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Jesse Delgado: 1986 VW Cabriolet

Jesse Delgado's story with VWs started with his first car, an Mk4 2.0L Jetta. "Through high school I discovered the massive amounts of web sites and groups dedicated to VAG cars," he mentions. From there to now, Delgado has gone through countless VWs, learning from each one. His 1986 VW Cabriolet is by his favorite by far. "I was going for a track ready car that can hold it's own at a show," Delgado states. The Cabriolet has gone through many engine swaps, from a 2.0L supercharged engine to the 3.6L that it now boasts. "I've rented a storage unit with a few friends for a few years," he mentions, "that has given me inspiration." When Delgado would see their build's progress it pushed him to keep shooting higher.

Owner: Jesse Delgado
Location: Apple Valley, MN
Vehicle: 1986 VW Cabriolet
Horsepower: 280 whp (estimated)
Club: n/a

SOCIAL

Facebook: /jesse.delgato.5
Instagram: @delgato_

Photography by Jesse Delgado.

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ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

  • 3.6L VR6, S&P swap kit
  • 15G fuel cell
  • Braided lines
  • Walbro 255 fuel pump

EXHAUST

  • 2.5" downpipe
  • 2.5" straight back piping
  • Borla muffler

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PERFORMANCE ELECTRONICS

  • Speedhut GPS gauge kit

DRIVETRAIN

  • 02A 5-speed
  • Mk4 shift linkage

WHEELS & TIRES

  • BBS RS wheels - 16x8.5 et14 (f), 16x9 et7 (r)
  • Nitto Neo Gen tires - 205/40/16

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BRAKES

  • Wilwood front brakes, slotted and drilled rotors

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

  • Poly bushings
  • Stainless body coilovers

EXTERIOR

  • MBL 76 fender flares
  • Euro bumpers
  • Small duck lip
  • Wrapped grey vinyl
  • White decals (hood)
  • "3.6 Cabriolet" decals on side

LIGHTING

  • Smoked cross hair headlights
  • Clear tail lights w/ colored LED
  • LED license plate

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INTERIOR

  • Recaro reupholstered seats
  • BBS steering wheel
  • Custom door cards

AUDIO & MULTIMEDIA

  • None

FAVORITE MODIFICATION

"The wheels. I couldn't have had a more ET perfect setup with the flares. They're also a wheel I'd always see on featured cars, but never thought I'd own."

FUTURE MODIFICATIONS

  • Custom exhaust manifold
  • Short runner intake manifold
  • Retrofit BBS front lip to fit the flares

SPONSORS

  • n/a

SHOPS & MECHANICS

  • Imperfekt Kustoms
  • S&P Automotive

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