The Greenbean: MK2 Perfection


When you ask the owner of a heavily modified car what his favorite part of their car is, you usually get the answer of some rare or expensive part that builds on the original car. When asked the same question, Ben responded with “It has nothing do with any of my rare parts or "race car parts" or go fast bits. It's simply the MK2 platform.... I love how it feels to drive, the sounds, the smells, the creaks, and how it makes me feel 16 years old every time I climb in”. This is a car Ben has owned for 20 years and knows inside and out. Hand built in his garage, “next to the lawn mower and some garden tools” as he put it in his email.

I ran into Ben’s car at the Eurowerks ‘17 show in Minneapolis and it immediately stood out from the crowd. Trailered up from Kansas for this show, although Ben insists it's no trailer queen. Up until two years ago he drove it to every show he attended including some long distance trips to San Francisco, Texas, New Jersey (twice), and Chicago (twice). He has decided to allow himself to trailer the car to enjoy the comfort of his truck on the long distances to shows now, but still smokes the tires and redlines shifts every time he leaves the garage because “that's how MK2's are meant to be driven.”

Image Provided by Benjamin Hobson

Painted back in 2003, this beautiful custom green paint job still shines for being 14 years old. Brad Umscheid of Paints Unlimited in Salina, KS laid down the bright green Sikkens paint in his home garage before he opened up his shop and becoming the huge custom hot rod builder he is today. Brad even shaved the engine bay on the MK2 in 2003 before it became a popular thing to do. Originally Ben had the car painted with a cheap 70’s Porsche lime green when he first had the car in the late 90’s.

This car doesn’t just look good, it has enough motor to really move the light chassis of the MK2. Built by Kevin Antaki of Antaki Motor Works out in the Bay Area, California the 2.0L 16V Turbo motor put down 300whp @17psi. Just like the rest of this car the power-train was built at a home garage. Kevin put this engine and wiring harness together for Ben in his carport. Kevin is a well known Volkswagen engine builder, currently taking the internet by storm with a AWD 4.2L Audi V8 swapped into his blue MK2 GTI. See more of his work on Instagram @gtikev.

With most of his parts hoarding done in the late 90’s this GTI is a true time capsule. Everything was conceived by Ben, researched, hand polished, fabricated, made to fit, or ruined as he try to do as much as he could at home. Check out his complete mod list below.

Exterior:
*-Sikkens Custom Green Paint (August 2004), Sprayed By Brad Umscheid At Paints Unlimited, Salina, KS
*-Shaved, Smoothed, Tucked Wire Engine Bay
*-90 Spec Door And Big Bumpers Conversion
-Seat Lip Spoiler
-French Style Fog Lights With Hid Conversion
*-Audi 80 Door Handles Smoothed In
-TMTuning RSD Cup Mirrors
-Mk4 Side Markers Molded In
-TMTuning RSD Passenger Slotted/Vented Fender
*-TMTuning RSD Motorcycle Gas Cap Molded In
-Shaved Rear Body Seams
*-Shaved Rear Hatch With Molded In German Plate Box
-Shaved Rear Wiper
-Bonrath Mono Wiper And Shaved Second Wiper.
-All Emblems Shaved
*-Optikwerks G60 Plus Fiberglass Fender Flares And Shaved Side Skirts
-JOM Front Clear Turn Signals And Rear Half Red/Half Clear Tails
-All LED Bulbs Including Third Brake Light
-Billet Stubby Antennae
*-Rallye Golf Headlight, Badgeless Grill, and E46 HID Conversion
*-Happich Pop-Out Windows With New Upgraded Soft Seals
*-Auto-Plast Rear Window Louvre
-Aluminum Front/Rear Tow Hooks

