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Everything posted by pistolpete

  1. upgrade photobucket for 3rd party content

    Yep, Photobucket have shafted us all and basically ruined Forums like this. I've started using FLICKR, but there's no way I'm re-doing a whole build thread.
  2. Belfast reg number

    The problem you'll have is that anybody with a 1983 classic is probably better off having the original number on the car than doing a reg transfer just to get a Belfast plate on it. I had thought about doing this from my original Mk1 Driver with reg CXI 2543, onto my Mk1 GTi which is an English Y-reg, but decided against it. As above, probably limited value as a 4-digit plate.
  3. Project lol@mpg

    Awesome looking Corrado, great work.
  4. Back in a Mk3 Golf!

    Wheels are awesome. Can't believe you've put up with the painter taking so long, I'd have had it outta there long ago. Hopefully the finished article will be worth the wait.
  5. Well guys, I've been on this forum and around the Club GTi and subsequent GTINI circles for many many years, back when Willie Carton used to run things at Mallusk ! Since I was 17, I have always owned a Mk1 Golf, my first being a 1300 Driver, and subsequently my pride and joy, 1983 Mk1 GTi in Mars Red. So, this build thread charts the history of my Mk1 Gti. I knew this car for several years before I owned it, as it belonged to a local woman in Greenisland. I always wanted it, and one day I chanced upon an ad in the Belfast Telegraph for a red Mk1 GTi. At this stage, the car was over near Knock Road, and it was only when I arrived to view that I recognised it and had to have it. And so a deal was struck and I took ownership of CPB 411Y....that was August 2000, she had 82,500 miles from new and was a cracking wee motor, very genuine and lovely to drive. This is how it looked when I got it:- And this was taken at a very old Limerick Show:- It stayed like this for quite some time, as I was still using the Mk1 Driver as a daily. However, once the insurance would allow, I started using my Mk1 Gti as my daily driver. The only changes I made were the addition of lowering springs and Boge turbogas shocks, uprated servo/master cylinder and brackets to fit 280mm discs, and a set of 15" BBS RA's. The real work began around 4 years ago, when I decided to take her off the road as my daily, and bought a Mk2 GTi. The plan for the Mk1 was always a proper respray. The bodywork was generally excellent, however there were a few dings/dents and some rust on the bottom of the doors. The problem was finding someone to take on the job. Eventually, I persuaded my dad's friend to do it for me, and so starts the restoration story. So, off she went to Davey's bodyshop for what was to be a very long time. I wasn't in any great rush, as long as it was a quality job at the end of it. And so to start stripping:- Front panel was to be replaced, it had been repaired previously. Both front wings were to be replaced. The inner wings were still in amazing condition thankfully, the 83 model underseal much better than previous years. I couldn't get genuine replacement wings at this stage, so had to make do with pattern parts. However, Davey is a patient man and he eventually got them to line up quite well. As expected, he had to graft in new inner and outer rear arches. New front panel in place: Lower rear panel was also shot, so new section grafted in. Starting to take shape now at the rear:- Trial fit of the arch trim to make sure its all ok. Rear panel smoothed and skimmed with filler I knew the Ronal LS rims were going to be a tight fit, with 7.5" x 15" and ET25, so stuck one on just to see how it sat in the arches. At last, some colour going on
  6. What have you done to your car today?

    Lovely looking Mk2, personally not a fan of the heckenblende things but its your car so if you like it, go with it. They certainly aren't cheap to get hold of that's for sure!
  7. Pistolpete's Mars Red Mk1 GTi Build Thread

    You made me go & check there! No, thankfully it's just the way it looks in the pic for whatever reason. Cheers for comments. It's definitely very quiet on this forum these days.
  8. Pistolpete's Mars Red Mk1 GTi Build Thread

    I bought a plating kit some time ago, but to be honest I was a bit reluctant to use it as there are some pretty nasty chemicals involved. Anyway, decided to get it all set up and give it a go. Ordered some additional protective gear and took my time and read the instructions again and again to make sure I didn't do something stupid. This is the full set-up for yellow zinc plating. And my first attempt on the oil cooler bolts/washers, as well as the big washer for the anti-gravity valve. The process seems to work pretty well, and the end result is definitely down to the original standard of finish on each part (i.e. the big washer was not perfect when it went in). Hopefully I can get this even better as things progress. My dad has a power supply I can use, so that will be for the next batch.
  9. Pistolpete's Mars Red Mk1 GTi Build Thread

