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I have started this thread about my Scirocco Mk I to keep you informed of my progress or lack of.

I have not got it yet and am going over for it on Tuesday.

One question though? Does the dash on my Mk I look 'normal' to you? I most Mk I's that I have seen there seems to be a brushed metallic grey covering on the dash - I am just wondering is it missing or is that the way it is normally?




Another question - is it best to do the bodywork side of things first or the mechanical side.

I am thinking of getting the bodywork right first and then tackling mechanical issues - is this the 'right' way to tackle a project car.
 

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I suppose it depends on how much work needs to be done to the bodywork. If it's just a bit of tidying then you should be fine to do it first and then work through the mechanical side of things.

Best of luck with the car anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing the progress.

Have you decided what to do with the colour yet?
 

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QUOTE (Geo @ Feb 27 2006, 11:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I suppose it depends on how much work needs to be done to the bodywork. If it's just a bit of tidying then you should be fine to do it first and then work through the mechanical side of things.

Best of luck with the car anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing the progress.

Have you decided what to do with the colour yet?

Thanks Geo - yes I have decided to keep the original brown metallic colour - once the paint job is done right it should look pretty cool.
 

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QUOTE (Geo @ Feb 27 2006, 02:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Good stuff. Don't suppose you can be persuaded to keep the slatted cover for the rear window as well?


Nope - but worringly the more I look at it the more I like it
- but its just too cheap n' tacky in looks and feel to keep on the car - I think I will put it on Ebay when I take it off.

Here is my collection trip report.


Well back safely at home base at last with MY ROCCO. As predicted the weather tried its best to thwart the homecoming of my latest acquisition throwing hail and snow showers at me but it failed miserably to prevent the onward advance of my very own STORM to its final destination.

No more incidents than usual this time. At one stage on the M4 the nail used to secure one of the ramps jumped out of its slot sending the ramp crashing onto the M4 tarmac.

I of course was totally oblivious to the mayhem behind me listening to a classic CD of Rod Stewart at max volume until I eventually began to wonder where all the sparks were coming from in my rear view mirror and realising that the people in the cars passing me out and pointing at the back were not in fact complimenting me on my latest Guigiaro designed masterpiece but trying to alert me to the said ramp scraping chunks out of one of her majesty's finest motorways.

Not having any other nails in the van I solved the problem in true McGiver fashion by tying it with the new ratchet strap I had with me.

Now its straight down to the customs with it for the VRT examination as I know I will have it looking a million dollars in a week if I don't and that's not such a good idea before bringing it to those boys.

Scirroco arrived home safely.


My new ratchet things worked a treat.


Rocco waits for the VRT examination before being unloaded.


She looks good (from a distance)


Yep - it's a SRORM alright.


Isn't that the coolest front on any car (bar an Alfa)


My Caddy and its Sat Nav performed brilliantly as usual.
 

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looks very well alfa guy best of luck with it, the brown colour looks kinda cool very retro its not a colour that you see around anymore , and i think your right getting rid of the rear slats,

QUOTE Isn't that the coolest front on any car (bar an Alfa)

i always thought that the old 6series was a cool looking front end

 

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the 6series looks a little too snootish (forgive the spelling)

Love the look of your storm.

In my opinion your best off working out your mechanical problems first, as youll find you have to take great care working on her later if she has a brand new coat of paint eh?! (leaning over wings into bonnet etc..)

and also if shes gone too far mechanically to rescue, you wont have buried money into cosmetics!

All the best with restoring it, cant wait to see it at a show / meet!
 

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Thanks guys.


First drive impressions:

Now that the car has been 'declared' to customs and everything is above board and legal I decided to go for a bit of a spin in my new vehicle. No word on the VRT btw - the car is not on their 'list' and so its another one of those emergency board meetings at dawn jobbies at VRT head office in Rosslare.


It may surprise you to learn that my first drive in this car was only when I unloaded it off the transporter just an hour ago. But I suppose as it's a project car I expect a few faults here and there and so once I saw it was able to drive onto the transporter it was good enough for me at that stage.

Before taking it for a drive I first removed that plastic abomination on the back window which immediately improved the looks of the car by 50% and then took it for a 15 mile jaunt mixing town and country driving.

I have to say I am cautiously impressed. It starts on the button with a deep throaty growl - although I am not sure whether this is down to its engine prowess or a hole in the exhaust.
It idles smoothly and there is not a trace of sputter or hesitance and it accelerates with enjoyable gusto for a car which the last owner only drove around his estate to keep it in tune.
The five speed gearbox works smoothly and provides excellent ratio's for maximum driving enjoyment. Most of the electric's work and the brakes while soft stop the car evenly without squeal or juddering.
For a car without power steering it feels just right and is in no way too heavy at low speeds and also gives nice feedback as you would expect from a car designed for maximum driving enjoyment.

The matching brown and tan leather trim combined with the extra light provided by the glass sunroof, gives the interior a definite exotic feel. Although the leather door cards and dash are spoiled greatly by the previous owners frenetic wish to have everything screwed down - leaving many unsightly holes in otherwise perfect trim.


The main worry from my drive is that the temperature gauge rose rather too quickly for my liking considering the cold conditions which currently prevail. It remained at the midpoint between medium and max during the drive but when you stopped I noticed it started to nudge ever so slowly to the red. I did not stay stopped long enough for this to happen - so the cause of this is down as job no 1 on my new scirocco.
 

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QUOTE (ronan @ Mar 1 2006, 08:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>i spotted it today on the trailer when i was in tralee, realised it was you when i saw the slatted thing on the back window

is the radiater fan cutting in?

Well spotted Ronan - yes the fan cuts in which makes the problem a bit more worrying.

I checked the coolant prior to driving it and it seemed to be topped up. I could not see any expansion tank though - were they ever in the Mk I?
 

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Lovvely car.... I agree with the front end statement.....so much so I want to fit it to my car.....

Expansion tanks were along side the radiator in early MK1'Golfs... could be the same on yours; but cant be 100%. Lookin forward to seeing this in the flesh.
Hope high temp thing gets sorted easily. Flush the system.... its probably never been done and is full of silt type stuff... worth doing once!
 

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Hey Alfaguy,

Found this on a certain other site

"Ssshhhh - don't let any of the Vagdriver's know about it as I told them I would leave it original."

BUSTED
 

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Oh Shit - and I hacked that site trying to bring it down but they have managed to fix it again.


To be honest - one day its going to stay the same colour and the next - its a case of no way.


More than likely it will stay the same colour but I don't even know until I have to fork out the dosh for the painting. Metallic gold can be a pretty common rocco Mk I colour so that's the only thing holding me to keep it as it is.


NB: If anyone knows of any decent Mk I rocco parts please let me know - I am in need of two doors me thinks (the bottoms on mine are gone - but the rest are perfect.
 

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Just seen this, You can buy door repair sections on the bay (ebay.nl), I got them a few years back, fit perfect, finding rocco doors will be hard (good ones), Mk1 Scirocco never had an expansion bottle for the rad.

 

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I think this is the same car I'd seen in a garden in terenure a few years ago?There was loadsa notes attached to the windscreen every time I called in about it,looking to see if it was for sale
 
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