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Bad luck Manila Green Mk3 - How to DIY build a mk3

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Bored of a Friday night and thought I'd post about my mk3. Bit of a story but bare with me it gets better


I bought the car as a 93 8v GTi to replace my mk2 runabout. I was happy enough as it was an early car, only 80k on it and was a nice upgrade with a bit more power and electric windows. My only plan for it was to lower it, tidy it up and change the wheels as I had a Polo to build (and still have ffs)




I got the coilovers in and fitted some US markers to the bumper:



I drove like this for the next while bar a few wheel swaps


Next up in 2014 I decided to spend some cash on it and replaced the rear arches, upgraded the front brakes to 288mm (with new discs and pads all round), new handbrake cables, tyres, lowered the rear a bit and replaced a window regulator. While doing the rear arches I beat the lips flat incase I ever decided to modify the car with wider wheels etc.







I picked up a cheap OBD1 VR conversion and sat it on til Christmas when my girlfriend bought me a full Jetex system and we decided it would be a good time to fit both.





This is the point where everything goes to poo. I should have had a nice, tidy VR daily but on its first proper run out I clipped the sump. I parked it up for a week to fix it and came back to find a rat had chewed through the loom in the bay, got in and chewed the seats, door cards, carpets, C pillars and parcel shelf and proceeded to poo and pee on everything else.


I get very attached to cars and at this point any sane person would have probably just gave up. A week after we'd just put it back together we started to tear it apart again. I got a full yellow colour concept interior cheap off a friend and thought it would do it get me going again.


A few days thinking and I knew I wouldn't be happy so decided I'd paint the car ginster yellow to match the interior. Again this played on my mind and thought why paint a car to match the interior just paint it what I like. Manila Green from the mk1 was chosen and as the car was a very early model with little options (for a GTi) I decided to do a kind of mk1 theme in places.


The whole car was stripped and painted in my dad's single garage with a Lidl bought spray gun and 80 litre compressor.

The bumpers were dyed

New arch trims

Aerial blank

Rear wiper removed

Delocked boot

ABT replica skirts


Some pics of the process:








Front end mock



Bumper dye



Paint finish on the roof







Glass back in and being buffed by my mate Dan





On to the interior


The CC interior was removed and the carpet was power washed and wet vacced

The dash was stripped of every component and disinfected

Late spec boot carpets fitted

Early mk1 rubber gearstick boot cut to fit

Wooden 4 spoke BBS wheel (shown later)

Seats cleaned as best as possible (dyed later)





and back on the move:





The plan was narrow and tall wheels tucking (popular with the mk1 crowd)

I didn't know what wheels I wanted then a friend had a rough set of BBS RC041/042s for sale so they were got and treated to a face mount job, DIY refurb, new bolts and Green BBS badges.


The time in these wheels is insane. They were in bad shape







All was good at this point and decided to show the car at MLVW. I was so pleased with the car for all the work we'd put in. Then leaving the show for the 90mile trip home my bad luck reared its head again and the gearbox gave up :( Ever the optimist I snapped a few pics while waiting on the breakdown truck








This was a Sunday and the original plan was to have the car at the campsite for Castlewellan show on the following Friday. I reckoned I'd have no chance of finding a box and getting it in before then working at it at night.


Matt let me borrow a box he and and we decided to go for it and get the box swapped. Of course peer pressure kicked in and things got out of hand again.


On the Monday night we'd the engine and box out

Tuesday night we painted the bay and satin blacked the engine

Wednesday night we fitted the box and got the engine back in and started to wire it. I was "forced" to move the battery to the boot and rewrap the loom and tuck it where possible (I hadnt time to lengthen it)

Thursday night we finished off wiring and started to bolt the front end back together

Friday morning it was rolled out and cleaned and the final bits refitted.


The stress of this is back actually just typing that out lol











And it made it to Castlewellan (a lot of drink was consumed to recover)







I had to do something about horrid yellow interior before people thought I'd actually planned it so I decided to try out a dye kit.





And finally some pics of the car and how it sits currently:







I'll have a few more updates after mot and I play some more with how the car sits and get the rear seats dyed



Edited by McCann

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Lovely transformation buddy :)

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Wow really really impressive for a diy build ! , shows what can be done with hard graft

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Cheers folks.


The seats are really time consuming but make a good job of a cheap set of seats. The whole kit was only £110 too.


to be honest I never planned any of this as I'm supposed to be building a 6N Polo the past 6 years but sure.


This took about 5 months with the help of friends and family. It was serious hard work but well worth it. I've skipped so many stages to shorten this all. The whole thing was too keep it cheap as its still a run about as much as I love it.


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Really smart, id sack the 6N off pal put ur money into the motor on this.

haha no chance. It's gona be much more full on than this. It and the missus Vento will be our two proper weekend cars. If I could afford it I'd pump money into the mk3. Saying that I probably will anyway. I cant leave it alone. I've a few more bits for the bay but I'll be updating them when I finally get them on

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Just read this thread and love it! Colour looks great on a mk3 and those seats look spot on. Will be looking out for this next year.

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were both the compressor and the spray gun from LIDL? that's one hell of a finish, making me rethink how I'm going to go about painting my mk1

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