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Elijah

Great car.

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mbusby993

Glad to see this is still being updated, worked on and enjoyed. Been a couple of years since I saw it last but this is technically the first 2f I ever drove (albeit around a field at Billing Aquedrome) and one of the cars that made me want a 2f, which I now have! 

 

Loving the paint colour and looking forward to seeing it again at the social this year! :lol:

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After fitting the stage 2 subframe and exhaust, I had mainly been driving to and from work with the odd small jaunt into the countryside. I had tickets to Go-Ape! in Aberfoyle near Loch Lomond so I thought that continuing west for a small drive was a good idea.  My mate and I decided that the Mull of Kintyre would be our destination of choice because neither of us had been there before.

I don’t know about the rest of you but I can’t go on a trip without washing the car first. It doesn’t matter if I’m going out in the Polo or the family run-around, I just need a clean car in order to enjoy my journey. A good scrub inside and out was in order. The sun catching the paint when it’s wet really brings out the purple flake.

 

24745812927_1744fcd04c_k.jpgIMAG4933 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

24745812797_4c6cc3f959_k.jpgIMAG4935 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

24745909677_6e4731c63a_k.jpgIMAG4936 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

24745908227_938c03ed59_k.jpgIMAG4944 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

24745904347_7d2d83e2b7_z.jpgIMAG5015 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38905659544_e14a6de845_z.jpgIMAG5016 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

So off we went. This is us coming up towards a famous Scottish view point.

 

24745907677_961349e7fd_k.jpgIMAG4974 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

And this is the famous Scottish view point, the Rest and Be Thankful. It’s an old stop for drovers who would take their cattle from the Highlands to the markets in Glasgow. Here they would rest. And be thankful. The clue is in the name.

 

39584516772_680d5aea2d_k.jpgIMAG4975 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

24745906737_6c20979c36_k.jpgIMAG4976 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38717587015_71cd28ca23_k.jpgIMAG4977 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

Next are a few random shots on the way down to the Mull of Kintyre.

 

38905661834_42102b0572_k.jpgIMAG4987 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

30217888241_a4980aef24_k.jpgIMAG4993-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

24745905347_a5099a5320_k.jpgIMAG4996 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

Next are a few shots at the Mull of Kintyre. The land over the water to the left is Ireland. I never knew Scotland and Ireland were so close.

 

39973472652_a6d4ecce4f_k.jpgIMAG5005 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39973472652_a6d4ecce4f_k.jpgIMAG5005 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

40005082741_dde15b422b_k.jpgIMAG5001 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

40005079811_445447daba_k.jpgIMAG5004 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38905660134_fe087bdc66_k.jpgIMAG5009 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39107241975_8f311d9318_k.jpgIMAG5010 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

After that, it was a 200mile, 5 hour trip home. There were some fantastic roads on the way there and back. The car drives really well and the wee GT engine has a perfect gearbox for the characteristics of the engine. The 165/50R15’s have a surprising amount of grip. The subframe has removed some of the front end flex but ideally I need to sort out some TCA bushes. I do think that the car would suit some 13"s with larger side walls to take up the harsher road surfaces. All plans for future updates.

 

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nige8021

What's with all the photo shopping of bright sunlight and cloud free Sky's ?? 

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dougstar21

The west coast of Scotland has always been good to me weatherwise. I can't complain. :D

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After my wee trip, I decided to give the car a machine polish to freshen it up.

 

39614050171_6e8917a087_k.jpgIMAG5113 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39614049921_8bbc65da13_k.jpgIMAG5115 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38905654064_5a20959ee4_k.jpgIMAG5116 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39614049311_f89c71138b_k.jpgIMAG5120 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38905651814_252fe6c400_k.jpgIMAG5126 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39614048481_ee245a7655_k.jpgIMAG5129 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39614047651_9ba8f0c291_k.jpgIMAG5157 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

This is the obligatory “look how big modern cars are now” shot taken by every 86C Polo owner.

 

38905650054_d46d27a3a5_k.jpgIMAG5165 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

This next photo contains the must-do mod for any Polo owner. If you don’t know what it is, this is a Rayne Automotive headlamp wiring loom. It is basically an overlay harness that bypasses the usual headlight wiring to give you a direct battery voltage. Due to the way that the Polo’s original wiring is designed, you will probably see about 10.5V at the bulbs. 12V with the engine running. With this kit, you should be seeing about 12V, and roughly 14V with the engine running. This will increase the brightness of the bulbs and give you improved visibility. If, like me, you also uprate the bulbs, you will have headlights just as bright as or brighter than modern cars. Obviously not to the extent of HID’s but you get the idea.You can make your own loom if you wish, it’s not hard. However, this kit comes readymade and only costs about £30.

