Discussion in 'Members Gallery' started by pistol pete, Feb 26, 2010.
This is truly excellent work - well done Sir.
thank you for the kind words, thanks for the Dynax tip also, I've used Bilthamber hydrate 80 on this car and been pleased with it so could imagine the wax being good also
Another radio arrived this week, as mentioned previously the illumination wasn't working on mine. I wasn't confident enough in my soldering to change the bulb and with the travel restrictions I wasn't able to take it anywhere local.
When this popped up for sale fully tested the price wasn't a huge amount more for sending mine away to have fixed so went with this as I want to get the interior back together asap.
The seller does offer a bluetooth retro fit for my gamma unit pictured earlier in the thread which I'm still tempted by. Problem is I really like the basic look of this unit I did enquire about using this alpha unit but the bluetooth needs an activation button which I believe is the cassette eject button.
Wheels arrived also, I ordered these before Christmas so took a good while to arrive, think this is the first set of brand new wheels I have bought since 1998 I always wanted to keep this car on steel wheels and 15" seems the ideal size for tyre availability and brake fitment but I've never really been 100% on the look of G60's / Passat Winters, think the design looks great in 14" but it doesn't scale up for me. I saw these a few years ago whilst browsing ebay.de and did some digging, they're MK3 / Corrado winters 6.5 x15 ET43, still avaialble new (think they were £160 for 4). There is an accompanying centre cap but I prefer the open design, I'm still undecided to leave them totally open or try and find a basic black centre cap and 5 plastic nut covers. These wont be going on whilst its a 1.3 so will go on the garage wall for the time being.
They appeal to me.
When I had my GTI I used to hunt down GTI engineering parts which I really enjoyed, one part I could never find was the gauge mount which takes place of the switch blanks.
browsing the mk2 forum one evening I chanced upon a great build thread for another white MK2, the owner had worked out that GTI Engineering had used a VDO marine gauge surround to mount it. With this in mind I started looking on ebay there was a good selection but was concerned that 30 years of sun and salt would have taken its toll.
Found this NOS one for not much more than the used ones, really like the gauge itself just need a boat to put it in .The mount needs opening up a touch for the gauge to fit but should be straightforward enough, looking at it now it would be an ideal part to 3d print as its a very simple shape.
The handbrake light needs cutting up to fit but the aforementioned thread explains this in really good detail, sourced a replacement light.
Next up was the gauge to go in it was a toss up between oil temp or pressure this came up first so temp it was.
As the gauge sits so close to the main cluster I wanted them to be as close in style as possible, went for this one as its ambient rather than back lit so it should sit nicely same story with the needle which is not illuminated this will allow me to paint it the same colour as the ones in the main cluster. Hoping to have a custom face made for it using the same font as the cluster, sketch below showing what I'm after, the VWMS section is a decal which goes on the back of the glass.
Gauge opened up, I'll be repolishing the glass (plastic) and refinishing the bezels before it goes back together.
Joined the Oettinger Classic FB a few weeks back, noticed this post from a period catalogue kudos points for the Oettinger gauge face.
Made a start on my gauge,
Used a 320 flap wheel on my Dremel to get the worst of the rust off
Coat of etch primer
The face wasn't too scratched but it did have some strange crazing, sanded it with 1200 up to 8000 then polished it with Quixx
Satin black top coat
Made a start on my 9" servo
120 flap wheel to get the worst of the rust off
2 coats of Bilt Hamber Hydrate 80
Nearside thread was a bit chewed up cleaned up well which was a relief
You can see in the last pic the amount of pitting to the surface, some high build primer arrived earlier so I'm hoping this will smooth out the surface prior to top coat
Cleaned up the 1.3 cooling fan
New decals for fan and alternator, ebay seller GtiLine made these up for me as most of the ones off the shelf are for the bigger engined GTI, really pleased with them and great service.
Wheel and gear knob arrived back from the trimmer.Went with a charcoal Alcantara and stitch I decided to have the GL wheel done rather than the GTI as I quite like the idea of keeping it basic looking. Whilst it was in I had combined gear knob and gaiter done at the same time, the oe combined VWMS always eluded me at the time although strangely they seem more easily available now than 20 years ago but they're often worn.
As lockdown eased I was able to get out and collect my seats, was another good morning out and chat with a fellow enthusiast mentioned it before but this is the part of the project I like the most. Seems a shame to take it all to bits but needs must, annoying part is I'll need another 2 rear benches (4 in total) to trim the 2 Recaro's and thats with doing the back faces in grey vinyl.
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