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    Carry on Campaign ...

    Hello everyone

    I've been hanging out in the background for a while and thought it about time I put my car on here. It may show but haven't frequented many forums before (so please go easy on me !).

    I used to drive a White 2.0 16v Corrado (L35 WAG) a few years back and after selling it spent the next four years wanting another.

    After a lot searching and waiting I landed on my current vehicle (August 09). It's a 1992 VR6 Campaign. I spotted it on here and duly negotiated a deal to take her back home with me. The colour combo suits my personality perfectly.

    Initially reality bit hard when we turned up to view the car. It was in a right mess and a lot worse than described (see extensive list of jobs below !). But a combination of blind enthusiasm, time on my hands, haggling and seeing beyond the grime and extensive repairs told me there was only one place the Corrado was going.. Up north.

    I'll update this thread on how it's going (feel free to chip in at any time to offer advice or ask questions).

    Parts bought due to damaged originals:

    Foglights s/h
    Sunroof wind deflector s/h
    Sunroof seal (new)
    Wing mirror glass (both new)
    Under bonnet heat/noise foam. Forget it. Too expensive...ooops bought it.
    Under car wind deflectors/splash shields s/h.
    Tyres 205 50 15 Kumho KU3. New.
    Wheel nut coversRefurbed the originals.
    Petrol flap return spring. Bought, painted and fitted.
    Door lock pins/catches. Bought new from VAG.

    Service items (various)


    Some of the jobs I needed to sort once I got it home:

    DONE - 1, Towbar (remove and destroy the evil thing)
    Sept 09 - Removed the crusty old bar with rusty nuts and retired it to behind the garage. Stupidly it resides with the genuine VAG one I took off my 16v Corrado from seven years ago (Sold to Pat McCrotch) !


    DONE - 2, Heaters.
    Only working on setting 4.
    Completed Oct 09 - Replaced the thermal fuse and this sorted the first three settings. It took me a few weeks to work out that the connector for setting four had become broken when re-installing it.


    DONE - 3, Bodywork.
    Dents on both rear arches and front wing. Scuffs on each corner. Small fractures on the bonnet. Different shade of sunroof ???. Usual stone chips on the front bumper/bonnet/wing mirrors. Sill wear from getting out/in the car.
    A car valeting friend ran his mop over it Oct 09. Have decided to have the car repainted as all panels have work required. This should hopefully happen Jan 2010.
    Jan 10 - Car on its way to the bodyshop (Autoline, Wigan) 1st Feb. Should be back three weeks later.


    DONE - 4, Sunroof.
    Tilts fine but is slow returning. Wind deflector catches when closing. Seal is shot.
    Upon removal I've traced it to the rubber strip that seals the roof lining and sunroof. The roof lining has an extra black felt layer which is catching. Will complete when the interior goes back in


    DONE - 5, Chin spoiler.
    Cracked and scraped to within an inch of its life.
    Replaced Sept 09 with a new 50mm version.


    DONE - 6, Upholstery.
    Filthy, grime covered leather, warped dash and a carpet that I swear had not been cleaned/vacuumed in years.
    Oct 09 - Removed the entire interior. Cleaned/washed/vacuumed the carpets and removed all the tar/grease spots.
    Stripped the Recaros/door cards/trim and cleaned the leather with "Gliptone" leather restorer and conditioner (wonderful stuff).
    Nov 09 - Dad set fire to part of the garage (Bin containing used paper towels located next to vehicle interior + lit Cig = part destroyed interior and upset son !)
    Jan 09 - Leather samples arrived from Germany. Colour match found ! "Tanin rot" as used by Audi and BMW. Leather paid for and should be with us 1st March. Dash and other bits to be re-trimmed (by Stuart and Paul at Ashley James auto trim) and ready by the end of March.


    DONE - 7, Wheels.
    Blisters, kerb marks and burnt in brake dust marks.
    Nov 09 - Bought a brand new set of OE "Monte Carlo" wheels off e-bay (cheaper than having them refurbished !). Next job tyres.


    DONE - 8, Dashboard.
    Warped above the instrument cluster.
    Oct 09 - Removed the dash from the car and carefully removed the leather. Sourced a replacement dash from Lindon at Dub Haus Chorley and stuck the leather on to the new dash.
    Nov 09 - Dad set fire to part of the garage (Bin containing used paper towels located next to vehicle interior + lit Cig = part destroyed interior and upset son !) The dashboard took the biggest hit.
    Have been to a couple of re-trim specialists for advice/prices. A work in progress.


    9, Engine bay.
    Needs a general tidy.
    Feb 2011 - engine, subframe and all parts removed for a complete clean and refit. Want this completed by May 1st 2011. (Well that deadline came and went !)

    DONE - 10, Locks.
    One key for the door and one for the ignition.
    Oct 09 - Retumbled the locks with help from the fountain of knowledge that is this wonderful forum. One key entry (even though it has a full closure alarm !)


    DONE - 11, Alarm/Immobiliser.
    One key for both. Need spares.
    Oct 09 - Sourced spare alarm/immobiliser keys and configured them.


    DONE - 12, Windscreen.
    Cracked. needs replacing (bad times). (£50 excess on the insurance - Good times)
    Replacement to be installed post respray (end of Feb).


    DONE - 13, Air con.
    Service and re-gas.
    Nov 09 - Unit holds gas and has now been tested to confirm cold air (now then wheres that sun ?)