 

39614047181_eef72abd9e_k.jpgIMAG5167 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

This is just a random picture I took whilst I was doing some errands.

 

25742804958_fbcd14cd98_z.jpgIMAG5195 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

Next, I received some parcels but the centre caps were missing their metal retainer clips. #anger.

 

25742804468_0e0750260a_k.jpgIMAG5223 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38905648034_c12af00cca_k.jpgIMAG5224 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38905646534_e8f3312673_k.jpgIMAG5350 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

This is me swapping my worn rear engine/gearbox mount for a G60 item. It takes a small amount of modification to work but it works.

 

25742804228_62377c7d3d_k.jpgIMAG5267 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38717579025_ba6a7f8d77_k.jpgIMAG5268 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

Whilst I was doing that, the guys in the bodyshop had been busy on my new wheels.

 

25742803988_9d9c381872_k.jpgIMAG5467 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38905646194_12da42ab4b_k.jpgIMAG5468 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38905645844_1de0b6bfe3_k.jpgIMAG5469 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

25742803548_bcdbdca91b_k.jpgIMAG5470 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

One day whilst out in my motor vehicle, I turned on my headlights when I entered a multi-story car park and I had a sudden flash of light followed by no lights. After a bit of investigation I found that my voltage regulator had stopped working and the alternator was pumping out 15.2V. Ross Keir saved the day by giving me a shot of his alternator until a new regulator for mine arrived.

 

27836392609_70ea59681e_k.jpgIMAG5485 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39614043351_29669d5f64_k.jpgIMAG5474 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39614070041_e294f18e17_k.jpgIMAG5557 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

One day, I noticed my wallet almost matches my seats.

 

39614081961_179d1c6c3a_k.jpgIMAG5610 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Now, I was very excited to find genuine Audioscape door pods and I had to have them. These were an aftermarket accessory for these Polos and not many people paid the price for them back in the day so they are quite scarce. I guess I’ll need to fit a stereo now. :D

 

39614081501_5e4d6836ef_k.jpgIMAG5794 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

These are just more photos of the car outside my house.

 

39614069831_9ffc4a9139_k.jpgIMAG5814-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39614069711_b1731f4398_k.jpgIMAG5816 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

That’s all the updates for tonight. I’ll start on the stereo next and tell you about the vandalism that befell my car. *Eastenders type drumroll sound*

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Elijah

Great pics and awesome car.

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mbusby993

Your paint colour is absolutely gorgeous, but now I have certain Wings song in my head. :aggressive:

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1vw2many

Lovely car I have a set of the same wheels in my shed. Yours look much better than mine. I may look into that headlight upgrade. Easy set up ? 

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dougstar21
3 hours ago, mbusby993 said:

Your paint colour is absolutely gorgeous, but now I have certain Wings song in my head. :aggressive:

 

Matt, I have no idea what song your on about but thanks for complimenting the paint. :D

 

16 minutes ago, 1vw2many said:

Lovely car I have a set of the same wheels in my shed. Yours look much better than mine. I may look into that headlight upgrade. Easy set up ? 

 

Thanks. Yeah the headlight upgrade took 10 minutes and only required a 10mm spanner. Definitely worth doing. I'll be uploading pictures of the wheels on the car in my next update that I'll try and do tonight. 

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6 hours ago, dougstar21 said:

Matt, I have no idea what song you're on about

"The long and winding road"?

 

Great pictures of a gorgeous trip. Went up the aptly named  Rest and be Thankful in a camper van with a brake caliper hanging on by only one bolt on the way to Lochgilpead, so this brought back happy memories

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22 hours ago, dvderlm said:

"The long and winding road"?

 

Great pictures of a gorgeous trip. Went up the aptly named  Rest and be Thankful in a camper van with a brake caliper hanging on by only one bolt on the way to Lochgilpead, so this brought back happy memories

 

I was thinking that song or possibly "Live and Let Die". :D

 

I love the west coast of Scotland and I recommend it to anyone looking to do a driving holiday. Or any type of holiday for that matter.

