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 Post subject: In The Build After 21 Years
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 4:12 pm 
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On the 30 April 1992 I drove my GTi out of the Garry and Warren Smith Suzuki dealership in Oakleigh South, Melbourne. Almost to the day I took her back there and took some photos. I spoke to one of the salespeople who was pretty amazed that I had the same car 21 years on. Being 21 I decided to give the beast a bit of a makeover and it now goes, rides, steers and sounds better than ever. I have no intention of selling her or buying a new car, so this is just the beginning of the build.

Thanks to the following who have supplied the parts:

Headers: Tassie Mk 1
Hi Flow Cat: Shazlic
Oil Cap, Uni Filter, Cold air shield and Lovells lowering springs: Hertz
Konis and rear slotted rotors: NickG13B
Hose set and rocker cover insert: Strider
Strut brace: GhostG13B

The car also has a Garndi chip and a Redback exhaust.

Big thanks to Benn and Luke at Benn Doherty Mechanical Repairs who did the work.

Pictures of the build, followed by some taken outside Garry and Warren Smith.


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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 5:01 pm 
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Nice neat one owner, pays to look after a car. I imagine 21 years mostly trouble free motoring.
Thanks for sharing

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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 5:07 pm 
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I've been haning out to see this build thread! =D> Great car! So well looked after! Its easy to tell its been well loved! Hopefully you can enjoy it for another 21 years! Very nice indeed!

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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 5:38 pm 
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Fantastic example and a credit to you, well done.


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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 7:54 pm 
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=D> Fantastic. Great to see yet another example of a super clean tastefully modified GTi. Should be an absolute joy to drive this around. How is the interior standing up to 21 years of use?

Have you thought about putting a thin aluminium plate over the top of the RM Motorsports pod shield? With gap at the front should have no impact on the airflow and substantially reduce chance of the boys in blue defecting the pod.

Keep up the good work!

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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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Truly fantastic! =D> Great to see such a clean GTi!
I am also glad to see the OEM headlight protectors on a GTi as I have never seen them on any cars before. :shock:
Keep us updated!

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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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AWESOME. :mrgreen:
Exactly what I'd have done if I could have bought mine when it first came out.
Good to see one in the same hands for so long.
Very jealous. (Kinda 8) )

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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:00 am 
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gotta ask. What was the purchase price brand new 21 years ago?
that car has had a lotta love. good on you.

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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:50 pm 
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Thanks for all the positive comments. A few answers to the questions and comments:

When I bought the car it cost me around $23,000. This included air conditioning, paint protection and headlight protectors.

The interior is in very good condition. One of the dogs ate the two clips that hold the parcel tray down, otherwise its all intact. Naturally there are a few small problems. The clock, rear wiper switch and rear heater switch lights don't work. Also, the driver's side electric window switch for the passenger window doesn't work. The biggest problem is the driver's seat, it's pretty ratty after 21 years. All the other seats are in A1 condition.

Over the years there have been periods of trouble free motoring and others where it has cost me real money. But, the latter I put down mainly to a mechanic who did not know what he was doing. The current guys are great.

Strangely it is on its fifth exhaust, but it has never had a tail light replaced and it has only ever had three batteries. Not bad for 272,000km.


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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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Mate what rims are they and can you still get them


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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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They are Speedy 15 inch. I bought them second hand years ago off a guy who was then driving a GTi. I have seen very similar rims (don't know the brand) in Bob Jane and other catalogues. Hope that helps.


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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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Time for an update on the build. I have added the following:
Topgun leads
A 24mm front ant-sway bar which I got powder coated
A rocker cover which I also got powder coated
A new aluminium radiator which I bought off ebay
A SAAS steering wheel (wish I'd bought a MOMO or equivalent)
After market gear knob from Supercheap

I've also added Birba white faces and a brushed aluminium fascia. However as you can see from the photos this has been a disaster, so over the Christmas break I'm either going to have to take it apart and repair it or start all over again with a new instrument cluster.

Thanks Tassie Mk 1 for most of the parts and to Benn and Luke at Benn Doherty Motor Repairs for all the work.

In the past week there has been a DISASTER. Some (description unprintable) backed into my car and their towball left a beautiful impression on the bottom of the driver's side door. Now if only I could catch that...


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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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Looking great mate! My "duck" can only dream of looking that good, even if i have got the same wheels now :P

Love your attention to detail and the quality if workmanship on it! =D>

With the cluster it looks as though it just has a bulb out in the middle. Have you put new ones in or left it as it came?

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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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Cant wait to see some nice parts hit this car :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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23K in 1992 ???


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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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23K in 1992 ???

Yep, that's right.. One of the guys I used to knock around with bought one of the 1997-98 GTi and it cost him $26K drive away.

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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:05 am 
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Here is the link to the Red Book.

http://www.redbook.com.au/cars/research ... 4294911969

As you can see the car was $17,990 + air con + paint protection + ORCs and you end up at $23,000.


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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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So how do the fresh bits look. have ya put them on yet :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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taintedmind wrote:
So how does the fresh bits look. have ya put them on yet :lol:


I'm keen to see what bits you bought from this car too! :D

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 Post subject: Re: In The Build After 21 Years
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awesome build and dedication to the brand/model

The low selling Carry 1998-2004 sat in the showrooms priced from 15k for the pov packs to 22k for the top of the range which where still a pov pack in japan, India and Indonesia compared to what they offered there. Therefore the GTI was good value even in the early 1990s.


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