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    So, two weekends ago, I asked my girlfriend to marry me, and she said yes! BONUS! ( She's the one on the right... )



    Repping Candy:



    If this build wasn't slow enough already, it's now going to get even slower as all my spare change is now going to the wedding fund . To keep this car related though, here is my Fiancée Dee with some of my cars over the last couple years:







    This Polo literally used more Oil than Petrol haha!


    She doesn't drive yet, but really loves her classic VW's and 80s/90s hot hatches. Her Dad used to build cars in the Max Power era for audio competitions and has owned all sorts from E30's to MK1 GTi's to 205 Dimmas and the like. So with our help too, she'll be able to find a cool first car hopefully and stay away from the financed Corsa's and Fiat 500's that every other girl seems to drive around here.

    Nothing major in the way of a car update, but I did a bit of spannering on the MK4 on Friday as my Track rod end gave up the ghost. Think it needs the inner doing too though as its still super clunky and floaty steering



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    Congrats on the marriage

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    Congrats dude!
    2002 Lupo Open Air / Static / Mile Eater / Top Motor

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    well this has progressed since i last checked in on it.

    congratulations on getting engaged, Wedding is the most expensive thing I've ever done. Was cheaper doing my trip!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firstcarlife View Post
    Congrats on the marriage
    Quote Originally Posted by swaggerdon View Post
    Congrats dude!
    Quote Originally Posted by Benwalsh91 View Post
    well this has progressed since i last checked in on it.

    congratulations on getting engaged, Wedding is the most expensive thing I've ever done. Was cheaper doing my trip!!
    Cheers guys

    Ahhhh I know! Tell me about it... I never realised how expensive food is, it's crazy! . Luckily we've been saving for a while now so we have a good chunk set aside.

    Car wise, I have a small update for the MK3. I’ve had her stored in a crappy lockup since I bought her two years ago. Anyways, me and two mates have decided to get a bigger space between us. So we now have a unit big enough for four cars, a sink, a toilet, a fridge... And most importantly, its watertight, and has lights. We’ve got everything we need. I moved the car in Sunday and I'm happy



    I’m absolutely buzzing because it now opens up a lot of different options for the car.

    One of the lads (Chris) in our unit has a B4 Passat Variant, which he has just started doing a 20VT swap on, my plan is to help out and then once finished, start my own engine build, whether it be a 20VT swap, or strapping a turbo onto the ABF it currently has, I’m not sure, but I really do like the idea of Turboing a non Turbo engine. Here's his boat. He drives a pretty clean static MK5 Golf as a daily, so this will end up pretty sweet without a doubt.









    The other lad (Rory) is the one who bought the Polo off of me, so that means I can still see its progression, in fact, we started stripping the engine together, the day it went into the unit haha.

    The access is really good for getting lowered cars in, but the most important bit is, we have a Sofa


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    New place looks awesome!
    "You could roll an E30 in a BMW showroom today and people would think:
    Well, they finally got the 1 series right!"

    3.0 L e30 ground up build

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    So!

    In a week of madness, I've yet again sold the Estate, and bought myself a 1.0L Lupo as a daily

    The idea is to drive it until Dee passes her test, and then give it to her, and the money I'm saving in the meantime driving a smaller car means I can free up funds for the Wedding, and the MK3.

    Anyways, here it is:



    Picked it up on Saturday night, took it to the unit and checked it over properly, then woke up 6:30am Sunday morning to take it to Wales for an uplift day at Antur Stiniog. The car never missed a beat and I've fallen for it already haha.





    It's got 72,000 miles from new, 11 months MOT, and needs a gearbox. I got it super cheap and I've already bought a gearbox for it from the breakers yard. It wants for nothing else so it should make a pretty decent car.

    Oh. and I've already bought coilovers for it .

    GANGSTA SHIZZ ft. my mate Chris's static MK5.

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    Yes, 1.0 gang!

    Jealous of the new space, I need that too

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawsonLiri View Post
    Yes, 1.0 gang!

    Jealous of the new space, I need that too
    We need an international gang sign to prove how dangerous we are

    Ahh man, if you ever find it possible, do it. It's not only a workshop but it's a pretty good sesh house too haha!


    In other news. The finest of ching chong springy boys arrived last night! I'll be fitting them tonight so check tomorrow for updates




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    Lupo is now a Stancey Boi.

    Ish......

