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    'sup guys,

    i'm usually more active on the dutch chapter on this site but thought i'd share this project here as well, It's about my future daily: a 1982 Volkswagen Golf Mk1.

    Here's a bit of background story;

    my first and current car is a Citroen Saxo. i always wanted a Mk1 but my parents basically tricked me to buy a younger car that was more reliable. at that time i knew nothing about cars and i learned step by step to work with them. With the saxo i went retarded low. threw away my springs and cut through my bumpstops to get it sitting like this:





    i absolutely love'd riding around like this, but to be honest it probably wasn't all that safe with zero suspension. I wanted to build a car that could go easily as low as the saxo but still being drive-able.

    Around the summer a good friend of mine,who i grew up with, bought the MK1 to replace his broken (duh) Alfa 155. i immediately fell in love with the car and told him if he ever wanted to get rid of it, he should call me.

    At the end of 2014 my buddy fixed his Alfa and decided to put the mk1 away. me as a broke student didn't have enough cash to buy it unless i'd sell the saxo first. problem was i needed a daily. but then my buddy said; relax, Just go and build the mk1 how you want it to be and sell the saxo after.

    now that's some guy love right there




    Next weekend i immediately began working with the mk1:

    this is how i got her:





    she has around 190.000 km's with a 1.5 automatic. A buddy of mine is building a mk2 gti with an ABF engine, and i was lucky enough to score his old 1.8 PB engine.

    So first thing's first: out with the engine:












    at this time I already loved working on the MK1, this was the first time i ever pulled out an engine and it took me less then 3 hours. not too shabby

    anyway, now that the engine was out; it was time to clean up the bay



    - next thing on the list was replacing the steering housing from a GTi model so it has powersteering.

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    - because it had a automatic gearboxl i needed to replace the pedalbox as well as the shifting mechanism.



    and for shits and giggles i threw on my RM's.



    might need some camber upfront:



    Last week i refurbished a few pieces:



    and orderd a few goodies:

    brand new spaghetti manifold


    shift mechanism refurbishment(?) kit



    cleaned that aswell



    and got a nice shift knob for now;



    Next i got my new engine; a bit dusty



    that's me , at an attempt to clean the little fucker;



    worked out pretty good:



    i will refurbish a few engine parts and valve cover next week, if i have the time.
    at last i cleaned and replaced the new engine wiring harness but forgot to take pics of it.

    and last but not least; found a little mascotte named Harry:



    next weekend i'll search for the last parts to get the engine back in. I'll need some new engine mounts and a wiring harness for the dashboard and fuel pump.


    that's all folks
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    looks like some good progress so far. I would suggest extended top hats when you get coils to keep the ride good and still go low.

    Awesome friend you have there as well for letting you have the car till its ready then sell your daily.
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    thanks dude, it already came with coilovers that should go pretty low. but i'll look into those.

    main goal is get the engine back in and refurbish some gti brakes. then comes the lows


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    update

    well, sorta,

    refurbished a few parts



    and gave the gti brakes a fresh coat of paint





    got some new discs




    oh and got the engine in





    now we need to find out, hwo the fucking wiring goes. ofcourse a PB engine doesn't belong
    in a mk1 so we're still figuring it out.

    oh, and for shit's and giggles we slapped my wheels under my mates mk2,




    now he wants them and i'm in search for some new wheels to build for the mk1.


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    Soooo ,update!


    first; worked my ass of the last few months and now the mk1 is officially mine!



    now i need to get the fucker on the road asap

    but... the wiring is still a huge fuckin mess,

    and i'm just a beginner with that at best, so a friend wants to tackle the problem.
    after a month or so we'd figure to just buy a another wiring harness and start from scratch
    Now that stuff arrived this week wich i hope rounds up the problem in a few days.

    meanwhile i'm just slaughtering my savings and buy shit to keep me busy.

