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Post by monkey on Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:55 am

I said in my intro bit that I'd been about for a while, so here is my past and present collection...

My first dub was a MK2 Driver
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But after going in my mates GTI, I had to have one!
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Whilst driving the GTI around, i wanted a project, in the shape of a Caddy 16v.
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Unfortunately i never finished it because of a <slight> prang in the Golf. Shocked
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Corrado G60 - First Supercharged...
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Then Turbocharged! Twisted Evil
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Also, me and a friend saved a MK2 from the scrappies with the intent of selling it on, however, i decided that i needed another MK2 in my life and bought his half off him....
Then i modded it - The Red Bull!!! Very Happy
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I kept if for about 2 years bafore selling it on.

After about 3 and half years (and several thousand pounds) of ownership, I sold the corrado and bought my latest Very Happy
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Which I like to use at the ring...
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And at combe...
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Then I bought the Red Bull back again (well actually I once more saved it from the scrappies!) fixed her up and set her free again! Very Happy
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Since then I gotta new job involving daily drives across moor roads and regular dodging of tractors/lorries so a £50 sh1tter was required, enter the polo...
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Bit of spanner spinning later and my daily was complete Very Happy
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Hmmm, looking over that, I appear to have an obsession with Volkswagens!!! Laughing
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Post by mic_VR on Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:04 pm

nice collection mate, very nice. Love the blue mk2, almost got the rim on the tarmac in that Coombe pic!

Anything special about the current cars? more pics needed etc....
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Post by monkey on Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:26 pm

mic_VR wrote:nice collection mate, very nice. Love the blue mk2, almost got the rim on the tarmac in that Coombe pic!

Anything special about the current cars? more pics needed etc....

Thanks Very Happy

As for the mk2...

Engine:
2.0 ABF
Scorpion System
BMC Air Filter
Corrado VR6 Radiator
Mocal Oil Cooler (soon to be fitted)
Solid Front engine Mount

Chassis:
G60 Front Breaks
Mk4 Rear Brakes
Braided Hoses
DOT 5.1 Fluid
Polly Bushes
Koni Adjustable Shocks
FK Springs
Eibach arbs (yes I had ARBs on in the combe pic!)
Lower Front Strut Brace (a must for anyone with low cars!)

I've just taken the car off the road for a bit of a winter re-build which is going to involve a fresh gearbox (the track does take it's toll), a funky head, a four branch, a hydraulic pedalbox, mk4 shifter and give the engine bay a bit of a tidy up.

Also I have a few issues with how the engine was wired in..such as no lambda, no intake air sensor and a fuel pressure regulator just to get the fueling right?! So I'm gonna re-wire it Suspect
In it's winter home...
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Post by mrbeige on Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:32 pm

You thought about going standalone on it? Megasquirt is a cheap and versatile option...

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Post by monkey on Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:47 pm

I think that maybe a little overkill for it really, if I can get hold of the wiring diagrams, I can sort it all out on a budget allowing me to spend my funds on other areas Very Happy
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Post by junkie on Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:13 pm

Monkey boy, how do dude....

When you coming back to a Corrado shaped fold?
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Post by mrbeige on Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:16 pm

monkey wrote:I think that maybe a little overkill for it really, if I can get hold of the wiring diagrams, I can sort it all out on a budget allowing me to spend my funds on other areas Very Happy
Not necessarily...would give you a lot more control, especially given the plans you are talking about. Nothing like a bit of laptop action. You'll be able to get the most out of that manifold and head then...

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Post by monkey on Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:32 am

It certainly is tempting! But money is definately a deciding factor. The less I spend on the management (a friend has 186bhp on standard management) the more I can spend and I'm playing with the idea of having the throttle body/inlet mani played with as well.

However, I have made a little progress, I've been busy this weekend helping a mate stick a ABF in one of his mk2s. However, I did get a little time to start the stripdown, uncovering a few hidden nasties including some horrible wiring!
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I also had the alternator/aircon condenser off. I'm gonna source a 2E one so I can ditch the condenser.
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Post by mrbeige on Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:51 am

You could also get an electric power steering pump, from say an MR2. That'd free up a little bit of power, as you wont be driving the pump.

