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Matt O

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  1. I'm coming to the conclusion that the old pressure regulator valves should fit straight into the new master cylinder. There's no mention anywhere of brake pipe fittings needing changed when fitting the bigger servo and m.c to golfs with the rear axle proportioning valves - so if they screw straight into the new m.c. then these valves should screw straight in - that is unless my cabrio's brake pipe fittings are a different size to the golfs with the rear axle valves.
  2. I seem to have another problem. My current servo is an 8" with a 20mm master cylinder. The new servo is 9" that can be married to a 22.6mm master cylinder. Problem is my current rear brake regulator valves are bolted straight onto the master cylinder. If I go for the 22.6 mm m.c. the current valves won't work with it (I think) and other VWs have the regulator valve located on the rear axle - this means a lot more expense and hassle. Any ideas for possible solutions with minimal expense and hassle? This is getting more complicated than I thought. Unless of course my current brake regulator valves will bolt straight in to the new master cylinder?
  3. Just picked up a Passat b3/B4 servo off eBay for £30 all in. Just hope it works ok.
  4. Apologies if I shouldn't be putting this up here - I've put this in the "wanted" section also. Trying to source a second hand 9" servo as a part of my Mk1 brake upgrade. I'll buy the 22mm master cylinder new but a new servo costs a fortune. Can anyone point me in the right direction? They seem pretty difficult to source, however later servos which are much easier to source have ball at the end of the rod. I've done some reading online and it seems the ball can be cut off these servos and the rod threaded and used in a MK1 - does anyone know if this is correct?
  5. Alloy wheel refurbishment

    Good stuff. I live in N'Abbey so the one in Dundonald or Braniel is easy enough to get to. I think I'd prefer to get a professional to do them, they need stripped right back and redone completely - sounds like very labour intensive work to try to do at home. Thanks again.
  6. Hi. 1988 MK1 GTI Cabrio

    I wouldn't go I wouldn't go as far to say this is a restoration lol. I'll see what happens. I'll do some basics first and see how it developes. Having seen some of the other restoration projects ( the mk1 gti stripped right back and put on a jig etc was amazing) I don't have the facilities, time, money or know-how to do a proper job but hopefully I can learn as I go along. The roof adds another complication in that it will need replaced. But we'll see - hopefully I can just take my time, have patience and tinker at it.
  7. Alloy wheel refurbishment

    Thought it sounded steep. Thanks for the recommendations.
  8. I've 14" BBS ra alloys on my MK1. The guy who had the car before me did a home refurbishment job on them and they need done professionally. Nu Luk in Carrickfergus have quoted me £360 which seems a bit steep to me. Does this sound right or can anyone recommend someone else? I might just try to pick up good second hand rims somewhere else if its costing that much anyway. Thanks.
  9. Hi. 1988 MK1 GTI Cabrio

    Cheers ? Already drooling over VW Heritage - the credit card is going to get even more hammered.
  10. Hi just bought my first GTI. It's a 1988 MK1 Cabrio in Helios Blue. Got it for £1500 so it needs a bit of work, although it's MOTd until April. Always fancied a MK1 since having a 1992 1.8 Golf gl in my early 20s which I made a few mods to. A friend on Facebook was selling it so i grabbed the opportunity and since I'm in my 40s now the time is right finally own one. I've very limited regarding my mechanical skills but hopefully I can muddle my way through with a Haynes manual. I'm put some pics up a start a "build" thread. I've already got a long list of things I want to do.