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Old 10-10-2015, 11:38 PM   #1
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Project Bora - 10 year anniversary refresh

It's been two years since my last project (http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=351613) and during that time I have been driving a new car, so for a while now I have been on the look out for a new project.

Recently my mum announced that, after 10 years, she would be buying a new car and knowing that she'd just normally trade in the old one, I jumped at the chance to take it on, tidy it up, use it for a bit and then sell it on her behalf.

So I present you with this, a 2005 VW Bora 1.6 SE, 1 careful lady owner, 68k miles.







Not the most exciting car I grant you but it has one stand out feature that I don't have currently and that's rear doors, which makes loading the latest addition to family considerably easier.

The overall condition is one that could be described as "needing love" but, to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way. So one week on after collection here's how things are:





Overall, bodywork wise it's all good. The alloys are totally free of curbing too, the joys of 16" wheels I assume. Note the green "pressure indicator" valve cap. More on that later.



But, headlights are very opaque



Stonechips are rusting on the front



And above the windscreen



And there's lots of ingrained dirt in all the door shuts and seals









Couple of paint scratches and scuffs to tidy up





Petrol filler area very dirty indeed





And under the bonnet not much better:







Round the back there's lots of dirt in the boot recess, which is clearly a magnet for it:





And for some reason the blue protective film is still in place in the boot, which will go:



As will this tax disc holder:



Since I know the life of this car, I can say with confidence that all this dirt is as a result of the car living outside for its entire 10 year life, but getting reasonably regular sessions at one of those Arc car washes. I have cleaned it once, back in 2011, partly because I had to deal with an epic amount of tar as this photo shows:



Meanwhile, tools and spare wheel all present and correct:



Bit of tidying up to do underneath



And the retaining strap to reattach



The nice thing, I find, about buying a car with a low number of owners is that stickers like this are still present, in this case showing the jack was built in Jan 2005, just two months before this car was registered.



But equally it seems that somebody has run off with the warning triangle...



Next step, the interior.

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Old 11-10-2015, 12:06 AM   #2
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The interior has probably seen less attention over the years to be fair, and as a result presents rather a lot of dust and debris.

Driver's area:



Lots of white marks on the door



Door hinges never been touched





Pedals a bit grubby



But overall there are no rips or tears and it's just dust

















So before starting any cleaning, I wanted to change out the tyre pressue indicator valve caps. Luckily the regular valve caps were included, so on they went



Shortly before taking it on, I had swapped out the rear brakes as they had been an advisory on the previous MOT. I was pleased to see that they still looked good, these being Pagid discs



But when presented to the MOT afterward it still failed. This time on front brakes which were replaced with genuine VW items (apparently). So they are a few weeks younger than the rear discs and yet considerably more rusty.



I will be painting them I imagine...

Once the tyres were done I set about fixing the arm rest, which wobbled around far too much. A quick look at YouTube for a "how to" and I'm away with my 13mm socket and ratchet



And done, all back together



While looking under car I noticed something hanging down, which turns out to be for the handbrake cable



And back where it should be



I then cracked on with the interior. Part way through vacuuming..



Blue protective film actually quite hard to get off as it's dried up and is brittle. It has left a glue residue too which I must sort



And cleaned under the back seats. Unlike most second hand car this wasn't a source of addtional £1 coins and took only a quick vacuum to have it looking new again



More cleaning and optimisation steps coming tomorrow.


So other than really good clean up, key things to do are the front lights, replace bulbs in the heating controls, replace the lower engine mount (dogbone), replace the mats and then use it through Christmas before selling early 2016.

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Old 11-10-2015, 12:12 AM   #3
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I loved my old bora. Solid bits of kit.
I'll keep a close watch of this thread with interest.
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Nice little project, should be very satisfying getting all the little bits done.
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Looks like you have some work to do!
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Great project to get your teeth into, looks like it will come up great though.
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Old 11-10-2015, 04:24 PM   #8
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Subscribed!!! I love tidy-up threads.

Good work so far.

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Will be good to see the turnaround.
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