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Cleaning Frank

Frank was born silver! When he was painted, they didn't paint the boot or engine bay.

 

Cleaning Frank

Frank's original colour - Diamond Silver Metallic.

Personally I don't like silver cars, to me silver is an undercoat not a colour. And at twilight, it blends into the road and becomes invisible. I wanted a car people wouldn't miss or hit.

 

Cleaning Frank

It looked like something had had a leak, under the back seat. Possibly paint. Part of the carpet is rock hard because of it, and the carpet as a whole is quite faded. It will do for now, however down the track the carpet, door skins and seat covers will be retrimmed.

 

Cleaning Frank

You can see how the carpet has faded and stained from 30 years of use.

 

Cleaning Frank

We took all the seats out to assess them. The front ones were definitely worn out and didn't have much bolster left, and the material was quite aged.

 

Cleaning Frank

So we took some Mark 3 Golf seats we had from a damaged Golf we had wrecked for parts, and transferred them into Frank. You need to swap the metal bases over for them to fit, as the legs from the Mk3 will not fit the runners of a Mk1 Golf or B1 Passat.

 

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The new seat. It came from a 1996 Golf and was far more springier and supportive than the original one!

 

Cleaning Frank

The fusebox was literally hanging from the underside of the dash. The bracket that normally holds it in place had been cut out to make room for an after market air conditioner at some stage, which was now gone. Something that needs repairing down the track. And the underside of the dash was in pieces, some of which came with the car, some which was MIA. The glovebox came with the car, the centre console did not.

 

Cleaning Frank

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New seat installed.

 

Cleaning Frank

Temporary seat covers installed. The back seat needs retrimming, however this will do until the whole car can go to a professional trimmer.

 

Cleaning Frank

The rear brakes on a B1 should be drum brakes, but someone put disc brakes on the back. On the front are Ford Cortina brakes, and on the back are Nissan Pulsar. That's not right. So, on the To Do list goes 'replace brakes with VW components'.

 

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The engine bay. This car was once a diesel, and had had a 1600 petrol engine put into it. It goes, but it's unknown what sort of performance it gives because of the damaged quarter panel rubbing that tyre.

 

 

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