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The Pocket Money Project - MK3 Golf VR6 Highline

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Hello and welcome to my latest project! Something I've kept quiet for a bit, and may well advance at a slower rate than other projects I've had. I'll apologize if I ramble on whilst setting the scene. You may have previously seen my 2005 Ibiza FR:

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Or my old 1971 Type 3 Fastback:

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The  1973 1303S:

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And more recently my 1985 T25 Camper:

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As I said in my T25 progress thread, sadly the old Aircooled stuff had to go to fund a move of house. This made me rather sad to lose such a beautiful couple of cars, but I had my Ibiza as my daily and still had a great camper to use which I was still doing a few bits to/having a few bits done to. 
I've always had a thing for mk3 Golfs (yes I know, I am one of only a few, most ppl shun them in favour of the Mk1, and 2). This probably stems from my first encounter with VW's really, my dads trusty old 1994 Golf CL TD Variant that he has owned for a little over 20 years now:

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Knowing my love for mk3's, Chris at Garage 87 dropped me a line one day offering me a very original looking VR6 Highline. Unfortunately I had to say no as I was up to my eyeballs working on a house etc and another car was the last thing I needed. I'd mentioned it to a family member, then promptly forgot about it as I was kicking myself about not being in a position to go for it. Fast forward a month or so, with a few pints involved, and said family member had talked me into contacting Chris to see if the Golf was still available and if a deal could be reached. I went to look at the Golf, it was really original, had stacks of receipts and paperwork from the last 20 or so years, but needed a little tin worm sorting out, as per most mk3's if they haven't already. And that is pretty much where we are...

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Along with the other metal work needed, 2 new front wings are required, pretty standard stuff it seems for mk3 Golfs. I've bought a new pair, prepped them and my friend at the local body shop is going to show me how to spray them :)

Paint at the ready!

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In the meantime, Chris at Garage 87 has been cracking on with the welding work required to get the rest of the body ready to head to my mates bodyshop.

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I love the stuff Garage 87 get in, highly recommended if you're in the NW needing your VW fettling:

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As far as plans go on this one, at my new house I have a decent garage that I was planning on being able to do a lot of work myself in. Plans so far are to overhaul tired old parts initially, suspension, bushings, refurbing the wheels, sorting out any small issues it may come with. Obviously whilst doing said suspension I'll take the opportunity to remove a fair chunk of that arch gap, and later on down the line the exhaust and other fun stuff may come into play. Overall I don't want to take it too far from standard guise, just subtle things.

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Rubbing the wings down ahead of paint:

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Good to see Chris taking the sill welding seriously:

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The parts gathering begins...

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I'm expecting the bushes pretty much all to be original and rather sloppy, so I anticipate Powerflex'ing the car, as this has made a huge improvement on my other vehicles. When these unused but surplus subframe bushings popped up effectively harlf price on a well know online auction site I couldn't resist.

 

I've been keeping an eye out for a front grill Highline badge(the badges on Highline are different to those on standard VR6 Golfs), as the one is missing on the car. They are not currently easily available and I have seen them sold for quite a bit of money second hand. So When I saw these two pop up at a decent price, I snapped them up:

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So, now the car will have a complete set of Highline VR6 badges.

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Still slow-ish progress here at the moment whilst I'm still concentrating efforts on the house, however, my friend Chris at Christy Car Hospital painted my wings for me,  his work is usually pretty awesome :)

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2 wings in transit to Garage 87...once theyre on it'll be MOT time, then hopefully get it on the road and off to Christys Car Hospital (my friends bodyshop), to give it some TLC :)

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And this is why I'm not allowed on ebay after drinking...

Oh how the warehouse lads laughed at me when this arrived...

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All in all I reckon it should look alright after abit of a clean and polish, nice bit of a saving over buying a new item and the added bonus of a stainless decat pipe included....not sure if I'll be using that though.

 

Back on the ebay bargain hunting, managed to bag a second hand but unused Pipercross panel for a good price.

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Car should hopefully be on the road this month :)

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serious love for this. love a budget build and feel your pain on house project - my vento engine swap has taken 6 years because of the house project!

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VR's sound lovely with a decat and stainless, although I'd be tempted to slice off the DTM end pipes and weld something a little more suitable in.

 

I've had 3xMK3 VR's myself, and they are a lovely motor. Personally, I'd try to find a CL chin spoiler and an OEM recaro trim. It might not be highline spec, but damn they are so much better than standard. Or maybe a leather colour concept trim as a mixture of both?

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Very nice, I’m taking my mk3 to Chris at garage 87 tomorrow for some more  welding he’s already replaced my sills.

