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Hi, im sootpig, welcome to my build.

As sold:

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Current list of mods:


Repairs since ownership (because it's not all mods and happiness):


Then

well, i sold my 1.6 8V AKL.

it was a brilliant first car, and it taught me alot about working on cars, which is worth alot, knowledge is power, as they say. but it was just time for something a little... better.

It all started out when one morning, on the way to work, i spot this

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I noticed it was up for sale, so the next day after work, i
stopped to have a look at it, when i noticed the v5 badge on the front
grill, i started to get excited, so i headed home, to do some research,
as i knew very little about these engine.

a little dabble on uk-mkivs later, and i knew what i was looking for,
a 170ps engine under the bonnet, 312mm brakes etc so i gave the guy a
call, and had a (very short) test drive...
 

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Ah mate, im glad you got it all sorted, looks very nice

I like the flat blue colour and the Recaros look awesome, If you had told me where you had seen it for sale i would of tried to put you off though . . . .

but its all good now so happy days, are you enjoying the diesel like torque and the weird growl?

Only one thing to mention, it appears to have the wrong front valance?
 

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i was always a little catious of those cars on Brookfield Rd that are for sale, some look ok but others look bad!

Glad you got it all fixed love the colour and choice of wheels

Ian
 

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And thats where it all went wrong. i was blinded by the good points, and missed every
single one of the flaws with this car. For starters i didnt notice the
wheel bearings were shot, as were the axle bushes. the perhaps should
have been obvious, then there were the other, hidden flaws (pun
intended)

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after putting it i for the MOT, i quickly discovered, i had brought
stocks and shares in headaches ltd, and it was going to be a tough
couple of weeks. I had to DIY everything, there was no was i was paying
the £1350 the garage quoted me for the repairs (axle bushes, bearings,
welding, etc). First things first, the hole in the floor. If i cant fix
that, its not going anywhere.

Thankfully, i work at a fantastic company, who, despite having
nothing to with the automotive trade, let me bring my car in, for a guy
to weld some plates over the floor pan. so i stripped the interior out,
and set about beating the floor pan back to a sensible grade of
flatness. and here was the result:

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Brilliant! that was a weight off my mind, and with that hole patched
up, i set about tackling the second biggest woe, the wheels bearings.
having never done something like this before, i wasn't sure what i was
getting into, but once again, work to the rescue, with the use of their
20 tone press, and the car spending a week on axle stands, i had new
bearings! and while i was at it, i replaced the lower control arms,
fitted coilover suspension, and new track rod ends, after the old ones
seized up.

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phew! after that debacle, it was time to attack the rear axle bushes.
At this point, it was Saturday, it had to be in for the MOT on Tuesday
(10 working days) and i was ready to give up, and give it to the garage
to do, but i changed my mind, i wasnt giving up just yet...

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that took some whacking! what an awful job, no wonder they charge so much...

after that, i devised myself a puller, using an M12 bolt, some beefy
metal plates, and an old wheel bearing (they come in handy quite alot,
tbh!)

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rinse and repeat for side 1 and i was feeling pretty damn chuffed
with myself. Back in for the MOT Tuesday, and they refused to re-test.
found a second, smaller hole, and the wheels were rubbing on the
coilovers, and wheel arches... well if you aint rubbin... [whistle]

so it was back to the drawing board, cleared it with work, to take
the car in again (another days holiday used, i might add) to get it
welded up, and that same day (thursday) it was back at the garage. the
hole was fine, but it failed on the wheel rub, some 5mm spacers later,
and i was holding a green MOT certificate, and a invoice for lest than a
thenth of what i was originally quoted.

so i gave her a clean up, to celebrate:

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thats a tidy car. I saw it for sale on my way home from work. Usually just heaps of rubbish for sale on that road
yeah, this wasnt exactly a cut above the rest, with hole in the floor and all, i knew i was taking a big risk though...

Looks nice and clean now, nice wheels too.
cheers fella, was defiantly a good move taking the R32s off the 1.6 before i sell it, i think.

