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1983 coupe build thread.


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Polocoupe8

Hi guys New member here!

 

Thought I'd start a build thread for my mk2 coupe.

 

I originally bought this car when I was 16, i got it up to a driveable standard and used it for 6 months or so after I passed my test, I then sold it on and regretted it ever since! 

 

After many years (almost 11) I finally saw it up for sale so I bought it back and after a very eventful trip home (and a debut on traffic cops) I started stripping it down for rebuild.

 

Firstly I started on the engine, I tried turning it over by hand and it was having none of it so I pulled the head and was greeted by this very unfortunate sight 

 

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So I cleaned it all out and started honing the cylinders only to find this 

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Forgot to add a pic of the complete car (in pieces)    More info to come when I get the replacement engine and rotisserie to make the underneath prep/welding much easier! 

That older silver is a bit darker than newer silvers, but fresh paint and the right wheels etc will brighten it up :)

Yeah it is quite awkward to get in with the grinder at certain angles, I saw the complete battery tray but decided not to bother for that price! There should be a hole in the plate I've put in next to

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So while I pondered engine solutions, i thought I'd tackle some of the rust issues. 

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Forgot to add a pic of the complete car (in pieces) 

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More info to come when I get the replacement engine and rotisserie to make the underneath prep/welding much easier! 

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Jim1500

Great work. Keep the pics coming!

 

What are your plans for colour etc? I know it's likely a long way off but you need motivation 🙂

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2 hours ago, Jim1500 said:

Great work. Keep the pics coming!

 

What are your plans for colour etc? I know it's likely a long way off but you need motivation 🙂

Thanks! Will do 😀 Well I'm not sure really, when I first got it I was adamant I was going to keep it standard but since I couldn't find an engine identical I've decided to go all out! I'm torn between the original silver, black or I've seen a mk1 golf on Facebook that's like an off white/cream Which I really like but it'll be a bitch to keep clean! More thinking needs to be done really, when the shell is all clean, solid and prepped I'll make a decision then. 

 

Any opinions on colour? 

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Rear window corner was rotten, just wants a bit of cleaning up once I get a die grinder.

 

One of the more fiddly bits! 

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Personally I think best to stick with stock or else an original colour, but depends on how much you're going to modify the body etc.

Indian red always a favourite colour of mine and very rare on a mk2. There;s a lovely metallic blue they used on the early cars too

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I need to have a think about it, apparently according to vw paint codes Indian red wasn't a colour when mine was built? But at least I've found a chart with the available colours at the time! 

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Cool! Yeah it would have been used on later cars, but was also used in the 1970s too on Beetles and Karmann Ghias afaik.

If you're planning on keeping for a long time pick something you really like, if you think you'll maybe sell at some point try and stay on the more conservative side to leave it to more peoples taste (if that makes sense).

Coupes are one of those cars that look great in any colour :)  have a good search through google images and see what you like :D a colour change will be a lot more work to get right

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Fair enough! I'm going to keep it forever 😂 as I said it was my first car and took me 11 years to get it back! I'm glad you said that because I never thought about it being a lot more work to change the colour, the reason I was debating a colour change is because it looks so dull in the silver at the minute, but I'm guessing that's because it's 37 years old and the old girl hasn't seen much polish in that time! Could go for a slightly different silver which I suppose wouldn't be more work but then it's not an original colour. 

 

I don't know, would have to have a word with a few paint shops and see what their opinion is! 

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That older silver is a bit darker than newer silvers, but fresh paint and the right wheels etc will brighten it up :)

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Little bit of an update (Just a bit more metalwork) 

 

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hasn't been cleaned up yet as I've got a couple more bits to go in before work tomorrow, managed to retain the shape of the battery tray so far! 

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Great job, awkward enough repair that. There is a panel available but with vat and post was going to end up at over £80 for mine

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Yeah it is quite awkward to get in with the grinder at certain angles, I saw the complete battery tray but decided not to bother for that price! There should be a hole in the plate I've put in next to the battery clamp that goes through to the inner wing via the inside of the car, should there be a pipe connecting the two? Can't see vw designing it so that water would run inside the car before it goes out through the inner wing? Anyway I haven't drilled it out for now, I've angled the plates slightly  to run towards the big drain hole at the end of the scuttle, should be more than enough! 

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Little bit of an update, finally got a rotisserie sorted! Making life much easier getting underneath to repair the metalwork! Although now I've got a good view of it I've found more 😕

 

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A bit more work done, removed the chassis leg as a whole rather than patching bits in, made the new pieces they just need folding, welding together and a bit of adjustment. Also replaced the lip on the bottom of the inner arch as that was rotten 20200428_130838_copy_1008x756.jpg.d4d498ac5567d0c3cf4b6701c04dbbb8.jpg

 

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Little bit more progress, mainly spent cleaning the underseal off but I've replaced a few little bits

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decided to scrap the chassis pieces I made and order new ones from vw classic parts in Germany, didn't know they were available! 

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prankstar2003

Wow. Not going to be much original metal left there. Great commitment

 

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47 minutes ago, prankstar2003 said:

Wow. Not going to be much original metal left there. Great commitment

 

There isn't 😂 I'll get there eventually, it's going to be a long slow process! 

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Awesome work dude, fair play to you! I thought my breadvan needed a lot of metalwork!!

That wee car will be superb when finished, keep at it! 😎

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