    I'm currently running full Whacky Racers Dragsteresque fitment , because I managed to fit the front coilovers without any issues, but then one of the rear shocks wouldn't come out due to a stripped bolt. I work in a factory so I thought it'd be best to leave the rears til the next day, and grab a fresh couple of bolts from work in the meantime in case I snap one whilst removing. So, here's some pics:













    I'll be fitting the rears tonight .

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    I would have posted these on Friday morning, but I was super ill all day yesterday, but here are the photos of the finished product a la Lupo!

    Went to the unit on Thursday night straight after work and got down to business!

    Here's some piccies! Also a side note... Even though this is technically Dee's car, I've enjoyed this first week of Lupo ownership so much more than my last full year of MK4 Golf ownership. I cannot stress how much I love this little thing! <3





    Excuse my rusty brake drums. I'm going to re-black them at some point, before I buy wheels for it





    Shock comparison:



    Spring comparison:



    New shock fitted, and spring cup (I later removed the lower adjuster so I could get the rear a tad lower)



    Springs in!



    End result! Featuring the newest addition to the 90's Rotbox Unit. The MK1 Caddy: Pretty jealous of this one I'm not gonna lie!





    It's slowly getting there, not too bad progress to say that I'd only had the car for four days

    I've got a few more plans for it, I'm after some four spoke wheels, preferably 14" or 15". And I think I'll end up taking the second adjuster out too so I can get the rear a bit lower. But for now, I'm just going to enjoy it as my daily.

    P.S. The breakers yard gearbox fell through as it wasn't as described, but I've managed to score a replacement gearbox with no issues for £55 so I'll be tackling that and putting a fresh clutch in too in the next couple of weeks. Keep a lookout!
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    Small update, I did a proper wiper delete and rear debadge.

    Looks a lot cleaner imo



    In other news, my clutch kit has now arrived, just waiting on gearbox oil now, so hopefully I'll get that by Monday so I can swap out the gearbox and then I can enjoy cheap stress free motoring once and for all. Who am I kidding right?

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    So jealous we never got those over here. Looks like such a fun little car. Cant wait to see it with wheels. Looks 100x better lowered down.
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    Lupo gang!

    You need much shorted rear springs and you're fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    So jealous we never got those over here. Looks like such a fun little car. Cant wait to see it with wheels. Looks 100x better lowered down.
    Ahhh man they're such a mint little car to drive, only little bit longer until you can import one haha

    Still not sure what wheels to pick, but I really fancy some three/four spokes, I love Renault Turbines too though.

    Quote Originally Posted by DawsonLiri View Post
    Lupo gang!

    You need much shorted rear springs and you're fine.
    I agree 100% it needs to go lower!

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    Few pictures of my 18.5hr Gearbox and Clutch swapping adventure.

    Took a bit longer than it should have done because of a few little issues that I couldn't work out because I was hungry, tired and had been smashing cans of lager all day whilst doing it .









    My "precision" clutch setting tool. i.e. a socket with lekky tape wrapped around it haha:







    Anyways, I finally got it all back together very late at night, and then set off first thing the following day on a 220 mile trip to Cambridge for the weekend. The car performed faultlessly

    This story isn't all fairytales though, I left the car parked outside my Aunts house on the outskirts of Cambridge town, went out shopping for the day and came back to find somebody had bumped it and done a runner. Absolute arsehole . I may be able to pop it out a bit and disguise it, but that's not the point






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    Lowered the rear end another 15mm approximately last night, took the rear adjuster out completely so now the spring is just sat on the perch. Looks a tad better but still nowhere near low enough. Here's some pics.

    Before:



    After:



    Before:



    After:



    Overall height now sits a bit flatter though, which is what I was aiming for. In other news, I got creative, used some of my old skateboard wheels and spiced up my interior. Thanks to Spitfire wheels and Bones bearings I can now wind my windows faster than the average electric ones .



    Also, thought I'd drop a few pics of my friend Ryan's static T5, he came to play at the unit last night and I helped do a couple jobs on it. Photo's don't do it justice, it's crazy low!




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    Man you need shorter springs if you wanna go lower at the rear, and others ammo if you want to be comfortable

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawsonLiri View Post
    Man you need shorter springs if you wanna go lower at the rear, and others ammo if you want to be comfortable
    I knowwwwwwww

    Maybe in the new year I'll buy myself some shorter springs, I don't want to lower the rear more yet though, as my front needs a notch. We've got a welder in the unit now though, so I might sort that in the next few weeks.

