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Title: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 12, 2013, 05:32:25 pm
Right - lets have a look what we bought! It appears to have been built in 1992 - chassis prefix N, dates on plastic parts from 1991-early 1992. It has 2 oil pressure switches, clocks with temp light, no belt guides on rear quarter trim panels and early spare wheel/towing eye/wheelbrace stowage. It also has no cig lighter or grab handles above the doors!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: SamG40 on September 12, 2013, 05:44:12 pm
You need to be really careful with the roof lining then!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 12, 2013, 06:04:04 pm
Bodywork wise its a twenty year old car. Its had a poor respray at some point and had windows + trim etc. masked up. Dents, scratches and chips painted over. Some would say its not too bad for its age and I am a picky bastard but the description of "almost immaculate" is not how I'd describe it. I see my grey car as almost immaculate. Anyways it will be getting a full strip and respray at some point. The passenger door is the least straight panel but should be able to make a good 'un out of it. The paint is flaking at various points where it was masked up to windows/trim so further need for a proper job. Its really hard to photograph but there seems to be white flecks under the laquer over most of the car
Generally though the dents are pretty minor and the sills and arches seem to be tip top and it has the potential to be a truly beautiful example.

I have always been fussy about paint!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 12, 2013, 06:46:46 pm
The not so good bits - all four tyres well perished - not really a problem. The broken front badge was held on with a lump of silicone sealer and the rear badge is broken in two - hey ho. The front bumper and a couple of trim pieces are scuffed up - I have some spares but will be on the lookout for a new/better bumper. The screen seal is full of rusty water - hopefully I can sort this before the screen frame rots. By far the worst part of the car is the bit I looked at first, the battery tray. Its totally rotted out and been "repaired" with fibreglass leaving no way for any water to run off. Quality. Had to knock some coin off for this - its gonna be a ballache to do a proper job of this!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Yoof on September 12, 2013, 08:20:21 pm
Shame Steve, it looked like a solid car, I suppose at this age the all have their secrets.

Still, if there's someone who can restore it to its former glory, it's you! What's the plan?
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 12, 2013, 08:39:52 pm
I'm gonna replace the master cylinder and possibly put a spare servo on to get the brakes up to par. Then replace the tyres and fit a new battery before getting it MOT'd. I'll do some miles in it to ensure its all in order before it gets stripped for some paint. Seems to drive fine other than the weak brakes so hopefully wont need much mechanical work. Probably strip it in the spring so I can do the restoration work without freezing my cock off!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 14, 2013, 02:19:29 pm
Threw the crappy aftermarket stereo away and reinstated the super poverty spec blanking plate that was in the boot. Think this is how it came when new. Just noticed that it has side impact door bars - don't know what date these were used from - perhaps someone knows this?
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: PeteG40 on September 14, 2013, 04:14:57 pm
Usually from late k plate
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 15, 2013, 01:43:52 pm
You need to be really careful with the roof lining then!
Yeah - I might find it difficult to find a replacement!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 15, 2013, 01:55:07 pm
Usually from late k plate
Fair doos. I'd like to find out which lights it came with originally. The orange side repeaters suggest it should have orange indicator lenses and early tail lights. I have vague memories of seeing the green T reg at E38 years ago sporting orange indicators but time may have damaged the brain cells involved!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Andy on September 15, 2013, 07:54:48 pm
Usually from late k plate
Mine's an August '92 K-plate and has them, but it's a breadvan - so possibly Coupes might be different?
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: PeteG40 on September 15, 2013, 07:57:15 pm
it'll be a mismatch of build date to registration date.... only looked at g40s tbh and they probably stood around longer than lower specced cars.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Jester on September 15, 2013, 09:23:46 pm
The other one T reg I've seen had clear front indicators and later smoked rears, but I'm guessing the guy changed them.