    DONE - 14, Repair and replace bits of trim.
    A pillars (obtained Oct 09), Sun-visor clips, Door seal, paint Locks, badges (obtained Oct 09), door handle guides, wing mirror gaskets(obtained Dec 09). Hand brake plastic shroud (obtained Nov 09).


    DONE - 15, Wing mirrors
    Don't work at all.
    Nov 09 - Cleaned contacts and now working. Had to remove the door card and cut part of the inner door skin out to fit the switch correctly ??? Must have been like that from the factory !!!

    DONE - 16, Radio
    Couldn't pick up a cold.
    Nov 09 - Chopped out the old amp and soldered a new piece of wire in. Can now get Five live.


    ]DONE - 17, Heated seats
    Sans warmth.
    Nov 09 - Removed the relays. Cleaned the contacts and now get hot exam ass on demand.


    ]DONE - 18, Relay 67
    More ticks than a tramps vest.
    Nov 09 - Since fixing the heaters it doesn't tick so much. Hoorah !


    ]DONE - 19, Lights on buzzer.
    fitted Nov 09


    Big thanks to the following thus far:

    Interior (leather work) - Stuart and Paul at Ashley James autotrim, Westhoughton - 01942 816621
    Paintwork (respray) - Ste at Autoline bodyshop, Wigan - 01942 820226
    Second hand parts - Lindon at Dubhaus, Chorley - 01254 831119 - Corrado forum residents: _Andy_, StueyB, besian, vw-promo and anyone else I've missed off, be it parts and/or advice.
    Leather restoration - Gliptone - http://www.liquidleather.com


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    Re: The "Breathing life back into a tired Campaign" thread

    fair play pal, you've really got stuck in with this one - good effort. great to see a classic corrado get the restoration and love it deserves.

    sorry about the dash for you pal, hope you manage to sort something with that (i would have been raging if my dad did something like that to my stuff!)

    please say you're going to keep it original by the way; not sure how many campaigns are left "whole" over here, but there aren't more than 4 at most now are there?...
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    Re: The "Breathing life back into a tired Campaign" thread

    Thanks Pete

    I totally agree. The Campaign is being restored to as it rolled out of Osnabruck. Which worries me as I've already started discussing cleaning the underneath and detailing the engine.

    Didn't speak with dad for three weeks. In the end life's too short to hold grudges but I do feel the red mist descend when the subject is raised.
    My main chagrin was that I'd just spent three weeks sourcing/removing/stripping/recovering and cleaning the replacement dash.

    To be fair I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for dad so I have to keep a perspective.
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    Re: The "Breathing life back into a tired Campaign" thread

    Good to see it recieving the attention, and good look with the toasty dash . Hopefully I'll see you around in it when your back on the road.
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    Re: The "Breathing life back into a tired Campaign" thread

    Are you sure he's your real Dad and you're not adopted? Flesh and blood usually wouldn't do that sort of thing to family!!

    Looks like it's coming on well

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    Re: The "Breathing life back into a tired Campaign" thread

    It's thrilling to see one of these being given some TLC and being bought back to former glory - and slightly irritating to know that it was originally being sold for fairly top money when in fact it was in a bit of a state.

    REALLY look forward to seeing the pictures and build as this progresses

    People mock the Campaigns and say they're not worth the money, etc but the bottom line is there is only 4 or 5 of them left.. they're pretty darn rare!

    Keep us updated

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    Re: The "Breathing life back into a tired Campaign" thread

    Really glad this one is getting attention, when it was for sale was tempted to have a look, had no idea it was so much of a "project"

    Keep us updated

    Will be when complete.

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    Re: The "Breathing life back into a tired Campaign" thread

    Finally in a position where the dash can go back in as all the electrics are sorted (when trimmed). Want to give it a few weeks for any issues to manifest themselves. I sure don't want to remove the dash again unless I can help it.

    Trawling through the wires I had some finds along the way:

    A complete Tracker ! (phoned the insurance and it wouldn't reduce the premium 1p ! Some use they are.)

    A switch to cut out the horn (wired into the alarm !) Perhaps one of the past owners found the alarm sound offensive ?

    Burnt out radiator fan fuse (immobiliser bypass) on a separate loom. I wondered why the fan didn't stay on after immobiliser kicked in. Glad I spotted this as this could have caused some issues down the line. Again not sure how long this has been like this but it ain't a good thing.
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    Re: The "Breathing life back into a tired Campaign" thread

    If you are looking for someone to retrim the dash you could try MJ interiors in west yorks (Batley or Shipley I think). Never used them but spoke to owner a few years ago at Elsecar show (think he was called Junior), he had a Mk 2 G60 and it was one of the nicest cars I have seen, the standard or the re-trim looked spot on. Like I said never used him but he seemed a decent knowledgable chap.


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    Re: The "Breathing life back into a tired Campaign" thread

    Cheers Rich
    I went to see Michael (Junior) a few weeks back. You're right he is a top bloke and tells it how it is. He was trimming a Bentley at the time but made me feel just as important with my cheap offering.
    We trawled through swatches but couldn't find a match so he made a call to a custom leather hide supplier he uses. Bearing in mind a leather hide can be bought for £100+, the price for a one off custom dyed hide...

    ... An eye watering £850. Plus the labour on top (about £700)

    Like dad said: " It's the dearest cigarette he's ever smoked"

    Insurance (house and car) don't want to know so it looks like another big bill. I'm obtaining samples from abroad at the moment to try and keep the prices realistic. I certainly don't want to cut corners on the quality/finish but if I can save some pound notes on the material cost then all the better.
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