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A black mk3 VR6.... scuse me a minute, I'm away for some personal relief.... 

Lovely base for a project that. Love it. I used to have a very almost identical car years ago, lowered on black TT comps. I will ALWAYS regret getting rid of it. 

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16 hours ago, dieseldonicely said:

Yes, those DTM tips need to go.

Ohhh :( I was quite liking them to be honest...might try them for a bit and see how they look.

21 hours ago, jones7 said:

Very nice, I’m taking my mk3 to Chris at garage 87 tomorrow for some more  welding he’s already replaced my sills.

Yeah think he'll be glad to get rid of this one, I think it's still sat on his drive looking sorry for itself at the moment ha! 

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Ohhh :( I was quite liking them to be honest...might try them for a bit and see how they look.

if you go 90's wheels/theme i think they could work well on car

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2 hours ago, natedogg said:

if you go 90's wheels/theme i think they could work well on car

This is kinda what I had in mind, some kinda subtle/period mods. 

 

Getting ready for the Golf to come home soon and me being able to crack on with a few bits, keeping with the theme of keeping costs down, 58% discount on service filters at GSF scored me some Mann items for not a lotta cash :)

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Well the Golf got nearly a clean sheet on the MOT, so we’re now taxed and insured and on the road. Brought it home from Garage 87:

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Got the Pipercross panel straight in as the air filter was a bit mucky:

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Looking forward to giving it a deep clean over the weekend then I’ll be moving onto the fluids and filters:

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Started having a good look through the history of the car last night. It has the checklist and bill of sale from when the PO bought it as a approved used car from VW and just about every service receipt, MOT and misc receipt since.

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I do enjoy reading your threads.

Go full 90's and get a letter box exhaust tip, copy of max power on the parcel shelf.

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Got the seals and grommets back on the fuel flap and mounted it back up once that was all dry and set about cleaning the interior.

I wet vacced the mats and carpets. Then vacced our the car.(

I then used all purpose cleaner on everything, auto rite crystal glass cleaner, dressed the plastics with AG vinyl before breaking out the gliptone intensive cleaner and leather feed.

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I didn’t intend to, but ended up doing what was intended to be a quick wash polish wax... it quickly became evident after a quick going over with some autofoam and gtechniq shampoo that the paint was heavily contaminated. Out came the auto smart fallout, then some 3m medium clay. I got through 3 bars! So much tree sap contamination!!!! After this I quickly removed some overspray around the fuel flap with the trusty das-6 and megs ultimate compound(naughty me not masking enough).
I then quickly hand polished the rest with AB cherry glaze and topped with dodo juice purple velvet to give some protection til I get time to fully machine the car.

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Also put this on, which felt most satisfying!

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Next up, new battery as I think the current one is knackered, coolant change(rather rusty!), and new brake fluid (very dark and spongey pedal, must have a lot of moisture in).

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So, yesterday in between building a garden shed and other such domesticated tasks I decided to tackle a few bits. First off, parts of the car that have seen welding are still in primer or stonechip. I won’t be rattle canning mode visible areas but under the fuel flap I thought was ok:

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Built up in primer, some colour, then a few coats of petrol resistant lacquer:

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In between landscaping my back garden, I managed to clean up a few more bits, fit a new battery (as existing was reading a healthy 4.2v). I also got round to pumping my tailgate full of dinitrol ML... I’ll be looking how to do the doors next. Also cleaned and greases the sunroof channels, discovered one rear electric window to be non functioning, my money is on the switch, but otherwise it all works. Took it for a proper spin... it’s soggy and tired, needs new bushes and suspension but for now I really like it, I can see why people love vr6’s, the power curve is lovely. 

A couple of ‘after’ pics from my light clean up yesterday.

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On 4/19/2019 at 7:28 AM, c3peteo said:

I do enjoy reading your threads.

Go full 90's and get a letter box exhaust tip, copy of max power on the parcel shelf.

Lol if only I’d hung onto my old copies, used to buy Max Power religiously. Saw a few popping up on eBay recently with Jordan in, not sure how I feel buying someone’s second hand giddy material!

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On 4/21/2019 at 12:47 PM, javichu77 said:

Sigue así, me gusta hacia donde va tu construcción, ánimo y sigue dándole cariño a ese Vr.

¡muchas gracias!
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Was off work today, after a productive morning returfing the back garden ( :/ ), I finally got a chance to give this a go with some meguiars ultimate compound., then back on with the Dodo Juice Purple Velvet.

 

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Also went looking to see if I’d got any old cassettes for my commute whilst it’s still got its original HU, I think this was a good find:

 

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