Audi Restorations 2Bennett Audimotive  
 
 
 
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'85 original quattro restoration with V8 engine
'83 original quattro restoration with A2 Sport conversion
'83 original quattro club track car
'83 Black original quattro resurrection
 

'85 Graphite Black original quattro (color change to white)

 
'84 Black original quattro (color change to white)
 
B5 RS4 Restoration
 

2Bennett Audimotive is skilled in authentic restorations and enhanced restorations. What does that mean? We understand

the way your Audi came from the factory and we know how to create the ultimate machine of your dreams. Whether that

means perfectly original, updated to function reliably with stock appearance, or create a one of a kind machine that reflects

your personal taste and 2Bennett high performance capabilities. We can fix the problems of age and older technology or remove

it all and start the project from an empty shell. We are highly skilled with all Audi years and models.

Here are some examples of what we love to do every day.

The stories are listed oldest to newest down the page.

 

Sport Quattro-

This car was originally shipped to the Country of Oman as an Alpine White street version with air conditioning. It had then been painted bright green and later painted dark Forest Green Metallic over the original paint. A customer of ours bought the car and it was shipped to the USA. The new owner is an Audi collector and track enthusiast. The task was to restore all aspects of the car to show quality and to be track ready. This series of photos is a brief look at the transformation.

The engine bay shows the years of life in the desert climate. Though the car had very low hours and good maintenance, there was much to do. Oxidation on metal parts, dried hoses, and aged plastic parts were all addressed. Aluminum parts such as intake manifold, valve cover, oil pan, turbo housing, air meter housing, airbox, etc. processed to like new appearance and coated with clear ceramic. All the Steel nuts, bolts, piping, and other parts were abrasive cleaned and Zinc plated before paint. Plastic parts, hoses, and AC system were replaced. Timing belt service performed along with all fluids and tune up parts replacement. Spots of green paint were removed from parts spanning the entire car.

 

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Complete and thorough pressure washing and removal of the drive train were performed before entering the body and paint phase. The entire body was sanded down to the original white base while avoiding cutting through to the Kevlar structure.

 

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The freshly redone engine bay and grill.

 

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Ready for concourse and race track.

 

1985 Original quattro

We bought the car as a "basket case" from a customer that had taken it apart completely to a shell and quit the project. We sold the car to a customer and he put most of it back together with plans to have us install a new engine.

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Bare shell with all mechanical and interior parts removed Parts were all in boxes in random order
   
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Empty engine bay ready for new engine. Engine mount brackets cut from the frame rails, 2B brackets welded in, and the engine bay painted to look original. Notice the pneumatic brake booster instead of the hydraulic system. 4.2 V8 ready for install after full service of belts, gaskets, water pump, etc. 2B engine brackets shown on the engine.
   
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One of many details for our 4.2 V8 conversions is the 2B Carbon fiber airbox. It features a flat panel K&N and latch-on top from a B5 RS4. Engine conversion finished. Under the hood looks as if the A8 engine came in the car from the factory. Including 2B Aluminum radiator, 2B carbon fiber air box, fully functioning air conditioning, 2B engine mounts and brackets, 2B Aluminum flywheel and clutch, 2B full exhaust system, modified subframe, vacuum brake conversion, etc.
   
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After the mechanicals and engine were completed it was determined that the car deserved a complete paint and body refurbishment. The body was disassembled and all the trouble spots were repaired. Fortunately it had only a few small dents and no rust. A beautiful glossy coupe is the result. This car was restored and updated from end to end. This car was featured in European Car magazine. The story is on our site HERE
   
   

'83 original quattro

Our customer as a kid always wanted an original quattro coupe. When he grew up, it was time. He found one advertised on ebay as being in great condition and bought it. It needed work. The customer sent it to his longtime repair shop near his home in Southern California for a paint job and an updated 10v turbo engine. He ordered lots of new parts from different places as well as several things from us. We even consulted with the shop working on the car to help with the engine and wiring. After a year or so, it became apparent the tech's were not going to be able to finish the project. The paint job however was completed. After many conversations over time the decision was made to ship the car as is to 2Bennett.

We took delivery of a shiny coupe with what looked like a nearly completed engine update. All is not as it appears. The engine and most of its components were just for show with much missing hardware, no gaskets, and finger tightened nut and bolts. We talked to the customer and came up with a new plan. Get rid of the old mechanical fuel injection and install an AAN code 20v 5 cylinder turbo with more modern electronic fuel injection. With the increase in power, the brakes would be upgraded with 2B Stage2 brakes and many other parts.

