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Postby Damien.wrl » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:24 pm

Can’t beat anal
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Postby eddypeck » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:30 am

if ever there was a comment to start a new page.... that shouldn't be it! :eek:
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Re: 1992 Alpine White GTI 8v...

Postby Monkey » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:06 pm

eddypeck wrote:if ever there was a comment to start a new page.... that shouldn't be it! :eek:

:lol up: :lol up: :lol up:
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Re: 1992 Alpine White GTI 8v...

Postby bacardincoke » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:59 am

Talking about plugs might not be the ideal way of getting this thread back on track but here goes...

Taking off the plastic panel on the inside of the tailgate for ease of cleaning resulted in two of the retaining pegs breaking. I suspect they'd probably gone brittle with age.

So for all you other disciples of originality it turns out the genuine ones are surprisingly still available 27 years later.

Bit of a fluctuation in prices when you look around (and probably quality too) but this is where I got the ones pictured below...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-GOLF-MK2-GTI-TAILGATE-INNER-PANEL-TRIM-CLIPS-x-5-801867299-C12/190862576951?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

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Re: 1992 Alpine White GTI 8v...

Postby Damien.wrl » Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:07 pm

There are a few people who have now gone down the heritage route and buy bits direct from Vw / TPS or vwclassic.de and put varying degrees of mark up on them. Always worth a check with TPS if they will serve you or vwclassic.de
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Re: 1992 Alpine White GTI 8v...

Postby bacardincoke » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:54 am

You're right, there's quite a variation in price for items of all sizes and a lot of them are being sold on by third parties who are getting them from the bigger suppliers.

Judging by the numbers shown as already sold there must be quite a few buyers who don't do a quick check to see if they can get items elsewhere for less.

Having said that you don't know peoples circumstances... for example we do have a TPS over here but it's not local to me so travelling's inconvenient and adds unseen costs.

On a different note, does anyone zinc plate their own parts?

Some of the items I'm working on at the minute are things like door latches whose surface has rubbed down over time, got me thinking about doing it.

I see you can buy complete kits but they seem quite expensive for all they are. The process looks to be relatively straight forward, maybe getting what's needed separately might be the way to go bearing in mind I'll not have a massive amount to do.
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Re: 1992 Alpine White GTI 8v...

Postby eddypeck » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:50 pm

Things like those clips you'll likely find were still used in lower end SEAT and Skoda cars, making them still available. I found the old brittle washer pipe clips from the underside of the bonnet were still used in SEAT Inca vans up to early 2000's.

but it's easy to turn to eBay and not check. I recently bought 3 small metal plates for my 1980 Suzuki motorbike, things were quite specific you'd assume were NLA. The only seller on eBay was international and had them listed as NOS and $14 each plus that much again shipping. Still available from main dealer for under £3 each and on the shelf for same day pick up - wasn't even a special order part! Which was great as so far everything else has either had to come from the states or direct from Japan as it wasn't a UK bike.

Anyway...

I haven't zinc plated but did do some very unscientific experiments with basic electrolysis for rust removal and had some good results with a washing up bowl, battery charger, old brake disc and some bicarb.

Plating was the next step which I never got round to doing but I think it's certainly worth a go. A base coat of copper seems to be the preferred method to smooth out pitting, and that's easy with some old copper pipe and a similar set up as above without the need for the kits. So copper plating for painting is a good option, but zinc or nickel for proper shiny stuff. Plenty of online topics for this.
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Re: 1992 Alpine White GTI 8v...

Postby bacardincoke » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:24 am

My good intentions came to nought yet again, and I've done exactly nothing to the car since the end of last year.

As said before the occasional new find prompts renewed interest... Got these in Poland, already had the gauge holder.

In reality the angled apertures make no discernible visible difference when the gauges are fitted.

Last piccie is from a 1988 dealers catalogue.

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Re: 1992 Alpine White GTI 8v...

Postby bacardincoke » Mon May 13, 2019 5:34 pm

Turning into a steering wheel wh***!

Picked this Nardi / Personal up less its badge, but with a genuine 81/85 Audi 80 hub which just so happens to also fit most small spline VW's.

Found an original Audi badge of eBay.de plus as luck would have it the VW GTI version, they're the exact same wheel otherwise.

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Re: 1992 Alpine White GTI 8v...

Postby eddypeck » Mon May 13, 2019 5:49 pm

bacardincoke wrote:Turning into a steering wheel wh***!


It's oh so very easy to set along that path, I treaded those cobbles myself for a while. Now I just the one, special one, stashed away in the attic ... patiently waiting.

Love the gauges too :eek:
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