1991 Corrado - G60 Engine Knock - Restoration

By northendroid
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I'm the third owner of this VW 1991 Corrado G60 Supercharged 1.8L it had spent 3 years stored outside under a huge pine tree after some engine issue with heavy backfiring. 4.5 hours drive from Toronto we arrive in our home town of Cornwall, Ontario. Although the engine ran it made very little power and had a bad knock. It barely made it onto the car dolly under its own power. First order when we got it home was to pressure the outside and wash out the pine needles from the engine bay.

Engine bay cleaning

The body was Ziebart early in it live not perfect but in good shape for the year, the driver side rocker will need some work, previous owners wife ran over a snowbank and pushing in the rocker.

Being under a pine tree the sap has dug itself into the paint, right down to the primer.

It did clean up pretty well, too bad the sap was so deep because the paint would have buffed out nicely

Interior is in good shape, like cars this age the driver bolster is ripped

Time for some heart surgery

Previous owner fix, to put more tension on the serpentine belt :-(

Well it out

This would be the reason it had a knock, the bearing for con rod #4 is MIA, so crank is finished

Bearing for the other con rod (not good)

Contacted a Vortex Forum member in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada regarding a supercharger and water pump billet pulleys. Turn out to be a G60 golden mine in my backyard. Met Issam Abed from iAbed Industries he also had two brand new AEB blocks with crank and intermittent shaft installed. Purchased both, one to get the car back on the road, the other to build a 20V. 1.8T to eventually replace the G60 motor. Also purchased brand new 20V. head.

More 20V parts I picked up

Also found Performance FPR (3.5 bar Fuel Pressure Regulator), BBM Stage 4 Chip, 268°/260° Sport, Race Asymmetrical Cam

Engine parts arrived

Some of the mods required on the AEB block:

Add Frost Plug

Drill and tap bolt hole through the block and into the oil pan for G60 oil return

Plug Crank Position Sensor Port


Always wanted a Corrado. Looking forward to seeing how the build goes ????

Posted by miatamatt on 10/27/18 @ 5:05:19 PM

Thank you, I love the body line of the Corrado they came after the Scirocco which I love as well.

Posted by northendroid on 10/27/18 @ 6:36:09 PM

Well done! I didn’t realize those were 5v, I’ve always like Corrados and it’s one of very few vw’s I want

Posted by Cuttyman9 on 10/25/18 @ 11:55:13 PM

Thanks! Did you mean 8V? They are a huge commitment both money and time wise. They are one of the must part out build because of that.

Posted by northendroid on 10/26/18 @ 12:42:34 AM

Great build! Looking forward to seeing more updates!

Posted by Diggymart on 10/24/18 @ 2:12:26 PM