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Old 07-07-2018, 09:17 PM   #71
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Right then not much to update haha been busy getting things ready for a trip to the isle of wight on monday so not had much time to do the car but had a good day on it today to sort a couple bits out

First of all i fitted a sunstrip as i like them


Next i had to do a little bit of rust repair, when i fitted the rear silencer i noticed the rear of the car was very crusty and the left exhaust hanger was very loose feeling, well a few days ago the hanger snapped off leaving the exhaust to dangle and hit against the center of the car haha not ideal

So here it was before




So i scraped all of the flaky old paint off and got in there with a few wire brushes and sand paper which left me with this




Then i coated it all in rust converter


I then welded a plate on and the exhaust hanger back on but my welder had run out of gas and the welds were just coming out like absolute pigeon excrement so excuse the state of the welding, ill probably end up cutting it back off and doing it properly when ive got some gas


And exhaust back on in the right position





So thats all for today haha fingers crossed it makes it to the isle of wight


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Old 07-07-2018, 11:49 PM   #72
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Only a tad crusty eh? lol

Nice job!
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Old 24-07-2018, 01:28 AM   #73
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Only a tad crusty eh? lol

Nice job!


Haha was terrible really, i’ll have to get round to sorting the other side soon lol


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Old 24-07-2018, 01:48 AM   #74
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Right then a little progress on this though it is slow as im currently saving to move out haha

The little saxo took me my girlfriend and a tonne of luggage to the isle of wight absolutely flawlessly i honestly was surprised at its motorway capability and it was especially fun on the isle of wights B roads buying another VTR was deffo a good decision

While on the isle of wight i even managed to meet a popular youtuber and the little saxo got a mension on youtube which i was too happy about


Anyway onto a couple pics from the holiday





So once i got home i decided to get busy on a couple jobs id been planning for a while, the first was to jetwash the engine bay to find an oil leak, turns out its headgasket and cam cover gasket

Next was a visual change, ever since owning my old red VTR ive always wanted to do this mod and im soooo glad its done as it changed the whole look of the car in my opinion

So it involves a bit of this



Next you place your headlight at the center of the oven at 150 degrees ( god knows what gas mark ) for around 10 minutes and use a thin flathead screwdriver to achieve this

Next i sanded back the headlight trim

And separated the indicator lenses, i then used a specific lens tinting spray to get this

Headlight trims were then painted VW diamond black to give it a slight metallic sparkle


Then the headlight gets re assembled, the glue is re useable, all i did was place the glass back on, put the headlight in the oven for a further 5 mins and pushed the glass all the way back into place and secured with the metal clips


Next i gave the car a wash


And cleaned behind the headlights




Then headlights refitted



And the finished look



And to finish off a sexy pic in the sunlight, absolutely in love with this colour


The passenger door looks a different colour there but its just a reflection of the girlfriends KA

That is all for now, hopefully more soon



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Fantastic update, Jim. Really lovely looking wee motor.

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Thanks guys really starting to like this little pocket rocket haha

Managed to get a couple bits and bobs sorted out on the saxo lately

First of all i got bored of getting high on oil fumes when sat in traffic so decided to replace the cam cover gasket, but also thought it would be a great opportunity to paint the cam cover, didnt grab a before but it was basically like this



Rusty in places and generally tired

So it all got a good flatting back and de rusting then a coat of etch primer


First coat of its new colour


And a few more and lacquer


New gasket, bolts painted and cap cleaned


And refitted




Really want to repaint the engine bay but its a daily driver so kind of hard haha

Next up something the car has needed since i bought it and also a modification

I purchased myself a rebuilt rear axle lowered 50mm to replace the rusty/seized and full of play one that the saxo had on

So i got to fitting it, not maby pictures were taken as i was way too hot and stressing over finding some rust haha

But old one off


New one built up, ideally could do with a new compensator valve but ive freed this one off for now , as you may be able to see i have also fitted polybushed mounts which ive owned for 3 years haha finally get a use


Axle refitted and back on the floor


Really happy with 50mm not all chav stanced just a nice height

Then onto the front, shock assembly off the car and old V new springs


Height difference haha


Re assembled


Back on the car ( though this is the opposite side) really need to sort these arches out haha


And car back on the floor


So overall





Took it for a drive and it feels sooo much more stable especially round corners, that old rear beam had some fairly bad play in the passenger side haha, the polybushes really make a difference too so very happy with the cars progress so far

More soon


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Good work. Amazing that you are doing this on a gravel drive, must be a nightmare especially when you drop something!
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Nice work Jim. The new springs made me laugh - I've just had new ones put on my Land Cruiser and they make yours look like coat hanger wire!! I'm pretty sure you're single-handedly resurrecting French hatchbacks in the UK.
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