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  1. #76

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    As for the suspension, some befores, close-ups

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    And some afters

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    Also I may have ordered some parts from one of my favorite companies

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    [Random pic for reference]

    Also a set of these is on the way

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    As well as new subframe bolts.

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    There is a big list of things I have to order to bring the suspension to my standards. It is a used car, let's not forget that.


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    I am impressed with how clean you got those shocks.
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    Some pics from the process and progress of cf / kevlar parts.

    hopefully wont be very long now till i can install them

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    Cant wait.

    Cheers


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  4. #79

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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    I am impressed with how clean you got those shocks.
    My best friend is a machinist , so he took them to the shop and put some love to them.
    I am not finished though. The height regulators might need to be made from scratch. They are seized and very bad looking. Also the threads.


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    Bought some of this amazing product, which is a must for wheel cleaning and engine degreasing, as well as old parts. Cant recommend it enough.

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    Started buying new parts for the suspension overhaul .

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    I was mad at how expensive these were

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    Subframe bolts front

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    Subframe bolts rear

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    Received some vinyl wrap, in the form of a roll, for a project i am gonna be tackling. Any guesses what it is ?

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    Also, I removed the old cf pedals from my other Audi A4, and having no car to install them on, but also not wanting to sell them, I thought of something .

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    Came out really nice i think . Save the manuals

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    Received some parts for my daily

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    But also for this one

    Gauge cluster lower trim

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    Dashboard side panels

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    Also made a small tool for opening these without scratching anything

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    Installed in place

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    Kevlar

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    and cf

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    Work so well together, especially when the Tillett seats go in the car, that come in cf, with yellow letters.

    Cheers guys

    Mike


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    Hello to all. Have a lot of things to show you, so I better start catching up to get up to speed.

    First the suspension overhaul project.
    After the suspension was cleaned, it was polished, and then checked to see if rebuild was needed. It wasnt needed, so we proceeded fabricating what was corroded and then protected before installing.

    Like these bilstein spacers for rear shocks which were rusted externally, more than this pic

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    Vinegar did its thing

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    Looking good

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    Corroded and stuck rear height adjusters. I make new one, like mymechanics restoration channel says.

    One

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    And then two

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    As for the suspension, i decided to protect it by lightly cleaning it with acetone, and then multiple coats of 2k clear, more than 7 coats for protection, plus to keep that raw look.

    Masked

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    And after

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    All ready and fresh

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    As well as the springs and all hardware boxed and ready for installation.

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    While we were at the machine shop we also came up with a new design for my shifter.

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    I absolutely loved it.

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    And the golf took back its own knob

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    Also, I bought this, which makes me super happy just to look at, let alone use

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    Of course i wrapped it , and custom labelled it. Ikr . . .


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    Then, if u recall, I had plans for making the window trim in a gloss black, to hide the chrome from the exterior, so I had purchased some appropriate film for the job.

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    Remember we started with this

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    Let's see the process

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    One side done

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    Next side

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    Some finished pics

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    So before

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    And after

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    Before

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    And after

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    Cheers

    more to follow


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    Then I set about doing what all owners of old cars do I guess, clean, restore, protect and enhance old spare parts, to use them or maybe use them in the future. However, never sell.

    First were the headlights, which are bixenon ones, two from the car i bought,in amazing condition for the age, just a hint of yellowing in one part where the cart was looking at a hint of sunlight while parked. I will show you in the pics what i mean. And also, a third headlight which is my old one from the 1.8T B7 that has the modification for the air intake.
    The process was to clean all of them properly first, and then, wetsand them, and finally polish them. After that, store them .

    Let's see how it went.

    Before cleaning

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    And after

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    Then it was wetsanding time

    400-600-800-1200-1500-2000-2500

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    The only visible problem on the one headlight

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    Polishing time

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    Very happy with how they came out

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    Then it was time for the lighter from the car. It looked dull and the metal ring, corroded.

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    Also some scratches on the plastic housing, and dirt on the orange plastic

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    Time to fix that

    Painted the housing

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    Polished the ring

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    Cleaned everything

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    Put everything back together

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    All done

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    Cheers, more to come


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    Another thing that was on the waiting list and that i received, was the rear bumper holes' trim, in cf.

    I will let the pics do the talking.

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    Before

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    Better pics in daylight, soon.

    Also, bought something which is amazing and been wanting for a while. It is 10L in capacity and the things I have already cleaned with it, are hard to believe.

