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  1. Nothing to worry about on the rust - it is just surface rust where the factory stonechip has been damaged over the years, likely by 4 post lift attachments. 

    Easily DIY fixable by -

    1) wire wheel rusty bit back to bare metal. Get as much af the surface rust off as possible.

    2) apply some rust converter to neutralise the bits you can't get rid of with the wire wheel - Hydrate80 or Krust - you might have something different in Norway. It's a blue liquid that turns black.
    3) Apply a zinc or epoxy based primer to area worked on. 2 coats is enough

    4) Use a product like Gravitex or similar to brush on stonechip paint. This is thicker stuff similar to what was used from the factory. You can leave it there or apply some body colour paint on top.


    As for the lower engine picture the rust you see on the control arms and subframe is also superficial. You can drop the subframe and wishbones and get them sandblasted and powdercoated for a clean finish or you can just spray on a product like Lanoguard to stop it from getting any worse. Powdercoating does look nice but everything on cars rots inside out so all you're doing is making something look pretty for your mechanic. That said I have carried out powdercoating on my cars because i liked the clean look and work on them myself.  


    Edit to add - whilst talking rust protection - do consider using cavity spray wax on all cavites and box sections to protect the car from rusting inside out.

  2. How do the rear seats fair compared to the Corrado for kids? I've always liked the mk1 TT. I'm 5ft10 so not going to have the front seat reclined that far. Could you do say a school run with 2 kids (one in the front and one behind?). Struggling to find a corrado replacement with 4 seats, 6 cyl engine, manual, coupe-esque. 996 of course, another corrado or ..  

  3. Cheers Shaun. It was very easy in the end - I had psyced myself up for months of waiting as that seems to be the way with what you see on ebay etc. Classix don't even advertise in those places so I was a bit aprehensive that a buyer might not even find the car. I'm keeping my mk2 now so still have that to keep me ticking over. The Corrado doubt set in after Silverstone last year - I was showing the Corrado on the club stand but there was an oak green mk2 16v in the general paddock area and it just stood out to me more than any other car there. 

    I think what I need to do is just get something else newer and have 1 old VW to keep the balance overall. It wasn't fun at times to have 3 old cars that I was working on and unable to achieve the results I wanted for all of them becuase of time and money.  

    I do hanker for a mk4 R32 but it would need to be done - chains, great history and body, c70-80ish and something I can i just service and use. I work from home and have no need for a daily car (have the family car for that and a small run around for parking in places like stations/tesco) and feel it is possibly my last chance to have a big 6 cyl engine in a small car as a semi daily car that I can be enthusiastic over too. I definitely don't want a project where i have to do body, paint, close to 5 figure bills for for refresh work at Stealth etc. Otherwise it's probably going to be a Golf GTI clubsport / performance pack but 4cyl turbo is where I will likely end up after a R32 so feels that feels like it is now or never and doubt i'd loose money on it if i buy right in the first place. 




  4. Cheers Fla and I enjoy helping anyone where I can so will stick around :)


    I'm going to let the dust settle on cars. I accumulated the mk2 and mk3 16vs plus 2 daily cars. I think I'd like to start afresh and keep 1 old vw, probably the mk2. I did sell that on ebay but the guy I assume was trying to sell his own car or something as he never came to pick it up. I paid his deposit back and I'm still getting messages through other ebay listings and text messages from people who notice the v5 hasn't changed hands and wonder if it is still for sale.


    The nice things about the mk2 is its all original paint and its a nice metallic colour. It seems to have a strong market too. The arches have been rolled and cut so I need to get them repaired plus a scab on the scuttle but as the car is original paint I won't get it repainted and will live with the odd imperfection (i dont want to make something so perfect i wont use it). I also have all the trims etc but not the original engine. Its a 16v with kjet but the block is a 2.0.


    Mk3 I'll probably sell, that's equally as good as the corrado was with everything refreshed.


    I've been looking at mk7 clubsports as a daily / enthusiast car. I need something I can get the kids in and also balancing out life where I'm not having to work on cars every day.


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  5. Hi all,


    Thanks for the support and kind words over the years with Corrados. As some will know it was time for me to move on and I drove my Corrado up to Classix auction group last Saturday.


    I had expected to wait ages to sell as that seems to be the way with Corrados but the car sold today to the first viewer for a price I was happy with and a lot more than I would have been able to do alone as I am a crap sales person!


