Been on here for a few months now getting help on daily basis, but reached a milestone and decided i'd put my car story up.
First of all, last year i started looking for a GTI, i had one back in the day, a white 1.6. E plate, which i loved, but sold to fund uni. I was only young at the time 21 or something, and was paying £1k+ on insurance as they were getting nicked left right and centre. It was worth it though for the amount of riding i done in it!
Anyway, was looking for a decent one, searched for a bit, and eventually found a candidate near Newcastle for £2.2k, which i was happy to pay if it was as described.
Went down, saw a cracked front bumper and plastic wheel arch (not described), riveted on to each other as soon as i got out my car, said hello, and said sorry i don't want this.
Had a look about it and saw the history etc, picked a few flaws here and there and said i'd give him £1.4k. The young guy had already been to see a GTI6 that morning for £1.5k, he said 1.5k so i can buy that and it's yours. Deal done.
Got home and started cleaning it up and fixing minor issues, and gave it a service..... was a different car for the better.
But one thing i noticed was the difference between the back wheel and arch on both sides of the car.....investigated, and rear beam was the prob.
Look at where the wheel sits in the arch.
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So, i used it for a few weeks at the tail end of the summer, and loved it. But, one night when going too fast 'round a big round about, some knob in an omega or something decides he wants to play, he pulls away from me and i could hardly keep him. Now, bearing in mind i had one of these years ago, i found it unacceptable for the 205 not to be flying buy a family saloon and waving the birdy..... i used to always go by them and put the back window wiper on as a wave signal. So, upgrade of some nature it has to be.
The following week i went to Knockhill for the French/Hot hatch day, and met Malc (from here). He was flying 'round the track, he sold me on the idea of GTI6 conversion, and said "it's easy"! (aye right!)
So, i looked for the bits i needed. At that time there was no engines available for a few weeks on ebay or scrappies etc, but one came up out the blue on a 24hr sale on ebay finishing at daft o'clock in the morning. So i got it, and arrange for it to be collected etc. This is what arrived.
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It's obviously a bit ugly, but i was assured it was alright.
The wiring loom was cut to bits, so i got a new one for £10 which i thought was a bargain.
I wasn't having an engine looking like that in my nice car, so i set about cleaning it up. It took quite a few nights with wire brushes, drill fitments etc etc..... then gave it a paint and lacquer etc. I had stripped it down, and what could be blasted was given to a freind to take into work to be PC'd..... "any colour i want as long as it's black".
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After putting in a great deal of effort and expense, i thought "what if i've done all this and i have something seriously wrong with the engine. So, was advised to do a "leak down test". Researched it, bought what i needed, and done it, and it appeared to be good.
So, a bit of peace of mind.
I was aiming for an "engineered" look on the engine and finished painting around xmas, then started building the bits i had taken off back up.
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