Well boys and girls sit down while I tell you a story here goes.
Once upon a long long time ago a 2 door MK2 8v GTI Alpine white was first registered here in sunny Northern Ireland, to be exact 22nd May 1989 yes the old girl is 20 years old.
I bought her in 1992 with 47000 miles on the clock and some VW history, since then she has been my daily drive and now sits with 231598 miles! Wow.
Over the years I have given her some tweaks,
Magnex stainless down pipe, Full Scorpion stainless system.
Blue Igniter leads
K&N panel filter, then K&N cone filter with stainless induction pipe.
Various cross drilled and grooved front discs and various pads.
VDO gauges from an Audi coupe.
All the normal MK2 issues have also arisen over the years rear callipers, stripped and rebuilt until it became a real pain, so put new MK3 ones on and had no further issues.
Recall for heater bypass valve carried out by VW.
Drivers seat bolster and back stripped and rebuilt from a spare drivers seat from a 5 door so now good as new.
New front wish bones fitted with poly bushes. Rear top mount poly bushes
Custom leather gear stick gaiter made from the inner thigh from a pair of my then
girl friends (now wifeís black leather trousers) sweet!
Chrome gear surround. Alloy heater controls. Replaced water pump, oil pump.
The car was serviced every 10000 miles then every 5000 miles always new VW filter and VW oil and new sump washer new brake pressure valve, replaced brake pipes.
Goodridge stainless brake hoses all round.
Cam belt every 50000 miles by VW.
To many other things to list.
I have every MOT, Tax disc and receipt for anything that was ever bought for the car, a big fat file, scared to add it all up.
Now you may ask yourselves where is this all going.
Well the old girl is really showing her age and she has not been my main car for the past 2 years although Mot and taxed so I could still take her out for a burn.
She needs some body work
New front wings and front valance, New tail gate ( yes rusted like all early mk2s),
Rear wheel arches, Sills both sides, Rear back panel ( have new VW one stored away)
New repair panel around the fuel filler.
Repair to the door bottoms both sides. New panel under battery. Rear bumper iron.
So really looking at a glass out respray and a lot of TLC to get her right.
However the pound signs look like rolling up to get her right.
The car has an mot to mid June and taxed for 6 months so need to get her sorted before it is to late.
So I need some feed back on any good body work firms who could do the work with out sticking the arm in. I have already contacted some from the various VW clubs but as yet have not taken the car to be priced, so sorry to any one I have been in contact with, just need to get off work so the car can be looked at and priced. If any one has good panels hidden away or know where to source them give me a pm,
So here she is in all her glory. What would you do after 17 years?
Well after a lot of ringing around and searching E-BAY I picked up the first big panel
I was going to do the sill, rear wheel arch and fuel panel, (60.00+ for these 3 panels) then all the cutting and welding, but after speaking to some body work guys they felt the best option was to try and get the full quarter panel, not an easy task and was looking at serious money.
Having already picked parts from the van at Quiggs thought I might as well give them a ring, after a few phone calls, they turned one up buried under a lot of other panels in one of their sheds, so got a price and straight down after work to check it out.
Well pleased good condition only some very light surface rust on a few patches and it looks like the proper VW sticker, can any body confirm this from the photo.
So did the deal and headed home well pleased no turning back now, other panels on order.
Will have to start hiding the parts from my wife.
What would you expect to pay for a full VW quarter panel? Answers please see if I got a bargain?
I know what VW wanted!
New front wings and repair panel for under battery and drivers side sill already bought
Another update on the old girl some more nice new panels arrived today
Pax sill, rear pax arch repair panel and front lower panel.
A bit early yet but also picked up a new rear VW badge.
Just waiting for the front cross member
(may not need it but want to have once the car starts to get stripped, just in case.)
And waiting for a new rear small bumper complete.
Also ordered all new screws and bolts for the front wings and panel.
Managed to get another tailgate from a white GTI (needs a good TCUT and polish) so a quick swap and at least she looks like a GTI again, the first replacement from Quiggs is in better condition and this will be used once the rest of the car is sorted.
Still looking for a driver and passenger doors in white with no rust or new (no chance)
Unless some one has them squirreled away.
Any body have these drop and e-mail to