Just another neglected Black GTi

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X93
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Hey All,

Good to be back on RedlineGTi

Well on the project path once again.

Third GTi for me and third purchase site unseen.
Not sure if it's gutsy or losing my mind.. maybe GTi fever.

As you could imagine, if you roll the dice enough times you're going to get burned by a dishonest seller.
For me this was that time.

Fortunately for me, these days, I'm in a position in my life where I have the means and ability to recover the project and have a little perspective on the (relatively in this case, small) heatbreak of being ripped off. I don't need this car to get to work and they are still cheap cars after all.
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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Pics of glossy dog
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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The most glaring issue the car had, though there are many, was the front upper radiator support...

...which wasn't attached to the car..

Soomebody had drilled the spot welds from the old, accident damaged upper support and removed it. A replacement was on the car, but not welded on, with the front guards bolted over the top.
Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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Note image 4 - the battery mount replaced by a strap, the strap is dual purpose, it's actually holding the upper radiator support on. [-X
Eek..
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
Swift30
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Nice car. Hope things go well with the rebuild.
X93
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A friend of a friend brought the following GTi for the running gear. So i took the shell off his hands to repair the front end damage and salvage anything worth saving.
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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With the donor shell on its way, onto the next set of issues.

As the car arrived with half a radiator of rusty water, I thought that would be a good spot to start. So I jacked the car and instead decided to remove all the ill fitting bumpers, headlights, guards etc. (Feeling much better every tech screw and Bunnings nut and bolt removed.) Which incidentally was all of them.

After the wheels were off I spotted a cv shaft which had a split boot and somebody had blessed me with red painted calipers. Mind you painted with the rotors on and then melted into them with them with the first brake application.

So I ordered a cv boot and disassembled while I waited. While removing the driveshaft I found the water pump leaking. There's that leak. Water pump and timing belt kit ordered.
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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After ordering the wrong pump, returning it and ordering the right one. I was finally able to fit it up.

Correct part number in image 2 for my G13B
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
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Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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Removing the CV turned out to be a headache, as it was stuck tight in the hub.

I removed the control arm to get a decent swing at it with the sledge hammer after several days soaked in wd40 to no avail. So off to a friend's workshop, who worked their magic with a screw type leverage clamp and sledge hammer, made just for that job.

So during the process of slamming it with the sledge hammer I'd mushroom headed the cv thread. So I disassembled the driveshaft and replaced the cv joint with the boot.

The other cv also had a bad boot too so I replaced it. Only after reinstalling the shafts and pumping in new gearbox fluid did I notice that the passenger drive shaft seal was weeping oil. The signs were there, just didn't look I guess.

Add another item to the order list...
Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
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southy
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Nice work, good to see another getting some love. Whats the plans for it?
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X93
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Originally I was planning on getting it onto the road, but the state that it arrived in means basically everything needs attention to get to that stage. I've done some sprints, hill climbs and circuit racing previously, so some low key club events will probably be the first use for the car. Chances are you will see me at Ringwood sooner or later.
Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
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southy
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Hope so, it will be good to get a few more GTi's up there!!
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X93
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This past week or so I made a bit of an effort to strip down and scrap the parts shell. Which has now gone. So yesterday afternoon I spent an hour changing the rear seat fabric over. As the rear left had a broken rocker that locks the seat backrest down. Another job done. I did keep the old 92-94 fabrics and they are in decent nick.
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
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Next distraction off the list was the rear seat lower. I didn't realise when I removed it, but the steel loops where it bolts down were snapped off... Wtf.
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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^ the pictures are in reverse order... You get the idea.
Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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Still chipping away at the task.

I've converted it back to non A/C with the air funnel/cone from the parts car, for a few reasons. Don't get me wrong I'm not crazy, I do like air con, but it didn't hold gas, there has been a mouse living in the AC interior unit and a simplified engine bay is a nicer place to work.

So that meant dash out and interior out. Carpet and hood lining in the bin, due to the previous resident, the mouse.
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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At least with the dash out it's a lot easier to see all the dodgy wiring sins commited over the years and tend to them...

Amazing what some people are happy to hide under electrical tape.
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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Last night's job was a driveshaft seal, which was weeping oil.
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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Finally picked up a decent rear bar, not perfect, but miles better than the other 3 pieces of junk I have accumulated.
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
X93
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More wiring to fix this week.

Chewed power window wiring I understand but the fuel pump wire are you serious. The wire was hooked through a spade connector and covered by a silicon hose.
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Take 1 - Red 93' Mk3 XBE273
Take 2 - White 91' Mk2 AAR53Y
Take 3 - Black 95' GTi
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