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Retrospoke

88 Coupe S , Fast Road, Restoration

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Retrospoke

Hey people, 

Here's my new project :1988  MK2 Polo Coupe S 

I've been kindly given the car from my house mate who recently had taken the car off the road due to a few issues.

- fuel tank leaks over half full ( new tank from vw heritage sitting here now)

- leaking radiator/ expansion tank ( new rad arrived last week )

-CV joint nearly exploded (replaced at the garage last week)

 

Lots of plans for the next few months it's got a fair bit of rust so that needs addressing before winter.

 

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heyholly__

My Coupe has the same problem with the leaking fuel tank, nightmare! Hoping to get it fixed though soon! 

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Retrospoke

It's a expensive problem a leaky tank!

I'm striping the car for a good clean/ treating any rust along the way

radiator out today,

decided to do the heater matrix / thermostat at the same time due rusty mess I've found so far, so ordering those tonight.

Poped the expansion tank in the sink for a soak then got destraction by the air filter lid!

Grinder time! 

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After I made it bare metal, treated it we it with some k rust, a few times washing off with warm water/sand paper 

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Got a few coats if etch primer on, going to spray it bronze as I have a odd can left over

Spent rest of evening cleaning engine bay, not. Showing it yet , it's still filthy!

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steveo3002

you know photobucket pics no longer work ?

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MartinB

Would like to see pics of this - suggest changing image hosting providers. IMGUR works for me and is pretty simple to use :)

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MartinB

Just managed to click on the links and take a look. I like it a lot and it's original as well!

 

I took a look at the MOT history online as well and there's previously been no mention of corrosion or rust, so I think whatever rust you can see must be surface only, which is lucky! The MOT has only just expired (May) so i'd be half tempted to pop in for a test and see what it fails on and that would be a good starter for 10. 

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Cymro

Have sent Retrospoke a Pm, hopefully he will be able to sort out the issue and use something other than Photofuckit.

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Retrospoke

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Above photo's are before I started .

Then I started on the air filter casing

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Bare metal

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Treatment ( the Rusty water below is what came out the radiator!)

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Finished!

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Damm photobucket I will take my images elswhere!

 

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Retrospoke

So the rads out, now I'm focusing on rust patches + cleaning everything!

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Bonnet needs some work

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Radiator housing is in a bad shape so I'm going to try and save it with some phosphoric acid.

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Elijah

Great project I had an f plate coupe s cracking motor.  Keep up the good work.

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Retrospoke

Traced the coolant leak to a warped and cracked thermostat housing, 

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New parts:

Thermostat housing + elbow,

Thermostat / O rings 

Rocker cover gaskets

Engine earth leads X2

 

Carried out a coolant flush, as the Haynes manual stated using hose to reverse flush the system, 

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MartinB

Liking the work so far. Where did you get the earth straps from?

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Retrospoke

So I painted up the radiator fan housing, fitted the new thermostat/ housing , cleaned the air filter box, then poured in some coolant , then fired it up , bled out the air from the system, then waited for fan to kick in.

The tappets seem a little noisy , but it idled ok after a minute,  I've noticed the carb wobbles abit so I might need a new rubber gasket for the base as I suspect it has a air leak. But overall I'm happy I'm making progress as it's not leaking coolant anymore!

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Ok next problem.......

My suspension top mounts on the front are extremely worn! 

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On the passenger side it's actually dented the bonnet!

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It's covered 178k in its lifetime so let's hope they have been replaced at some point!

New bits:

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Top mounts and rubber boots , ( Febi- bilsten) for front end 

80 / 60 mm lowering springs ( which only cost giving my mate and his mum a lift to Stansted airport at 6am.... he used to have a bready)

The car doesn't seem to bounce around to much so I'm hoping the original shocks will do for now, famous last words?

 

Next week I'm getting the new fuel tank powder coated,  

Rocker cover is also coming off for heat powdercoat 

Going to order:

90 amp alternator as I hear you can fit a one from golf/Passat 

Front ARB blocks 

New fuel lines, filter, 

Rubber Carb gasket

Spark plugs, dizzy cap + rotor arm 

Strut braces 

Underbody protection / paint for when I do suspension / fuel tank area

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