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loeb

Mk3 GTi daily - the car I'm "not modifying"

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I've been meaning to but this up for a long time but here goes a long first post for it

I had a mk2 ryder for a daily which was getting rough after 2 years of serious abuse so about Christmas 2012 my dad talked me into buying this mk3 GTi 8v he'd seen. I was happy enough as it was an early car, only 80k on it and was a nice upgrade with a bit more power and electric windows (and power steering which I hate). My only plan for it was to lower it, tidy it up and change the wheels as I had a Polo to build (still have ffs)

As I got it:

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About 4k mile later the headgasket went when hammering it on the back roads to work. Never having changed one or a belt it took us near a week of evenings to fix and clean/paint as we went leaving the bay like this:

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I got the coilovers in and fitted some US markers to the bumper:

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I broke one of the 17s so went through a set of mk4 steels then ended up with standard but tatty VR6 wheels.

VAGE Fermoy 2014 was approaching as the trusty mk3 needed work for mot. I replaced the rear arches, upgraded the front brakes to 288mm (with new discs and pads all round), new handbrake cables, tyres, lowered the rear a bit and a window regulator and we were off to Cork:

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I picked up an obd1 VR6 conversion and decided I'd sit on it til I had time to fit it. Christmas 2014 Lee got me a Magnex system for the car and we decided that would be the time to swap the engine. A week of ******* about and I was 0.8 of a litre and 2 cylinders up. Woo

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The coilpack with the engine had a broken post and I didn't fancy forking out for a new one when this worked fine so the diy skills came into play:

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Lee and I met Brian and Sophie for a run up the coast to test the new engine (his is the red v6 coupe in the pics) and I wore through the sump and had to limp it home (loosing about a litre of oil every 20miles):

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This is where s*** gets funny. The car i wasn't modifying was lowered and had an engine swap. That was me happy.

I parked the car up for a week to get the parts and when I came back to it a rat had chewed the wiring loom and got in and ate the seats, carpets, parcel shelf, door cards and more wires. Anything not chewed got s*** and pissed on. I was ******* livid and if it had been some car I didn't care about it would have been scrapped.

I got a full interior and had planned to repair the damage and fit the interior when I had the wonderful idea to paint the car. The next 4 months seen the car stripped and repaired and painted in my dad's single garage and put back together. I got new plastics where possible and dyed the others, new badges, new rear lamps, changed the standard skirts for textured ABT ones, removed the rear wiper and numerous other wee bits and pieces (reading those few lines back makes those months seem worthless that they can be condensed into something so simple)

A few pics from then til now:

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That brings us up to date (well done if you're still here)

The colour is manila green and the car is kind of a nod of the mk1 (you'll see this with the wheels and wee bits round the car like the mk1 gear gator and Golf ball gear knob). Also the yellow colour concept interior is getting dyed tan so ignore that.

I dropped the wheels off for machining so once they're done they'll see paint and get bolted up when I've the dishes polished. I still need to buff the bonnet properly, fit the fuel flap, washer jets and hockey puck the front mount to lift the sump up but I'm just happy to get driving it again as the diesel work van is killing my soul.

I'll update as I go along from now on so updates should be easier read lol

 

Connor

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That was the original plan Colin. There's a company in England can match to a sample but the colour goes from lime green to browny green in different lights and it would drive me daft if it looked different so just went with a Bentley tan colour. Crapping myself incase I make a balls up :ph34r:

I've had it on the road this week so it'll be at Castlewellan (I'm shocked more than anyone lol). The wheels being done is the question

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lovely car.. looked at a early mk3 earlier this week for a runaround,nothing like your wee car..

