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My late model MK2 Polo Country Breadvan - Rescued from the Isle of Skye

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stevenvw

Hi Everyone

I've had my fair share of Polo's over the years, starting with a MK2 breadvan when I passed my test back in 2002. After scrapping my 6n2 in 2016, I had been itching to get another classic.

Whilst visiting the Isle of Skye for a week back in July 2016, I spotted this late model MK2 Polo Country lying at the end of someones driveway. I had a snoop around, and despite looking a tad unloved, it was clean and only had 39k miles showing.
 

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I put a note through the door asking if it was for sale, and heard nothing for the remainder of my time there. I went home, slightly deflated and expecting never to see it again.

In November 2016, I received a call from the owner asking if I was still interested. The owner told me it had been her mothers car, which she had bought brand new in 1990. When her mother gave up driving, it passed to her in 2006. It has a fully stamped service book, original keys, dealer plates, tax disc holder etc. Unfortunately I had just spent all my spare funds buying a MK1 Golf Cabriolet, so I very reluctantly had to pass up on it. In 2017 I found myself with some spare money, but I had lost the owners number. I made some attempts at reaching out to them via local Facebook groups, but this was unsuccessful. I even had a friend who was passing the area attempt to make contact, but the Polo was nowhere to be seen.

Fast forward two years to November 2018, by which point the dream had long been buried. The owner contacted me again out the blue, asking if I would still be interested. Of course I jumped at the chance, and after several phone calls arranging the logistics, I collected it on the 8th of December 2018 on the back of my brother-in-law's pick up.

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After a 5 hour - 160 mile drive over some of Scotlands nicest roads, we arrived back in Ayrshire where the Polo was put into the garage for some light restoration work.

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Over December and January we got the car running. It didn't need much, a new battery, a light service (filters, plugs, belts etc), some fresh fuel and away it went. The exhaust was beyond repair though so a replacement was sourced and fitted.

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In early February we took it a drive around some farm roads to get it up to temperature. This gave us a chance to iron out a few idling issues caused by the automatic choke. With that sorted and it now running perfectly, we presented it for MOT on 16th February. It passed!

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In celebration, I obtained a replacement Country/Parade interior from a guy around 70 miles away. I had been on the lookout for one ever since I knew I was buying the car, so I think finding a decent original interior in less than 4 months is an achievement, considering there are less than 100 left of this model on the road (www.howmanyleft.co.uk).

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I gave the car a good wash, which I think was the first time it has seen a sponge in at least 5 years. The photos make it look a lot better than it actually is if I am honest. I plan on getting it resprayed soon, so I've put some MK2F trims on it just to tidy it up a little for now. I do have the original ones which I will fit later.

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In a few months time I am having it fully resprayed. This will give me some time to source some replacement trim parts that are a bit tired, as well as new "Country" decals.

In the meantime, I plan on installing some new speakers (it still has the original Panasonic cassette deck) and really just enjoy it along with my MK1 Golf Cabby.

I'll update this thread with any progress as I go. If anyone has instagram, I post on there regularly (@stevenvw.co.uk) or on my website at www.stevenvw.co.uk.

Happy to hear any comments or suggestions 🙂

Steven

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MartinB

Great story! Now following you on insta 😀

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DougH383

Great story, and great to see another Country (H) plate just like mine !! I am having some issues with the Auto Choke Carb, and not sure what avenue to take, a full rebuild or do something different. Take my hat off to you for working out in the garage in December/Jan, far too cold for me even though I live on the South Coast. 

 

Are you re-spraying to original colour? Interested to see which colour paint you choose as I have read and read the paints again and again , but there seems to be two different shades ! I dont have instagram but will pop along to your website.... Good luck...

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Jim1500

Class sir, I've a wee country too, managed to get mint front seats for mine a while back. WRT the rear decal, sounds childish but put a page over it and then rub over the page with a pencil to get an exact copy on paper. Most decent sticker places should be able to make it up :D

 

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On ‎20‎/‎02‎/‎2019 at 21:24, DougH383 said:

Great story, and great to see another Country (H) plate just like mine !! I am having some issues with the Auto Choke Carb, and not sure what avenue to take, a full rebuild or do something different. Take my hat off to you for working out in the garage in December/Jan, far too cold for me even though I live on the South Coast. 

 

Mine had issues too for years, luckily managed to get a few bits of a 30k car including the carb, made a world or difference!!

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DougH383

Managed to purchase a new old stock Weber 32TLA Auto Choke. Paid enough to support a 3rd world country for 6 months, but it looks perfect and unmolested. Just need to fit it now, also purchased a new manifold flange adapter so will see how that lot works when done.... may even get to do it in a short while now.

 

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stevenvw

Tidied up the interior over the weekend. Fitted a replacement glovebox and the new rear bench (I had fitted the replacement front seats already). Gave it a good scrub as well.

It's not perfect, but a lot better than it was.

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PHIL SWARBRICK

It's great to see a stock Mk2 in such good condition and the number of MK2s generally still on the road. Keep up the good work.

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Jim1500

Looks great, those grey carpets are a nightmare to keep clean!

Really suit the mk3 caps too, I'd them on mine for a good while too 

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stevenvw
On 04/04/2019 at 21:47, PHIL SWARBRICK said:

It's great to see a stock Mk2 in such good condition and the number of MK2s generally still on the road. Keep up the good work.


Thanks Phil. I plan on keeping it stock (or as close to it as possible).

 

7 hours ago, Jim1500 said:

Looks great, those grey carpets are a nightmare to keep clean!

Really suit the mk3 caps too, I'd them on mine for a good while too


Thanks Jim. I'm with you on the carpets! My first MK2 Polo back in 2002 was exactly the same.
I like the MK3 caps, but I do have an original set there which I will fit after it's had a respray

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stevenvw

I mentioned earlier that I had ordered a new "Country" decal for the back. This has now arrived from the guys at DMB Graphics (www.dmb.uk.com) and is a perfect copy. Hopefully get it in for a respray soon... :)

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Jim1500

excellent, I think heritage still have the rear polo badges new

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stevenvw
On 06/04/2019 at 22:23, Jim1500 said:

excellent, I think heritage still have the rear polo badges new


I ordered a replacement set from eBay. A guy in Greece that supplies old stock OEM stuff. Should hopefully have them here soon.

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prankstar2003

Make sure the badges are right as they can vary between models and even model years (for Saloons anyway)

 

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stevenvw

Picked up this replacement tailgate from a guy in Walsall (I was down south picking up a motorbike with a friend). The holes for the wiring and rear washer pipes on the original one are rotten 😮 There's a slight difference in the location of the holes with it being from an earlier model year, but it's just a case of routing the wires to suit.

 

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kwijibo_coupe

Great story. I remember getting sent a few pictures of this car when it was nose first in a hedge up in Skye. Fantastic to see it was rescued and is now being used.

Be sure to try and come along the next time we have a Scottish meet.

 

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stevenvw
2 hours ago, kwijibo_coupe said:

Great story. I remember getting sent a few pictures of this car when it was nose first in a hedge up in Skye. Fantastic to see it was rescued and is now being used.

Be sure to try and come along the next time we have a Scottish meet.

 


Thanks. It was still in the hedge when I found it. Had been there some time apparently.

I'll try to get along to a meet at some point in the near future

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