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Hi guys.

Well, everybody else seems to have a build thread of somesort, so im starting one too. I'm not doing anything too fancy as me and my g/f are saving for a house, but i've got a few mod's planned. I've had a few cars before, and am a bit of a Volvo nut deep-down (the next car would have been a V70R Estate, but we had to downsize because of the savings).

Couple of my old cars:

My old Volvo 440 2.0i

My old 480 Turbo

Our Mk2 Clio (now sold for the VW): Front and Rear.

Anyway, now thats out of the way!

We picked up a Golf Match with 62k on the clock on a 2003. We held out for a Match as it had the trip-computer, Air-con, rear headrests etc. It took a while, but we got one in the end. We could have had a GTi, but my g/f is under 25 with 6 points, so insurance was tricky. So we opted for the 1.4 and decided I could spend a little cash on it [Y]

First of all it needed a major service. New belts, aux belt etc. Anyway, the first day we got it home:

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As with any new car though, it came with a bunch of previous owner problems. The bootlight didn't work, and with further investigation, it turned out the wiper motor was knackered, which in-turn fried the boot latch microswitch. So, I repaired the wiper motor and replaced the bootlatch, so that now works. I took the time to replace the rear wiper with the Mk5 one too. I also decided to de-badge the boot-well, just the letters. It had been put on slightly on the p*ss, so a good excuse to get it off.

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As the wing-mirrors aren't body coloured, I'm getting them done. This evening, I popped all the front and rear bumper trims off along with the wing mirror cases and sent them to my Uncles bodyshop for painting. I'm not having the door strips done just yet as I'm not sure whether i'm going to buy new ones (as mine are scraped) and do them myself, or get the bodyshop to do them.

At some point, the wheels have been handsprayed, and badly at that. So a refurb is on the cards, unless I can get a good clean kerb-less set of Monty II's for the price of the refurb (about £180). The wheels would be bigger, but purse-strings are tightened 'cos of the whole house deposit thing... I could have a big set, but nothing else! They don't look too bad in the photo, but a couple of them are flaking really badly now: obviously a rushed job-especially as I had to remove loads of over-spray from one of the wings, and the tyres and callipers also got a healthy dose of it too [:(]

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I've replaced interior trims, door grabs, centre console, gear gaitor etc. Added front and rear cup-holders, cut the ariel down to stubby and got a new set of mats from VW for £21! I've spent about £300 not inc. the £379 service putting things right, but now they're done I can start doing other little bits.

I've been a member of Detailing World for a good few years now, and although not a big poster, I do spend lot of time cleaning:

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Plans for the car are as follows:

  • Euro spec rear lights
  • Door/Bumper strips/Wing mirrors colour-coded
  • Wheel refurb/replacement
  • Lowering (just springs, can't afford coilies!), about 40mm (EDIT: JOM Coilovers, approx 50mm)
  • Anniversary Front or 4Mo front valance
  • 4Mo parking sensor rear valance
  • Additions to 'to do' list...
  • Install (CD player, front mid's & tweets, sub & amp)
  • Black/Grey sports interior
  • Front armrest (with fabric retrimmed in something eye catching!)
  • GTi steering wheel (maybe)
  • Monty II spare (maybe).

And that'll be it! I like simple and subtle, and this is the best I can do with the financial constraints imposed [:DD]

The car has been mis-treated, and the lacquer is quite scratched, so in the spring i'm going to the local pro-valeters to see if they can give the car a good machine polish to get some of it out. Then i'll ask about the windows as they're really scratched too. The screen is going to be an insurance job in the next couple of months, but the other windows i'm not sure about...

Anyway, that's the car for now-hopefully i'll be posting again in a few days with my new colour-coded bumper strips on!

Dan
 

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Not much going on at the moment. Just replaced my bootlatch as the microswitch was fried by the leaky rear wiper motor. Done a small guide too, which can be see here.

Removed my bumper strips last week and dropped them off at my Uncles bodyshop. I have done bodywork before, but I thought i'd leave it to the pro's! Also had the wing mirrors done as these were just black plastic. Not had the chance to get them on yet because of the bad weather! But here they are in all their glory:

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Going to get the doorstrips done and probably the handles, but in the summer as i'll do them myself. I'm more chuffed with the wing mirrors at the moment as the black unpainted ones looked awful...

Got a small problem to deal with in the mean time though: having issues with the passenger window motor. Not the common problem, but annoying none-the-less.

Next on the list is either lowering or euro rear lights....unless something breaks first!
 

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Cheers guys.

Just nipped outside to pop the wing mirror cases on. Well pleased with them, already looks alot better:

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Just need the snow to stop then i'll think about putting the bumper strips on (another day).
 

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Looks like a great base car to work from. [Y] Colour coded mirrors and rub-strips will also improve the look on the outside. Personally, rather than re-furb those rims, I'd look out for a cheap set of 18s and put them on.

Also, for springs, look out for Apex - they do a spring kit for under £100 for the Mk4 and I've had fantastic results with them on previous cars. My Golf would be on their springs now, but for a previous owner having already fitted an Eibach set.

Wigster.
 

