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Polo 9N3 TDI 130 Sport - "Little 6"


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Here's my 9n3 looking standard, I can't find any photos of the interior looking standard, though if I find any, I shall definitely share them as that's where my mods have started :)

 

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Here's my 9n3 looking standard, I can't find any photos of the interior looking standard, though if I find any, I shall definitely share them as that's where my mods have started :)  

Alloy Refurb - October 2016   I had some very corroded alloy wheels, they had been since I bought it. The paint was peeling off quite badly and there were many bubbles in the paintwork where

Aftermarket Armrest & Life Hammer   Decided that I wanted an armrest, so bought an aftermarket one & did some carbon fibre vinyl wrap on it to match the stripes on the seats. I al

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Alloy Refurb - October 2016

 

I had some very corroded alloy wheels, they had been since I bought it. The paint was peeling off quite badly and there were many bubbles in the paintwork where it was still there.

 

It took about a year and a half of reinflating them at least once a week until I found time to get them in for a full refurb.

 

They were sand-blasted and powder coated in metallic silver, similar to their original colour, but with extra glitter!

 

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After:

 

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They certainly stand out! 

 

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Aftermarket Armrest & Life Hammer

 

Decided that I wanted an armrest, so bought an aftermarket one & did some carbon fibre vinyl wrap on it to match the stripes on the seats. I also decided to use the armrest as a central position in the car to put a lifehammer - you never know when you might need one!

 

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Custom Car Mats - August 2016

 

Decided to get some custom car mats over the summer in 2016: They've got a carbon fibre effect piping around the outside. I love them, but they are very difficult to keep clean!

 

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Heater Controls

 

A quick and easy mod for my car - I've always wanted round heater controls, & now I finally did it...

 

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Purple Centre Console

The latest mod I'm working on is getting some purple in the interior - you might not like it, but I coudln't resist and decided just to go for it! Getting everything installed this week. Here are just a few photos of the bits in progress...

 

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Today I have swapped out all the black parts for the purple ones - just the gear gaitor left to change :D Also need to match up the OS door card to the NS, but that's a job for another quiet warm weekend... Not sure whether to leave the dash as it is, I think it'd be too much purple doing that as well... I'll have a think!

 

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Starting to take shape, lovely looking polo, nice that we're seeing more and more girls into cars and showing us what they can do. We love projects here, great way to keep progress of what you do and a memory. Can always appreciate when people work on their own cars adding there style to it! Keep up the great work.

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10 hours ago, Dean said:

Starting to take shape, lovely looking polo, nice that we're seeing more and more girls into cars and showing us what they can do. We love projects here, great way to keep progress of what you do and a memory. Can always appreciate when people work on their own cars adding there style to it! Keep up the great work.

 

Thanks Dean, I've always been into cars from quite an early age, but this is the first car I've been brave enough to fiddle with. I've got quite a list of things to do with the car, this is only early stages yet!

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Finally changed my gear gaitor in my car to match the handbrake cover. I couldn't rescue the lining that was underneath the original gaitor, it was pretty badly torn up. But did us a 9mm hose clip screwed into place to secure the new gear knob.

 

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I had to get some help with this one because I didn't have a strong enough stapler to restaple the new gaitor, so with the help of my Mum we ended up sowing through the existing holes in the plastic and securing the gaitor that way! The plastic trim the gaitor is secured to is very brittle (probably due to being 10/11 y/o).

 

Here's the before and and after, I do really like the carbon fibre effect, the fabric is quite stiff, and I'm sure there is too much fabric, but I think it looks great!

 

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Also yesterday, because the wing mirror glass' heating elements were no longer working I swapped them out for new ones (which get nice and toasty, fantastic!). Thank you to CP & the discount with Euro Car Parts for these ones!

 

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Just a small touch to match all this purple. This makes for a very subtle colour change, but it's just right.

 

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I have been tackling scratches on my Polo today. I have had a few on there for quite some time, and today was the day to remove some of them. The scratch on the front nearside door continued onto the rear door and split into two long scratches, they were about a foot long (forgot to get a before photo). It took quite a lot of effort to get the scratches out, but got there in the end & now the car is looking great on those panels.

 

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I also did the FNS wing and removed quite a few scratches from there (not sure where they have come from). It started to rain before I could get the front door scratches out, and I have spotted some on my front bumper on the NS and OS. Looking forward to the next dry day to get the rest off. 

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Today's hangover job is painting the interior trim and doing a proper returb ready for some new door card fabric and the like. Will get the whole car done soon. soon . It's looking so much better already I think... One more coat to go!

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Also got a couple of 12v sockets wired yesterday under the dash by a friend for a couple of dash cams, one cam is already plugged in and works a treat!

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Picked up my fabric to reupholster the door cards and cover my parcel shelf. I thought I'd start with the parcel shelf to get some practice in before attempting the door cards (which I'm doing tomorrow)... It's not perfect, but it'll do.

 

Here's a before, after, and the shelf in place:

 

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Fitted some new AP coilovers last night, the difference is subtle, but it looks better already. Will go a bit lower in a few weeks, after I get this grinding noise looked at: 

 

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So I have a week off this week, got a lot I want to do the car while I'm off... Starting with these, my steering wheel inserts are going purple before the end of the week! Here they are with their trusty carbon fibre vinyl stickers from 2 years ago! These are really simple to remove, just get a screwdriver behind it & push one end, then grab it and use force to pull it away!

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