    The process with Classix was excellent. Noel is an enthusiast himself and has a wealth of experience selling classic cars. They sold a Storm recently which is where I first came across them. They do send the cars to auction but also offer them up for sale before hand and that was how mine was sold. If you're anything like me where you don't want to sell yourself or deal with test drives and worry of what might happen with test pilots then give Classix a go.


    I will miss the car as I had poured alot of my life and soul into making it as good as I possibly could. It does drive like a new car and the subtle mods Vince recommended at Stealth (263s, miltek, H&Rs) made it even better. I rarely used the thing as was worried about damaging it and as my kids head towards secondary school age I find I have even less time to do anything with cars.





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  6. I see exactly what you're saying on the 4 cyl and TFSI. The mk4 (and 5) would give you decent reliable motoring and the 24v doesn't have the bore ovulation the 12vs can suffer too. Chains and whatever else in that areas is needed for maintenance but I'd probably just read the codes and chance it for a year if it's a low mileage car. Last of the big engined hatches so pretty sweet to have a last chance saloon driving around in one as a daily. There is the A3 3.2 as a cut price option but it just doesn't have the sparkle of the mk4 with those nice seats and it's bodykit. There isn't a lot around that is 6cyl and daily - 330i E92 maybe but quite a rare car to find. Manual for me is pretty important and limits my own choices. 

    Good to hear on the rado. Same feelings here underlying these days and mines higher miles too. Someone else will pick it up and enjoy it for whatever it fetches, don't want to jinx it but what will be will be and at least it's the right sort of time to be selling. Same here on 3 FWD hatches. The mk3 is the last I'll sell and may end up keeping it as I do like have a big soft spot for it.

    Ahh i did see some 3 doors but LHD so that explains that. 








  7. Shame the jap imports don't come in 3 door. I've just been looking myself as have always liked the mk4 and had a couple of normal ones. Not sure why i didn't buy one instead of the corrado in the first place. Probably too expensive although funny how the table turned on that one. 

    Even though 4 door would be practical for me I'd really have think long and hard as want it to be my weekend car - love the blues, blacks and silvers (and reds). VR6 motor has always been an all time favourite for me.

    Also been looking at cayman 987.2 but just not practical enough with a dog and 2 kids that might want to occassionally go out in it. Gen 2 I was thinking to avoid the engine troubles of 911s in my budget. Suppose can look at 987.2 as "my" sports car and get a daily equivalent of a R32 such as a Golf R estate instead to go alongside.

    I do still walk into the garage and think i might regret letting the Corrado go but can always get another one one day if i felt like it - do you ever have any regrets on not seeing Black Magic anymore? It is time to move on and try new things I reckon and only 2 days to go until i drive it up to auction. I've done auction becuase I can't be bothered with punters and test drives plus if it sits with me I'll um and agh about keeping it as has happened many times before.



  8. 27 minutes ago, Keyo said:

    Sometimes you have to consolidate your capital to start again - there are some good bargains in the 911 world right now - its not going to stay like that . A 996 4s with a aero kit is a fine looking car as well- I have black one but my first choice would be midnight blue or guards red. I think there is one space for a classic vw though always for me   . The most sensible thing to do is buy a real well sorted classics as you can enjoy it straight away and come out of financially stable - come out of it easily if you fancy a change. 

    What auction house is the corrado going on ? 

    I think your doing the right thing - Ive seen some real well sorted Mk2 golf 16v lately for about the 11k with very good mileage figure- no chance you could of matched them figures with your mk2. There was one the other day the lad was thinking of selling- an r32 conversion on a black 16v that had been garaged all its life - he was the second owner. It looked immaculate. That could combine your mk2 and corrado itch. 


    Yep you're right there. I was going to use Noel at Classix he does social media marketing 5% fees of sale price. His cars go through bidspotter to be auctioned or if they don't sell he keeps advertising them online to do a deal. I can't be bothered to sell it myself and deal with punters. I'm driving it up there on Saturday.

    Yeah seen the mk2s and no way it could be achieved. My mk2 (it was all advertised and videod) needed 3 areas of welding where i had ground back an exposed 3 50pence holes, filler neck support, arches all rolled and in the corners of the valance. Then paint which costs a lot if done right. Plus it had the wrong engine in anyway.

    At the moment my itch on these cars has gone but will probably come back. 996 aero or a 997 would fit me nice and something I would use as a daily without fear of a minor prang writing it off.  