 

 

At this point it’s March 2017 and I had owned the car for two years. I wasn’t that bothered about having a stereo but there was the odd occasion where I would have liked a bit of music. So after looking at many, many reviews, I had decided on a stereo and some rear speakers.

 

27836389789_68a719bc86_k.jpgIMAG5855 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

The Kenwood KDC-BT73DAB checked all the boxes I needed. Bluetooth, DAB radio, front and rear USB, aux connection, CD player and a display that I can set to green in order to match the rest of the dash. The JBL GTO6429 speakers had good reviews and had a high RMS but most importantly they were 4x6” so they could fit into the speaker mounts in the parcel shelf supports. To fit them in the OEM position I used a die to cut a thread on the plain plastic pins and used some plastic nuts from eBay. This allowed me to fit them without any screws showing anywhere.

 

39614069481_777bc30fa6_k.jpgIMAG5856 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38717606845_76480ea95e_k.jpgIMAG5877 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

27836389499_10e347a6da_k.jpgIMAG5880 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39614069411_1e6c926fdc_k.jpgIMAG5881 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

After a trial fitment, I couldn’t get the headunit to turn on so I got to work with the multimeter. I had made my own loom to connect to the cars ISO plugs so that I wasn’t ruining the cars original harness so I thought I had maybe made an error there but it turns out I was getting no ignition feed.  After checking fuses and removing the trim below the glovebox to look for broken wires, I traced the fault to the ignition itself. It turns out that the ignition barrel is for a car that didn’t have a stereo and it was missing the pin. I was raging. Why would some numpty fit that switch? Morons. Anyway, a new ignition switch was promptly ordered.

 

26175538088_0cc670acf6_k.jpg2018-02-02_11-24-38 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

For those of you who are interested, if you’re wiring up the rear speakers, buy ten meters…

 

38905682374_0549357c5a_k.jpgIMAG5845 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

…because this is all you are left with:

 

39584542122_f82efcf132_k.jpgIMAG5945 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

Where I work isn’t in the most affluent area of Perth and you do get the usual undesirables walking the streets at night. After working late one night I get to my car at about 21:20. I’m tired and basically engage autopilot when I get in the car. I’m driving along and as I get to the first junction I check my mirrors. Where the f@ck is my mirror? I stop my car and find it hanging by the wires. Some animal has decided that my mirror shouldn’t be attached to my car and made a couple of attempts to get it off. Judging by the scuff on my door it looks like they’ve kicked it and it’s just folded in. This clearly wasn’t the desired effect so they went to it and pushed the mirrors down the way to snap it off. My anger was matched only by my smugness that my custom mounting job was so well done that the alloy bracket had snapped before the fixings had come out of the door.

 

38717602895_282e9024c8_k.jpgIMAG5951 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

27836387869_1feeb6cbb6_k.jpgIMAG5952 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38717602725_4dfdc49288_k.jpgIMAG5953 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

27836387639_625f5c4ba8_k.jpgIMAG5957 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

So this is the state it had to drive around in until I found a new mirror that a scrappy didn’t want £40 plus postage for.

 

39614072761_1a40861257_k.jpgIMAG5960 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39614068721_b0d2462329_k.jpgIMAG5961 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

These are just random pictures I take of the car after I park it up. You know, cause we all do it. If you don’t you’re driving the wrong car. #inspirationalfacebookquote

 

39614072521_4b5325e81a_z.jpgIMAG5963 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38717601505_8bb7d821b1_z.jpgIMAG5968 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39614072321_5378ae0cd4_z.jpgIMAG5985 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

38717601185_4f67627609_k.jpgIMAG6022 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

39614072031_80550130d6_k.jpgIMAG6023 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

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Christian6N

Oh man i love it when you island polodrivers are doing pics with the ocean or a great grand landscape in the background. I just love these pictures.

Even you scotish guys have the best backgrounds for such beautyful pics.

 

Hey Scott, that missing pin for the brown/red wire.

Is that real "ignition" on the mk3, so is there +12V on that pin when you turn the key to ignition, and when you turn it back to ignition off that 12V is gone?

I ask, cos on the next VW generation (i mean that switch in Golf mk3, T4, Polo 6N) that switch offers the same contact with the same wirecolour, but then it is called the "S-Contact".

