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Jetta Gti .. new daily

Post by Simeon on Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:14 am

Been wanting a new daily for a little while so have been scanning the classifieds all over for mk2 Golfs and (of course) Jettas. Spotted a Golf I liked the look of, but got messed about by the seller, which was lucky as it turned out because this Jetta Gti turned up locally for a decent price Very Happy

Tax and test
90k with full service history - just been serviced too
Pas, C/L, Sunroof
Electric mirrors
Awful stainless exhaust - sounds proper chavy so needs changing!
Full leather interior
Cavernous boot as standard Laughing

As collected;

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It has a few niggles;

It drives like a boat due to soggy standard suspension
Steering column is bent
Old alarm system disconnected but wiring left is a bit messy
Rear brakes need new pads

Soooo, have a few bits to help sort the above;

Coilovers;

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Wheels (I do have a set of four!);

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Mk4 rear calipers and Goodridge hoses;

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16v hubs and 280mm discs;

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With a few parts sorted it was time to stick it in the garage;

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Old vs new;

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Fitted - had to drive it to work following day so left standard brakes for now;

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Looking promising Cool

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This shows how bad the steering column was;

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So, stripped the dash down a bit;

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You can see the bent part of the bracket on the right;

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Refitted new column with mk3 stalks - nice and straight Smile

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The original clocks were broken and in the boot, so while the dash was apart I thought I'd change the mileage on the replacement clocks to suit;

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And this evening I started on this;

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More soon...


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Re: Jetta Gti .. new daily

Post by Reaver 'Ant' on Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:47 pm

Sweet buddy where on earth did you pick up those GTi Engineering wheels they are rare as rockinhorse poo i searched for ages to source a set for my GT as did many of us

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Post by Simeon on Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:32 am

Cheers mate Smile I'd been keeping a look out for a set of the wheels ever since I'd seen an old vw mag with a feature on a Gti Engineering Jetta - which was 7 years ago now come to think of it Shocked - then when I found a set a couple of years ago I had cash monies ready. Took them straight to the powdercoaters and had them done in white Very Happy Just glad I've finally got a Jetta that they suit.

Nearly finished the brakes today, just got to bleed them tomorrow. New hubs on;

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Rears:

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Stripped down and cleaned up;

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Mk4 rear calipers Smile Those of you following my other thread may recognise the calipers ... I decided they weren't refurbished to a high enough standard for the other car;

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Fronts;

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Should be back on the road tomorrow Smile

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Post by acsa on Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:51 pm

Nice mate.
Your worse than me ha ha ha
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Post by Simeon on Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:14 pm

Cheers Smile Have you got a flocked dash in your Jetta now by the way? You'll have to update your build thread Wink

It's up and running now, brakes are sooooo much better, although need to put a 22mm master cylinder in it at some point as there is a bit more pedal travel now. Got my wheel bolts too so all four wheels are fitted, just need to let the coilovers settle then can set the final ride height. Will get a couple of pics uploaded tonight Smile
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Post by jedi16v on Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:52 pm

Nice progress bud, brakes will feel alot better once you get a 22mm cylinder on there
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Post by Simeon on Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:20 pm

Yeah I thought it'd make a difference. They're ok for now though, I'll put it in at the same time I put the ABF in it Smile
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Post by Simeon on Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:55 am

Not a great pic, but it's getting there cheers Getting tracking done in the morning, then just need to give it a final tidy - remove old stickers and such like - then next weekend I'm taking it to a mate to have it polished, will definitely get a load more pictures then Very Happy

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Post by Reaver 'Ant' on Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:24 pm

Looking great buddy keep us updated on the progress

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Post by acsa on Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:40 am

I haven't done anything mate Sad just no time at the mo.
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Post by Simeon on Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:44 pm

Small update, it's been doing a fine job on daily duties Smile You can see in the pics above that the front bumper had dropped on both sides so I got my hands on a pair of brackets from an aftermarket bumper to replace them.