Ah mate, im glad you got it all sorted, looks very nice

I like the flat blue colour and the Recaros look awesome, If you had told me where you had seen it for sale i would of tried to put you off though . . . .

but its all good now so happy days, are you enjoying the diesel like torque and the weird growl?

Only one thing to mention, it appears to have the wrong front valance?
yeah, i dont think ill be buying a car from there again, i had several people advise me not to, but love is blind [:$]

and yes, the bottom end torque is amazing! 4th gear at 30mph and it still pulls [:S]

and wrong valance? i cant say ive taken much notice tbh, what should it have?
 

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well unless mine had the wrong one of course but i had a 4mo one, as had my 150TDI

I think it tends to be the top spec in each model has them if that makes sense?

what year is yours? only reason i ask is 2000 was the cross over year from the 150 to the 170's. The grille badge does suggest 170, whats the engine cover looking like?
 

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3 words dude: YOU DA MAN!! [H]

Congrats with the purchase and well done with the repairs dude, cars got plenty of potential and looks very nice and tidy after you cleaned it, at least you saved yourself the hole in your pocket just like your car had lol but I have one question, how did a hole get there in the first place lol?
 

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red 5 usually denoted 170ps, but iirc the 170 came in around 51 plate? along with the 312s. front valance was always standard one, not the 4mo style one. apart from the hole(s) that floor looks a bit creased? Nice job on the repair work though
 

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well unless mine had the wrong one of course but i had a 4mo one, as had my 150TDI

I think it tends to be the top spec in each model has them if that makes sense?

what year is yours? only reason i ask is 2000 was the cross over year
from the 150 to the 170's. The grille badge does suggest 170, whats the
engine cover looking like?
its an 01 plate, and defiantly a 170 (coil packs, not HT leads) found that out when i brought some leads from ECP, and tried to fit them [doh]

i wouldn't have brought it, if it was a 150, i was after the 20v and the 312mm brakes [:D]

looks mint m8t

could do with a v5 badge on the back
thanks, and i agree. i brought one on the bay last night. £20 [:O] but it'll be worth it.

3 words dude: YOU DA MAN!!


Congrats with the purchase and well done with the repairs dude, cars
got plenty of potential and looks very nice and tidy after you cleaned
it, at least you saved yourself the hole in your pocket just like your
car had lol but I have one question, how did a hole get there in the
first place lol?
thanks fella, i have no idea how the previous owner did it. i really would like to know. i imagine it 'ran out of road' and a fence post, rock, or something punctured the floor pan. i can only guess.

red 5 usually denoted 170ps, but iirc
the 170 came in around 51 plate? along with the 312s. front valance was
always standard one, not the 4mo style one. apart from the hole(s) that
floor looks a bit creased? Nice job on the repair work though
yeah, the floor pan WAS creased, thats the before pic, i dont have any good after pics. The sound deadening was cracked, and battered, but the metal was fine, stood on it, beat it with rubber mallets, etc got it pretty straight, and then dynamatted it (had some left over from my last car).
 

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Now the MOT is passed, im doing what i do best - take things apart!

starting with my cooling fans, which dont work properly. as they dont on many Mk4s with climate control. using the info from the fan synopsis thread, i made myself an external, dual low speed fan resistor plate, thing.

it looked a little something like this:

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i guesstimated some dimensions, and had no idea how or where i was going to fit it, untill i got home, and whipped the bumper off. Spent a few mins offering the plate up around the batter tray area, until finally settling on a 90degree bend, and bolting it just below the battery tray, on the crash bar, thing. out came the drill and taps.

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for all intents and purposes it seems to work just fine, the plate does get bloody hot, even with two 50w resistors in parallel. no wonder the internal resistors burn out! [8-|]

Next on the list, is try and isolate an advisory from the MOT - sidle lights effected by operation of another lamp. almost certainly a dodgy ground somewhere.

also, im thinking about getting the roof wrapped in black, any one know somewhere local that does this, and a rough idea of the cost?
 
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