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    Cheers, more to come


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    Received some more parts.

    RECARO Seat Mounts for the Audi A4 B7 chassis, driver and passenger, so as to mount the TILLETT seats eventually.

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    And then some more parts, to complete the parts i want for the suspension overhaul. And then some.

    So these parts are front wishbones all of them, rear, and also, transmission mount, and the A/C compressor, which seemed to be running weakly during summer, so thought I should get a new one to see if it fixes that.
    Also some wiper arms, which were very cost effective, and thought i'd give them a go instead of painting mine.

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    Valeo A/C Comp

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    Trans mount

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    Wiper arms

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    Front axle

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    Rear axle

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    Then I had the brightest idea to do a "quick swap" of the wiper arms after work. The quick ended up being almost two hours. They had never been removed which is a good thing I know, however for me it was a PITA. half a bottle of wd40 didnt change things much.
    it wasnt until i accepted that i had to go home and get the cleaner for bathtubs (salts' corrosion etc) that i managed to remove them almost in 5-10 minutes after spraying that. Oh well.

    Some before pics of the faded and tired from rock chips arms.

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    And after

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    Cheers

    Mike


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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjaholic View Post
    Always amazes me how much attention to detail you have mate. Proper nice bus x
    Hello , and thank you for your good words. Yes I love the detail, the little things, things that i will probably only notice, but i love it.

    Cheers!

    Mike


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    love the attention to detail. i always start out a project this way then lose motivation lol. love the shocks, such a small detail not many will notice. keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scweet14 View Post
    love the attention to detail. i always start out a project this way then lose motivation lol. love the shocks, such a small detail not many will notice. keep it up!
    Thank you. I appreciate it.
    MAybe keeping a track of things u want to do, and then crossing them off the list might help you not lose motivation.

    Cheers

    Mike


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    Okay, been a while since i last updated this thread, mostly due to not knowing where to start from.

    So, after receiving the seat mounts from RECARO, it was time to start installing the TILLETT seats.

    First i had a go at the passenger side, to test things out.

    But before that, I had to assemble the mounts with the seats. I did that at home, cause I wanted a clean enviroment and plenty of time to do things properly.

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    Applied plenty of natural wax to protect the clear coat of the seats

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    Added some gloss black vinyl in the sides, where clothes would touch while going in and out of the car, and also, the seatbelt strap, to protect the carbon fiber.

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    Also, added some rubber strip to protect the seats from where the side mounts touch the seat when installed

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    Then they were ready for installation

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    And out came the first seat from the car

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    And in went the first one

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    While i still had one seat installed i decided to pass the techical inspection so as the technician (MOT) guy doesnt get to seat in the new seat. And after the MOT pass, I could then install the driver's side seat.

    So inspection time it was.

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    Little did I know that car had its own opinion

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    While on the last ramp of inspection decided it was a good time to start leaking from a water hose, the one going to the heater at the back of the engine near the firewall

    Bought a new housing thing

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    And also all the hoses included

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    Then it was time for the second seat

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    Removed the driver's seat

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    Seat number 1 came in place

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    Rear seats were out of place

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    Cleaned again under them

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    Installed my harness net instead

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    Relocated the fire extinguisher

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    Happy for how they turned out, is an understatement.

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    Cheers


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    Also, for anyone interested in faster updates , i made an instagram page for my project cars,

    @mgpgarage


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    Brilliant job, as always, been following your build threads for years now. Love the carbon accents, thinking about doing the same to some parts myself.
    Where did you buy the film tape for door trims, or can you tell me who is the manufacturer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxg6892 View Post
    Brilliant job, as always, been following your build threads for years now. Love the carbon accents, thinking about doing the same to some parts myself.
    Where did you buy the film tape for door trims, or can you tell me who is the manufacturer?
    Thank you very much for the good words. If you wish, give me a follow on instagram for faster reply to and chat. As for the door trim, if you mean the gloss black on window surround, it was from ebay, a german company, the brand of the film is ORACLE, and i can search to find the specific shop if you wish .

    Cheers, Mike


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    those seats are FIRE!! lookin good as always man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scweet14 View Post
    those seats are FIRE!! lookin good as always man!
    Thank you sir, appreciate it a lot I love them too.


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    Thanks for the reply, I'll try to find it on eBay.
    I do follow you on IG, my handle is @leongrubisic

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