Read the full story of this cars journey from an ebay lemon to a spectacular machine.

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1st thing was to empty the engine bay and thoroughly clean it. The new engine and wiring installed. The engine features 2B connecting rods, 2B turbo and oil/ water lines, 2B radiator, 2B intercooler, 2B baffled oil pan, 2B intake tract and silicone hoses, 2B 3" turbo back exhaust, 2B Thrust Series turbo, 2B software, air conditioning, RS2 intake manifold, RS2 exhaust manifold, modified RS2 airbox, etc
   
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Completed car. Looks great and drives great. By completion we had the car for almost a year doing the engine, drive train refreshment, new sound system, and proper road test time. We were glad to have completed a great car. The owner had waited for the shop that started the job without the ability to complete it. Then 2Bennett to finish the job. He was really happy.
   
   
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The phone rings -"I crashed my car, but it was running great". We trucked the car from Malibu to 2Bennett to see what we were dealing with. It was worse than it looked. The right front frame rail that took the impact of the boulder was destroyed and it bent the A pillar, door, and roof. The car would have been considered a total loss, but the recent upgrades raised the value above the repair cost. So we stretched it out and straightened the frame. When the roof and A pillar were within 1mm we replaced the front rail and apron section. The car was bagged and we painted the new parts.
   
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We took some of our Sport quattro rally parts off the shelf and stuck them on the car for a photo. He loved the idea and said "let's do it". The only problem was that we only were making front end parts at the time. We got a set of original Audisport A2 rear panels. This type is the first version of the group B wide bodied quattro.Turns out they were built a little less than perfectly for race cars. We require panels that will be installed on show cars and race cars. We then painstakingly reshaped, straightened, and smoothed out the panels.
   
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A hard gel coat is applied and buffed to a mirror finish. Prepared panels are molded directly from the car to ensure proper fit. All 2Bennett molds have class A smooth surfaces. We removed all the original fenders, hood, and quarter panels to install the 2Bennett composite parts. The rear panels are removed at all the factory spot welds. We removed and sealed all the exposed corrosion from the 25 year old chassis and bonded the new parts in place.
   
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The entire body needed to be sanded bare to smooth out 2 prior paint jobs. The last paint job was 3 years old, now wavy, and showing rust. We also fixed hidden sheet metal damage at the door handles, roof, and deck lid. The whole car and all parts were primed with an epoxy primer that is sanded smooth before any color is applied.
   
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As you can see, we built a rolcage to reinforce the chassis that still allows for a complete interior and painted it to match the outside. We painted the engine bay because the paint job that was done before it came to our shop was flaking off. All the paint is good now. Of course this project has hundreds of special parts we make for this and similar cars. The brake booster was converted to vacuum, intercooler, lights, front support, airbox, etc. were all upgraded again. It helps that we have original Sport quattro parts and access to a complete Sport to use as reference and improve upon.
   
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Fit and finish. Top view of the 2B carbon grill, intercooler, and front support. We updated the interior with custom upholstered black suede rear seats to match the new Recaro front set, later coupe dash and instruments, 2B 3 gauge dash pod, S2 steering wheel.
   
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1983 quattro
This coupe is an example of a car we set up for club track days.
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The rollcage before and after paint.
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Updated interior with '87 dash and wiring harness. Late dash extension with extra 3 gauges. RS2 steering wheel with machined hub adapter for horn function. RS2 6 Speed transmission, late suspension and functioning ABS. 2Bennett Coil Program suspension with 2 way adjustable 2B Koni shocks, 2B Camber/ Caster adjust upper mounts, 2B mounts... 3B Code 20v turbo. 2B Radiator with 2B 500w fan and shroud system, 2B Software, 2B baffled oilpan, 2B Crankcase vent system, 2B K26/27 turbo, 2B modified RS2 intercooler, 2B oil cooler.
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Completed car ready for track days.
 
 
1983 original quattro
audi quattro After 12 years of sitting outside in the California sun, it was time for a little attention. The paint was cracking, the interior was disintergating, and the fuel system and gas tank were clogged with goo.
 
interior ur quattro engine A look under the hood shows the years of being parked outside. We removed everything from the engine bay and scrubbed it clean.
 
audi Like most 2B ur quattro restorations, the entire wiring system was removed and replaced with a newer more reliable harness.  
 
'audi bodyshop We began the body and paint work. You never know what is under the paint. This one turned out to be more paint, body filler, and a little rust. The photo shows some of the layers. After sanding to the metal, the body didn't need all the filler that was on it. So we leveled all the panels and gave it a shiny new paint job. And replaced the destroyed rear wing with a 2B composite OE Matte Black replica.
 
