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MY GOLF VR6 PROJECT


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Picked up a bit of a shed not so long ago which I plan on restoring, its a 3 door mystic blue vr6 with about 109k on the clock. Needs a fair bit of work.

 

both sills need repairing (rust/corrosion)

 

jacking points (rust/corrosion)

 

Hole in the floor, done by previous owner but a poor job as you can see so will be doing this again

 

Possibly a full respray as its had a poor paint job

 

Few bits under the bonnet need attention

 

Heater control only works on 3/4 (ANY TIPS WELCOME)

 

Driver side electric window doesn't work (ANY TIPS WELCOME)

 

Central locking system doesn't work (ANY TIPS WELCOME)

 

Slight blow from the exhaust

 

Wires hanging out from under dash

 

Front passenger wheel seems like its on a angle

 

Tracking is out

 

God knows what else I may find lol

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Driver side sill is a mess, will be ordering both sills in the next couple of days, tried many places and they seem to be out of stock. Some are overpriced too. Will be getting inner and outer sills. Rears seem fine as they where done by the previous owner doesn't look too bad back there but again i will have a proper look as there seems to be many surprises lol.. Image1602709093.163162.jpg

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Sills ordered just waiting on delivery. In the mean time i investigated why the driver window was not functioning. Turns out the glass was not even fitted to anything and the window motor wire was full
Of water. Gave it a clean and fitted the glass in. Seemed to be working fine hopefully thats one thing out the way. I also removed most of the rubber/foam that was soaked. Lots of loose uncovered wiring was found under the glove box so will get on to this next. Passenger side door was filled with water i noticed there was a lot of gunk and glass blocking the drainage holes which resulted in the water building up. I drained the water, however still need to remove all the crap stuck in there.Image1603047081.725389.jpgImage1603047094.169252.jpg

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So I cleaned up the passenger door and cleared the drain holes all looks good there now. I started on sorting all the wiring under the glove box out and thought whilst I'm there i should look in to then heater blower. Looks like some botched wiring job here. Will be getting a replacement blower and resistor. Noticed there was some water so I investigated further. Ended up checking the pollen filter and found gunk and leaves and the filter was drenched. I cleared this up gave it a good wipe down and made sure the water drainage channel was clear. I ended up using some silicone before fitting the pollen filter housing back on.

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Been finding some
Puddles on the front passenger and driver side. I
Know the seals
On the doors are shot including windows, which will be replaced soon but water was entering from behind the fuse box and also
On the passenger side where the rubber bung is behind the heater blower. After investigating further i found that the live (red) wire for the amp was fed through this rubber bung at the top therefore water was pouring in. I removed the wire and pushed it through the bung which then sealed properly. I applied some silicone around it to make sure. Hopefully this is now resolved. As for the driver side i checked the bonnet release cable rubber under the scuttle panel. It seemed pretty good but i gave this a good clean and sealed it up with some silicone. It was raining and i never noticed any water in the usual areas so fingers crossed this is sorted. Moving on i checked the rear of the car. Removed the sound proofing and carpets to check the spare wheel area. Carpet was wet so after checking the area i decided to remove the rear lights to check the seals/gasket. WOW! one screw on each light and water was definitely coming in from the passenger rear light. I gave it a good clean and then used new seals/gasket with some silicone around the edges. Also got all the nuts and tightened them up as before there was 1 nut on each light that seemed only hand tight lol.

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Getting a little frustrated now with this project, seems like i find more and more issues as i go along. I have 2 spots where water os entering from. 1 - water coming in from the pollen filter housing although I sealed the bottom it seems to
Be getting inside the housing. 2 - now this is really f@@@ing with my head, seems
Like its entering from behind the fuse box area, i placed some tissue in the area and after a day it's soaking wet. anyone who reads this and has an idea please do let me know. I have posted pics below

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Getting the car prepped for welding. Loads of work to be done, i almost gave up and wanted to just get rid. Never dealt with such a pile of shite before lol. Stuck a new battery in today so i can get it over to the welder tmrw. 90% sorted all the water leaking inside issues. Got a garage unit sorted so once its back it will be stored in a garage, this way i can start on clearing up the surface rust and treat it before painting with under-seal.

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Also check the rain well ducts for blockages too. Most leaks are caused because they become blocked so water comes in here there and everywhere.


Ye i have cleared this area, i also cleaned out the door jam drains, i did check the sun roof ones but they seemed clear. We did discover a hole in the drives arch so im hoping this will resolve the issue. Im hoping once its back i will remove the trim (A pillar) and have a look there, the issue is its coming from around or just above the fuse box area.
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Got the car back, lots of work done to it, so far its solid now no rust issues. Its dry stored now so At least its out the poor weather. I don't even have it in me to start work on it lol but i guess i will need to start on it. I think i will start by getting the new heater blower and new resistor in hopefully this will fix the heater blower issue i have (works on full only at the moment) then i guess its on to cleaning and degreasing the inside and start on some rust prevention paint.

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I have similar water issues in the front foot wells. Turns out to be poorly bonded in windscreen.
So it will be screen removed and roof painted next week (some penny sized rust bubbles where the roof meets the screen) and hopefully the same windscreen bonded back in if it, doesn’t break!!!!!.

I will post some pics.

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I have similar water issues in the front foot wells. Turns out to be poorly bonded in windscreen.
So it will be screen removed and roof painted next week (some penny sized rust bubbles where the roof meets the screen) and hopefully the same windscreen bonded back in if it, doesn’t break!!!!!.
I will post some pics.


Where about's did you notice water entering from? Mine seems like its coming from just above the fuse box area. Could possibly be trickling down sides and then ends up just above the fuse box.

I actually read this somewhere, i did enquire about a screen and a re-seal as i feel it could be just what you said! It does look as though someone has done a poor job on sealing the windscreen especially on the driver side corner. I might just get a new one fitted but first i will try and clean the area and re-seal if this stops then I know for certain its the windscreen. Any tips on whats best to use to remove the sealant
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It’s running down from behind the dash. On the drivers side it’s coming from above where your accelerator pedal is. On the passenger side it coming from the right side of the floor pan. ( where your right foot would be if you where sitting in the passenger seat)

I will post some pics when the screen gets cut out.

 

 

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It’s running down from behind the dash. On the drivers side it’s coming from above where your accelerator pedal is. On the passenger side it coming from the right side of the floor pan. ( where your right foot would be if you where sitting in the passenger seat)
I will post some pics when the screen gets cut out.
 
 


You sir are a legend! And you are correct i only have the issue on the driver side. I resolved the passenger side, my scuttle tray was split at the bottom therefore it pissed water in from the heater blower through the pollen filter.
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