cool that it has no sunroof.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 17, 2013, 06:06:58 pm
It would appear that the only optional extras it has are tinted glass and a faintly musty odour to the upholstery.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 28, 2013, 12:56:27 pm
Got the log book back this week so I've started to prepare for the MOT. Wheels are off for powder coating and new tyres, new battery installed and new master cylinder fitted. Also got the screen washers working and fitted new wiper blades. Should hopefully have it taxed and MOT'd in time for GTI Festival at Santa Pod on October 13th
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 08, 2013, 09:11:28 pm
Got these back today. MOT tomorrow morning :'(
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Post by: sleag40 on October 09, 2013, 12:52:23 pm
MOT and tax sorted. Just needed to change the front flexy hoses as they were well tired. Fortunately I had a pair of Goodridge ones lying around from my broken black car so it was a cheap fix! It was my first proper look underneath today and it all seems pretty good under there apart from the selector shaft seal leaking. Brake lines + compensator not corroded and sills spot on. Fuel pump whines quite loudly so I've ordered one in. Finally added to the mileage too!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 09, 2013, 08:06:50 pm
Changed the oil and filter this afternoon - I reckon its been almost 3 years since it was last done. Not driven a standard G40 since 2006 - I'd forgotten how shit standard brakes were! It took a bit of getting used to. Done more miles in it today than its done in the last 7 years! So far the only things I've found that need attention straight away are the fuel pump and the selector shaft seal - should have these done by weekend.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Freddy77 on October 09, 2013, 09:32:30 pm
Those wheels look class, wish I kept mine now,
Looking like it's coming along nicely, are you going to keep it original?
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Post by: sleag40 on October 10, 2013, 02:19:49 pm
Gonna keep it as original as I can! Still want to find out which lights it came with.
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Post by: sleag40 on October 12, 2013, 05:30:12 pm
Made it! Performed faultlessly - I don't know if I should be surprised or not.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 19, 2013, 10:07:21 am
A trip to the VW dealers saw me leave with only one of the many parts I requested but I now have a date of manufacture - 17.06.92. Looks even more like the early style lights will be going back on.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 27, 2013, 05:23:40 pm
Done 500 miles in it now - seems that all is in order. I'll hopefully start tearing it down for a respray in the Spring but for now I've put it to bed for the winter.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on December 21, 2013, 12:05:30 pm
Small update - scored a NOS genuine front bumper off ebay, some new badges and a set of injector jackets. Christmas came early this year!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on January 18, 2014, 07:47:27 pm
Not much progress with this yet - too cold to work on it for long. The next few weeks should see the dash and carpets out to make a start on that poxy battery tray. In the mean time  I've been collecting stuff for the restoration and doing odd jobs that can be done indoors!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on January 24, 2014, 04:11:49 pm
Dug it out the other day when it was dry and did another couple of hundred miles. I really enjoy driving it - nice and quiet but still reasonably quick. A lot less frantic than the grey one! Gonna put off making a start on it for a short while to get a bit more use out of it before it comes to bits. Spot the piece of wood holding the battery down due to the bodged clamp in the bodged battery tray breaking!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: physicsfool on January 24, 2014, 07:23:21 pm
What has been done to this one?
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on January 24, 2014, 08:27:39 pm
This one be totally boggo - hence quietness and 4x4 ride height! I intend to keep it that way too, not so many left as nature intended.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: physicsfool on January 24, 2014, 09:37:06 pm
Agreed, I am keeping mine with a few choice reversible modifications!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on February 17, 2014, 07:40:39 am
The plan for Sunday was to get the interior stripped out but due to the fine dry weather it would have been a waste. Spent all day driving polos instead!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on March 30, 2014, 05:10:31 pm
Done a thousand miles since purchased - piss poor effort on my part for not getting stuck into it yet! Should be massively easier to do than the grey one was as the only welding job required is that battery tray. Hopefully the original backbox splitting this week will help me towards getting my act together!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on April 19, 2014, 03:23:40 pm
It's out. Been flying round like this today!
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Post by: sleag40 on April 20, 2014, 02:03:58 pm
A bit more stripping - and the horror revealed. Worst I've seen - will get pics up when I've removed the fibreglass "repair".
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on April 26, 2014, 10:15:38 pm
This is how not to do it - a piece of steel sheet had been shaped and tacked into position. It was then fibreglassed over and seam sealed leaving the rusty remains below to carry on rusting. Shite. Anyway its gone now - proper job to follow!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on April 27, 2014, 03:37:04 pm
My guess is that it was sat out in the weather in Malaysia for years. Must have been sat with the passenger side lower down than the drivers so that the water couldn't get out of the drain hole. It was laid up in 2006 because of this so it only lasted for 7 years use before the battery went South!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on May 03, 2014, 03:49:36 pm
Started moving all my polo crap into the unit today. Just got to shift a load of skyline crap out and the job can properly commence.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on May 11, 2014, 04:23:31 pm
Bought a 1litre cheaply to break for parts. The battery tray is 100% sound so will be removed and grafted into T323 JHB.
Stripped a fair bit today - should be able to start cutting this week.
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Post by: sleag40 on May 17, 2014, 06:41:34 pm
Some serious cutting and grinding and its free. Gonna unpick the spot welds now its out as access is much better now. Left a big hole!
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Post by: AdzCM on May 17, 2014, 07:27:50 pm
That's one way of fixing the battery tray haha. Never crossed my mind that it could be cut out completely and replaced. Impressive.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on May 26, 2014, 07:49:54 pm
Wings and bonnet off, then wipers and wiper motor. Removed the remains of the original battery tray - just need to cut the back wall when I get some more discs. Need to cut the back wall of the replacement tray to match where its cut on the car. Should be welding it in this weekend.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on May 31, 2014, 01:27:14 pm
It's welded in now - just need to treat it to some POR15, seam sealer then paint. It was a big old pain in the cock but totally worth it. Big thanks to John Willy for welding skills.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: z3i on May 31, 2014, 02:49:44 pm
Decent mate! You get the repair panel from vw? Was it hard to drill out the old one? I welded a plate to mine and sealed it in but it's still annoying me, would like to do what you've done
Taylor
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on May 31, 2014, 06:57:26 pm
No repair panel available - need to cut a good one out of another car as shown above then unpick all the spot welds to free the actual tray itself. Getting the poxy one out involves drilling and chiselling all the spot welds and cutting the back wall all with very restricted access. Sounds a lot easier than it is! Took about 30 hours including stripping both cars to have access to everything neccessary.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Etches on May 31, 2014, 08:35:36 pm
Great job dude! Looks awesome  :D
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Post by: sleag40 on June 01, 2014, 05:01:31 pm
Getting all the shittiest jobs done first - today I have been mostly scraping bastard seam sealer off. My hands are wrecked. Just need to do the other side then the worst stuff is over (hopefully!)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on June 04, 2014, 08:54:06 pm
Other side scraped clean now. Gonna empty the engine bay and remove suspension next as the engine bay is first in line for painting.
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Post by: sleag40 on June 07, 2014, 08:51:34 pm
Ready to drop the engine and box out now. Biggest ballache so far was getting the headlights out - all the screws were buggered so had to use mole grips on the engine bay side.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on June 10, 2014, 07:02:46 pm
Done some more stripping while I wait for time on the ramp to remove engine and box. Doors and tailgate stripped bare, side glass, seat belts and rear shelf/speaker supports out. Once the screen and motor are out the inner wings, battery tray and sills will be POR15'd and the engine bay will be prepped for paint.
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Post by: sleag40 on June 11, 2014, 08:05:29 pm
Sills ground back to metal today - thankfully no surprises to report!
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Post by: sleag40 on June 12, 2014, 06:50:47 pm
Sills and battery tray treated with POR15 today. Hopefully engine coming out tomorrow.
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Post by: sleag40 on June 14, 2014, 04:17:58 pm
More POR15 action today. Engine bay prep next.
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Post by: sleag40 on June 18, 2014, 06:16:04 pm
Theres a few rusty bits on the drivers side - nothing serious though. Gearbox side is pretty good. Once the rust is treated and seam sealed it should be good to go for paint.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on June 25, 2014, 08:55:16 pm
More scraping today - not much more to come off now - think that the tedious stuff is all but done. Paint and seam sealer still to do before it goes to the man Bez.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on June 28, 2014, 04:06:19 pm
Seam sealer next on the list.
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Post by: physicsfool on June 28, 2014, 06:45:34 pm
Going to be a stunner when you have finished
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Post by: sleag40 on June 29, 2014, 04:26:15 pm
Going to be a stunner when you have finished

