSA 02C
235/45/18 Vredestein Sessanta Tires

JDM WR Limited Seats
STi Door Cards
STi Carpet
Prodrive Cluster (MPH)
Prodrive Steering Wheel
Prodrive Hub Lock
Prodrive Harness
NRG Tech Hub Adapter
NRG V2.5 Quick Release
JDM Impreza Aluminum Door Sills
Custom Blue Suede Pillars
Custom Carbon Fibre material Headliner
Custom WRC Pattern Shift Pattern
AVO Gauge Pod
Mad Dad Gauges (not pictured)
WRC Titanium Shift Knob
Blitz DCII Turbo Timer
Pioneer DVD Headunit
Mattjk Screen
Panavise iPod Mount

-If you weren’t driving your current car, what would you be driving… Would it be modded as heavily?

That’s a tough one. Before buying my car I was close to getting an FD RX-7. Since having it I’ve also had a URS4 and another Impreza. I don’t know what my mod path would be if I had another car at this point. I doubt I could ever put as much into a car again as I’ve done with this since priorities are different now. That said I will always be a car guy at heart and will always tinker with what ever I have.

-Do you plan on keeping this car for a while, if not, what’s next?

Yup, no plans on selling it. It’s still a fun car for me to drive.

-Pick a word, any word, and tell us why you picked it (doesn’t have to be car related)

Shenanigans. I really got nothing on this one it’s been a long day and my minds drawing a blank.. sorry guys!

-Shout Outs!

All my buddies on LISC, MSPT, and Willis Ave Collision

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Rest In Peace, Rusty

If you’re a fan of Mike Burroughs ratted out, chopped rust bucket BMW, I regret to inform you that it’s home was involved in a freak fire accident last night, resulting in a crisp old BMW.

Our condolences to Mike Burroughs but I’m sure he’ll be dropping jaws and cars sometime soon.

Check out the full article @ Speed Hunters and the death thread @ StanceWorks.