My own car hasn't escaped needing work so if u can weld don't be afraid to buy one. Imo early cars seem better for rust but they all go anyway lol 

As for the early cars I prefer the look of the rectangle indicators. Mine is 93 and has so many mk2 esqe bits like the boot linings, head cloth etc

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My own car hasn't escaped needing work so if u can weld don't be afraid to buy one. Imo early cars seem better for rust but they all go anyway lol 

As for the early cars I prefer the look of the rectangle indicators. Mine is 93 and has so many mk2 esqe bits like the boot linings, head cloth etc

​If you had seen this mk3.. it belonged to a farmer.. it smelled inside like well,a cow pat. engine bay was,well again covered in oil!! it was a diesel,and only had 75 ponnies..i would say his tractor would be faster.. didnt buy it as it was to far gone ie bodywork,and i didnt want all that work.one golf is enough of a money pit mate!

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Haha Glenn they're all money pits. This is a cheap build too as a daily driver and as usual it's getting out of hand.

Ally I appreciate that but I'm sorted already. Cheers mate

Few updates from this weekend.

Stopped yesterday morning to feed the ducks with Otis:

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Recieved my adapters:

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I've never liked how the new skirts sit lower than the originals and leave the top of the sill exposed (and a gap below the arch trims) so when I was applying new textured vinyl tidy the kick plates I ran some vinyl along the top of the skirt and I think it looks much nicer and the other side where I just put some below the arch trim. I'm gona cut 2 arches I have to extend these down to meet the skirt too:

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I started to take into the wheels to get them sorted. I'm waiting on the centres coming back from machining and I'm polishing the lips at the minute. I'll put up the start middle and end pictures. I duno what was used on the wheels but I ended up having the strip them with a prep wheel on a grinder. I spent 10hrs sanding and then onto the buff. It's not prefect but its a lot better than the start so I'm happy. I'm face mounting the wheels so round the bolt holes only got a quick go hence the marks

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Took some pics with the camera too to show the colour better. You can see the vinyl above the skirt better too

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Connor

 

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Got my centres back yesterday from being machined and started to clean and sand them for paint and primer. Whoever painted these before should be strung up by the balls. Anyway got one painted and another primed. Still need to lacquer the centres, polish the centre nut, fit the badge and bolts but this gives an idea anyway. No more done today. I'm off to blow money I don't have on horses

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Connor

 

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Those centres would have looked wicked colour coded!!

 I kind thought about that but thought it might get a bit old quickly so playing it safe

 

The wheels are really going to set it off!! will look out for you at castlewellen for a wee chat!  

Thanks Glenn. Yeah don't be afraid to come say hello. I'm generally quite nice if you can take abuse lol

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 I kind thought about that but thought it might get a bit old quickly so playing it safe

 

 

Thanks Glenn. Yeah don't be afraid to come say hello. I'm generally quite nice if you can take abuse lol

You really need to be able to take abuse... Haha! 

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All hands to the pump to get the car presentable for MLVW in Mullingar this weekend. Granted the interior will still be yellow but f*** it.

 The wheels are fighting me. I've 3 painted, lacquered, polished and badged up awaiting the bolts to arrive. The 4th which if u read back was a fucker to strip is playing up. The centre keeps reacting no matter what I do so I had to bull on and get it as best I could. It's not perfect but it'll do til I've the time to send them off to get chemically stripped and redo them. 

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the reaction can be seen in this pic:

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also one of my centre caps is buried in the mists of the garage somewhere so I had to use some ingenuity ( read that as be a pikey fucker ) and fashion a new one from a quality street tub. I glued layers of it together til it was the right thickness, attached the badge and hot glued it in. No doubt I'll find it tomorrow but sure it's sorted now. 

Don't mention the wonky shape I cut it with left handed carpet scissors. I'd have done a better job with a hatchet.

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I've got word my bolts arrived today so I'll try get that last dish sorted and bolt the whole lot up tonight.

Connor

 

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We got 3 of the wheels built last night and the final dish sanded to 2000grit ready for polishing tonight. Really feeling the late nights now. 

Thought it would be a good idea to try the wheels on to test fit the adapters etc and make sure the guesswork was right. It was and I've the exact set up I wanted. Tonight we'll throw the rear coilovers in and finish the other wheel and that's then ready for tyres.

Here are a few preview pics:

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