Hey guys how we all doing?? thought i'd pop on to give you all a wee update on My GSi, Its been 33 months since the crash and it's 3 years this month since i purchased the car, cant remember what stage it was at last time i posted but i was hoping to have it at F&M unfortunately when i saw the paint job in the flesh i pulled it off the stand as it was still needing alot of work, the paint job as you'll see in the thread is shocking, The guy who painted it was a mate of my uncles who owed him a few favours as my dad and uncle had built his spray booth for him and done a few other odd jobs to help him startup his new business... he claims he's a Spray painter!! i think he Slept with one
So When i got it back i got alot of the parts needed together, New clutch from courtenay, F23 box from barry cumrie since mine was rattling it's a**e off thanks to a faulty bearing casing, a short shift from the bay of e, a subframe which we got on the cheap... next to nothing really, rear opel badge (not on yet), new Steering wheel airbag unit as mine was marked, new wing mirror glass, bulbs and so on..
been workign at it in my spare time as i've been working alot and this weekend it FINALLY moved under it's own steam without so much as a serious problem!!!
Some pics i just took to show it does move :P
Still some niggly wee problems, passenger ball joint has some play in it as it's been removed a fair few times as thats the side that took all the damage (it was a new one 3 years ago), A bolt snapped on my precat... so purchasing the precat from on pay day and having a De-Cat made up for me aswell at CAS, got a bolt missing for the front gearbox to subframe mount, and a bolt missing for through the centre of the rear subframe mount, So to move it i only used the clutch no throttle at all as i didnt want to risk breakign anything,
Car needed moved as i have a van home every night and the missus has a Nissan Almera now so we need both cars in the drive to save taking up the whole street with motors,
Car has also been treated to a good coat of Polish for the winter a few weeks ago before we started the subframe and box aswell to save the paint gettin any worse than it already is, front panels (bonnets, wings and bumpers) weren't given much attention but the panels that still have the original paint had loads, I know some of you guys like your detailing so heres a ffew before and after pics of the process to bring the car back up to it's former glory and protect it over the winter months as i plan to be driving it again by the end of October..
the roof has to be the worst panel for Tree wax, it's rougher than sandpaper so to see how easy it would shift without using a heavy cutting compound i gave half the roof a light covering off Autoglym SRP,
Half and half... This side of the aerial hasnt been polished far side has
in the pictures it doesnt look too bad but here's the difference after a shower of rain
took a few pics of how the paints lookign right now before going ahead and washing and cutting back through all the dirt, tried my best to get the best possible angle to make swirls and so on visible but you can see the paint isnt in the best condition, a long way away from being the gleaming car i once proudly owned...
Roof gettin bad again
Still gettin reflections in the paintwork but..
its a mess when you get close up to it,
I gave the car a full wash with some Turtle wax Zip Wax, I usually use Autoglym Body work shampoo and conditioner but I used the last on the 106, Wasnt all that impressed but it done a not bad job....
The shines back but it's not perfect still, car ideally needs a good buff but i'll be doing it by hand once the rains eased off again as i dont have abuffer to hand,
Some close ups of the marks left on the paint work from it sitting around before applying a coat of AG Paint renovator, used this to remove the blemishes on the roof and top of the tailgate/spoiler only, the ones on other panels can be removed using SRP, AG PR is a strong compund and shouldn't be used like a polish,
Marks around the sunroof,roof rails, windscreen and rear window/aeriel which were unable to be removed using SRP
Hazey scratches from the Car cover i had on when i stayed at Leighs parents caused by the Strapping Leighs dad (not his fault) used to keep it on the car when the cover began to split, this will need buffed rather than hand polished out
AG Paint Renovator applied to the whole roof sparingly so it lifts the dirt and not too much of the paint, The polishing pad was BRAND new only 2 hours ago and has only been used on the roof,
Just as i finished removing the AG PR the rain came on, which gave me a chance to take this picture and show how the water is sitting on the roof, It looks alot better, i'll try and get close ups of the bits that were bad once the roof drys, and for once the roof is nice and smoooooooth
SRP on quite heavily, as it's applied quite thick i applied it to a full side then let it dry and wiped off, repeated this twice just for extra protection
This was the final result, I actually forgot how good my car looked when the paints gleaming... even if the paint has more scratches than Max Mosely's back after his Nazi bondage session
And the bits on the roof that were really bad, The rain came on after i had finished rubbing off the SRP so quickly tooks these pics,
At the seal above the Windscreen
Round the Sunroof
around the aeriel
Quick Pic after i Gave the car a Coat of EGP, Brought hte bodywork back up but it's gettin a bit rough again after a windy night last night the trees have deposited their crap all over it...
thats the finish i was hoping for, can make out everything around the front the garden in the reflection
Thought i'd take some close up pics of the panels that are really bad... i didnt think these would turn out on my phone but they have, the pictures are My two wings and the bumper, bonnet pics wouldn't show up the laws but they are the same as the wings...
front Passenger wing,
More Runs and sand marks
As you can see in the reflections compared to the rest of the panels, they are very flat, covered in orange peel, scratches, sanding marks, runs, the scratches were ON the car when i got it back these have not been done while sitting at my house which is why i was so mad at my dad, even though the paint work is sh*t... i didnt expect it to come back in that state
Either way it'll do for running the engine in over winter, then when we move house hopefully beggining of next year i can send it away for painting and then store her in the garage until the Shows,
Sorry for the Long Spiel alots been going on, Enjoy and I hope to see some of you's very soon when the cars taxed and tested