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So my mate offered me money i couldn't refuse for my mk2 caddy... 

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SAD to see her go. But a good offer is a good offer.

Figured it might be time to upgrade a couple of years and get some creature comforts back.... Like doors that actually lock and open consistently, non poverty spec windows and AC etc. So i nipped daan saaf to olde Englandland last week and picked this up..

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She's the 140 model so has a bit of go about her. Couple of small niggles and an mot due in march so she's straight into the garage for a good once over and whatever it needs. Which turned out not to be too much. New timing belt just in case, water pump and thermostat.

New wheels arrived yesterday and new suspension and lowering kit should be here today.. 

Next up will be an interior upgrade, a remap from Pendle performance who state that 178hp is possible with a remap. The back will be getting carpeted and floored. Considering a facelift but as yet unsure what that entails and what i all need to do it. 

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Got it back from the garage with a clean bill of health today. Had to get a new handbrake mechanism... 100 notes for a OEM part. Sheesh!  

A good wash and scrub today to see where I've REALLY landed with the paintwork condition.... not perfect but not all that bad, i think a good machine polish will make a huge difference. A couple of small dings need some work but nothing to worry me. Headunit will need replacing to allow either bluetooth or usb connection to my phone, but will have to research that first. 

Today I've fitted the wheels! 18" Bola B1s with Toyo Proxys. And also some Heko wind deflectors.  

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Tomorrow she'll be getting lowered! (assuming that its not snowing)

(and i know the wing mirror cover is missing. New one is in the post)

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1 hour ago, w33ksy said:

Mad how much wheels make a difference. Looking good mate.

Thanks man.

Absolutely agree. Its completely changed how the van looks. With a "modest" drop tomorrow im hoping again for a big change in look. 

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2 hours ago, w33ksy said:

Lovely mate! Any more plans, like facelift rear lights?

Thanks man. Plenty plans in the works, just need to find the time and the money. :lol:  I'm aiming to make it go and stop much better. So brake upgrades and remapping is in planning. Probably will use Pendle for that as they did my T5 and the results were tremendous. I fancied a facelift.. but the face of this one is growing on me.. will see how that goes. Interior desperately needs nicer seats. That will be soon. And I fancy an R32 style rear bumper and exhaust.  

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Wee update...

Honestly not much has happened of late car wise. Not to give the big xfactor sob story but... the house was broken into by means of a big brick through the front window (subtle eh). They tried the van too but couldn't smash that window. Her dad came down within 5 minutes, the police called etc... they caught a guy hiding from the dogs in the back garden (little did he know the dogs wanted a bit of attention and to play)... I was away at work at the time so the wife was understandably "freaked"... we think they are part of a known gang in the area and were trying to get keys for the garage to get to my motorbikes and vans. But anyway.. the money recently has gone towards CCTV and House security improvements. (I wanted a sniper tower and some German attack dogs but she wouldn't let me)

Anyhoo..

I did manage to pick up a set of mk5 GTI seats for 79 quid. Then a trip to the upholsterers to fix the worn drivers bolster and they are good as new. Touran bases picked up and in they went.

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Hopefully now things have calmed down a bit I can get back to worrying about where the next car part is going to come from instead of counting the bricks in my spare room!

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Managed a little bit of work in between torrential downpours this weekend. 

Tried to move some bricks from my from garden ... turns out my load capacity has been significantly reduced since i lowered her. Ah well. Good excuse to the wife not to move any more bricks. And i ordered a skip. 

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Then decided enough was enough of the bulkhead grating. Its pretty much pointless and seriously affects my vision to the rear. Out with the dremel and the sander. 

I'm picking up a left hand bulkhead this week which will get the same treatment and then will be fitted. Considering trying to make a sort of plexiglas window for each hole thats easily removable for carrying longer bits of wood in the back. 

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Thanks man. 

It will be a long slow process i would imagine. Too many plans to accommodate the available funds. :lol: 

She is still a workhorse to a degree, but not for official work, just my own pottering about. And for the dogs. Our oldest dog cant jump up into cars any more, so that was the best excuse i could ever give the wife to justify the money to lower it ha ha. The back will be tidied up to look more presentable, but still remain good enough to take to the builders merchants or load mucky dogs into. Just need to plan what the best direction for that is. 

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Yeah totally know what you mean I too played a similar tactic with the wife so I can use my van as a parts collection for my shell. 2 years on best decision because she also uses it. Look forward to seeing what you got planned I wanted a caddy at the time but they hold their value well so settled for a Astra van 

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I looked at Astra vans too actually, always had a soft spot for them since watching a spoof video on Top Gear about 20 years ago when Jeremy Clarkson staged a "drag race" in an Astra max van and a Lotus Carlton and "won". But i couldn't bring myself to step outside of VW. Ha ha. 

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The heater controls since i got the van have "worked". But the rear window de-mist and the AC button wouldn't work. Finally got around to replacing the unit today. Just in time to use the AC after all that heat we had in summer too... 

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Got a chance to use my new toy too. LOVE IT! Screwing was never so easy.. 

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New unit fitted and tested. All good, but i suspect the AC will need a health check and some gas. 

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Time to kill now before i drive to Englandshire for a work course so i washed and waxed.

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One small rain soaked update. (Yes i know the van is in desperate need of a wash)

Fitted a badgeless grill to tidy up the front end. 

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I managed to get my hands on a reasonably priced bulkhead. But i only need the passenger side so if anyone needs a drivers side then you know where i am. Chopped out the grating and fitted the bulkhead. Just have to figure out a removable window system for it now. 