I hope so mate - many hours going into this!

Today has mostly been about cleaning all the wax and shit off the inside of the wings and treating the bits of surface rust.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on June 30, 2014, 07:30:59 pm
Seam sealer done. Question is, which one of a thousand other jobs to do next?
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Post by: Etches on July 01, 2014, 06:47:53 am
Looks awesome mate, some graft has gone into this!
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Post by: sleag40 on July 01, 2014, 07:29:02 am
Looks awesome mate, some graft has gone into this!

Cheers man - its nice to reach a point where I can see that progress is being made. Should be getting a lot bluer soon!
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Post by: sleag40 on July 03, 2014, 08:03:26 pm
Cleaned and treated both sides of the slam panel and headlight brackets. Pretty tedious!
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Post by: sleag40 on July 06, 2014, 04:23:48 pm
Been painting suspension and steering parts today whilst the engine bay got some paint too. Progress!
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Post by: sleag40 on July 09, 2014, 08:20:03 pm
Inner wings and sills stone chipped plus some under bonnet stuff like brake lines, servo, steering rack, arb and control arms re-fitted. Once the legs are in it can be wheeled back for the rest of the spray job.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on July 13, 2014, 10:29:47 pm
Its rolling again! Been painting engine mounts, bumper bar, brakes etc. while I wait until my main painter man clears his backlog so he can get stuck in into it.

