Hello, i'm Phil, long time member, but im abit of a lurker. let me introduce you to Gladys. shes a 1300 4 speed, nothing special.
As I picked her up back in January last year for £150
she stayed like this for a while, then i got some new wheels, some OZ volcanos. i refurbed and sprayed them anthracite
changed the head gasket in some torrential rain at my mates. his neighbours wernt too impressed and called the police to try and get them to move us on.
then in june 2010 it failed its MOT, needing new brakes, suspension and number plates. this gave me an excuse to buy coilovers, just some basic cheapo TA technix coilovers. decided the 15s were too big so borrowed some white steels of my mate
not alot happened after this, just usual replacing worn and broken stuff. the gearbox was grinding a little now, became quite noisey when idling and sound crap when it was moving
By now E38X was looming so my mate lent me his 7x13 minilights for the weekend. so on thursday afternoon i pop the wheels on and lowered the car back on the floor. bearing in mind the minilights had much smaller tyres than the steels, i had over looked the ride height issue and it looked like this
the ride height caused this:
and annoyed me a lot, so i put the original teardrops on and went to the show. at the show i had a real dislike for the car. the journey home wasnt much better after she lost 3rd gear at a roundabout near st albans. when i got home i sold it to some lad at work and bought a polo. couple of months pass, i hated the polo and the engine blew up aswell, happened to mention i wanted my old golf back. a deal was made, and i got my old girl back. it was in the same condition mechanically, but the inside was mullered, mainly from the lad from work installing a ps2 and monitors in the car. so i fixed all the mess he made, and she was back how she was when i sold her.
i bought some matt black BBS Rzs after a run in with the police, the said the car was dangerous with no suspension travel. If it wasnt for a fatal accident they would have called traffic apparently and have them inpound my car and give me 6 points. instead they followed me home and told me not to move it until it was raised up.
the gearbox then lost 4th gear as well, so i had to change the box. having no space available to do it i ended up replacing it at the roadside outside my house, something i never want to do again.. using only basic tools, working well into cold February evenings and working in-between shifts at work, it ended up taking me 3 days. and ive never been so happy to own the car, was so nice to drive.
with early edition approaching we tried the minilights on again, but at a much more sensible ride height and was carrying 3 people
at the 1st surrey dubs meet
then at the following prept meet
then the front wheels got replaced for steels due to tyre wear and lowered more
then i put on my mates bbs RAs for unite 4 2nite at prept last week
which leaves us at today, where the future is looking good for the old car. i've decided to grow up and get some bigger wheels and stop running 20mm from the floor all the time, its no fun. the engine and box will be coming out and replacing it with something a bit quicker, but still small. thinking maybe a polo GT engine, just because a friends got a freshly rebuilt one going spare. a suspension refresh is on the cards, with new bushes etc, then who knows.
so thats it, a brief story of my car and how its come along the last 18 months or so. i know its abit of a state, abit shabby round the sides, but feel free to leave comments and criticism, and thanks for reading