    - new brake lines
    - new fuel filler neck, cause the old was pretty rusty
    - fuel filler to tank connection hose
    - set of slightly smoked headlights

    and these baby's



    yeah i know, they're in a rough shape but they where a bargain,
    they even came with a free plate holder



    so last weekend i'd give it a try to patch them up a bit
    removed all the paint, turned out to be a real pain in the ass



    tried to remove as much rust as i can, primered and painted them afterwards.



    still not perfect, but they'll do the job for now. i'm saving up to get a completely new pair but that shit is expensive as hell.

    also got my tax return today so i'm highly considering to buy a new 60mm powersprint exhaust system:




    oh last thing, i bought these old wheels from a mate for next to nothing to use them as spare/winter set



    7x15 azev1, nothing special but it beats the orginal 13"

    hopefully next update i can announce it's alive, so stay tuned
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    looks a good base shell mate, feeling your pals red mk2 looks great... keep up the good work

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    Quote Originally Posted by STU? View Post
    looks a good base shell mate, feeling your pals red mk2 looks great... keep up the good work
    thanks mate,

    yeah, shell's in a good shape, only the rear wheel arch on the drivers side has his share of rust and the rear quarter panel is a bit rotten. those are the first things on the list when it drives again


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    Cool looking Saxo, and youre a lucky man to have friends like you do! I would love a mk1 Golf as a project car, maybe one day!

    Now just get her on the road and nice and low
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    thanks dude, i really love working on the mk1, nice and simple for a beginner.

    btw tiiiiiny update,

    the wiring problem is still there, but it seems like it's heading to the right direction. most recent one should be plug and play.

    almost done with the braking system but one of the brake-blocks(?) seems to be from a different model, so that's something i need to fix next weekend.

    luckily i had some time to replace the old filler neck:





    and bought myself a steering wheel and boss;





    won't be installed until the build is complete because of the risk damaging the wood. but i'm really happy with it.

    hopefully next weekend i can mount the axle shafts with the new braking system and replace the old fuel lines to plastic ones.


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    Looks so goood! I reckon a good polish and that BRG would look awesome!

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    Looks like you've made a few upgrades since then...
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    I would suggest extended top hats when you get coils to keep the ride good and still go low.
    cool bmw

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeckniX View Post
    Looks like you've made a few upgrades since then...

    haha i'd fuckin wish that was mine,

    anyway got another update

    let's start with the best part:




    well, sort off;
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/twanie.../in/datetaken/

    it runs on brakecleaner because i didn't have the proper fuelpump. ah well at least we fixxed the wiring problems.

    so this weekend i had some time to work on the car again; placed the drive shafts, discs and calipers.




    i fucked up my one of my brakelines because i wasn't paying attention. got an replacement the same day but haven't replaced it yet. anyway while i was there i thought, let's give it some camber:



    yeah, i'm probably gonna need some more to fit those rm's.

    i also replaced the fuel lines for plastic ones that came off a mk3. only problem i found is that i need to make some sharp bend in the engine compartment and that's something the plastic just doesn't want to do. so i need to fix that next weekend

    and because i'm a slow fuck when it comes to work on cars that basically was everything i did that day.

    noticed that i haven't posted that much photos of the car itself so here ya go

    Interior (still a fucking mess):


    Exterior(she really needs some TLC):






    to do list for next weekend

    - get myself a fuelpump
    - fixing the fuellines
    - hook up the radiator
    - make a bracket for the MAF

    on a sidenote, i also sold my banded steelies from the Saxo to a kid in my neighborhood wich gives me the funds to order that 60mm exhaust system i wanted, i'll probably order it next week

    that's all,


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    nice little car

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    Nice mk1!

    Just needs 4 ATS classics in 7x13 et20



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    thanks guys,

    yeah i'm not really into the 13" wheels, somehow they just seem to small for the car.
    if i'll ever slap a set of 13" under the mk1 it'll be some PLS Hockenheims..

    imho 15"are the perfect size, so i'll stick to the RM's for now. got a nice rebuild planned for them next year


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    Hi,
    In 15' you have the AZEV which are not commonly se en on a mk1

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    Awesome work so far man, looking forward to keeping an eye on your build!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DutchieSaxo View Post
    thanks guys,

    yeah i'm not really into the 13" wheels, somehow they just seem to small for the car.
    if i'll ever slap a set of 13" under the mk1 it'll be some PLS Hockenheims..

    imho 15"are the perfect size, so i'll stick to the RM's for now. got a nice rebuild planned for them next year
    nou dan



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    set azev akn ook hoor http://kleinanzeigen.ebay.de/anzeige...14634-223-5690

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    @Kittenpuncher

    thanks mate, i'll be sure to update this regularly.

