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 Post subject: My UK swift Gti restoration.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:18 am 
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Well i bought this car on a spur of the moment whim just after Christmas. was literally 10 minutes from my house with 1 lady owner from new and 50k miles. however it had been under a tree for 6 years ! and this being England you can guess the rest well have a look ...

It needed a clutch and had been hit on the quarter door and wing where a lorry turned around in the parking area.

started first time ! with only 40 or so of these left in the uk i wanted to get it back to the workshop to have a look. As it was cheap the plan was if the body was good i would restore it and if it was bad i would break her for my justy awd project.

luckily it was the least rotten gti i have ever seen and that's saying something in the UK.


how she looked when i picked her up




pipeline plans are only light mods and keeping it fairly original or going full cultus spec
parts already on order from mr dave


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 Post subject: Re: My UK swift Gti restoration.
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:28 am 
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After getting into the workshop i was pleasantly surprised and shocked at some of the things i found .

The gutter where water runs off the windscreen was completely blocked with years of leaves falling onto ans into it and composting.

the worst of the rust was where someone had plated over the drivers foot well probably to get it through a M.O.T typical bodge.



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 Post subject: Re: My UK swift Gti restoration.
PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:41 am 
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Floor rust isn't too bad, but looks nasty above/behind front wheel. All repairable though, look at mine!
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 Post subject: Re: My UK swift Gti restoration.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:18 am 
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Actually mostly done already i just haven't put the pics up yet as i was resizing them lol


every bit was stripped cut out treated welded then i under sealed the while thing in dintrol along with rust treatment in all the cavity's and holes.


pictures may be in the wrong order sorry. every nut and bolt that was a bit rusty has been changed for newer ones and copper greased to death along with new later wishbones. will have adjustable toe arms new springs and shocks and more than likely new anti roll bars as well.


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 Post subject: Re: My UK swift Gti restoration.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:27 am 
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As for the front end that required a bit more effort than the rear even had a hole inside under the dash where the valley was rotted through because it had composted inside. if Suzuki knew what cavity was was when they made these they could of saved a lot of hassle lol.


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 Post subject: Re: My UK swift Gti restoration.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:29 am 
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After many moons of grinding brushing cleaning treating etc time for the fun bit again.


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 Post subject: Re: My UK swift Gti restoration.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:38 am 
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now that the car was rolling again i could concentrate on the bodywork and prepping it for primer

there was a bit of delay as i changed jobs half way through started in the unit on the right then moved other to my own unit on the left haha which slowed work down. i do not do bodywork as a profession i just happen to have a booth in my new shop so may as well make the most of it.


car is just about ready for primer then flatting and more touch ups no doubt it will be painted in original solid red.

mods planned are

engine

poly engine mounts
custom header and exhaust ( this bit is my profession)
ECU or a chip see what cash says
panel filter
cultus intake
piper or cultus cams
engine refresh

chassis

new kyb shocks
king low springs
white line or mk3 anti roll bars poly bushed
suzuki sport strut braces
lsd of some sort gripper or modena

brakes/wheels

swift sport front calipers
braided lines
original Suzuki 14" wheels with firestone semi slicks


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 Post subject: Re: My UK swift Gti restoration.
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Wow, that's really thorough work. Well done. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: My UK swift Gti restoration.
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Solid effort =D>


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 Post subject: Re: My UK swift Gti restoration.
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:16 am 
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Cheers Im hoping before the weekend to get the primer on her and maybe even a flat and red on the chassis so looms and what not can start to go back in


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 Post subject: Re: My UK swift Gti restoration.
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and then there was primer hope to do the last bits of filling sanding touch up primer etc in the booth over this week then get it ready for the red ! :)


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 Post subject: Re: My UK swift Gti restoration.
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was a long and exciting week for me the red went on and i had a box of overnight parts from japan via Brisbane from sensai dave. springs are for the gti the rest is for my justy wich will commence later in the year.


there is going to be alot of flatting and polishing i am not a bodyshop im just having a go. even saw a tiny dent in the roof as a started to paint wich was annoying :cry:. but it was too late then


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little update few bits of underseal in areas. king springs are on new shocks on the front rears where fine so left them. drilled out and rethreaded the front anti roll bar mount bolts steering rack is on all new ends and re greased.

ready for the breaking system to start going back on am waiting for the post at the moment so thats always fun.


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Amazing work! =D> This is a huge effort to go to save one of our beloved GTi's! Well done.

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Nice work. I've been looking here and on Teamswift for those two lights on the rear bar. One is Fog the other is for reverse. I have the switch (rare for North America) but not the lights.


It always amazes me to watch an enthusiast repair a "cheese-holed" rust bucket. It shows pure dedication. Good job, and keep it coming.

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thanks for the support im hoping to do a day or so on it this week if my time frees up would like it running before xmas

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