Interior:
*-MK3 Dash Swap With Euro Glove Box
-Raid HP Polished Steering Wheel And NRG Quick Release Hub
*-42 Draft Designs Quad Gauge Dash Panel
-Autometer Polished Oil Temp, Oil Pressure, Water Temp, Volt Gauges
-Custom Molded A-Pillar Dual Pod For Autometer Polished Boost Gauge And AEM Tru-Boost Controller
-Stock 2.0L Gauge Cluster With Polished Trim Rings Added
-BFI Polished Shift Knob
-Jom Polished Shift Boot Trim Ring
-Raid HP Polished E-Brake Handle
*-TMTuning RSD Recaro Style Leather Seats
*-Schroth 3-Point Harnesses And Pads
*-Weichers Polished Out Roll Cage/X-Bar
-5 Panel Rallye Wink Mirror
-Stereo Designed/Installed By Me In 2003:
    -Alpine CDA-9814 Head Unit
    -Two Audiobahn A8002T Amplifiers
    -Audiobahn ABC6003Q Component Set In Custom Fiberglass Door Pods
    -Audiobahn AW1205Q 12” Competition Subwoofer In Custom Built Wheel Well Enclosure
    -False Floor Makes Everything Stealth.
-Optima Red Top Battery In Spare Tire Well

Engine:
*-OBD1 ABA 2.0L 8v Block
*-OBD2 Motronic Management With United Motorsport Tune
*-Garrett T3 60 Trim Turbo (300whp @ 17psi)
*-TM Tuning RSD Ported And Polished 1.8L Head
-TM Tuning RSD Ported And Polished Throttle Body
*-TMTuning RSD Ported And Polished 50MM Intake Manifold And Polished Out Exterior
*-Techtonic's Tuning Cams With Autotech Adjustable Cam Sprocket
*-Autotech Shock Therapy Plug Wires
*-Setrab 19 Row Oil Cooler With Mocal Thermo Sandwich Plate
*-3” Exhaust Back To A RSD Dual Round Tip Muffler Or An Electric Cutout
-Polished Alternator
-NLS Crankcase Breather Plate With Custom Fabricated And Polished Oil Catch Can
-Polished Intercooler Piping And Front Mount Intercooler
-All Stainless Braided Hoses
-Solid Poly Motor Mounts
-Front Billet Solid Motor Mount
-Jom Polished Strut Tower Caps, Fluid Caps And Hood Lift Struts
*-Motor Built By Kevin Antaki At Antaki Motor Works In Bay Area, California

Transmission:
*-O2J Cable Shift Transmission
*-3.65 Ring And Pinion Swap
*-Wavetrac Differential
-Autotech Short Shifter
-Eurospec Lightweight Flywheel
-Sachs VR6 Clutch
-TDI Axle Flanges

Suspension:
*-Air Lift Performance Struts, Autopilot V2 Management, 5 Gallon Seamless Tank, And VIAIR 400c Compressor All Hidden Under False Floor
*-Eibach Front Upper Polished Strut Tie Bar
-Neuspeed Lower Sway Bars Front And Rear
*-Raid HP Rear Upper Polished Strut Tie Bar
-Raid HP Front Polished Lower Tie-Bar
-Prothane Poly Mounts/Bushings

Brakes:
*Front: Zimmerman X-Drilled 11” Rotors
Rear: Zimmerman X-Drilled 8.9” Rotors
-22mm Master Cylinder

Wheels/Tires
*Summer: Rebuilt HRE 505s, 4x100, Fully Polished Lips/Faces/Caps, Sand Blasted And Cleared Pockets
Fronts: 16x9” et-6, 3.5” Lips With 195/40R16 Yokohama S.Drive Tires
Rears: 16x10.5” et-7, 5.0” Lips With 205/45R16 Yokohama S.Drive Tires

Winter: Porsche 930 BBS RS, re-drilled to 4x100, Gold Powdercoated Faces, Black Powdercoated Hardware with 1/3 Height Hex Caps, And Polished Lips
Fronts: 15x9” et0, 3.0” Lips With 195/45R15 Toyo Proxes Tires
Rears: 15x10” et-13, 4.0” Lips With 205/45R16 Toyo Proxes T1R Tires


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