It gives 12V to the radio and the buzzer for "open door while key sticks in ignitionlock buzzering" and provides 12V from the moment on you turn the key a bit to the right and takes the 12V back from the moment you pull out the key, so even when real "ignition" is already turned off.

So when i get into my polo and i push down the ignitionlock with my finger, that "S-Contact" already works and gives power to the radio.

What i wanted to say is just that that missing pin has nothing to do with "ignition", it is perfect made for conrol whether a key is in the ignitionlock or not.

Thats a big difference to "ignition", and that "S-Contact" is not fused i guess (in the 6N) and provides not realy loads of amperes, thats the reason people destroy their switches with too much current. And on the next generation changing that switch is not as easy as on the mk2/3.

 

cheers

 

Christian

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dougstar21

Hi Christian! Yeah, Scotland has some nice bit of land. That missing pin is what you describe as the S-contact. The new switch I got was advertised as one for a Seat Arosa so I assume it would be the same as a 6n item. I was aware it wasn't an ignition switch contact as such but it was easier just to say that than write out a long paragraph similar to what you have written above. It's also not fused on the 86c.  Changing the switch was still a pain because you have to remove the whole barrel from the column using a pullar. I'm not sure if the 6n is similar. 

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Hey,

 

On the 6N1 it is also not done within 10 minutes.

It works like that: http://www.vwpolo6n.de/christian/2013/05/15/austausch-zundanlassschalter/

 

The worst Thing is to get the lock housing from the steering column, thats right.

 

I just wanted to say that that S-Contact has nothing to do with ignition, thats he fault most people do.

 

Any now back to topic...... your car (beautyful btw).

 

cheers

 

Christian

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Yes, Christian. That's exactly the same way I had to do it. That's a good page you've made. 

 

Thanks for the kind words. 

 

Scott. 

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Now were at April 9th 2017 and Club Polo had a wee meet up at Stonehaven. As per usual, we met up, had some food, then went for a drive. We had a chat and decided to go up to Cairn O’ Mount. Cairn O’ Mount is a mountain peak but it is more famous for the road to and from it. As we would stop regularly it gave some of us a chance to get some speed up on the roads and allow the others to catch up. Major Kudos to Toby in the Freelander for his impressive road holding skills. :D

 

 

39614068601_d218f3955a_k.jpgIMAG6025-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38717600635_e4aad468f0_k.jpgIMAG6026 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

39614071241_19ab9598e1_k.jpgIMAG6027 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

39614071111_e1ecae5a51_k.jpgIMAG6028 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

39614070991_1d1f25e9d1_k.jpgIMAG6029 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

39614070861_a242c7d2b4_k.jpgIMAG6030 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38717597885_d01d40aefa_k.jpgIMAG6034-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

39614070231_29118e8f96_k.jpgIMAG6036 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836420929_7ea9ceaf8b_k.jpgIMAG6040 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836420479_6e05178d7a_k.jpgIMAG6041 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836420219_cf89812b17_k.jpgIMAG6043 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

39614113711_aa24da1601_k.jpgIMAG6044 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836419829_d4a23823b8_k.jpgIMAG6046 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38905698284_cc73f0eae4_k.jpgIMAG6047-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Now we have arrived at Banchory. After a good blast to clear the cobwebs we like to catch up again and say our goodbyes before going our separate ways. It’s also a good chance to grab some pictures.

 

 

27836419429_09d2dde797_k.jpgIMAG6049 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38717623295_31ce7f2eb6_k.jpgIMAG6050-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836419189_0da06d97b0_k.jpgIMAG6051 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836419049_cf260a65df_k.jpgIMAG6052 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38905698114_a69a597a71_k.jpgIMAG6053-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836418749_22160d9d75_k.jpgIMAG6054 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836418629_ee78e8078c_k.jpgIMAG6055 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836418509_4667a07bed_k.jpgIMAG6056 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836418399_651f3b1783_k.jpgIMAG6057 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836418329_e8274271f2_k.jpgIMAG6058 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836418209_7b27eb5b7e_k.jpgIMAG6059 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38905697674_36c37421ae_k.jpgIMAG6060-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

After Banchory, Ross Keir (13KpoloGT) and I decided to take the slightly more scenic (and fun) run through Glen Shee. It’s probably my favourite road. It was such an amazing drive that Ross and I had with neither of us holding back and I was very impressed with how the wee Polo fared against the modern Golf.