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Post by monkey on Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:03 am

That's a good idea!

It could really tidy the bay up too as I could dramatically shorten the pipework.

The power steering pipes really get in the way when I'm trying to have the oil filter off!!! Bang head
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Post by monkey on Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:12 am

Well it's been a bit of a mission today, I had to get the head off and the cams out to send away to the man in the shed at 6pm. So naturally I overslept and started late!
After all, having the head off is easy..isn't it???

Unfortunately one manifold bolt (typically the hardest to reach) decided not to play ball and prompted rounded! So I had to take the downpipe off of the manifold instead. The second bolt I encountered was ridiculously hard to wind off...all the way down. That one took me and Jimbo an hour alone to get off!!!!

However, with a bit of heat, some grips and a fair amount of swearing, we managed to get the head off...
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The bores seem to be in good condition, so no need for a bottom end rebuild Very Happy
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Post by monkey on Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:09 am

Been a while since I updated, but I have been rather busy with it.

At the beginning of the year, I was temporary laid off for a week Sad

So I thought I'd use the week to get the car running again!

First thing, I whipped out the engine and subframe to make things like fitting the new oil pump easier..
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Once I done that, I decided that a four branch was needed, however, no one seems to make a four branch that'll fit a mk2 with an ABF in it so I'd have to get "custom". First thing I did was to buy a second hand one for a normal 16v. Managed to score one of the bay for a total of £25! I love it when people put "may need welding" in ads. Puts so many other people off! Twisted Evil
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Also, my fully rebuilt man in the shed head returned!! Cool
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Very impressed with the mans work! Wow

I wasted no time in getting the cams back in and back on the block, which I also treated to a new oil pump and a windage tray...
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I also made a 240 mile round trid to Plymouth and back to pick up a hydraulic clutch setup. I put one on my other halfs mk2 VR and it was soo much nucer than my old cable clutch! A day later and it was fitted to the car Very Happy

Next was the task of making the fourbranch fit...so back in the engine bay it went!
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Then the fourbranch was attached. I spaced up the front mount a little to help with clearance and then measured up what har to be modified...
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Then the engine came back out again!
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Don't have any pictures of this but I carefully modified the bulkhead by about 5-8mm to give the fourbranch plenty of room. Then I hear wrapped it and put everything back in the bay!

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I was very pleased when I started it up as it started straight off the key and idled nicely! However, it wasn't taxed and I wasn't gonna tax it before Feb, so I run it up to temp a few times and finished everything off.

When Feb finally arrived I put tax on it and brought it home...


....Just in time for the snow! Bang head 2 Bang head 2 Bang head 2 Bang head 2 Bang head 2
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I've done about 100 miles of running in, but it seems to have torque everywhere and really wants to rev! Very Happy

I'll be popping down to Exeter this weekend to pick up it's new rims too Cool
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Post by dirtytorque on Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:43 am

fun read
Mk2 abf.Nice.
is it quick?
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Post by mrbeige on Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:26 am

Dave told me last night it wants to rev like be-hatch.....

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Post by monkey on Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:26 am

Cheers! Very Happy

It's pretty quick, think it could benefit from being setup/mapped. Though there seems to be torque everywhere, not just higher up.

Unfortunately they front tyres are shagged so at the moment all it wants to do is understeer like a be-hatch!! Laughing
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Post by monkey on Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:33 am

Busy weekend!! First off was the front end, I decided I didn't want the quad grill as I run HIDs and the spots didn't seem to do much! So I managed to blag a cl grill from a local VW garage and bought a set of smoked crystal lights to finish it off.

After that there was the wheels. I loved my Ronals, thought they were one of the best wheels you can get for a mk2. However I was made an offer I couldn't refuse.

On these beauties....
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I've wanted a set of BBS split rims on and off for the best part of 9 years. Very Happy

Also, the car has been in the unit collecting dust since september, so I thought I'd give it a wash, claybar and finally a polish. However, I didn't have any bumper black to hand so I'll do that next time! Rolling Eyes

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The Monkey wagon, now ready for 2009 Twisted Evil
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Post by junkie on Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:56 am

Awesome read Dave.
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