    It's been so much fun building it so i can't wait to finally get her on the road.

    @P,

    fuuuck, i'd love to have those Hockenheims, Unfortunately i'm a bit short on cash to buy another set of wheels, but hey, i'm still very content with the RM's.

    By the way, My birthday is coming up next friday and i've already recieved a car related present from my gf. It's something that makes me very excited to fulfill my plans for the vacation that i have in a few weeks. i'll upload some pics of it when i come home from work


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    If you want to find cheaper PLS have a look in France:

    Www.leboncoin.fr

    There are plenty of them

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    damn that's quite a price difference,

    much appreciated, i'll keep that in mind when it's time for new wheels,

    btw this is what i got from my gf:



    an old vintage suitcase which i'm partly converting into a sub woofer case. I've also got plans to make a wooden floor that matches my steering wheel and cover the wheeltubs with some mdf and a matching fabric.


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    Sooo, i've had some time today to work on the Golf again

    recieved my own birthday present

    60mm stainless steel exhaust from Powersprint





    difference between the original and the new



    But first i had to fix my broken brake line. forgot to make a picture of that tho,

    Most important task of the day was to gather all the essential parts to keep the engine running. Went to a local scrapyard and got me an 2h fuelpump, bracket for the fuelfilter and a small "sump box"(?). don't know the name of it but it makes sure the pump holds the fuel whenever the car is taking corners.

    bought a new fuel filter:




    added a rubber part to the fuel line so it makes the sharp bend towards the engine.



    and a friend positioned the pump and filter at the right place. Only need to add the sump box but the left over fuel lines where too short. i'll get some new ones this week.




    and for shits'n giggles i loosely installed the new exhaust. Looks awesome imho
    can't wait to hear what sound it'll produce





    might be a bit positive but i think i see the light at the end of the tunnel. next weekend is the beginning of my vacation wich gives me the opportunity to work more than one day a week on the car. should get it on the road within two weeks. we'll see


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    Update bitchess,

    this week was the start of my vacation, so the last few days i've been busting my ass off with the mk1.

    rolled the fucker on the bridge




    first i needed to finish the fuel system. I used a braided hose from the undercarriage to the engine.



    then we noticed the fuel filter was hanging almost as low as the new exhaust. Keeping in mind i want to slam it on its nuts later on, having a low fuel filter didn't seem to be good idea. so we relocated it way higher behind the engine



    so now everything was in order, it was time to start up the engine. after some struggles with a few relais we finally got the fuel pump working and in no time the engine was idling on it's own instead of brake cleaner

    now something different: the deal i had with a friend to buy his azev's didn't go through, so i was on the look out for some new winter wheels. my mate (Skittel on this forum) had a set of Ronals laying around.



    nothing special, but it'll do nice for the winter.

    So next up i wanted to install the exhaust. But hey, since i'm still a beginner i made a rookie mistake. i let the exhaust ring ( that little shitty ring made out of cast iron between the flexible exhaust parts) slip through my fingers, resulting in the fucker breaking into a million pieces

    Skittel's dad needed to got a car parts store anyway that day so he said he'd bring me a new one.

    meanwhile we made ourselfs usefull again

    skittel welded up the exhaust:



    and i began cleaning up the interior



    after a few minutes:



    couldn't help myself to make another shot of the fuelpipe:



    and after all we hooked up the last few parts for the engine:

    another problem we ran into:
    My new manifold didn't have a hole for the lambdasonde/ lambdaprope (?)
    solution: make that hole en weld on a nut.

    that turned out to be easier said than done. The nut we needed with the right specs was not so common. So after about an hour driving to different stores and local companies we finally got the right one.

    so back in the workshop we drilled a hole in the manifold



    but i forgot to make a picture of the end result

    btw, my mate Skittel had a few mk1 parts laying around, even some kind of front bumper. so out of curiosity we took it from a shelf and placed it in front of my car:





    it's an original "NOWAK" front spoiler. can't find much info about these things.
    imho it would look really cool if it was color matched. Quite a shame it doesn't suit the kind of style i originally had planned for the car. so it probably won't make it on mine.

    anyway, we installed the last small parts in the engine compartment;



    the engine runs quite good except it was getting way to much gasoline.
    it sounds like a fucking tractor

    i have no idea how to embed videos, so just click on the link below if you want to listen to tractor
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    seems most of the 2h/pf&pb engine's ECU got a habit for spontaneously stop working. when they do that, they'll inject the maximum amount of gasoline int the cylinders.
    which seems to be happing with mine.