 

 

27836417879_fc62a98295_k.jpgIMAG6061 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38905697584_1a755e4cff_k.jpgIMAG6062-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836417579_5fe38a5936_k.jpgIMAG6063 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

39614109521_5206606496_k.jpgIMAG6064 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836417639_852b49871a_k.jpgIMAG6065 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38717629845_beb9b0a0d1_k.jpgIMAG6066 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38717622625_b654330534_k.jpgIMAG6067-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

And to finish this update, just a couple of photos outside my friend’s house. Thanks for reading.

 

 

38905697444_d3f45851a1_k.jpgIMAG6149-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38717622465_46af222854_k.jpgIMAG6150-01 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

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Now it comes time to fit my new wheels. Here are a couple of shots of the BBS RA’s first. I was happy with the 20mm spacers and I had sold the 25mm ones so I was hoping they would work with my new wheels.

 

 

27836415819_78151f2bcb_k.jpgIMAG6254 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38717628855_40c1acd021_k.jpgIMAG6251 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38717628165_146ca70136_k.jpgIMAG6259 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Now it’s time for the Hockenheim’s. I chose Yokohama A539’s in 175/60R13. Back in the day, I used to run these on 175/50R13 and they were a decent all rounder so I chose the 60 profile in order to give me more comfort. Also, with the trim height the 50’s would look a bit lost in the arches.

 

 

27836415269_4487316801_k.jpgIMAG6285 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836415079_4b00440916_k.jpgIMAG6287 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Now, before I could fit the centre caps, I needed to find some retaining rings but I was having a bit of trouble finding any. Somebody suggested using a wire coat hanger to make my own. Clever idea I though. So off to Tesco’s I went. It seems wire coat hangers are no longer in fashion.

 

 

27836414849_17ba5cc105_k.jpgIMAG6292 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

However, after a rake around the place, I found a whisk that looked like it would do the job. And it did.

 

 

27836414629_84defbe30f_k.jpgIMAG6298 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

I had cut up the whisk so that I was just left with the metal wire.

 

 

38717626565_700f324e7b_k.jpgIMAG6300 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

I then attached them using vice grips to an implement of suitable size.

 

 

39614104911_c65ffc0574_k.jpgIMAG6301 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Then wrapped it round a few times…

 

 

38717622155_f0666558fa_k.jpgIMAG6302 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

And voilà, we have the completed article.

 

 

39614105231_66728dbd55_k.jpgIMAG6299 (1) by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

So now I had a dilemma. I like it both with and without the centre caps.

 

 

40074741011_562efef049_k.jpg2018-02-04_09-38-37 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

In the end I decided just to run it with the centre caps seeing as I put some effort into the caps. I also changed the rear tail lights to the late spec with the LHD N/S unit, both with the internal orange lenses removed and it seems to work well.

 

 

39614102461_f95cbeb289_k.jpgIMAG6373 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Another wee job on the go was repairing the snapped cable in the driver’s seat that stopped it from tilting forwards. I don’t have a picture of it finished but I replaced it with some copper wire until I can find a cable the correct length.

 

 

39614102241_5f93276505_k.jpgIMAG6483 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

39614102351_27e45bd6f2_k.jpgIMAG6482 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

One of the students in my full time class bought me a very thoughtful wee gift at the end of the year.

 

 

 

 

27836407759_27610a6ed2_k.jpgIMAG6515 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

I had noticed the bushes in the TCA’s starting to deform so I thought I’d better replace them. Initially I thought about G40 items with the rose bushes but I decided on Powerflex bushes to give some compliance as I felt the front end would be too stiff with no movement between the rose bushes and the ARB blocks.

 

39614100951_9503d2eee7_k.jpgIMAG6516 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

When they arrived I noticed that the outer bushes centre pin was longer than the length of the bush. This meant that either the bush wouldn’t be under compression or there would be a gap in between them inside the TCA. I emailed Powerflex and awaited a reply before fitting them.

 

39614100391_9fa76345ba_k.jpgIMAG6521 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

38717623455_e8cf2c5b7c_k.jpgIMAG6522 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Next on the camera roll was a couple of interior pics. I don’t know why. Maybe I had just cleaned it or put the cushions in again or something.

