What happens when you’re bored and hanging out with your car mechanic friend?
Let’s go back to last year. Ilja and his buddy are at the German AutoHaus in Woodinville, Washington, just shooting the breeze. The conversation, as usual, was on cars. They decided to embark on a project that would test their auto knowledge along with patience and perseverance.
The two began with a 2001 Audi A4 (the B5 model). The front, rear and side body parts (bumpers and side skirts) came from a 2001 Audi S4. And the engine was straight out of a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. It took some discussing and debating, but they eventually found a Jetta of the right year and model at an auction. It had been in a crash – the body was in sad shape but the engine was intact and purring like a kitten.
Next, they installed a Turbo from a Mercedes Sprinter van. The factory turbo on the Jetta was too small, and they happened to have a Mercedes Turbo just sitting around. (Doesn’t everyone?) So they built a custom mount and connection. They had to wire it all up, because the factory harness wouldn’t work with a ’06 Jetta engine, so every wire had to be redone.
They converted it from an automatic transmission to a 6-speed manual transmission. Because why not? (Since you can only get an Audi that runs on diesel in Germany, they decided to try something a little unusual.) So they gave it a shot and converted it to diesel from gas.
Lastly, it was painted a bright, vivid yellow.
The vehicle saw its first car show at the Audi Expo in Tacoma, Washington at Griot’s Garage. Since then, he’s been taking it to a variety of local car shows and having fun showing it.