Supposed to be a quick makeover and sell it off. Never. This little car has been resident in my garage for 2 weeks now so I've decided to relax and do some typing on the computer about it.
This is the other halfs old car and it's not required anymore as it's too small. There were some problems with it, so a repair budget was established and work commenced...
It's black, a VW, small engine, 73K on it, recent clutch, a bit of history and is a happy little car.
Every corner has been knocked, someones used the roof for loading without a rack and there's some scratching to it, Door mirror casing is smashed, Interior bits have been eaten by a dog, the headlamps flap about in the casing, the starter is giving up, the power windows don't close without help and it looks like it's worth about 300 quid.
Roughly, getting it up to MOT and selling standard should be fairly straight forward. I've already changed the wheels from dirty bent up 1980's Scirocco rubbish alloy rims that rubbed to Polo wheels with the correct tyre sizes.
With the car at the garage I could have a proper and closer look at what was needed and I built a list.
1. Sort window regs
2. osr lamp innop
3. 2x number plates broken
4. headlamps security and aim to sort
5. some dents to knock out
6. rear wiper blade to fit
7. aim washer jets
8. repair/ replace cv boot, small hole leaking
9. aerial to radio innop
10. Handbrake is rubbish
11. exhaust joins leaking
12. Starter motor issue
13. door mirror cover broken
14. coin tray eaten
15. passenger window switch, drivers side innop
16. seat tilt handle missing (3 door)
17. tighten steering column
18. sort damaged corners
That should cover it. I had my budget planned and got to work pretty much in no particular order. This car is a reface of the popular 6N model and is in fact a 6N2. I was to find that not a lot of people know that in the scrapyard world....
Handbrake was a stripdown of the rear drums and a clean and lube of moving bits, then adjusting the cables evenly and correctly, there was a lot of shit in there and it was all stiff as hell so it's no wonder it was sick, on the good side the cylinders were fine with no leaks and the brake linings/ drums were healthy. Windows had been out at some point and I could see with the door panels off that someone had been there, broken glass from a break in when the tax was nicked in London too. Both window regs appeared mis aligned going by the bolt holes, so they were loosened off, and both windows went up fine. They were pinching before and going back down. With the windows up the regs were tightened and operations seemed fine with a bit of lube to the guides in the door for smoove operation.
Headlamps next which was bumper off. Both units are a silver reflective casing mounted in an outer casing. Force had been used at some point and the guides where the adjusters sit were both snapped off causing wobbly light syndrome. Fortunately the broken plastics were recovered from within the units and were hot glued back on with amazing results. I got a good chance with the bumper off to jet out all the crap that had built up behind it over the years.
Washers, done, wiper done, 1 rear lamp bulb done as well as a smoked out brake bulb. Steering column had a securing sheer bolt which had come loose, so with that tightened up everything was back to normal there.
CV boot turned out to have a pin hole in the hard plastic boot, like a pinch mark, so it was repaired using a soldering iron to melt the plastic a bit and seal the hole. so for so good.
Then it was a call to various breakers. "Yeah, we got one of those" or "come down and see us pal..."
I cycled to the first one which only had 6N's in stock. Even the interiors on the N2's are different. No mirror cover then, there was a skoda that shared these bits but the mirrors were robbed as were the ones on the Seat ibiza thing. No window switches either, the closest was on an Audi but the terminals were older than the switch I had. There was a manky polo 6N with a 1.4 in so the starter was there but it looked shagged out so I decided to cut my losses and look elsewhere.
The 2nd yard the next day was a bit more fruitful and I obtained seat tilt handles, a door mirror (whole because they wouldn't break it up...fair dooos) and a starter motor. With 2 speakers for the 635 it all came to a nifty. No coin tray or window switches though.
Checking online, these switches are thin on the ground and the tray is even thinner. The third yard the next day had loads of that type of polo! Fantastic! Until I got there and.... they didn't. VW'S wanted just £17 for a new switch and that was tempting, but they wanted £34 for a tray and I'm not paying that on a budget. If they had had them in stock I might have fallen for it.
Cutting my losses again I decided to bid on a double set online, use one and sell the other. £15 quid though. Then I 'buyed it now' an coin tray which was £15 posted. I paid for that selecting the card option and was given the message to contact the seller for details. I mailed him as there was no number and he replied that they don't take cards. Long story short, exchanging email we got to the bottom of the problem that their advert had wrong information. They said they would knock some money off for goodwill. I told them about the aggro with finding switches... "we got one here, I'll throw it in for nothing".
Kind of a result, a tray and switch for £12 posted but I still had that bid on another auction.... The next morning I was outbid! I've never been so happy at being outbid!
The tray was a plastic git to put in which involved removing hard plastic dash bits that rip your skin off, the switch less so as it was ready to go in plug and play stylee. Whilst I was there I found the aerial lead unplugged so that made up for some of the blood lost earlier.
Then I turned my attention to the body. Mirror first, I had a blue cover on my replacement so it needed painting. I am ashamed to say it but I kind of had to break one of my personal laws and use..... HALFORDS there, I said it.
Happily I went and got some plastic primer, VW paint and some shiny spray. I must admit it turned out ok and was a bloody good match.
More after this break.....