I plan to do a very extensive rebuild of this car, including zinc plating the nuts and bolts, underdsealing everything, waxoiling everything, replacing any scratched or broken parts, fitting a few nice OEM extras and changing all the phase 2 parts back to phase 1. This rebuild will end in a full respray, properly done including inside the engine bay etc... no part of the car will be left unsprayed. The colour I intend on using is AMG matt Grey Metallic. Expensive paint but worth it.
Anyway, the first problem I came across was finding a place to store the car while I worked on it, lucky I found a garage less than a 10 min drive away willing to have my car there while I work on it. For a fee of course. Got it delivered down last week and started to work on it this week.
My plan of action is not hugely defined but I have a general idea. Bearing in mind I have never undertaken any task like this ever before. So be prepared for me posting a lot of questions on the forum in the near future!!! (inevitably when I forget what parts are what, or how they go back on)
I am going to work from back to front. I have already started to strip the car down.
Here is the car before i started. Just had the side skirts taken off
Coilovers removed. Was happy to see the level of rust was not too bad here even before i have done any work on it. You can see the arches are in good shape. The petrol filler hose on the other hand needs to be replaced.
Next inline was to remove the subframe but took a few other bits off too.
Rear Diff and propshaft off. You can see I bent a part on the top of the diff so need to find a replacement for that. Also I saw recently someone replaced the seal on the diff, is the seal a weak point that I should replace? I also want to replace all the knuckles, bearings and rubbers on the propshaft. So if anybody knows part numbers, or where all these bits can be found it would be much appreciated.
Petrol tank off. Again I am going to replace everything on this, new rubber hoses, pump and filters. Before and after a power hose.
There is a rattle inside it, i never opened it but i reckon it could the level sensor broken so may need to buy a whole new mechanism!
Will get the heat shields galvanised, also have the turbo heat shield and cat heat shield.
A picture where you can see a bit more of the underside of the car.
Everything removed. I am surprised at the condition of everything really. I mean apart from flaking paint and just looking grubby in general everything is in very good condition. The coil overs are in very good condition if a bit grubby. I am thinking i will just clean them up as i was considering a set of meister R.
I stripped the boot of all its plastics and the rear seats. Which is very easy. Bolts and clips and everything comes apart. I did it carefully to not scratch, damage or lose any of the interior plastic bits.
I have to say i was very happy with what i saw. This is what i came across when I removed the interior side panels. Very clean and dry with virtually zero rust. very rare indeed.
You can see a tiny line of rust starting to form along the seam of the rear arch. Luckily though it is only starting and I got it in time. I plan to get a soda blaster in and blast that away then hover out all the debris. I will degrease everywhere inside the arches and absolutely cover everywhere inside there in Bilt Hamber Dynax waxoil. You can see I have not removed the bottom bolt of the rear seat belts. Looks like they are actually bolted through the bottom of the car?? so need to get a wrench underneath too. That is for another day though.
So far so good with regard the overall condition. I am going to try take more detailed pictures from here on in.
One thing to be sure of though is to lable all the bolts
Storing a few extra parts here. Seems to be a trait of GTI-R owners by the looks of it
I know what everything in all the boxes are apart from these, can anybody name these parts for me? or where they go.
This is going to take some time and will be a slow process but I will try keep this up to date as I go along.
I think this is going to turn into a very expensive project!
Will keep ye all updated." />
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