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Post by: sleag40 on July 17, 2014, 05:32:00 pm
Been busying myself with doing a load of stuff that won't be seen this week. Please excuse the hideous colour of the calipers - they will be replaced with anodised silver ones when I get round to sending some for refurbishment.
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Post by: sleag40 on July 19, 2014, 10:30:38 pm
Been cleaning the engine and gearbox so I can decide what to paint and what to leave as is. The sump is coated in what appears to be stone chip type paint - I have no idea if this is factory or not. Gearbox will come up nice once its been steam cleaned. Check out the peculiar little reduction gear that the standard speedo cable screws into. I believe the other 2 T reg cars now run UK spec clocks.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on July 20, 2014, 07:38:51 pm
Paint job will commence within a week. Next job is to get the motor spruced up. Been wrestling with dirty oily stuff today. On the plus side it seems that only the starter motor has been replaced in the past. On the negative side the cambelt and water pump appear to be the originals! So much for having had a charger rebuild and cam belt and water pump back in 2010 - either the reciepts were fake or the guy paid good money for stuff that wasn't done. Anyways, no nuts or bolts were rounded or studs snapped during the strip so I dont feel too pissed off! Couple more bits to come off then it can be cleaned up and probably painted.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: physicsfool on July 20, 2014, 11:38:02 pm
Looking good, got a NOS water pump if you are interested
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Post by: sleag40 on July 22, 2014, 06:47:00 pm
Cheers for the offer Martin  - I've been kitted out with  a pump and belt thanks to Pete's hoard though! I'll be in touch soon.
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Post by: sleag40 on July 23, 2014, 07:28:33 pm
All the crap is now on the floor. Too hot to be arsed at the moment but should have the engine painted by the weekend.  8)
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Post by: sleag40 on July 26, 2014, 05:07:37 pm
Cambelt and water pump sorted. Block, engine mount and water pipe painted with engine enamel.
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Post by: sleag40 on July 27, 2014, 01:32:41 pm
Inlet manifold ready to go on. Need to clean shite encrusted alternator next. :(
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Post by: sleag40 on July 27, 2014, 08:50:00 pm
The blueness has begun! No idea when it ends though.
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Post by: sleag40 on July 29, 2014, 07:12:05 pm
My stickers from DKnight arrived today. Also went to OCD to pick up my rebuilt charger. Not a right lot can be done now until the paint is done. :(
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Post by: sleag40 on July 31, 2014, 07:02:01 pm
Just got to throw the new clutch and the cleaned gearbox on and its ready to go in.
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Post by: sleag40 on August 01, 2014, 07:25:03 pm
Finished cleaning the gearbox, then unwrapped and re-wrapped the wiring loom. Actually quite enjoyed it!
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Post by: Jester on August 01, 2014, 08:58:10 pm
Thread is a great read, looking forward to seeing this finished.
How was it dealing with OCD in regards to the charger? good service/turn around?
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Post by: sleag40 on August 02, 2014, 08:39:30 am
Seems to be a sound bloke. Picked it up a week after dropping it off and watched it being reassembled. Would have been even quicker if he didn't go to MIVW in Holland last week.
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Post by: sleag40 on August 07, 2014, 09:49:00 pm
Some more paint is on - doors, wings, tailgate and bonnet just need polishing. Fitted flywheel, new clutch and gearbox today. Got it all finished up and ready to install and realised I'd not fitted the new release bearing. Bollocks! I'll do it at the weekend.
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Post by: sleag40 on August 10, 2014, 07:30:42 am
Bonnet and doors came back while I was cleaning my intercooler. Apparently I should have the shell back by next weekend. ;D
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Post by: sleag40 on August 16, 2014, 03:03:13 pm
Engine is in - just got to add ECU and cooling system and hopefully it'll run!
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Post by: sleag40 on August 16, 2014, 09:48:48 pm
It's alive! Rev counter doesn't work but otherwise all good! Just need to put windows in, doors, tailgate, wings and bonnet on and it'll look like a car again.
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Post by: Freddy77 on August 16, 2014, 10:10:17 pm
looking shit hot there steve, some grrat work going into this
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Post by: sleag40 on August 17, 2014, 05:01:23 pm
looking shit hot there steve, some grrat work going into this
Cheers Fred - looking forward to finishing it soon. Life has kinda been on hold while doing all this!

Rev counter just started working again - the plug in the back of the clocks wasn't clipped in. I do like an easy fix!
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Post by: Etches on August 18, 2014, 05:54:37 pm
Looks amazing dude! So satisfying having it running again :)
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Post by: sleag40 on August 18, 2014, 07:14:52 pm
Looks amazing dude! So satisfying having it running again :)
Cheers man! Well satisfying! Finished up the engine bay this afternoon - just strut top covers and new stickers left to do in there. Should hopefully have all the bodywork on by the weekend. Might even have it ready for VW Action if I don't have any problems!
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Post by: sleag40 on August 19, 2014, 06:16:08 pm
Short one today - stuck the headiner back down so I can fit the glass, doors and tailgate tomorrow.
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Post by: PeteG40 on August 19, 2014, 06:53:22 pm
When its done it'll be my favourite g40
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Post by: sleag40 on August 20, 2014, 09:48:29 pm
A productive session today - screen and wings to go on tomorrow then it can have a final polish and I can finish up.
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Post by: sleag40 on August 20, 2014, 11:07:27 pm
When its done it'll be my favourite g40