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I'm not too fussed about 18" wheels, but my wheel budget really is only what it would cost to refurb those, so £180. I think a set of Monty II's would look nice, but I'll be lucky to find a set that don't need refurbishing for £180! I'd love a set of the 4Motion/Audi TT multispokes, but I think chances are v.v. slim!

I was going to post about springs, wasn't sure what to go for-and I wanted to stick a picture post up to see how low 40mm drops sit after they've bedded in! I can't go too low 'cos I still drive 4 up quite alot and I need the work car park to be accessible.
 

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This is how my TDi sits dropped 35mm, so 40mm is fractionally lower. Although, because of the TDi lump compared the 1.4 it might sit lower anyway, i'm not sure!
 

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Cheers for that picture [Y]. Don't suppose there's any chance of a side profile shot of it is there? I quite like it lowered on the Avus! [^o)]

I took the car to the hand car wash today (lance only, no brushes!) to blast some of the salt and stuff off as the roads round here are clearing up nicely. And when I got home, I couldn't resist sticking the rear bumper strips back on [:D] Very happy with them. Would have done the front bumper strip, but not got any sticky pads to secure the numberplate back on the plate surround, and i'm not drilling the new plate, so i'll hang on a few days until I get some. But here's the rear now:

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And looks nicer now with the wing mirror cases on:

So, without doing much, a productive weekend! [:D]
 

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Well, finally the weather has cleared up enough for me to fit the front bumper strip. Just in time for it to rain! Well pleased with it, although from the front it does just look like a standard Golf. At least I know it's different anyway!

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Also got my replacement boot panel (the trim bit that covers the wiper motor as mine was in terrible condition) and finally got the little plug that plugs into the bootlatch, so I can wire that properly. But it'll have to wait for a drier day than this!

Lowering next then I think.... [:D]
 

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Cheers! Really happy with how things are going at the moment. I'm torn now between the lowering and rear lights though.... I've seen some Euro Spec rear lights, but lowering would be nice...

I've got some extra cash heading my way soon, which would refurb my wheels and lower it, so I could do those in one hit, lower it whilst the wheels are off. The rear looks a bit odd at the mo imo, all that red with orange strips....

Decisions decisions!
 

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Looks good, I'd reccomend getting the rest of it colour coded (door handles and side strips) and fitting some GTI lights [y]
 

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Cheers! I did consider GTi lights, but I want something a little different. I know they're quite popular around this forum etc, but i've not seen any Golf's round my way with them on yet, so it's gotta be Euro's [:)] Plus I like the way the clear strip matches the side-repeaters and he headlights then.

Sidestrips are on the to-do list, not sure about handles though. IF I could get a set from a write off already done then i'd have them, but it's alot of hassle to do them....i'll see how I feel when it's closer to the time... [;)]
 

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Well, i'm venturing outside to fit the new little plug on the bootlatch this morning. I was going to clean the car, but it's that fine misty rain, so it's impossible. This is the little critter thats going on:

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Got a few plans for it the next few weeks. On Monday Feb 1st, it's going back to my Uncles garage to have the sidestrips colourcoded. I was going to have a go myself, but i'm really pleased with how the front and rear strips have come out, so i'm leaving it to the pro's again! Also having my front ARB's done too.

And this morning, my finger accidentally slipped on eBay..... [;)]

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So these will be gong on when they arrive. Not major mod's, but slowly changing the look of the car. It's the only Match round here looking like this anyway.... [Y] Just Anni valance, Wheels and Springs to go [:)]
 

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Cheers [Y]

Managed to give the car a full wash and polish, interior clean and do the wiring on the boot latch and replace the grab handles! Knackered though, but worth it.

With regards to wheels, i'm just getting the Avus refurbished. As I mentioned earlier up, i'm on the verge of getting a house, so I can't spend loads of cash. We have an agreement on what we can afford, and we figured colourcoding, Euro rear's, lowering (springs), Anni Valance and wheel refurb is all we can do. Colourcoding doesn't cost much as my Uncle has a garage, it's just the wheels, lights and valance that dent the pocket. If we could afford it we wanted some 4Mo alloys, but we can only really spend on wheels what it would cost to refurb ours (£140), plus the tyres are nearly new too. The TDi pic a bit further up looks nice lowered on Avus, so thats what we're heading for. Not through choice, but subtle is the way forward!

I do like the contrast of the side strips being black as red is a very over-powering colour. I think the back end of my car looks a bit weird with orange in the rear lights: it's too close to red which makes it look ott. However, the side-strips are being done, but i'm leaving the handles black. When I get the anni valance, i'm hoping that I can get that in just black ABS, i.e. not primed, as I may leave that black too. I wasn't sure about a black valance, but I saw one on a silver Golf in the 'Pic whore' thread, and it looked ok. As it's only a 1.4, and i'm on a very tight budget (especially with parents breathing down your neck judging your spending habits when you should be saving for a house!), you have to keep it subtle imo. We'll see how it unfolds! But cheers for the comments guys [:)]

Anyway, some nice shiney pics from today + interior shot with clean new mats in!

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That last one will look nicer with the Euro rears in....[;)]

Dan
 
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