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dougstar21

Model: Polo GT coupe

Engine: 3F 1.3 GT

Suspension: Standard

Brakes: Standard

Wheels and Tyres: Tatty 14" Vauxhall alloys with no-namer tyres

Exterior Styling: Removed bump strips, clear indicators, clear side repeaters and a poorly painted boot plinth.

Interior Styling: Golf GTI seats

ICE and Security: None

Comments: Lots of work to be done before the Polo Social!

Well after looking for a Polo for some time now I have finally landed myself a polo GT that I found on ebay only 25 miles away from where I stay. The whole point of this car is for it to be a cheap run around thats not too heavily modified so that I can have something to tincker around with in the summer holidays.

I currently have a set of AP dampers and springs (40/30mm drop) and some VWII calipers to rebuild and fit. The rest is just getting the car to MOT standard so that I can attend the Polo Show in a polo.

I'll show you the pictures and I'll keep you updated with any progress.

P.S. a big thank you to Steven (Kwijibo_Coupe) for coming all the way from Peterhead to Perth (a 236 mile round trip!) to give me some seats for the car. I tip my cap to you Good Sir.

Some of you may remember my old squareback from back in the day: http://www.clubpolo.co.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=57683

Here she is when I bought her:

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You can see in this picture that the quarter panel appears to have been repainted and laquer is peeling around the window and under the rain gutters:

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I then took her to work where I can work on her at nights:

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I checked the ECU to see if it had been chipped but all is nice and standard:

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Here is the engine bay:

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Then guess where I found this:

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Thats right, its a lead repair for the battery tray:

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It needs these rusty armour plates removed and the pillar stickers replacing:

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These are the seats that Steven kindly helped me out with:

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Everything needs a good clean. I also have a centre console on the way but still need a glovebox latch:

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I need to sort out these arches by either plastic welding or fitting some side strips:

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Bird droppings have been left on the car for so long that it has eaten away at the paint and now there are rusty marks. I'm hoping to do a full respray next year:

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One snapped handbrake cable and an ill fitting exhaust:

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The brake bias valve is sticky so I've put up a post in the appropriate technical section for some advice:

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A relatively new alternator, a recent service (inc belts) and a leaky sump and gearbox selector seal:

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Then I found a cracked wheel:

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I found a wee pipercross air filter:

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I'm not too happy with this but I dont have anything to replace it with so it will stay just now:

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Just a wee list to work through:

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One badly painted plinth and badge:

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My boot of bits:

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And how she is currently sitting:

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Well thats it for just now but like I say, I'll update when I can.

Thanks,
Scott.

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citrus

Good to see another GT in Scotland!

Lots to do but looks like you've got a proper set up to get it sorted :)

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MartinB

Oooh, hello again! I loved your red squareback back in the day :)

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kwijibo_coupe

Good work so far Scott, glad to see you're not hanging about.

At least you have a nice clean environment to work in, plus a ramp which makes life so much easier.

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread :smile:

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dougstar21

Well tonights effort was stripping down the suspension to fit the new stuff. The rear dampers were comical when I pushed down on the back end!

Last night I popped up to my parents house and reclaimed some of my old polo parts I had stored in their garage:

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I then got stuck in to the suspension:

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And here are the results so far:

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Not much to see really. I've still got the front to do but I'll order new top mounts first. I wasted a bit of time attempting to take the drivers wing off before I realised I cant because I can't get the drivers door open far enough to get into the bolts. :thumbsdown:

Thanks for the comments so far. I'll be cracking on with this to give the bodyshop as much time as possible for welding in the battery tray so expect more updates.

Cheers,

Scott.

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Today I've had a bit more progress. Parts have started arriving and this has allowed me to crack on.

I painted the stripped down front struts but I also found a rough wheel bearing. So I replaced that today.

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I built up the struts and fitted New lower arms.

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Then these arrived:

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They are 13x8s so I'm a bit worried about arch poke.

I've also lowered it with a 40/30mm kit so another worry is that it might look stupid with arch gap.

We'll just have to wait and see!

I've also ordered some black diamond braided brake hoses from venom. However I received an email saying it has to come from the supplier and there is no accurate delivery date. Fan-freaking-tastic.

I'll give them a call tomorrow and get the script. Hopefully I can get some good news!

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Davis001

Love classic ats's more than my cups look great, I don't think you will have much arch poke.

My ats cups 15x7s with 195/45 rubber I use 10mm front and think 15mm spaces on the back to clear the suspension, front just pokes out of the arch and the back nearly flush. My arch gap is about "on the top of my head" 4-3 inchs with the car lowed 40mm.

The back is on it's limit when I got 4 people in the car, scrapes on the arch lip inside when I go over small dips in the road at speed but I did not change my shocks so that's parallel my fault. :sorry:

Might need to go lower for it to look better, unless your will be taxi guy for m8's.

Nice work, keep it up.

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kwijibo_coupe

Wow! That's shocking! At least you checked it Scott.

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PoloTommy

That tension is terrible, who ever did that needs a slap

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dougstar21

I've heard about that company before. They deliberately do things like this so that they break down later down the line and go back into the garage.

Another member on here went to that garage to have his timing belt replaced and when he picked up the car he found a note in his glove box (written by the mechanic) to tell him that his timing belt was deliberately cut half way through under the instruction of his boss.

Dodgy, dodgy people.

