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[car_upgrade] Black 205 Gti6 - 1991
Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:00 AM
Since my project is "nearly" finished I've decided to share some things with you guys. GTI6 engine is very popular in UK but in Poland where I am from it was the first documented project. (as far as I know). YES !!! We are way behind UK but when we finally decided to do things, we prefer to do them right ! Here's my story.
205 GTI is pretty rare in Poland, during communism time you could forget about buying anything which wasn't Russian so nearly all GTI's in Poland were bought after the border opened and were brought from Germany , Switzerland or Sweden. That's a good thing as most of the cars in Germany are really well looked after. I spot my car while driving to my home town, car was parked in front of somebody's house and it looked pretty forgotten. This is how it looks when I first view it.
Car was covered in chicken poo... I really couldn't wait to start looking after the car. From extras it had ABS, leather seats (..or what's left from them :/ ) power steering and big sunroof so exactly what you need !
After I got it, I couldn't decided what to do with it, should I keep it original or do something more. At first I've decided to gather some parts and freshen up the car a little. After few washes it looked like this. ( I got those alloy wheels with the car )
Wash the carpet and manage to get a lovely set of mint seats.
During the time when I lived in Ireland I bought this beauty from GTI drivers forum member.
Car had S16 engine and I was really happy from the amount of power it produced. That's why standard power in black 1.9 wasn't enough and I've decided to go little bit more and stick GTI6 engine in my black GTI. This is where my story begins, let me know if you want to hear more , if interest is there I will be glad to stick more picture in the thread.
Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:38 AM
Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:57 AM
GTI6 are almost impossible to find. The only way to go is to look for Xsara VTS which is also pretty rare car here. It took me ages to locate and find a proper engine. I manage to buy this 2002 Xsara VTS with 60 000 on the clock, car was RHD and it was brought to Poland by the previous owner. I got it for pretty cheap, as cars with steering wheel on the right side are pretty much useless there.
Posted 11 September 2011 - 10:24 PM
Good on ya Mike, it looks a good project and hoped i helped you well enough with a few bits. I'm looking forward to more recent pics and progress
Your red one looks mint
PS, have you kept the VTS beam by any chance,
Thanks George, you really helped me in some places and I really appreciate those silicon hoses which I got from you. I will try to post few more pictures but I am also trying to not show the final product to quickly
Wow, those seats were in a right state! Luckily, the rest of the car appears to be in very good condition.
Are you allowed to simply swap an engine in Poland, without any paperwork?
Apart from the seats car was surprisingly in good shape, chassis with no rust, suspension and engine were very good. Even the paint wasn't that bad apart from the bonnet which was in pretty bad state - million little scratches.
As the project continue to grow with help from my enthusiastic friends....
...I started looking for parts needed for conversion, 205 GTI drivers was very helpful here.
so It began first purchase 309 GTI wishbones and ARB
309 GTI Driveshafts which were professionally reconditioned.
Alloy wheel joice was obvious ... SL434 only , but first I manage to recondition the standard set...
I have two sets now which is pretty handy in Poland as you NEED to have winter tyres in the winter. I was hoping to use standard 15" wheels as my "winter" wheels.
Posted 14 September 2011 - 08:11 AM
Posted 14 September 2011 - 09:38 AM
To fit Brembo's I had to buy spacers but all of that with 309 GTI wishbones and driveshafts pushed the wheel way to much and I got to much of a wheel sticking out from the arches...
I will have to dump the idea of driving on SL434 for a while which is a pity... I will keep them in storage for a while until I will find a good GTI6 calipers to fit on the car.
Edited by Para, 14 September 2011 - 09:40 AM.
Posted 14 September 2011 - 05:31 PM
Edited by Para, 14 September 2011 - 05:33 PM.