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TOPIC DESCRIPTION: Hey there polo enthusiasts, I'm Jonny and I am now the proud owner of a 1986 breadvan called Lesley! The only catch is that I've only just turned 16 so I can't drive her for another year but the aim is to get it looking and driving respectably by the time I can drive.

Model: 1986 polo c breadvan (86c)

Engine: 1.0l bog standard

Suspension: Standard

Brakes: Standard (very spongy!)

Wheels and Tyres: Standard steelies and a set of mk2 golf steelies

Exterior Styling: Oem roofrack which was an option on the car back in the 80s

Interior Styling: Imaculate Standard interior

ICE and Security: Very little of either apart from the oem tape deck and speakers

Comments: It has 80000 miles on the clock and 3 previous owners (not bad for a 29 year old car). The engine is pretty good on the whole (apart from 2 breakdowns on the way down from Bristol to Falmouth but this turned out to be a loose ignition chord so all is well now) however the body needs some work, love and attention to get her to what I want it to be. Anyway here are some pictures of her:

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First I gave her a very good clean to see what I was working with

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Next I took off the font bumper the grill and I used back to black to restore the plastics

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Then I removed the bump strips

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Finally I bought a set of mk2 golf steel wheels for £40 off eBay

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The boot on breadvans are huge!

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I'm not sure if I'm actually going to put the golf wheels on the car or refurbish them then sell them on?

Let me know what you think and what you think I should do to the car.

Thanks for reading

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wizardmanjm

Welcome jonny, car looks tidy and you have made a decent start already, also think the golf wheels will suit it well

You should get your dad or someone to drive it around a little bit leading up towards you passing your test to eliminate any faults as you have a good whole year to build a reliable mk2 and also it can keep the battery charged up nicely lol

I would bleed the brakes which is pretty easy, cold follow a few guides on YouTube or something

Looking forward to seeing more

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Jddubs

Thanks very much

The car is technically not fully off the road and it has tax and mot till July next year so I think my parents will get insured on it so we can go to private roads so I can practice driving it. I also have a trickle charger so the battery should remain charged (hopefully).

Ok that's a useful tip, I'm also considering getting some mk1 golf gti front breaks as they're meant to be a bit less spongy but I'll see if they fit my budget

Thanks

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steveo3002

spongey will be badly ajusted rears or old fluid , while the brakes are poor on a good one of these the pedal should be firm and solid

gti brakes will just give you vented discs

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Jddubs

Ok the pedal is firm, do you suggest just keeping the stock breaks?

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wizardmanjm

I think after a bleed with new fluid and good pads that stock brakes are fine, you just need to press them more than most cars as they haven't got the best feel

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steveo3002

parts for the brakes are cheap , id suggest a good check over front and rear and replace anything thats even a bit worn , then new fluid

it will never ever feel like a modern car as it doesnt have a servo , but should be safe enough with them in good working order

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Jddubs

Ok good stuff thanks guys

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kwijibo_coupe

Looks like a nice clean base to start with. Nice to see younger guys are still into the older Polos.

I look forward to seeing more of this :)

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Jddubs

Yeah new cars are too predictable for my liking haha

Thanks

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So not a lot to update since I'm now back at school, but I gave the old girl a polish to see what the paint was like underneath and on the whole it shines up pretty nicely

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Apart from the bonnet where something odd has happened to the clear coat so that needs a respray

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I also started on the body work with some filling, sanding and priming

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I also started sanding the air filter cover for painting but I actually quite liked it with just the writing unrusted and silver

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I'm not sure yet though so let me know what you think

Finally I found a mint condition instruction manual

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And some Wolfsburg stickers

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I appreciate that they're probably not everyone's cup of tea but I like them

Anyway that's all for now

Thanks

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Sorry here's the picture of the air filter cover

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prankstar2003

Best to take the air filter off before sanding it, keep the dust from the induction.

Well done for having a go yourself. Spend a little time on your prep and get it right before putting the top coat on.

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Jddubs

Don't worry I did, that's just when I put back on

Thanks mate! I did the first couple of coats of base coat today so I'll try and take some pictures very soon

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wizardmanjm

Be good to see the pics when you upload...

I had a a nightmare with filling, I couldnt get it perfectly flat no matter what and could only tell it wasn't flat after spraying so I had to keep sanding it back lol got there in the end and left some more to the professionals such as pin dents and what not.

If that was rust i hope you went back to clean bare metal and zinc primed etc, I Thought I did till i realised what people meant by "bare" metal, so i had to take it all back and start again, a wire wool brush is okay to do it but I used a wire wheel. Both sides of the car were sprayed and I have ruined an arch paint by rolling it up a bit and it cracked a bit under the front drivers side arch although unless your head is in the wheel arch you cant see it

Also what filler did you use? that stuff looks pretty dark to the one I used...was it very easy to sand?

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Jddubs

Be good to see the pics when you upload...

I had a a nightmare with filling, I couldnt get it perfectly flat no matter what and could only tell it wasn't flat after spraying so I had to keep sanding it back lol got there in the end and left some more to the professionals such as pin dents and what not.

If that was rust i hope you went back to clean bare metal and zinc primed etc, I Thought I did till i realised what people meant by "bare" metal, so i had to take it all back and start again, a wire wool brush is okay to do it but I used a wire wheel. Both sides of the car were sprayed and I have ruined an arch paint by rolling it up a bit and it cracked a bit under the front drivers side arch although unless your head is in the wheel arch you cant see it

Also what filler did you use? that stuff looks pretty dark to the one I used...was it very easy to sand?

That does sound like a nightmare! Nah with mine the previous owner must have had a small accident which caused the plastic on the arch to crack and some flaked off.

I used plastic bumper filler because the panel is plastic (I forget the name but I'll get back to you on that) and its seemed to have payed off. It was fairly easy to sand actually, I just used some 120 grit to get the shape and 240 then 800 to get it all smooth and lovely

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JoelMoore

Welcome! good to see another fellow teenage polo owner :smile:

how did you remove the bump strips?

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prankstar2003

Get a card under the edge and just pull. It will come. Then get a toffee wheel on a drill and work the glue off. Careful not to burn the paint

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Jddubs

Yeah mate what he said,

although I was a bit more just yank the things off and worry about the excess glue later haha

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Jddubs

Also some fairly irrelevant goodies arrived in the post today

I managed to bag a mk2 crew lanyard

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And this old school RAC badge for the front grill in blue which I think should look pretty mad

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Jddubs

I have a little bit to update
I did the base and clear coat on my arch. These awful pictures don't really do it justice but it came out pretty nice

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Also tried on the golf steelies while I painted the back two wheels and the spare
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I really like them but for them to really work I feel it needs lower profile tires and lowered a bit haha
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Filler primer
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Base
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Clear
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That's about all for now,
Thanks

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Jddubs

Sorry I don't know what's going on with my photobucket at the moment, is anyone else having problems?

I'll try my best to sort it out

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kwijibo_coupe

I have just tried to edit your thread and put the pictures in but doesn't seem to be working for me either :(

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prankstar2003

Looks ok now.

Smart job on the wheels and arches. Are they 14? 185/50, 175/50 or 195/50 are all good profiles of you don't want balloons

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Jddubs

It seems to have fixed itsself

yeah they're 14s, ok that's useful thanks

How much roughly are tires because I don't have a huge budget?

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