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nige8021

They need reporting to trading standards, that's terrible, for them to be trading as VW specialists, unsuspecting people will think they are trusting their car to people who actually know what they are doing

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mbusby993

Jeeeeeez, that's abysmal! Is there any proof of the work done? I would be reporting that!


They need reporting to trading standards, that's terrible, for them to be trading as VW specialists, unsuspecting people will think they are trusting their car to people who actually know what they are doing

I think they know exactly what they're doing Nige, and that's the problem!

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dougstar21

No, there's no proof of the work. The worst part is the guy who I bought the car from said that he is friends with the owners son and that's why it went there!

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Polo6n1600i

Did this car use to live on Glasgow road?? Near Aviva??

As for Hamdani motors - don't get me started! Bought my first mk2 golf gti from there - D482UPU - it had belonged to one of the sons. Bought from there for the sum of £1200 back in 2000. Couldn't understand why we could track it - got it up in the air to find the chassis legs on both side had been straightened.......... I say straightened - but that would offend a banana!!!! It had been written off and then the chassis legs cut & shut back into place. Took it back & he said it wasn't like that when I sold it......

Good luck with the GT....

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dougstar21

I bought the car from a guy who lived up near tescos. The guy did say that he knows one of the sons and that's why the work was done there.

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I got a couple of things done over the past few days bit work has been busy so it's only been the odd 5 minute job here and there.

I swapped the painted number plate plinth for a standard item.

I replaced a handbrake cable.

I also received some braided brake flexibility hoses.

Like I say, not much to update right now.

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Once again, another small update. I've replaced the front brake pipes but I still have the front to rears and the rears to do. I then fitted the front struts and trial fitted a wheel to see how much it sticks out of the arch.

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I think I need thinner wheels...

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The wheels will stick out further when the weight of the car is on them too. So I have two options.

1) Fit wider arches to cover the wheels.

2) Find thinner wheels.

The hunt is on...

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MartinB

Thinner wheels :)

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dougstar21

A friend of mine gave me a hand during the week but he also took some parts to give them a freshen up.

The fan couling, fuel pump bracket and rocker cover have been sand blasted, primed and ready for paint. I'm going to gloss black the fan fouling and fuel pump bracket, whereas the rocker cover will get coated in black wrinkle paint.

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I also may have found a set of 6j wheels so I might well run 6j's up front and 8j rears.

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Matty!

Goood to see you giving it a new lease of life mate!!

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dougstar21

Goood to see you giving it a new lease of life mate!!

Thanks very much!

I've got updates to make but I'm struggling to get the time to post pictures etc. I'm sure I'll get time by the weekend. I hope...

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Ok, its been a while since my last update so get ready for a lot of pictures!

I managed to source myself a genuine LHD passenger rear light after buying one that turned out to be a badly tinted item:

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After that I got round to tightening my timing belt. I tested the cooling system to make sure that the pump seal wouldn't leak after being disturbed. The good news is that it held 15psi for 3 hours.

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I then got cracking with the brake pipes and flexi hoses. I also removed the rear bias valve and converted the rear wheel cylinders with the standard items that have compensators.

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I sourced some 6J ATS Classics but they look completely different to the 8Js because the spokes go much further out in the rim. Pictures here for reference:

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Next my caliper rebuild kit arrived.

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I then refitted and straightened my exhaust.

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I then painted my rocker cover and fuel pump bracket.

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Whilst having a nosey around the electrics I found this on the lambda sensor plug:

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I got round to fitting a new fuel filter and my bracket along with new rubber bobbins (At a tenner each!). I used a CV boot clip to hold up the fuel filter as this looked a lot better than the cable ties that were there previously.

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I decided not to rebuild the calipers and just get new ones as there was a fair bit of pitting in the seal valleys. I fitted the discs that came with the car and Black Diamond Predator pads.

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I also fitted new shoes to the rear as the old ones were a bit rusty.

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New bearings in and drums back on.

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And it's back on its wheels!

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I then tried out some wheels to see if they suited the car. In the end I decided to wait on the wheels that I wanted coming up. Here are the pics though. They're 15" RH Cups. The tyres are a bit high but apart from that I don't think they look too bad.

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The car was getting dusty sitting around so I gave it a wee wash.

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I gave one part of the bonnet a polish just to see how it would come up.

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After a bit of rough running I bought a new lambda sensor (NTK) and it ran a lot better.

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I converted the diagnostic plugs over to the standard OBD set up so that I can use the Snap-On scanner for live readings.

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Then the wheels I was after finally came up for sale about an hour away! A refurbished set of 15" BBS RA's.

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I then sourced a set of drums for cheapness so I fitted them to the car. It was a bit of a waste of the two new wheel bearings I had fitted to the old drums but its worth it.

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Then my Bridgestone Potenzas arrived! 165/50R15's.

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I then decided to uprate the earths on the car using some stuff I had off of various cars.

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I found a dodgy looking repair in the tail light earth system after seeing one of the lights flash whenever the indicator was on. So I done a proper repair.

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I decided to see how orange indicators looked on the polo and I think they might stay.

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Well that's all for now. The car has rewarded all my good work by deciding to not start so I need to look at what's causing that. Apart from that I'm just waiting on the battery tray being done in the bodyshop and I might need to get some spacers for the rear wheels but thats only cosmetic.

Thanks for reading.

Scott.

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MartinB

Perfect :) black and orange works a treat.

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mark_crox

That's an update!! :-D Glad the drums where ok! :)

Looks great, I also prefer it with the orange indicators! :)

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