John's R Swapped Alpine White MK2 Jetta


Let's hear a little bit about the driver - What's your name and where are you from?

Name's John Sena and I'm from Florida.

 r32 mk2 jetta

What got you into modifying cars and what kept you in it?

My first car was a 1991 vw jetta alpine white in 1995 my dad bought me for my first car...since i was little i was a car guy like my dad who was a tech by trade. since then I've owned over 200 vws as I buyem ,fixem up , enjoy , and sellem and start over lol....currently own 5 vws

 vw atlas stance

Ok ok ok... Tell us about your ride, what is it?


1992 GLI - it was a tribute build in my Dad’s memory since he passed while I was in Afghanistan. I did an R32 motor swap and a full respray and restoration of the car with as many new parts I could find. 

 vr6 24 v4v r32 swap mk2 jetta

Exterior Mods?

On the exterior I’ve got full g60 arches, rallye front with swg grill lip on badgeless grill. few custom badges and some hydro-dipped pieces inside and out done by Statement Hydrographics.

 big bumper mk2 jetta on schmidt

Interior Mods?

On the inside I wanted that stockish look but with a little modern feel so i went with a mk6 gli steering wheel and mk4 shift knob and shifter assy for smooth precise shifting. the original cluster I had custom faces made one having my dads pic on the tach cause he's always riding with me.

mk2 jetta interior mk6 wheel recaros

mk2 jetta vr6 interior recaro bucket seats

Anything special under the hood?

R32 24-Valve VR6 Engine. The R motor swap was made possible by a good buddy Ramon and the guys at Autohaas in NJ. Had a few good people along way make all this possible where i wasn’t able to things myself.

 24V vr6 big bumper jetta

What are some things you've done to your car that others might not notice?

 I wanted to keep the car with an “OEM Plus” theme as much as possible but still have it stand out.on the inside i wanted that stockish look but with a little modern feel so i went with a mk6 gli steering wheel and mk4 shift knob and shifter assy for smooth precise shifting. the original cluster i had custom faces made one having my dads pic on the tach cause hes always riding with me . ive put alot of tiny details thru the whole car in every area you look because i want the car to be subtle yet catch your attention.

 mk2 jetta gli 16v vr6 swap

Anything else you'd like to add? (could be about anything)
There’s a few more things in store for this car before being officially done(lol) but true.

 

John's Instagram: @rdirtytoo

Photographer: Tony Watson @tony_watson_photo


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