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    Only just realised it was you I talked to for a good amount of time at Stanford Hall this weekend, in the concours area. Good to put a face to a name and look forward to seeing your car after the paint job

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Only just realised it was you I talked to for a good amount of time at Stanford Hall this weekend, in the concours area. Good to put a face to a name and look forward to seeing your car after the paint job
    I only realised who you were just before we went our separate ways.

    Remember the musing about sinking the centre brake light into the tailgate so it sits flush? Well I spoke to the guy doing the bodywork today and he's up to the challenge so we'll see if he can't make something a bit original. I tend to work away through the week but plan to try and get regular Saturday photos of progress from the body shop, must try to keep my gallery more up to date! Not booking a place yet but plan to make the stand at Stanford Hall next year.
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    Excellent - I look forward to seeing what he comes up with Will keep an eye out for updates!

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    Once again it has been an age between updates, almost two years this time during which my car has sat in the corner of the paint shop. Suddenly there's action and it's coming home next weekend


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    Close to finished, almost ten years after taking it off the road. Runs, drives, stops, just needs some seats and we'll be going for an MOT!

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    Looks a beauty!

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    Looks lovely, you must be very excited
    Good luck with the mot
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    Quote Originally Posted by virtuoso23 View Post
    Looks a beauty!
    Quote Originally Posted by Harrier View Post
    Looks lovely, you must be very excited
    Good luck with the mot
    Thanks, it'll be nice to drive it again, further than the end of the drive anyway. I parked it up in August 2008 when I bought an R32 and have basically chipped away at it on and off ever since. I've had plans of making Stanford Hall every year since I was there last in 2014 but things have dragged on a bit, it was in the paint shop two years during which time we moved house so that's been number 1 priority the last couple of years.

    Seats and door cards are being re-trimmed and should be back next month, I'm fitting the last bits of interior trim at the moment after which I'll throw the scrap yard Golf seat back in so I can at least shuffle it around. I need to get the a/c re-gassed which may be interesting as it'll be the first time with the Mk4 Golf condenser and made up pipework. I did the tracking by eye and now can see that it toes out a little but on the whole it's closer than it's been in ages.

    Not too concerned about the MOT although the ABS light seems to have developed a mind of it's own.......over the weekend it was just staying on, I checked and cleared the codes after which it worked OK and now it's not even lighting when I switch on the ignition. Hopefully a decent run followed by clearing any codes before the test will sort it out.
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    Received a teaser photo today!

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    So after close to ten years I believe we're just about to go back on the road, of course there are things still to do but isn't that Corrado ownership? Took some photos today for the insurance agreed valuation, couple of them here.

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    Since it was last on the road, in no particular order, it's had:

    288 front brakes
    OBD2 install
    Dave 16V short shifter and centre console bracket
    Shot blast & powdercoat front subframe, radiator support, rear beam, bottom arms, tank straps and bonnet stay
    Rear wiper delete
    Centre brake light
    Full glass out respray
    New windscreen
    All window, door, boot and sunroof seals
    Hard brake lines all replaced
    Disks, pads and brake backplates
    All wheel bearings
    R32 & Powerflex bushes in bottom arms
    Standard rear beam bushes
    ARB bushes and drop links
    Engine mounts
    Koni coilers serviced and dynoed, new Koni springs all round and rear platforms
    Golf Mk4 a/c condenser and pipework to replace hideous Passat item. Not yet re-gassed so the jury still out!
    Full leather re-trim by MJ Interiors
    New seat heating elements
    Rainbow DL speakers

    Plus a whole heap of sundry items along the way. I have no idea how much money I've spent and should probably keep it that way, it's not about the money after all! Some was recouped by selling the 17" Borbet C wheels, angel eye headlights and smoked rears plus the Schrick OBD1 inlet manifold when I did the OBD2 conversion, I have kept the Schrick 268 cams though as I like the lumpy idle and top end power.

    MOT later this week, sort the tracking, drive it a bit and see what falls off next!
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