I've been lurking on the forum for a little while now, stealing information from other peoples posts.
And thought it about time I shared my project.
I've always dreamed of owning a gleaming Gti in as factory condition as possible. Knowing that I was never going to be happy with one that was already available, and wanting a project. I decided to get an as complete as possible starter with as little chassis and bosywork as possible for a 20 yr old car.
It didn't take too long before I found a suitable candidate. A 1988 1.9 in silver.
After a few question answered by the seller I was on route with a trailer to see what it was like. It was pretty rough, it didn't run too well, was missing a few little bits like grill and intake hose. And had the most ridiculous exhaust that could easily fit my size 12s in!
But everything else seemed complete and unbroken. And the chassis seemed solid enough excluding the usual bubbling on the sill next to the rear arches and bottom of the footwell. So I parted with not too much money and took it home.
I got stuck into stripping it straight away I started with the outside.
I had concerns straight away with the amount of corrosion around the headlight panel, how did I miss that?
But I pressed on and started to strip the inside.
And then found the nightmare looking inside the rear quarters at the arches. It's obviously been in an accident on both sides, and repaired to a pretty poor standard. Both inner arches, the top of the sill and quarters were all badly corroded.
I'm amateur at best with welding, and this was way out of my league to sort out to a standard I am going to be happy with. I had no choice but to call in the professionals to see what it would cost to sort, I had 3 quotes, the lowest being £3500 just for the welding work. I nearly passed out. I felt like such an idiot for not spotting it when I looked at the car originally.
That left only one option to me, to re shell the car.
The criteria was simple, the new shell had to be solid with no rust, a phase 1.5 original 1.9. After a fair bit of looking, Matt from Pug1off came to the rescue with a 1990 graphite grey that was already stripped and for a bargain price. Phew!
Edited by timoth123, 23 December 2013 - 12:54 AM.