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Going Home

Our 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI is heading home temporarily. After a change in circumstances for the owner of the car, they have decided to postpone

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Autoshack – July 2021

Good friend to Bridge Classic Cars, Lee from Autoshack has shared our latest competition car, our 1983 Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1. Lee and Autoshack have

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Final stages of our Beetle rebuild

Jon is going through the final few tasks on our VW Beetle before we can take the car back home within the next couple of weeks.

Volkswagen Beetle Quality Control

Final stages of our 1974 Volkswagen Beetle restoration and Jon is giving the car a thorough assessment to make notes of all aspects of the refit that require attention.

His findings will be reported to the individual departments or he will look to carry out the work himself.

Jon has already attended to the rear opening quarter windows. He has adjusted the rubber seals to allow offside to close fully and space out nearside rubber seal to allow window to seal gap.

The lights and levels have been checked and he has confirmed the operation of the fuel gauge by adding 20ltrs petrol. The door catches have been adjusted, fitted rubber blocks to the B pillars to seal gap at the door to window edge. The bonnet catches have been adjusted.

The paint-shop have touched up chips in the paintwork.

Grommets have been fitted to all A and B pillar holes.

The operation of the washers have been checked, the exhaust heat exchange pipes and tailpipes have been tightened Jon has eliminated the slight vibration/rattle at certain resonance.

We have checked for oil leak and found a slight drip from rear main/gearbox area. Oil quite dark but engine oil is fresh and clear so we suspect a minor gearbox oil leak.

Going Home

Our 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI is heading home temporarily. After a change in circumstances for the owner of the car, they have decided to postpone restoration work for now.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our Golf GTI back into the workshop in the future so it can be brought back to all of its former glory.

Rescuing the original interior

Brian and Kath and made an incredible start to our 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI restoration story. Although the car has been parked up and off the road since 2007 the interior is in remarkably good condition.

The car was full of water and the interior smelt of mould.

A good clean, strip down, tighten and re-stitch and it’s looking beautifully patina’d once again…exactly what the owner was hoping for.

Some of the cushioning has taken a bit of abuse; a couple of the plastic covers needed some repair work carried out, the bolsters had started to collapse but the most important factor is that the original patterned interior could be salvaged. The door cards were in lovely condition, albeit a bit grubby.

Our brief is to keep the car as original as possible. It belonged to Alice’s father and together they want to get the car back on the road to be used and enjoyed for many years to come.

Meet Helmut, our 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI

It may be some time before we see our 1987 VW Golf GTI in the workshops but having been sitting outside and open to the elements since 2007, we thought it was best to get the car inside and away from the wind and the rain.

Having been owned by the same family for many years Alice has decided to get her father’s the car back on the road for many more years of enjoyment.

After a little bit of tree surgery in order to get the van through the gates, Tom and Mauro have managed to pull the car out and successfully loaded (him) in to the trailer.

Now safely tucked away in the Hangar, our first job will be to thoroughly clean the car, inside and out. This way, we can see work is involved in the restoration or re-commission of this modern classic.

With a small window of opportunity in the trim shop diary Kath and Brian have got to work in removing the very wet, and very mouldy interior trim. We’ll return all of the interior to the workshops for a full assessment and clean and we hope to be able to rescue as much of it as possible.

Check out the T-shirt that Alice was wearing in the image above. The wheels aren’t the same but the number plate sure is!

Autoshack – July 2021

Good friend to Bridge Classic Cars, Lee from Autoshack has shared our latest competition car, our 1983 Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1. Lee and Autoshack have been a huge part of the recent times of our Golf GTI. The car has been regularly maintained in the Autoshack workshops.

Thanks for sharing our competition Lee…

Behind The Scenes: 1976 VW T2 Westfalia Campervan

The team set out for Bawdsey to shoot their recent competition vehicle, a delightful VW T2 Westfalia, a particular favourite of Ellie’s. With Freddie capturing the video and Ellie on the photography, the team set up their own camp on the sand with Charlotte featuring as the ever talented star of the visuals.

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