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Old 19-12-2020, 11:54 AM   #1
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20vKarlos - Sprint Yellow Octavia VRS Estate Project

The VRS Project

As with all of my threads, they tend to be very wordy... you may need a brew and a biscuit or two...

Back in my younger days, even before I was driving, I’d see Yellow Octavia VRS’ driving around and I couldn’t get enough of them. From then, I vowed to myself that one day I’d have a Yellow Octavia VRS Estate... (I love estate cars)

So, a few years went by and I’d not yet scratched that itch but in 2015, we got married and once that was all said and done, my wife said, “I think it’s time for our estate car”.
Don’t jump to conclusions
Some of you would think that she was just implying that we would now proceed to have children, thus needing an estate car, but children were already here and we had a 7 seater for that
She knew I wanted a yellow VRS, so we got on the hunt and as if by magic, 48hrs into the search, this car came up at our local Skoda garage (15 miles away)






Well, I called the dealer and asked if it was still available and could we drive it, he said “yes, come on down and drive it today if you like”. I told him I’d be down in 45 minutes and like a kid in a sweet shop I hustled down to the dealer. When we arrived, the salesman was taking a deposit over the phone for the car, so we left a little deflated but continued looking.

In the end, we bought a slightly older VRS (62 Reg) but it was a Race Blue Blackline edition. My wife loved it and we only swapped it in when I started Taxi driving as it was too good to use as a cab and I wasn’t allowed a blue car with my local council.





Ever since owning ‘Race Blue’, my wife will frequently say, “Buy me another one”

We’ve not needed another car for a while and I’ve had no reason to buy a second car for us as I have been buying and selling a few cars this year and when they were fixed and ready for sale, I’d use them as a runaround.

Anyway... I was browsing the Auctions and under my usual saved search “Skoda Octavia” I spotted this... ABSOLUTE DOG! (we’ll get to that later)

I jokingly say to the wife... “oh look it’s our perfect car, but it’s the smashed up version”
(At this point I’m ready to move onto the next car on the Auction list)
Her response caught me off guard, “How much are you wanting to pay for it”
Me - Errr, ummm, errr, £650? maybe? Erm, do you think I should buy it then?
My wife - This year can’t get much worse, so if it’s a ‘Dog’ and you don’t want to fix it, would you get your money back in parts?
Me - (out loud) Erm, Yeah...(In my head)...That’s Questionable

So, Needless say, It’s now in our possession

Here are the Auction Photos...
































Quick call to my local rental company that I use quite frequently and a recovery truck was secured.
I got to Westbury and I was the first to arrive, we got loaded and I made my way back.

Getting brought out to the truck




I stopped for breakfast and then had to take the obligatory ’loaded truck‘ photo.



Arriving at the unit, safe and sound it was now time to give it a start up.





Here’s the ‘good’ side, if it has one



So what do we have to work with?

Specs
It’s got Nav, CD Changer in the boot, and it’s done 202,000 miles... what more could you want
Well, as like all of these old Yellow cars, the paint has faded, it needs some panels and parts and it stinks of DOG!
It’s high mileage, but even though it’s seemed to have a terrible life wash wise, it seems mechanically sound. I’ll investigate that further though.
The interior will be ripped out and put back together and I will source parts to replace and get hunting for the ‘rare’ parts like the bumpers ASAP.
I’ve decided that I want to keep this car and I think I’m going to attempt a full respray on it by MYSELF...
Bare in mind, I’ve only ever sprayed out of a rattle can and I don’t own the spray gear yet. I think it will be perfect
Oh, but I’ve watched a few YouTube videos, so I’m actually a Professional now


Thanks for reading

20vKarlos

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20vKarlos - Sprint Yellow Octavia VRS Estate Project

Unlucky on not securing the one at the dealership.

I reckon you’re going to enjoy the ownership more with this one with getting it all up to your standards.

All the best.


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Love the YouTube comment
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I can definitely empathise that your initial reaction was to confirm the ‘man math’ to your wife then ponder the reality in your head! I’ve definitely been there before!

I love the colour, looking forward to your progress
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Love a good project; and what can I say? This looks like it'll be a good project. Even though it's done 202k mileage, if it is mechanically sound, you've got plenty of life left in it. They're brilliant cars and I hope you get to realise that dream in your gleaming yellow VRS estate
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Looking forward to your updates and the repairs / renovation you do. The paint should come up nicely
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Always good when you get the ‘all clear’ from the other half when buying a car!


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we've one in white on a '62. at 140k.

great car. good look and following!
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Unlucky on not securing the one at the dealership.

I reckon you’re going to enjoy the ownership more with this one with getting it all up to your standards.

All the best.
I think I will too mate, when I had the 62 reg one in 2015, I was constantly worried someone would hit it. Whereas with this one, I bought it smashed up, so if it gets hit once it’s done, oh well

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Love the YouTube comment
It’s true mate, I’m going to shock the world with my capabilities
If orange peel and paint runs are the way forward, I’m going for it

On a serious note, with good information and a bit of practice, I think I could get reasonable results.
On this car, perfection isn’t what I’m searching for, but it would be great to get there...

I’ll be wet sanding and polishing along the way to achieve what I can, but it’ll be a fairly long process.

If anyone has pointers they’d like to throw my way, feel free

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I can definitely empathise that your initial reaction was to confirm the ‘man math’ to your wife then ponder the reality in your head! I’ve definitely been there before!

I love the colour, looking forward to your progress
Thanks mate

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Love a good project; and what can I say? This looks like it'll be a good project. Even though it's done 202k mileage, if it is mechanically sound, you've got plenty of life left in it. They're brilliant cars and I hope you get to realise that dream in your gleaming yellow VRS estate
There’s a mechanical update to follow

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Looking forward to your updates and the repairs / renovation you do. The paint should come up nicely
That’s the sad thing about this coulour, there’s no ‘bringing it back’ it’s faded beneath the lacquer, thus having to go the paint route

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Always good when you get the ‘all clear’ from the other half when buying a car!
She is a keeper

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we've one in white on a '62. at 140k.

great car. good look and following!
Ours had 20k on the clock in 2015 and I loved it, wish I’d have kept it really as I really do miss that car.
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Looking forward to seeing how this one goes.

The way things are with all the lock down games, this might be the way to go to relieve the onset of boredom!

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