    So me and my mate headed of to the local VW junkjard and borrowed another ECU
    and hooked it up with high expectations. fired up the engine again but the it still sprays gasoline like it's his last day on earth. So after three days of hard work we said fuck it,
    left the car for what is was, and went for the alcohol.

    yesterday while relaxing and enjoying a cold beer, we discussed the problem again and brought us to the MAF, might be the one sending false readings to the ecu, which in returns results in going all-out with the gasoline.

    didn't feel like working on the car that day so i began cleaning the RM's



    Today my mate Skittel took another look at the MAF and just ripped it apart. With the MAF broken and hooked up again the engine now seems to get way to less gasoline.

    conclusion: the MAF is probably fucked.

    Local junkyard is closed to next monday, so now i have to wait to get another MAF,

    ah well, time to grab another beer and just enjoy the vacation
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    update,

    So my vacation is over and the mk1 still isn't road worthy. after switching the MAF and installing a new clutch cable the engine runs great. But for the APK ( dutch equivalent for a MOT) it needed some proper wheels to pass it, so i slapped the wheels of my mate under it.



    got insurance, and drove it to my home for the first in 6 months.

    My face the entire drive:


    when i got home, first thing i did was to replace those ugly bumpers.



    that exhaust tip doe


    i found it weird that my exhaust kept hitting the ground almost the entire drive home.

    wich wasn't that weird when i looked under the car:


    the exhaust seems to be quite heavy where the mid muffler ends and bending begins. and it doesn't have a suspension bracket to keep it up

    Solution for now: raise the whole car 3,4 cm's.




    Next day was D-day. i made an appointment for a APK inspection.

    drove by my mate skittel since i forgot the claxon



    installed the claxon, but that little shit didn't want to honk. inspected everything and it seemed the claxon didn't get enough volts. whelp, that meant the car wouldn't pass the inspection anyway. I said fuck it, lets just go for it and see what more i needed to do.

    Wich resulted in this list:



    translated in english:

    - Left-Rear brake isn't working
    - Right-Front brake line has rust.
    - Right-Front steering house joint was missing a lock pin.
    - Exhaust was leaking gas a bit.
    - Steering house sleeve had a small cut.
    - Left-Front citylight wasn't working
    - Backup light isn't working.
    - Claxon isn't working (what a suprise)
    - dashboardblower wasn;t working


    so fuuck, i needed to get to work.

    spend half the day fixxing all the little things on the list:



    so i only needed to do 2 things; fix the brake and the claxon.

    claxon seemed to be a wiring problem. but i wanted to know if the claxon itself was good to go. turned out to be broken to got another one from the junkyard but i still need to fix the wiring loom.

    better check the brakes then:
    first i thought, well, the brake cylinder is just stuck. keep in mind these are just simple drum brakes.

    so after a few rounds with a hammer it still wouldn't brake properly. opened up the brake and yeah, the right piston was jammed. so i got the hammer again, while my mate pressed gently on the brake pedal to icnrease the pressure. resulted in pushing out the left piston.






    i noticed one of the PO's had worked on these brakes before, using nuts and bolts that wheren't ideal. so after that, i placed everything back and said fuck it and ordered a new set of brakes.

    and those arrived a few days earlier.



    i skipped working on school yesterday to go working on the car at my parents house. And ofcourse the weather was absolutely shit. now i didn't traveled 2 hours to get stood up thanks to some rain. so i improvised:



    ofcourse the rain lasted only 30 minutes


    so i fixed the brake, car brakes like a champ now. wired up the claxon directly instead of using the orginal loom and went off for inspection again.

    now remember that exhaust hanging low. yeah that fucker was hanging even lower by the time i arrived. so low it couldn't get in the garage without breaking it. so i drove back:



    that shit happend yesterday. probably fix the fucking exhaust friday night and haul it's ass back for inspection Saturday morning


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