1986 GTi 8V - Atlas Grey - 1 previous owner - Project OEM

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Sharknose
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Re: 1986 GTi 8V - Atlas Grey - 1 previous owner - Project OEM

Postby Sharknose » Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:28 pm

After over a decade on SORN, the C779SRB was taxed on 1st April and I picked it up after work, leaving the 944 in its place. The drive back to Sheffield was enjoyable and uneventful, but I did notice it was a bit lumpy from cold for a couple of minutes. The unassisted steering is of course rather heavy at low speeds with a little play in the dead ahead position, so after I will get the tracking checked out after the service. The tyre pressures seemed fine but I will check them properly. The engine is very smooth and quiet and it pulls well. The gearchange is a little vague, especially from 3rd to 2nd, although it had the bushes replaced in 2012 so it probably needs the lever setting up again. I have a special tool for this.

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I am hoping to be on the Club stand at the Elsecar At The Races Show if I get it back in time.
I should know by Monday or Tuesday and can create the display boards for the cars if I go.
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Re: 1986 GTi 8V - Atlas Grey - 1 previous owner - Project OEM

Postby eddypeck » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:41 pm

Sharknose wrote:... I did notice it was a bit lumpy from cold for a couple of minutes ...


Most likely cold start pressure controlled by WUR, but nothing a service and clean up can't fix. Looking good.
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Re: 1986 GTi 8V - Atlas Grey - 1 previous owner - Project OEM

Postby Will.I.Am » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:07 pm

This is awesome, love it
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Re: 1986 GTi 8V - Atlas Grey - 1 previous owner - Project OEM

Postby Sharknose » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:07 pm

A brief update.

I got the car back from Autohaus Dolby last Wednesday. It’s had an engine service, cam belt & tensioner plus a general checkover. The incongruous electric radio aerial has been replaced with an original-style one which looks so much better. They couldn’t fix the worn gear linkage as they have had to order a couple of parts, one under the lever and one in the engine bay. It will also need a new reverse gear guard plate as the original is cracked and loose on the rivets. They also advised to replace the front discs and pads due to age, along with the rear bump stops and fuel filter on the next visit. Not too bad really.

I have had a set of original style number plates made by Pukar Designs, with Bristol Street Motors of Nottingham branding that I created, based on some period images of their marketing from that time. I have also had a rear window sticker and tax disc holder made by DMB Graphics.

I took the car to the Elsecar at the Races show on Sunday, in convoy with AndyBa. The car drove well, the engine noticeably smooth and quiet. There were 7 MK2s on the MK2OC stand, all members braving the bitterly cold easterly wind. At least it didn’t rain (or snow!) but we all made several trips to the inside section to thaw out!

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1984 GTi Mars Red - R.I.P.

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Re: 1986 GTi 8V - Atlas Grey - 1 previous owner - Project OEM

Postby Damien.wrl » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:52 pm

That feu orange thingy looks ginormous...
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Re: 1986 GTi 8V - Atlas Grey - 1 previous owner - Project OEM

Postby Sharknose » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:31 pm

Damien.wrl wrote:That feu orange thingy looks ginormous...


It's a Trucker version that I made a small number of. It got more attention than the car! :lol:
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1984 GTi Mars Red - R.I.P.

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Re: 1986 GTi 8V - Atlas Grey - 1 previous owner - Project OEM

Postby sp8y » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:02 pm

Saw this at Elsecar, It's exactly like my dads first GTI, looks spot on with the steel wheels too!
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Re: 1986 GTi 8V - Atlas Grey - 1 previous owner - Project OEM

Postby Freddy H » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:14 pm

Looks fab :cool (y):
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Re: 1986 GTi 8V - Atlas Grey - 1 previous owner - Project OEM

Postby Sharknose » Fri May 03, 2019 10:46 am

The car went back to Autohaus Dolby yesterday for a much-needed gear change overhaul and rear bump stops.

The gear change mechanism was removed completely after removing the exhaust and heat shields, which come off without any issues. The gear lever assembly was rebuilt with several new parts. A couple of linkage rods were also replaced in the engine bay as they were found to be badly worn when removed. It would appear that all the parts that came off were original so it’s not surprising that they had seen better days. The loose plastic reverse guard was replaced with a genuine VW part which was riveted in place.

The difference in driving the car is huge, with a much more precise change, especially from third to second, where before it was easy to go into the reverse gate!

When removing the rear speaker shelves to replace the bump stops they lost one of the pressed metal nuts that go onto the captive threads. It’s in the car somewhere but they couldn’t find it. I had a search and couldn’t see it either. I will try and pick one up at a show.
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1984 GTi Mars Red - R.I.P.

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Re: 1986 GTi 8V - Atlas Grey - 1 previous owner - Project OEM

Postby Coakers » Mon May 06, 2019 2:07 pm

Love this car. Definitely gone to the right owner

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