Cheers Pete - it'll probably be my favourite too! ;D
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Post by: Etches on August 21, 2014, 06:40:03 am
A Short one putting the headlining in lol, arse of a job lol! You've turned this around really quick :)
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Post by: sleag40 on August 21, 2014, 08:37:21 pm
Couldn't quite get the panel gaps between bonnet and wings perfect. Its pretty close though. Looking forward to starting on the inside tomorrow!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on August 21, 2014, 08:49:44 pm
A Short one putting the headlining in lol, arse of a job lol! You've turned this around really quick :)
In the last 3 months I think I've had 5 days away  from it. Do between 2 and 4 hours a day on it after work - obviously more at weekends! When its finished I've got another project to do - a two wheeled one - probably have a bit of a rest first though!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on August 23, 2014, 11:16:25 pm
Had its final buffing session today - been getting it back together. Built up the back end and put the dash back in and all was going well. All lights work, horn, wipers and washers all good. Its been started a few times this aftetnoon and there were no problems until I came to move it when I'd done for the day - turned the key and......nothing! No dash lights no pump priming no relay clicks, not a sausage! Sidelights and hazards still worked so I can only assume that my ignition switch is fooked or maybe just its plug has come out? Didn't hang about to investigate as I needed feeding. Another job to go on the to do list!
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Post by: sleag40 on August 24, 2014, 10:55:12 pm
Took the dash back out to try and find the problem - turns out it was just the plugs on the back of the fuse box hanging out. Messing about done with the wiper mechanism went in (PITA) then I finished off the engine bay with the new stickers. Arch liners and front bumper next followed by the mirrors. Finished off the day by putting the rear seat belts and parcel shelf supports - and putting the dash back in again. Probably do the side trims tomorrow but the arches are probably gonna let the appearance down until I work out how to clean off the boot polish type stuff that the previous owner hurled at them.
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Post by: Etches on August 25, 2014, 06:59:03 am
Cracking work as usual dude, be you are a master at hauling the dash in and out now! I've had the problem before of the fusebox plug falling out ffs! Nearly on the road now :)
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Post by: physicsfool on August 25, 2014, 12:22:40 pm
Very nice! and a bloody quick turnaround. spot on
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Post by: sleag40 on August 25, 2014, 05:21:56 pm
Cheers guys! A lot of today was spent cleaning plastic trims. Once cleaned with thinners I rubbed a little boiled linseed oil into them - look half decent now. All said trims are now fitted which completes the exterior of the car. Just  :(need to fit the interior now but due to a massive backlog at work (because of this build) I may not be finished until next weekend.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Freddy77 on August 25, 2014, 09:43:26 pm
Amazing work again looks soo good with every update.
Going to be very unusual to see a completely restored one
That hasn't been fettled with
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on August 26, 2014, 08:42:26 pm
Amazing work again looks soo good with every update.
Going to be very unusual to see a completely restored one
That hasn't been fettled with
Cheers Fred - it's true - totally standard G40s are a rare sight!
Got a bit more done today after work, passenger side doorcards and seat belt now fitted.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on August 28, 2014, 09:52:27 pm
Got the rest of the interior bar the seats in today. Gutter trims also went on. All thats left to do now is fit the seats, replace the water in the coolig system with coolant and spend a decent amount of time cleaning the horrendous amount of shite off it that its gathered over the last couple of weeks! Should be back on the road very soon. ;D
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Post by: Yoof on August 29, 2014, 12:30:02 pm
Looks lovely mate!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on August 30, 2014, 06:26:58 pm
Looks lovely mate!

Cheers Pete - the main paint man did me proud with the paint work!
Seats finally went in today - I can use my dining room again now! The nice new rocker cover gasket was weeping oil after a test drive. Whipped it off and put a fine bead of black silicone on both sides - seems to have done the trick. Gonna do a few more miles in it tomorrow then give it a proper good clean. Put it away for now, going for a pint!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Freddy77 on August 30, 2014, 09:51:40 pm
a well deserved pint id say, please
give it a good clean and post loads of photos.
looks amazing, excellent work
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Post by: sleag40 on August 31, 2014, 07:48:14 pm
Moving my hoard of spares to the unit so theres room in the garage for the car took far too long today. Didn't have time to clean the interior but did do a reasonable job on the exterior. Heres a few shots taken just before I put it away - will finish cleaning and add rear badge later in the week. Will get some decent pics then.
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Post by: Jester on September 01, 2014, 03:41:43 pm
Looks amazing - brilliant job  8)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 02, 2014, 07:00:43 pm
Looks amazing - brilliant job  8)

Cheers dude - really pleased with the outcome! ;D
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: dan182 on September 02, 2014, 09:53:55 pm
Looks great when it came up for sale was thinking of buying it glad you did as I wouldn't of had time to spare to do it like this
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 06, 2014, 08:25:01 pm
Looks great when it came up for sale was thinking of buying it glad you did as I wouldn't of had time to spare to do it like this

Cheers - it has taken a good few hours work!

