So I have been extremely busy with home life, job and small hurdles along the way. THE STORY: 2 years ago you couldn't catch me looking into owning a passat. I hated the body of most passats. Until I stumbled onto the most comfortable and fun daily I picked up at a great price. Its a 2004.5 b5.5 passat GLS 4motion 1.8t 5spd with 85k barely any .... other than the front end sagging a bit from the previous owner(frame rails bent down), I drove the hell out of it all year long. Its been an absolute unstoppable force in the snow. THE BEGINNING OF THE NEVERENDING STORY BUILD: Its been completely stock up until I picked it up and honestly it felt slower than a Prius on stock tune. So I HAD to build my own custom tune from scratch with reliability and max MPG in mind. Removed the secondary air pump/random vacuum lines to clean things up and a little TLC in maintenance. It was a blast driving all year long. I calculated 26-28MPG's a couple times but I plan on getting it over the 30 mark by next spring. Last year before spring I smoked a dear on the way to work @ 45mph... Driver front headlight was damaged along with the radiator, radiator support, grill and hood. So I found a donor parts passat to fix it. Fixed it and almost 2 months later on my way back to buffalo from Albany I smoked another deer at 80mph. I tryed to patch up the one busted turbo cooler line and limping my way home from rochester. went about 10 miles from the stop on the 90 and boom there must have been a big pocket of air. The coolant temp jumped to redline in a couple seconds and the headgasket went. My luck hasn't been great lately but thats what I get for trying to macgyver myself home lol. So when I do things I am a bit anal so instead of just replacing the gasket I had the head decked, I lapped the valves and freshened everything up. I'm not sure if I have picks of the head being torn down but if I find them I'll post them. I couldn't stop there because I had a feeling the ko3s was on its way out and I was right. Compressor wheel kissed the housing but not enough to junk it. Shaft play was a bit outside my comfort zone. The thrust bearing almost gone(usual wear when shaft speeds are up). So I ordered a rebuild kit and 4k miles its snug as a bug. So my donor car was usless for most of the body damage because most of the parts I already used. Anyways couple trips to the junkyard and its back together. Rattle canned the bumper, fixed fender/pillar rust areas and blended the paint. I'm pretty happy with the results. Ok so next up is to continue improving it because thats just what I like to do.