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And a new headhunt. Its in and it works but i ran out of time to install all the jewellery. GPS receiver, microphone and the DAB receiver is on order and hasn't arrived either. The reversing camera requires a dry day which is hard to come by at the minute. The headunit unlike the OEM one doesn't come on and off with the ignition. I spent a while looking for a switched live with my multimeter, found 2 constant lives and no switched lives. Something i have never come across before, so i went to speak to an auto electrician who informed me that the headunit will be controlled by canbus and for it to come on and off with the ignition i would have to run a switched live from the ignition.... I haven't the weather or the inclination to tackle that right now so its going in to the sparkies on wednesday morning. 

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Bit of work this past weekend. Its a bit long winded but hopefully someone else might benefit from it and what i learned. First a before picture just for shiz and giggles. Apologies in advance for the pi$h photo quality. I was too lazy to grab the good camera and used the iPhone instead.

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Time for a crack at the old "joeys mod"  headlights split... dread. I was however in the fortunate position that i wanted new headlights anyway since the old ones were in poor condition at the rear sides. So i ordered 2 new ones and when they arrived set about attempt one on the old headlights as a big of a dry run. I removed the front bumper (what a pain, the wife's Touareg headlights are SIGNIFICANTLY easier to remove), and both headlights had whatever i could remove removed and they were ready for baking.

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Attempt one. Oven method. 150 degrees (preheated), 15 minutes sat in the oven on a piece of plywood to protect the underside. then attack with screw driver. Came apart reasonably easily. 

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Inserts out and rubbed down with scotchbrite to key the surface in for painting.

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Plastic primer done. 

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Top coat of satin black done and not looking too bad really. Time to see how well the front lens cover would attach to the rear. 

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Lessons learn from the dry run. When the front is removed be very careful about how you set the body down as it can deform sightly under its own weight, making the clear lens a poor fit. Also once the bulbs etc are removed refit the 2 covers before baking the assembly in order to retain some shape of the housing seals. And an obvious one i hadn't considered was to make sure as much of the unit is away from the fan in the oven (if its fan assisted) as that can melt the plastic. 

So on to the real attempt which was nerve racking, to put brand new lamps to the sword at £140 a piece... scary as hell. I thought out of interest i would try with the heat gun to see how that would go, in short, it didn't, taking ages and they glue was very gluey! I would have done more damage with the screwdriver prying at it than was worth it. Stuff it... back to the oven with my lessons learnt. Pre heated to 150 again and got my plywood. Tools wise, I also got along with the original trusty flat head screwdriver and good gloves, a pair of pliers to manipulate the sealing channel back into the right shape when hot. And a ratchet strap for a plan i had. 

Into the oven, 15 minutes again being very careful about position. Out and attacked it with the screwdriver, harder than the originals to prise apart but they were new so fair do's. Eventually they came apart and as quick as i could i changed over the painted reflector/insert. Then got the ratchet strap around it and tightened it up then back into the oven for 2 minutes. Then back out and i allowed it to cool down a bit before taking it apart (easily obviously as the glue was already broken), then i used tiger seal putting it into the channel and placing the lens back on, the ratchet strap around it and tightening up. Left over night to dry. 

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Once dry refitted both to the van, along with the bumper and voila!

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Next up. Remove the ply lining in the back and sound deaden then carpet the ply and refit. Have the stuff ready just need the time.

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Good work with the headlights. I'm looking to get some blacked out ones for mine, but might give it a go myself now.

Also noticed from one of the old pics, your rear wheel seems a long way back. You can get relocation plates the move the axle back central after lowering if your flip kit hasnt got the offset holes.

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1 hour ago, matty_mk1 said:

Good work with the headlights. I'm looking to get some blacked out ones for mine, but might give it a go myself now.

Also noticed from one of the old pics, your rear wheel seems a long way back. You can get relocation plates the move the axle back central after lowering if your flip kit hasnt got the offset holes.

Thanks man. Yeah its worth a go at least. And turns out pretty good i think. Even if you try it and make an ar$e of it, you can still buy the blackened ones anyway. 

Yeah, they are sitting back a bit, which i thought was a bit strange, as i was under the impression that they sat forward in the arches after flipping the axle. However,  I have the relocating plates sat in the garage. A lack of time and weather have so far hampered that job getting done. 

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Bit of an update. 

Spent the last few days doing the back. Installed silent coat extensively as possible, dodo mat on top of that, then some B&Q plastic insulation. 

Carpeted all the existing ply lining, and refitted with some new self tappers and some beveled finishing washers. Removed the wheel arch boxes and sound deadened and carpeted the arches. LED lights fitted and wired into the roof lining, with a new LED loading bay light fitted also. All working off the door switch. 

Wood strips down on the floor and then old floor back down and fastened to the wood strips. The floor still looks a bit grim but i'm waiting for some rubber matting to arrive then that's complete. 

Still as yet unsure what to do with the bulkhead. I wondered about carpeting it.. but that might be a bit beyond my talents. I also still want to fashion some sort of removable window into the bulkhead. So still working on ideas for that.

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Little bit of work done this past couple of days. The rubber mat arrived for the floor. Not as nice as others floors but with 3 dogs its pretty much essential. Set about putting it in to look as nice as possible. 

Removed the floor and sanded all the bumps and whatnot from its surface. Then marked out and cut it to shape for as neat a fit as possible. 

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Then refitted the ply floor and screwed it down to the bonded ply strips underneath. Lay the rubber mat it for what turned out to be a damn good fit. I wanted the mat held down properly but didn't want to glue it to the ply. Fancied something nicer. Looked for all sorts of options using Stair Noses and other pre made trims but nothing was right for me. So i bought some 25mm right angle aluminium bar and made my own for the front, side and rear. And pretty pleased with the outcome. 

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Yeah that looks good n tidy. I had to put some grip strips in the back of the wifes van as the hooches kept slipping about after wet walks

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