Unfortunately I didn't realise that the aftermarket brackets are different to the genuine ones .. the pic shows that aftermarket ones are too short;

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So I decided to chop up the original broken brackets and plastic weld them up;

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Job done Smile Rubbish pic but it's sat nice and straight both sides now. A minor job but worthwhile.

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More updates to follow soon Smile
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Post by muttley on Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:54 pm

looking good, its nice to meet another person who can plastic weld Smile
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Post by Simeon on Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:22 pm

Cheers mate, though I just went at those bumper brackets with a soldering iron so 'plastic welding' is a bit of a loose term Laughing

Today I cleaned up a diesel rod change 'box using petrol, 'wonder wheels' and a pressure washer;

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Also gave the Jetta a clean and fitted my bonnet bra. Discovered whilst cleaning that I need a boot seal if anyone has one..?

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Post by Simeon on Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:22 pm

Also got some new front stoppers and a 23mm master cylinder Smile

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Post by re2 on Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:01 pm

you can shorten a golf boot seal
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Post by Simeon on Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:29 pm

Good to know, cheers Smile
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Post by jedi16v on Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:54 pm

Liking the calipers are they the audi ones? jetta is looking Cool
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Post by re2 on Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:22 pm

brilliant work!

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Post by 07jettamk5 on Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:21 pm

Nice work on her man!
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Post by Simeon on Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:01 pm

Cheers for the comments, yeah they're Audi S2 front calipers (Girling 60s) which will fit over the 280mm discs.

Picked up a new interior yesterday (thanks Dave - re2 - Smile ) so will be fitting that over the next couple of days along with a couple of other bits, but today I polished it up so it's looking pretty reasonable (from a short distance away at least Razz )

A sort of half and half shot, but my camera is rubbish so you have to look hard!

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After a coat of wax etc;

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Post by Simeon on Tue May 03, 2011 9:38 pm

Things are moving a bit slower than anticipated as had to fit a new gearbox and a few other bits into my mates mk2, but finally got a day on the Jetta Smile

Plan is to strip it out then add;

Gti interior
Black carpets
Front electric windows
Remote central locking
Mk3 fuel tank and wiring
Refurbed rear beam with poly bushes from other Jetta
New brake lines
Replace n/s rear plastic arch as it is scuffed
Weld necessary areas

Few pics of progress;

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Nice tidy rear panel Smile

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But a little rot where the boot seal join is Sad

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Inside of car was pretty grubby so going to get a good clean;

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Rear o/s arch needs a little bit of attention;

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And then there's the usual spot where the fuel tank bolts in Rolling Eyes

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All this work means I can get the G60 engine ready and hopefully drop it in quite quickly - this is my daily so have to plan its garage time.
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Post by Reaver 'Ant' on Tue May 03, 2011 9:44 pm

Plans sound good buddy the damage doesnt look too bad belive me i had to refab the hole join on the boot there wasnt nice however there is now a company doing a full rear pannel if it helps ill dig out the details for ya

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Post by Simeon on Tue May 03, 2011 10:02 pm

Cheers mate, but as you say it's not severe so will just chop that bit out and patch it using some donor metal from a mk2 golf I've broken up Smile
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Post by Simeon on Thu May 05, 2011 12:18 am

Didn't get as much done today as I'd hoped, but that always seems to be the way. Few pics, mostly self explanatory;

Snow foam and pressure washed the underside;

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Then dropped the rear beam off;

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Started tackling one of the arches, but as always when you start digging it gets worse;

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Other side of same arch;

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Post by Simeon on Fri May 06, 2011 10:51 pm

Bit more done today Smile though welder was spitting at me loads which was a pain (literally!)

Chopped out the rot in the fuel tank mount;

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Made up a patch, bit crude but fitted ok;

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First patch on bottom of arch;

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Second;

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Formed the lip;

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Welded up, just need to run the grinder over it in the morning Smile

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