Done a bit more cleaning today - 13" RAs are even more of a pain to clean than 14s. Not satisfied with the finish of plastics so I'm gonna try some stuff a friend has used on his 205 GTI - his plastics look ace!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Jester on September 07, 2014, 07:29:00 am
Looks super fresh, like it's rolled out the factory!

As for plastic I use this.

(http://i1.adis.ws/i/washford/295878?$pd_main$)

The result is crazy and lasts for ages, water beads of it and everything.

I just use a sponge for it then a soft cloth to even it out.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 10, 2014, 08:15:52 pm
Cool - I'll give that a go! I think the key to good looking plastics is probably down to them being spotlessly cleaned before treatment with this kind of product. When bright sunlight  hits my arches you can still see a little evidence of that boot polish type stuff that the previous owner slapped on them. I'm possibly being too fussy!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 17, 2014, 07:13:23 pm
Done some more cleaning today - large amounts of crap came out of the seats, probably do it again at some point as theres more to come out. Still finding polish residue and other stuff I've missed before. Most likely I'll leave any more cleaning until it gets put away for the winter - I'd much rather drive it than clean it while the weathers still good.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 22, 2014, 07:43:04 pm
Couldn't help myself - took one look at my dusty engine bay today and had to give it a quick clean. Got a new scuttle cover coming soon, also ordered a new back box from VW Heritage - not cheap but it'll fit a lot better than the pattern one does!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 08, 2014, 06:55:19 pm
Was having a good look around the engine the other day and noticed a small oil leak coming from behind the timing belt cover on the charger. Done 350 miles grandad style so far running it in and saw a patch of oil under the car. Gonna whip it off tomorrow so it can go back to OCD. Hopefully be back in action soon.
 :(
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 09, 2014, 08:23:13 pm
Removed charger this morning and took it back to OCD. The seal behind the pulley was replaced and I was on my way in half an hour. Refitted it this afternoon - its quite difficult to do without marking any paint - so I wrapped it in an old pillow case while wrestling it into position and seem to have got away without damaging anything. The MOT ran out today so I'll hopfully get that sorted now its leak free again. ;D
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 11, 2014, 08:39:23 am
Its not leak free after all! Once the seal glue had been left to set for 24 hours I started it up and left it ticking over until it was up to temperature. Had a peek underneath and it was leaking even more than before. Let it cool then removed it and cleaned the oil off the alternator and intercooler (again). Pretty pissed off!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 13, 2014, 05:56:51 pm
Some good news today - my brand spanking new scuttle cover arrived. So did my Leistritz back box - its a little bit grubby but it has been sat around for a long time. I'll give it a scrub and hopefully be fitting it soon.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Andy on October 13, 2014, 07:43:28 pm
Where did you get the scuttle tray cover from please?
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: JoeH on October 14, 2014, 10:47:58 am
What causes the supercharger to leak? is it poor fitting of seal or something?

Whats special about the back box? is it hard to get hold of?
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 14, 2014, 10:54:17 am
Where did you get the scuttle tray cover from please?
Classic Parts through VW Heritage - the regular ones are not available but the diesel one is. It's the same as a regular one but with a layer of spongy foam on the underside. 8)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 14, 2014, 10:58:08 am
What causes the supercharger to leak? is it poor fitting of seal or something?

Whats special about the back box? is it hard to get hold of?
Think that the seal glue hasn't worked - don't know 100% for sure yet.
The back box has been obsolete at VW for a few years now.
 ;)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 22, 2014, 05:38:25 pm
Not got time to fit any new parts at the moment + the charger is away having another seal fitted. Got the rear badge on today though - its been hiding from me the past few  weeks

(https://i.imgur.com/hKnUuRu.jpg)

:D
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on November 29, 2014, 10:08:04 am
Went out in this yesterday - not moved for 6 weeks and started right up. Really should use it more!

(https://i.imgur.com/cIkI3Op.jpg)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on February 11, 2015, 05:57:40 pm
This has been out of use since the roads have been salty, just been getting it out every couple of weeks and running it up to temp for half an hour or so to keep the battery healthy.

