When Frank first arrived, he had some remnants of a chin spoiler still attached to the bottom of the front panel. I thought it would be impossible to replace the spoiler with another, intact VW one, so we temporarily covered the area in black tape, and set to studying cars in wreckers, always on the hunt for something that might be adapted to fit.
Until the lovely guys at Passat Classic.de told me about this wonderful website that sells OEM VW parts! VW Classic Parts.de have an astounding range of old school dub stuff. Including the spoiler! I was astonished, I really thought we'd never find one.
And they were superquick with delivery too, came via DHL:
Wow. I am still amazed we have one. We located one side of one a while ago, which was literally old stock at Volkwerke in Greensborough. Lloyd has quite a stack of old stock. But it was cracked and missing the other side, so we were going to use it as a sample to adapt one to.
So, this is what Frank looked like before, with the tape on there, pretending to be a spoiler.
The new spoiler got some Meguiar's action. One side was dated 1990 and the other 1993, both were dusty from sitting on a shelf all this time.
We also picked up some of these, as they are felt and soft, giving the locking nuts something to sit on instead of digging into the metal.
After removing the tape. Paint came off on a few spots, and as you can see the right hand side is shorter, where the car got too close to curbs.Needed some panel beating and reshaping.
A touch of Fiddly Bits red. As this section is mostly covered by spoiler, I just wanted to make sure it wouldn't rust.
The beautiful chin spoiler. Isn't that a lovely finishing touch to the front end?
There's the felt stick on, so that the nut doesn't grind into the guard on the inside. The spoiler took 11 nuts to lock into place.
I also put some finishing touches to Frank's keys.
The key on the left is his old ignition key. The one on the right is the new one. Didn't feel right using a key without the VW logo, I found the blanks on Ebay and had them cut here.
I also found that very cute keyring on Ebay :)
And that one, for the spare set.