welcome to the fold mate
A week and a half ago I finally bought an older Volkswagen. My first car was a Mk3 that I drove from 2004-2008, then I got my current Mk4. I've wanted to buy something older for a while now, but I was never quite sure what to buy. I've been looking over build threads here and there and most recently, after drooling over Alex's swallowtail build thread and a few others I was inspired to go ahead and get a Mk1 that might have needed a little work, but that would hopefully allow me to learn a bit more about restoring and modifying beyond just installing coilovers and swaybars etc.
So here is my purchase: it's a 1976 February-built 3 door that at some stage in the past has been repainted from Harbour Blue to a burnt orange colour. I'm not sure where this colour is from, anyone have any ideas?
I'll update this with more stuff this evening, off to work for me now. I have a bit of a list I'll post up of stuff I need to tackle and I might be PMing some of you for advice and information. It's currently not running and that is my first goal.
I look forward to learning alot, meeting a few different people with this build, and improving my skills a bit.
welcome to the fold mate
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Nice work, dude.
Glad to see more and more getting fixed up and not scrapped.
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Matt, have you ever driven or been a passenger in a MK1? They're rough, noisy, smelly, break down often and a great way to meet lots of people in the automotive repair industry- and they are the good points!They are also highly adictive, massive fun and guaranteed to put a smile on your face at least twice a trip. Most people who own one will admit to occasionally taking the long way home just for the extra driving fun.Welcome to the "other side".Paul
nice one... whats the plans?
welcome to the mk 1 club!
can't wait to see how you go. Good to see ya got a garage there, always a good start!
i like volkswagens
Your Mk1 was another that I've recently been looking at and thinking that it'd be great to own a Mk1.
My plans were to get it running first, get the brakes and suspension all working well and to then try and register it as-is, but I'd say that this really depends on the level of rust in the car, and the general view that RWC places take with rust and rego. I would like it to be safe foremost and so I am increasingly thinking that I'd like to tackle the rust soonish.
I've just pulled the front left guard off as it had a little paint bubbling and rust coming through. I found that when the car was repainted it probably had a bit of rust and instead of properly fixing it with metal, the person has instead packed the rust hole with fibreglass and then painted over this fibre glass. I'll get a better picture of what I'm talking about tomorrow when it's daylight and I've pulled the fibreglass off completely, but it's basically the part from the front left strut backwards toward the door hinge + fire wall, spanning from the rain tray area down a litte bit below. It's not the complete section, but rather a bit in the middle. Not stoked by any means, but even with this discovery I feel spurred on to get it fixed.
So on to getting this thing started with a question about the fuse box: Now I've replaced all the fuses and followed the listing written up in the FAQ & DIY thread in this section in terms of 8a and 16a fuse allocations, but I'm sure that I'm missing at least one relay (is that what those things above the fuses are?). Does anyone see anything wrong with the fuse box from a glance?
The fuse box is as below:
Also, don't worry, I have bought a manual - I got Poor Richard's guide... but it's still in the mail from the UK. Can anyone recommend resources that have proved vital in their Mk1 ownership. I'm finding Pete Jones' threads great reads.
nice to see another mk1 being restored.
the fuse box looks pretty good to me. my fuse box has always been missing that middle relay. mines also missing the second one from the right as well and everything works fine.