This is the story of my Mk2 golf, purchased in around 2005 or 2006. This was my 3rd car after a Mk3 Driver that was sadly written off (not my fault!) and a Mk3 8v GTI on a J plate. Im sold the MK3 GTI for the Mk2 16v. The Mk2 was my daily driver for around 18 months when I moved abroad. In this time I probably put 15k miles on it, with almost no trouble. Currently sat on 156k. I was only expected to be away for a short amount of time so drove it into my folks garage and left it right there in 2007. Over the years of being away (over 12 years now out of the UK) I've wanted to get it back on the road but not done much about it until the last year. Come Christmas 2018 my Uncle and I hatched a plan. With the helpful circumstances of my Uncle being retired, a massive petrolhead (interesting car history that is worth a post of its own, including various Lanica Delta Integrale's amongst others) and a highy skilled engineer/mechanic, we agreed he would project manage the restoration for me, while most of the work would be done by his friend who runs a car restoration shop. Engine and gearbox rebuild to be sent to a trusted engine builders who he has worked with on other projects. Early 2019 and the car was pulled out of the grange to see the light of day for the first time in 12 years. After a short drive to the lockup the engine and gearbox were swiftly removed and sent of for the rebuild. As of today we have a fully rebuilt engine and gearbox. The only mods were some work on the cylinder head to improve air flow. Next up is to tidy up the body work which is luckily solid in most places. Then comes a full brake and suspension rebuild. I have a Bilstein B12 kit ready to put on and general tidy up. Hoping to have it back on the road for June 2020 which is when I'm next back home.