Green Giant: 1998 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio

Plenty of cars are built with passion, but some just have more emotion infused into them. This VW Cabrio, owned and built by Chris Little, is one of those examples. This is a story with more history than your average bagged VW.

Coming from Montreal, Chris decided he needed a change of pace from his cover-featured VR6 Golf. Out of the blue, he parted out the VR6 and his VR Corrado project vehicle, and made plans to head west to British Columbia.

Green Giant: 1998 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio

After selling almost everything, he had to find an inexpensive vehicle to drive all the way to BC. After some searching, he ended up buying his mom’s black, slightly-rusted VW Cabrio. This is where things start to get interesting.

Green Giant: 1998 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio

Green Giant: 1998 Volkswagen Golf CabrioGreen Giant: 1998 Volkswagen Golf CabrioGreen Giant: 1998 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio

Being the car guy he is, Chris couldn’t leave this Cabby stock. Using some left over parts from his previous builds, Chris swapped in a manual transmission, a set of Bilstein PSS9 coilovers and did a five-bolt conversion with four discs so he could run his black Schimdt TH-Line wheels from his Golf. Other quick mods included e-code headlights, a badgeless grill and fancy wood MOMO steering wheel.

Fast forward, Chris decided to return back to Montreal. His cabby ran great over the thousands of miles during his trip, but now that he was home it was time to get serious. Not even two weeks after getting home Chris removed the stock 2.0L and threw in a VR6. In typical style, Chris's VR6 didn't stay stock for long either. A GIAC chip, C2 Motorsports intake and 2.5-inch Magnaflow exhaust were thrown on to add a bit of engine pep.

Green Giant: 1998 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio

The next step was air. Chris installed an Air Lift Slam Series bag set up to get the car sitting how he wanted. With the car stanced well, he wanted to make it look good. Chris is a body and paint guy, so he went to work repairing all the rust, dents and poor body work from years past. When he was done working his magic, the car was painted Hummer H2 Sage Green with a custom flake clear coat for added sparkle.

Green Giant: 1998 Volkswagen Golf Cabrio

Chris then focused his attention on the engine bay. Almost everything under the hood is either chromed or polished to a shine and all unnecessary parts removed to give the engine bay a clean, shaved look. During this time he also redid his wheels to match his car, using the same paint for the centre of the wheel, which works well with the polished lips.

The car was looking and running great until a mechanical issue caused the VR6 to overheat and blow blue smoke like a two-stroke dirt bike. Without missing a beat, Chris threw in another VR6 engine, but this time added some spice to it. Installing a T3/T4 turbo and a few other go fast upgrades, Chris brought his Cabby to the 300-350 horsepower mark.

With Chris's passion for perfection, the evolution of this VW Cabrio is never-ending. With bigger plans for this ride, it seems we’ll be seeing more of it in the future. Not bad for his moms car.

ESSENTIALS
Vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Cabrio
Driver: Chris little
Team: N/A
Built by: Chris little
Engine: Vr6 12V Turbo
Horsepower: 300-350 hp
Torque: 300 lb-ft

Engine Modifications
All new gaskets (crank seal, head gasket, etc.)
C2 Motorsports (short runner, stage-1 software)
Custom (400ph core intercooler, 2.5-in. IC piping, MAF housing)
T3/T4 turbocharger (.63ar cold, .70ar hot)
ATP manifold
Tial 38mm waste gate
360cc injectors
Forge diverter valve
ARP studs
Chrome valve cover
Copper-plated (fuel rail, transmission cable bracket, brake booster shield)
Shaved engine bay
Full wire tuck

Exhaust
Magnaflow 2.5-in. straight turbo-back exhaust
WG open dump tube

Drivetrain
Bully Performance stage-4+ clutch 
Five-speed OEM transmission
USP Motorsport clutch line

Chassis / Suspension
Removed front sway bar
Table bearings (removed bushings)
Airlift Slam Series
400cc compressor
3 gallon tank painted beige

Wheels / Tires / Brakes
Schmidt TH-LINE color-matched wheels - 16x9.5 et18 (f/r)
Marangoni tires - 195/40 R16 (f/r)
VR6 DE brakes (f/r)
5mm rear spacers (for center caps to fit flat center caps)

Exterior
Hummer H2 Sage Green with custom flakes clear coat paint
Pulled fenders 
Shaved (engine bay, door handles, windshield washer on hood, antenna, VW logo on trunk, swag line on bumper) 
Smoothed rockers 
Smoked e-codes 
Badgeless grill
VR6 lip
Chrome (fender and firewall bolts)

Interior
OEM beige leather interior
MOMO wood steering wheel
MK4 wood shifter knob
VDO boost gauge

Audio / Mobile Electronics
Alpine head unit
OEM speakers

Sponsors
Michael Lafrane Garage

More Vehicle Features

Homemade: Car Shop Glow 1996 Mazda RX-7 FD3S

A race car for the road.” How many times have you heard that tagline used in advertising? And how many times has it actually been true? Well, Yukimitsu Hara isn’t the kind of guy who does things by halves, so…
Read More

Street Shark: Daniel Covarrubias' 2013 Scion FR-S

Being accepted by everyone just isn’t a thing. It never has been and never will be. What most people don’t realize is that the sooner you stop caring about what the “haters” say, the sooner you’ll be genuinely happy about…
Read More

Sensory Overload: Orion Audio's Elite Exhibitionist

When you build an audio-focused vehicle for show, you better have two things: the sound and the look. These two things are essential to pulling people in. Someone could hear your setup from across the venue and come running over…
Read More

Widow Maker: Francis Fabiculanan's 1991 Mazda Miata

Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Adam Nelso A few Porsches throughout history got the moniker “Widow Maker” slapped on them since many novice to intermediate drivers were greeted with serious consequences due to lack of skill. It was…
Read More

Fearless: Carl Nadeau's 2006 Pontiac Solstice

Written by Dave Pankew | Photos By Mike Gazda The only thing constant in life is change. In the face-paced world of performance and competition anything can and will happen. We have seen feature cars stolen, vandalized, blow up and…
Read More