(https://i.imgur.com/tPuvwxc.jpg)

Been collecting parts for it instead of driving it - recent stuff includes floor mats, a blank key to cut as I only have one for it, and some of those rubber mounts for the fuel pump bracket. Considering fitting fog lights too.

(https://i.imgur.com/mx3fX6i.jpg)

Might get round to fitting stuff one day!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on March 01, 2015, 10:02:51 am
 After the charger went back twice to OCD with an oil leak from the seal behind the pulley (the second time took 5 weeks!) an investigation was in order. Not wanting to take the whole car there as he wanted, the charger was stripped at home. First thing noticed was the 3 chunks broken off the timing belt cog!

(https://i.imgur.com/mRVE5Re.jpg)

The reason for the leak was blindingly obvious - check out the massive amount of pitting on the sealing surface of the oil slinger.

(https://i.imgur.com/w3hqfw9.jpg)

If he'd actually looked at it on any of the 3 occasions when he had it in bits he could have told me I needed a new one and saved us both unnecessary ball ache. I know plenty of people have been satisfied by his service in the past, but in my case it has left me feeling a little disappointed. Anyways, a new oil slinger and seal went in and its finally leak free!

(https://i.imgur.com/EFQJ14l.jpg)

Borrowed charger can now go back to its owner and spare charger can go into storage. :)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: PeteG40 on March 01, 2015, 03:23:35 pm
the charger was stripped at home.

who's home  :)?

glad to see its sorted.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on March 01, 2015, 07:35:07 pm
Aye :D thanks again for your help Pete. Done a good few miles today and its still oil tight as expected!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: physicsfool on March 01, 2015, 10:42:44 pm
Always satisfying when you find the cause of these faults. Shes looking a treat.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on March 02, 2015, 10:02:43 pm
Always satisfying when you find the cause of these faults. Shes looking a treat.

Cheers Martin! Everything else with the car was pretty straightforward - there had to be something not go according to plan!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on March 04, 2015, 07:14:24 pm
I had intended to fit my new back box last week but took it out for a drive instead. Plonked the new scuttle cover on when I put it away though.

(https://i.imgur.com/vABcYUr.jpg)

No more splits! Need to get my finger out and fit that exhaust next.   ;D
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: SamG40 on March 05, 2015, 12:28:30 pm
Nice. Whats the date of manufacture on the scuttle out of interest?
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Yoof on March 05, 2015, 12:40:49 pm
Charger is annoying, but the rest is great!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on March 05, 2015, 07:55:39 pm
Nice. Whats the date of manufacture on the scuttle out of interest?

1997 - still not as new as the reg plate! :D
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on March 05, 2015, 07:58:25 pm
Charger is annoying, but the rest is great!

Cheers Pete! Certainly was annoying - a lot of time wasted because someone wasn't paying attention! >:(
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on March 07, 2015, 07:03:18 pm
Was at my unit today and was offered some time on my mate's ramp so I could fit my back box. The thought of doing it on my back has been putting me off the job for months, so I went and fetched the car!

Pattern part -

(https://i.imgur.com/8hRXuVV.jpg)

Genuine part -

(https://i.imgur.com/FPDr6py.jpg)

I'm digging the OE satin black finish - looks just like the cars in the brochures!

Had a good look around for oil leaks while it was in the air - pleased to report that its all still good and dry under there!

(https://i.imgur.com/plkqJns.jpg)

Finally put it away after a good drive around in pleasant weather. (About time it got better!)

(https://i.imgur.com/3tdt1MM.jpg)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on April 07, 2015, 09:06:39 pm
This got to see some action over the weekend, now the chargers run in, it can be driven as its supposed to be!

(https://i.imgur.com/a5OLnc0.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/oNoDP9Q.jpg)

Couple of pics as I put it away on Monday evening  :D
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on April 27, 2015, 05:29:01 pm
 Got some pics the other day while the sun was shining -

(https://i.imgur.com/9lRmjXu.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9QurZIL.jpg)

Tried to capture the best of the colour in the sun, unfortunately the camera in my phone isn't up to much, so this is the best I could manage.

 :D
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on May 16, 2015, 09:48:26 pm
Got my blank key cut recently - no more paranoia about losing the one and only key now!

(https://i.imgur.com/iVR96AB.jpg)

I was also given a blank HV profile key - up for grabs if anyone is interested.

(https://i.imgur.com/PC0eR3e.jpg)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: GR40 on May 17, 2015, 10:26:39 am
I wouldn't post a picture that big/clear of my keys, someone can easily copy their shape and drive away with the car.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Andy on May 17, 2015, 03:52:09 pm
It's a Mk3 Polo - a screwdriver works as well as any key!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: GR40 on May 17, 2015, 04:04:18 pm
Not as stealthy though ;D!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on May 21, 2015, 09:04:49 pm
I wouldn't post a picture that big/clear of my keys, someone can easily copy their shape and drive away with the car.
It's a Mk3 Polo - a screwdriver works as well as any key!