 

 

27836437789_3d4346ff9b_k.jpgIMAG6527 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836437489_8429cf111d_k.jpgIMAG6528 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Next up was something frustrating. I had parked in the NCP Car Park in Debenhams Dundee and on the way in I had noticed some guys in high-vis gear and helmets wandering around but I didn’t take much notice as it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary these days. The next time I was washing the car I saw these white spots all over the car and I had just realised they were painters and they had splashed paint all over the car. I had to spend a morning with paraffin on a rag to remove the paint splash. It was everywhere.

 

 

27836437089_83f5f0b3f1_k.jpgIMAG6619 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

25742837528_7f0648f6d1_k.jpgIMAG6620 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836436949_9c31a9b0bc_k.jpgIMAG6621 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

24745938697_682d5aa4ef_k.jpgIMAG6622 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

25742837358_0e875be473_k.jpgIMAG6623 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Next up are some shots of the car.

 

 

25742837118_85b7d20df4_k.jpgIMAG6642 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836436639_6cf9a109c6_k.jpgIMAG6643 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Now we’re on to June 26th 2017. Just a few days away from the Polo Show so I decide to get my finger out and install my Audioscape door pods so that I could have some decent volume for the five and a half hour journey.

 

 

38905712174_55a250cb0e_k.jpgIMAG6648 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

25742836288_318fc4d65b_k.jpgIMAG6651 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

I think they look fantastic if I don’t say so myself. I used a nylon flexible sleeve over the wires to help them blend in with the rest of the interior.

 

 

27836435919_c6c288ebdf_k.jpgIMAG6653 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

I also bought a new mirror and had that painted so that I could fit it before the Polo Show.

 

 

27836437469_8c065e7971_k.jpgIMAG6532 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836436229_56790e1fba_k.jpgIMAG6650 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Much better.

 

 

25742835888_75967ebf92_k.jpgIMAG6655 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

Now after a wash, it was time to get polishing. The polishing turned into a nightmare because the pad had picked up dirt and scratched nearly every panel. It had to be lent in work overnight so that I could come in the next day and give it a rub down with 2000 sandpaper and polish it again.

 

 

25742835618_3f5d026857_k.jpgIMAG6657 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

24745938787_b56852f7fa_k.jpgIMAG6660 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836435359_0f02eabc93_k.jpgIMAG6663 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

25742834748_bcf1a7ed96_k.jpgIMAG6664 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

27836435069_fafc5d5e8b_k.jpgIMAG6668 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

I finally managed to get it home and give the interior a good clean.

 

 

27836434889_5909021cb8_k.jpgIMAG6680 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

I was up pretty late giving the car a good clean for the journey south. All worth it in the end though. Next update will be pictures from the Polo Show.

 

 

38905711584_dbc43a1603_k.jpgIMAG6681 by Scott McDougall, on Flickr

 

 

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mk2 polo power

AWESOME thread :)

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On 03/02/2018 at 12:06, Christian6N said:

Oh man i love it when you island polodrivers are doing pics with the ocean or a great grand landscape in the background. I just love these pictures.

Even you scotish guys have the best backgrounds for such beautyful pics.

 

Hey Scott, that missing pin for the brown/red wire.

Is that real "ignition" on the mk3, so is there +12V on that pin when you turn the key to ignition, and when you turn it back to ignition off that 12V is gone?

I ask, cos on the next VW generation (i mean that switch in Golf mk3, T4, Polo 6N) that switch offers the same contact with the same wirecolour, but then it is called the "S-Contact".

It gives 12V to the radio and the buzzer for "open door while key sticks in ignitionlock buzzering" and provides 12V from the moment on you turn the key a bit to the right and takes the 12V back from the moment you pull out the key, so even when real "ignition" is already turned off.

So when i get into my polo and i push down the ignitionlock with my finger, that "S-Contact" already works and gives power to the radio.

What i wanted to say is just that that missing pin has nothing to do with "ignition", it is perfect made for conrol whether a key is in the ignitionlock or not.

Thats a big difference to "ignition", and that "S-Contact" is not fused i guess (in the 6N) and provides not realy loads of amperes, thats the reason people destroy their switches with too much current. And on the next generation changing that switch is not as easy as on the mk2/3.

  

cheers

 

Christian

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That's how my radio came on.  It only powers on when there is a key in the ignition, but the ignition does not have to be on.  Mine is a 93 2f, and I've not seen it in an earlier car.

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