    Rear axle rebuilt with new eibach anti-roll bar (had a good wrestle with this getting it fitted), powerflex bushes and Goodridge Phantom stainless brake lines. New genuine rear axle bolt assemblies and the mounts were zinc plated (inc the wee handbrake cable spring clips). All set to the correct angle and mounts torqued up. Obviously new wheel cylinders, Automec brake pipe kit and brake shoe assemblies as well. Very pleased with how this all looks now its rebuilt.
  10. Pistolpete's Mars Red Mk1 GTi Build Thread

    So the rebuild has started, well I say rebuild but really mean lots and lots of cleaning of little assemblies as I start putting things back together. Believe it or not, spent about 16hrs just cleaning the wiring loom. Photos don't really give any justice to the amount of time and effort this took:- Got new clips for securing the headlight wiring to the front cross-member:-
  11. Or this:- http://volkswagen.7zap.com/en/rdw/
  12. Actually, it looks like www.vagcat.com is offline at the minute ( I hope not permanently as it was the best), so you can also try:- http://www.oemepc.com/
  13. http://www.vagcat.com
  14. Mk3 GTi daily - the car I'm "not modifying"

    Very tidy install. I could do with a man of your skills to run my new brake lines on the Mk1 !!
  15. Pistolpete's Mars Red Mk1 GTi Build Thread

    Yep, old skool car & old skool 2k paint. You're right about the water based, it really needs an oven to get it right.
  16. Pistolpete's Mars Red Mk1 GTi Build Thread

    Have finally reached a bit of a milestone with this restoration project. Can't believe its over 6 months since the last update already. I was not too comfortable with trying to transport the Mk1 on the rollover jig to the bodyshop, so I decided to build a spray booth in my garage. Thankfully, my painter is very accommodating and he travelled to me to complete the work. Really pleased with the results. Now I can at least get on with starting to put it all back together slowly, as each piece will be restored before re-fitting.
  17. This looks like a lovely wee motor but seems to have passed through a few hands in the last few months. I'm sure it was on Gumtree a couple of times, now on eBay. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1983-volkswagon-golf-gti-mk1-/272449256793?hash=item3f6f3dbd59:g:nBIAAOSwr2RYKbSt Anybody know the story?
  18. What's the story with this Mk1

    Cheers for that Clarke, I'm just being nosey really but always like to know about good local Mk1's and this really looks like a great wee car.
  19. http://vwgolfmk1.org.uk/forum/index.php?page=topicview&id=braking-faq_2%2F16v-servo-conversion_2 this should give you the info on the servo clevis pin
  20. Pistolpete's Mars Red Mk1 GTi Build Thread

    See this photo for a bit more of a close-up (its the best I have at the minute). The finish is good with the Bilt Hamber stuff, it comes off the brush well and dries without brush strokes, however it is definitely not intended as a finish coat and is mainly for corrosion protection. I will be keying the surface back, then high build primer before top coating in red. It actually states in the instructions that the finish may "chalk" on prolonged exposure to UV rays and recommends a top coat. Not sure what your intentions are, it does come in black (which is what I used on the underside), the grey finish is obviously much more unforgiving but either way it will need to be painted over. If you've got the bay completely stripped, then there's no better time to do it right.
  21. New toy....

    Gotta love a Lhasa Green Mk1 Jonny, can't believe you've had this tucked away for so long gathering dust. Is it gonna take much to get her back on the road, or is it going back into storage?
  22. Pistolpete's Mars Red Mk1 GTi Build Thread

    It can be sprayed but would require thinning, and it recommends brush application to ensure you get good coverage into all the nooks and crannies. It actually took quite a bit longer than I thought just to get it prepped before applying this. Next it will be etch primed, then high build and hopefully some lovely new coats of Mars Red to engine bay and underside. I want to get the gearbox glass bead blasted and then just lacquer it for protection. Anybody recommend somewhere to do this?
  23. Pistolpete's Mars Red Mk1 GTi Build Thread

    Took quite a bit longer getting back to the car than I intended, but I have now finished the engine bay in Bilt Hamber epoxy mastic Next problem, my painter is going away on hols and won't be back for 4 weeks !!! Might start tinkering at a few of the ancillaries for the rebuild while I'm waiting.
  24. Dubshed 2016 Feedback

    Please get some pics up ASAP, most of the ones online so far are non-VAG
  25. Mk3 GTi daily - the car I'm "not modifying"

    Car looks awesome, a real credit to the amount of work you've put into it. Always good to see proper home built projects of this standard. Enjoy Dubshed.