Would definitely be quicker and easier to break in and then hotwire it, rather than replicate a key from a photo  :D
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on May 30, 2015, 02:09:32 pm
Finally got round to trying out the trim dye a friend recommended to me. Its very time consuming but looks pretty good.

(https://i.imgur.com/uGyDwcQ.jpg)

Definitely darker judged by the half and half ^^

(https://i.imgur.com/jHVA1vF.jpg)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: SamG40 on May 30, 2015, 07:42:22 pm
Looks like good stuff. Where did you get that from?
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on May 30, 2015, 10:48:52 pm
Looks like good stuff. Where did you get that from?

Googled "plasticare trim dye" and several places to buy it popped up - often listed on eBay too.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: SamG40 on May 31, 2015, 11:08:16 am
Ah no wonder I couldn't find it at first. The guy who sells it on eBay has sold out so it wasn't coming up. Typical.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on June 09, 2015, 08:31:17 pm
Did a 270 mile round trip through the middle of Wales at the weekend. Many miles of single track stuff in convoy  with Autoshite forum peeps in fantastic weather.

(https://i.imgur.com/Mcux1G8.jpg)

Many thanks to FOAD for the picture^^^

Came back on slightly wider roads!

(https://i.imgur.com/cVu465k.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/CPB48b1.jpg)

It was a last minute decision to go - so glad I did!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on July 17, 2015, 09:23:03 am
New project with last project - apologies for non-VW content, but I fancied a change!  :o

(https://i.imgur.com/y3WFAVe.jpg)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on August 10, 2015, 11:03:40 pm
 This got a half decent buffing up the other day -

(https://i.imgur.com/fDS8Fuo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/76bVbMg.jpg)

I don't enjoy cleaning cars, so it can only mean one thing - show time!

(https://i.imgur.com/UZ10h1l.jpg)

VWNW at Tatton Park - the only show it's been to so far that wasn't at Santa Pod!
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on September 30, 2015, 04:04:52 pm
Just over a thousand miles since the last test - a poor effort that I'm a little ashamed of!

(https://i.imgur.com/OO46kr0.jpg)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on January 30, 2016, 02:17:40 pm
This made an appearance today thanks to a nice dry day - roll on the salt free Summer!

(https://i.imgur.com/FGSP1Ob.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2Fb0VUW.jpg)
 
See how bloated the Corsa looks compared to the Polo - a Corsa used to be a small car a few years ago.  :o
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: Yoof on January 30, 2016, 05:35:35 pm
Still loving this  8)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on February 22, 2016, 06:35:50 pm
Still loving this  8)

Me too! You gotta love a standard car. :)

Was just thinking the other day - its about time the oil was changed in this. On arrival at my unit this afternoon, I caught sight of an empty ramp next door! An opportunity like this cannot be wasted - so I quickly got the job done before the chance was gone.

(https://i.imgur.com/oyaPThF.jpg)

Had another good look about for any leaks - all is good still!

(https://i.imgur.com/R9V8I9j.jpg)

One day I'm gonna get me a two poster all to myself:)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on May 24, 2016, 09:49:49 pm
I think one of the front wheel bearings is starting to grumble - but that can wait for now. Gave it a clean and took some pictures instead!     :)
(https://i.imgur.com/4AZtmpg.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/EkO0QZx.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/gFB3Yxa.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iDpeORm.jpg)
No space in my unit to work on this until my current restoration is complete.  :-\
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on October 02, 2016, 09:33:15 am
Finally got round to wheel bearing replacement at the weekend. Because it's only been together for a couple of years (and copper grease was used) it came apart very easily.

(https://i.imgur.com/cVsfoDD.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xR0zB41.jpg)

New bearing pressed in

(https://i.imgur.com/wZHWBzC.jpg)
 
Job done

(https://i.imgur.com/OfZXAMl.jpg)

Other side still to do!

(https://i.imgur.com/U936mAY.jpg)

The other side isn't noisy, but I like to replace things in pairs. :)
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: sleag40 on June 02, 2017, 09:40:09 pm
Still getting occasional use out of this from time to time.

(https://i.imgur.com/dZANlUJ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gvKzuVT.jpg)

It really is a shame that I don't get to use it more. I've been thinking about selling it, but I know I'd regret it soon afterwards.
Title: Re: T323 JHB
Post by: ereeiz on June 03, 2017, 01:07:09 pm
Let me know if you want to sell, I'd be interested. Even if it's years from now!