    I sold my quicklift jacks on ebay and the guy that picked them up was a Porsche nut working in something porsche related. He has put 300k on his carrera 2 996 using it for work touring Europe and is doing a minor rebuild on it (thread on pistonheads) he also sold the red 3.4 carrera with aero to Jethro Bovingdon years ago. There is no real rust on the 300k car and it's spent many miles at high speeds on European roads and the engine he modified to a 3.7 from 3.4 at some high mileage (i forget) but on disassembly there was no real bad wear on the 3.4 and he did the work himself. I did chat to him about bore scoring etc and he said it's made out to be far worse than it really is but of course if it does happen it is expensive to fix. It is in no way a given that it will happen as the internet seems to make out and certainly for stuff like the IMS if it hasn't happened after 15-20 years then it's not going to happen.

    And thank you on the offer for test drives.

  9. Yep deposit paid and collecting this week. Corrado off to auction on Saturday for 4th March entry and pre marketing. Mk3 I've got it running a put back together needs a few things and then I'll send it to auction as well.


    It has been a sensitive subject as you'll remember and the circles I've been going in for a good 12 mths now but something clicked last weekend and I thought F this - i never use them, always saving for bodywork on one of them whilst waiting for the next bill or upgrade on another one. Always waiting but never living and no longer enjoy working on them or hunting the parts out of fear something I might need is obsolete. Not to mention the loss of balance in my life and how warped my thinking was getting about trying to make cars perfect - im suited to newer stuff I think.


    The mk2 had an unreal level of eBay interest and i was getting text messages within minutes of listing it on ebay. Sold it outside to a local chap in the end for just under 5k, which for a car that requires assembly, some welding as described on the ad and not currently running I thought was OK. A small loss as I did buy everything missing and new bbs RAs. I doubt the corrado will be as easy.


    I want to combine the money for all cars and parts and what I've saved for mk2 restore etc and have 1 weekend car that I just wash and drive and 1 decent daily. I need 4 seats really so it rules out 2 seaters so its 911, m3 e92 or something else not thought of. Im not buying until all the vw stuff is gone and will likely change my mind as dust settles and perhaps the love for vws will return and a r32 is a lovely car which for you would get a nice one for the a5 money.


    Another option, but mk5 is a bit marmite on looks, is an import mk5 r32. Bit newer,imports only have sub £150 annual tax and the cars won't have rust for a long time.




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  10. Definitely the merc. The diesel won't like the 6 mile trip long term though is a great engine.


    R32 is a nice idea but won't be a patch on the merc and I have finally caught up - do you want vw parts issues and welding jobs etc on the 32? I got shot of my mk2 today before diving into works, deposit paid pick up this week as I cant be bothered with all the hassle anymore on buying parts out of fear of potential real obsolescence. Just think a r32 could end up in the same place over the coming years where as the merc will repay in ownership satisfaction.


    I followed a lovely mk4 red R32 last Sunday for a few miles and loved the car but the VW old car hassle diluted my enthusiasm so perhaps I am not the best to promote.


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  11. .. an interesting read all the same. The Audi was also not classed as sportscar but I felt the conclusion & % scores sounded as though the Corrado, as a package, pipped it and put up a good fight against some decent compeition from 1993 (964, TVR and Caterham).


    Nice to be reminded the car was punching well above its weight as I become blase about it after 5 years of ownership.

  12. Just a thought after silently reading this thread. If you're buying pumps and casings to separate is it worth sourcing a 2nd hand original mk3 golf pump assembly and swapping in the 4bar vdo pump?


    Assume this issue is because the NOS stuff has been made from inferior plastic whereas the originals are made out of better plastic and assume are going to be better than jp group casings.


    I'm only thinking this as the pump i removed from my mk3 and now reinstalled so can't photo it looked the same as my corrado from memory except it is 3 bar.


    I could be wrong about casings but thought it worth mentioning as mk3 pumps can be had for not a lot of money.


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  13. Ahh if no 109 then you have no ECU control so that is probably your spark issue.

    With regards to testing the coil pull a lead and insert spark and crank - check for spark. However wait until 109 is installed.

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  14. 1 hour ago, LA9V VR6 said:

    I am currently having issues with car cranking but not firing up.

    I have fuel pressure and can hear pump priming on ignition. 

    I removed plugs after cranking and plugs are not wet!

    Does this point towards crank sensor?

    Do you have spark but no fuel (plugs not wet)?

    Relay 167/67 is the fuel pump. 109 is the ECU. When you turn on ignition can feel/hear any clicking on those relays?

    You can bridge relay 167 location to make the fuel pump run constantly on ignition (or use a relay 100 in its place to achieve). 

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