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It appears that Frank was in a slow decline prior to buying him. As we pull things apart, we discover more and more items that are worn and should have been picked up with regular, attentive servicing.

Just from pulling the front end apart we discovered a few things:

B1 VW Passat brakes

That doesn't look too good, huh? Thankfully they are the same as the Mk 1 Rabbit/Golf.

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

So we purchased new ball joints, new steering arm ends, new brake lines.

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

Painted the springs red!

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

The old shock assembly was quite ill.

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

Good thing we bought a new pair of these!

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

As you can see the discs are redrilled in order to fit the 108 rims. Assembled and ready for installing, with brand new shock inserts from Pedders.

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

The old ball joint is at the bottom, the new at the top. You can see how the joint has been moving and grinding around, The rubber boot was petrified and torn.

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

The holes on each steering arm were damaged thanks to the wrong bolts (thread and style) being used. They had been jostling in there for an unknown time, chewing away at the alignment slots.

If it were the early eighties you'd simply replace the whole arm but nowadays those are hard to come by here.

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

Yuck!

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

So we welded up the holes and filed them back down to size.

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

Stuck those in there...

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

Looks like new now!

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

Caliper is from an B2 Audi 80.

And to make sure no one takes my lovely Ronals?

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

 

B1 VW Passat brakes

Gorgeous!

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