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Transformed, the car now has a fresh AAN code 20v turbo 5 cylinder engine, 2B Software with modified AAN wiring harness, S2 intake manifold, 2B modified RS2 airbox, 2B Silicone hoses, 2B intake pipes, Hydraulic brake system replaced with vacuum booster, 2B Radiator and fan system with full functioning Air conditioning with rotary compressor.

The interior updates include later dash, all reupholstered seats and door panels, headliner, and modern sound system.

 

   
image The suspension is now 2B Coil Program height and rate adjustable, 2B control arm bushings, fresh brakes, new tires, and lots of mechanical repairs to make it better than new.
 
 
''85 Graphite Black color change to White and full upgrade restoration - Look below for the completed car.

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July 11 / 2010 start date

2Bennett is currently underway with multiple original quattro "restorations". We use the term loosely because most times we are updating and upgrading. The car in this story has many upgrades and even a color change complete paint job. We are updating this page occasionally as we go. UPDATE- October 2010- We are done- Look below-

 

Andrew-

Carol said you'd like some background info on the car. Here goes:

I bought the car from the Audi/Porsche dealer in Fairfield CT. It was technically "new" although the guy who owned the dealership had been using it personally, trying to decide whether he want it or a Porsche. My son, Justin, who at that time was about 11 and nuts about cars, told me that that's the car I should get, based on his extensive research, much of which took place while he should have been doing homework.

At that time, I was driving a 1978 Trans Am (no decals), which I bought after the BMW 3.0CS that I bought from my brother had been totaled by tidal flooding during a winter storm in 1978; and I was ready to get back into something real. Plus I had just sold my business in NY and would no longer be a commuter. The concept of AWD appealed to me as well. So I bought the car that you're now restoring.

I drove the car regularly until 1992 or so, when I found a 1991 Carrera 4 that had been similarly owned by a dealer in the Midwest. By that time Justin was at the University of Montana in Missoula, and in a fit of generosity, I offered to let him take the Quattro out to school, where, not surprisingly, it was subjected to a hell of a beating, mechanically and otherwise. Eventually, I ransomed the Quattro by getting Justin a 2-door Tahoe, and brought the Quattro down to our office in Boise, where it sat for a number of years while I thought about fixing it up. Our company's fleet manager started it up regularly and drove it around Boise once or twice a month, but otherwise the car just sat in our covered parking lot. Justin had mentioned you guys at some point but I was hoping to find someone closer to here. However, after about a year of internet chatter, contacts with Audi Club folks on the east coast, it was clear that you guys really were where to go to get a top-notch restoration done. My experience with the ur Quattro led to getting my wife a Treser sedan, followed by an A6, along with other Audis for the kids. Justin currently owns an RS4, so despite the abuse he inflicted on the subject of our current project, he ended up a believer. Justin is getting married this fall in Carmel and I'm looking forward to showing up in the ur Quattro.

Richard H

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Our paint department circled some problem areas.

We removed the engine and began teardown and bodywork.

quattro hood Many layers of paint were beneath the surface. We took it all to bare metal for a fresh start.
audi Engine bay painted, ready to move on to the exterior body.
quattro paint The body was sanded to metal and our body shop hand reshaped the dents and damage. Only after the craftsmanship of the master body techs, the smallest amount of body filler is used.
audi paint Fresh shiny Alpine White.
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audi wing 2B original wing replica in primer.
audi body shop Engine installed [AAN code 5cyl 20v turbo]. The old faulty hydraulic brake/ steering system replaced with updated components using 2B brackets and hoses. 2B Aluminum radiator with 2B fan system and 2B intercooler with 2B silicone hoses are some highlights.
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2B modified RS2 airbox [with 2B Carbonfiber cover], 2B intake pipe, and 2B Carbonfiber radiator shroud.
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Interior with new wiring harness and gauges. 2Bennett 3" exhaust, 2B swaybar, etc.
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We installed Recaro power seats and redid the rest to match. [sorry, bad photo]
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Completed engine bay with 2B carbon fiber airbox cover and 2B radiator shrouding.

Done. We even made the wheels Alpine White. One more happy customer with a happy car.

October 12/ 2010 complete

 

 

1984 original quattro- See below

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This is the story of a 1984 Audi quattro rebirth.

Follow the story below from Black sheep to White swan. CLICK HERE

 

 

 


 
   

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