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    [QUOTE=breadbox;359779]Is that really a 77, cause everything except for the front fenders and grill says it is an 83 or 84 rabbit GTI. May be worth double checking cause the motor in the GTI is bigger.

    It's a '79. I don't think there is anything different between the early and late cars externally besides the front grille, light and fenders. The drivetrain certainly isn't stock though.

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    i dont know, but the insurance says its a '77, and so does the log book.
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    The shell has Westmoreland-style side markers and taillights. Westmoreland built Mk. 1 cars from MY 1979 - 1984. The front end is from either an earlier (-78) or German-built shell. German built MK. 1 shells used round headlamps and horizontal side markers until the end of production. The swap to 7" round lamps was popular at the time. Think of it as an early version of " Euro-look". They were preffered for looks and perceived better light patterns.
    Given the shear number of VWs that the Van Dammes had to play with (and the parts interchangability) a visual id would be very tough. VIN would be the way to go. Given that the government mandated VIN numbers start in MY 81, a 77 VIN should start 177XXXXX. 79 VIN should start 179XXX. The third digit indicated the MY though MY 1980. After model MY 1981, the tenth digit is the MY.
    I'd also check in more than one spot. Look for a stamped VIN (firewall?). The dash VIN is either screwed or pop-rivited in and would easy to change. Or so I've heard but changing one would be a felony.
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    Why don't you ask the prior owners:

    https://www.specialstage.com/forums/s...light=vandamme

    some of them live in your neighborhood.......

    press on,
    just a poor, dumb, Michigan(now Wisconsin) navie
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    Oh, I thought that post after my photo was in response to my car.... you guys are definitely right that the white VanDamme car looks like at least an '81 with a round light conversion. I can't imagine why they would bother swapping all that ugly DOT crap onto a '77.

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    gonna be getting this back into the shop hopefully pretty soon...
    within the next week hopefully.

    someone from gaylord is coming to look at the car for a looser sum of $650.

    but that historic rally car series, why dont they run the POR?
    Jacques Racing
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    1989 Ford F-150 4x4 mudder
    1973 VW Super Beetle Resto-Mod
    and..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joxracing View Post

    but that historic rally car series, why dont they run the POR?
    POR has a Vintage class already. It hasn't been very well subsribed since the late 90s and early 2000s though.

    Since we lost Eric Jones a couple of years ago - there has been little to no competition in the class at all.

    Is there a chance you really don't mean POR when you say; "POR"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Team_Harco View Post
    Is there a chance you really don't mean POR when you say; "POR"?
    POR, as in press on regardless in houghton michigan....
    Jacques Racing
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    1989 Ford F-150 4x4 mudder
    1973 VW Super Beetle Resto-Mod
    and..
    The VanDamme 1977 Rally Rabbit
    (Message me if you have any info on my rabbit)

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    Some people get it correct, Scott............


    Quote Originally Posted by Joxracing View Post
    POR, as in Press on Regardless in Houghton, Michigan....
    press on,
    just a poor, dumb, Michigan(now Wisconsin) navie
    KC8YHT
    jimmy

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    Did I get it right..?
    Jacques Racing
    K&J Fab Works

    1966 VW Baja Bug
    1989 Ford F-150 4x4 mudder
    1973 VW Super Beetle Resto-Mod
    and..
    The VanDamme 1977 Rally Rabbit
    (Message me if you have any info on my rabbit)

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