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    Update!

    I got bored at work and smashed a pallet to smithereens. It is now a roof rack.



    Then I bought some 6N centre caps to go on my steel wheels to make them look a little more presentable.

    Last night I had a eureka moment and decided to put my number plate on the roof rack. I kinda like it I'm not going to lie, but I think I will need to smooth out the number plate recess to complete the look.

    I did a photoshop so I could see it.





    Anyways, bumper smoothing will commence this weekend I think, but overall I'm happy with the look of the car. Total cost of these "mods": £10

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    Any updates on either car? Love the golf but havent seen much of it on here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firstcarlife View Post
    Any updates on either car? Love the golf but havent seen much of it on here
    Cheers man! As it happens yes I do finally have some updates ��.

    So. First and foremost, the Lupo is no longer ��. I got bored one night during lockdown and put it up for sale. A lad from Bedfordshire came and picked it up and that’s that. I kinda miss it to be honest but I wanted a big diesel again, and to be honest, it was proper shagged ��.

    Here’s a little pic dump of the Lupo.






    This was it about 5 mins before it went. The guys dad brought it back because it was too low and I had to lift it for him. I also killed the tyres hence why it was sat on those awful Orange things. 1/10 probably the worst most stressful morning of my life ��.



    So, in the meantime, me and my pal Rory moved up to an even bigger unit for just the two of us. This is housing our projects, furniture and a few breakers that we’ve both been doing to keep a bit of cash flow going. It’s so good having a dedicated space for car stuff. Unit wise, our plan is to get a two poster installed pretty soon, and tidy up the walls as they’re minging, but apart from that, we love it. It’s 90ft deep and we still pay the same rent as we did in our old unit which was half the size.





    Anyway, now I can finally access my GTI, I’ve been putting together a plan of exactly what I want to do with it, and where I want to take the build.

    My first job I did was removing the GTI arches, I’m going for a cleaner look so I bought MK3.5 Cabby rubstrips to replace them.



    I then had to tackle my fuel tank straps, I won’t lie, I’ve had these laying around in a box for about two years and never got round to doing them.





    Much Better!

    I’ve bought a couple of other bits maintenance wise that I’m going to do this week I.e. ignition switch, and heater resistor. I kinda got sick of having to Hotwire it every time I moved it ��.

    Next on the list is finding a set of track/race inspired wheels, good tyres, a brake upgrade, new coilovers, sway bar, rear anti roll bar, half cage. Then I’ll probably go down the route of cams and throttle bodies. I really REALLY want to turbo it though as well, so I still need to make my mind up performance wise.

    That being said, I could change my mind at any point and go stancy again. I really like this look atm...



    I’ll have to keep you all posted on this, but I WILL be putting updates on a bit more regularly now.

    Finally, I bought a new daily. As a MK3 lover it only made sense to get another, so here’s my 1998 MK3 Golf GL Estate.




    It’s a 1.9TDI AHU. The lad I bought it off had had it for about a year and as far as mods went, he’s just put a set of Passat Steels (**** it when people call them G60s because they aren’t ��) and a set of budget coilovers.

    Before him, it was owned by an old bloke called Harry, who owned it for 17 years. It’s been serviced at the same garage two maybe three times a year all it’s life, so it’s pretty healthy to say the least.

    So far all I’ve done is serviced it, whacked a set of Teledials on, tinted my lights red, dewipered, put a big sub and amp in the boot, and replaced all the speakers. I also resprayed my bumper as when I bought it, the bumper was in primer. Being an idiot, I assumed that my car was dragon green, but found out after I fitted the bumper that my car is actually Bright Green Pearl. ����*♂️����*♂️. (Always check your paint code haha! To be honest, it’s not bad at ten yards so I can live with it, for now.













    As far as plans go with this, I’m just going to keep it as a useable daily, and sort some of the little niggles. I'm winding my coilovers down a bit further and changing my wheels on Wednesday for these:



    Thinking of painting the faces either body colour matched Green or maybe Gold... What do you guys think?

    Anyways, until next time, and thanks for reading ��✌��✌��.

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    I've been doing bits!

    Here's a teaser...











    LOWERING STICK INCOMING!

    This also happened to the daily:


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