Here's a (not entirely complete) list of what we've done to Frank since 2008.
Stripped out interior
Degreased and degunked engine bay
Removed Holden air cleaner and installed Ramflow
Removed spare wheels and other spares from interior and boot
Replaced front seats with Mk 3 Golf seats
Worked out origin of rear brakes - Nissan Pulsar
Removed rear quarter panel and door from 1974 Passat at wreckers
Clearing up wiring mess in engine bay
Fixed ignition switch which was wired to parker lights so it wouldn't start without the parkers on
Removed driving lights and associated wiring cables and switches as well as the horn relay setup
Replaced dash blower fan
Oil pressure switch now working
Pushed the damaged rear quarter out off the tyre
Located a replacement (secondhand) set of tail lights from a QLD diesel via Ebay
Removed damaged outer skin fron rear quarter panel
Dennis fixes quarter panel
Frank gets his name!
Locate another door, from a 1977 Passat, as the first replacement one had a large repair in it, located once sanded
Finished all the welding repairs
Masked up for undercoat
Spray whole car in undercoat
Sanding with finer paper begins
24/10/09 - 25/10/09
Wet rub the paint ready for application of 8 coats of clear (4l)
Resprayed the bumpers and grill
Screwed lights, bumpers and grill back on
Gutter trim on
Bumper trim on
all door handles fitted
Rain tray guard painted and fitted
MK2 wheels put on.
wiper motor lubed up and back in.
Fuel tank back in
New underbody fuel lines. (Had to make a reducer too)
Tail lights in.
Door rubbers back in
Boot rubbers back in
Boot wiring re-instated
replace one rounded brake bleeder nipple
repair/replace damage chrome trim on passenger window.
Fitted NOS side mirrors
Fitted sun visors and mirror.
Most of the door cards are back in.
re-wired engine fan and tested
Put fuel in tank and started car.
Fitted interior light
New bonnet cable
Red seat covers
Cleaned and fitted coolant recovery tank
Cut a piece of carpet for rear deck.
Boot badges painted and fitted
Boot lock installed after picking up from old owner and locating spacer at Bunnings
Frank gets towed to Day of the VW
Wet sanding every night and all weekends
Start buffing the paint for the first time
Frank gets towed to SEDF
(Buffing not completed)
Replacing all brakes and lines with VAG components
Redrilling hubs for Ronal rims
New front shocks from Pedders arrive
Rear shocks are replaced with NOS
Rear Ronals are installed
New rear disc brakes from a Mk 3 Golf
Replaced handbrake cable with custom one made from a 1998 Audi A4 brake cable set
Replaced traverse suspension arm which was bent with one from 1977 Passat
Remove front brakes and shocks
Replace one smashed CV
Replace strut bearings
Repair suspension arms
Remove cooling system and throw away
Install new front brakes & shocks
Remove remnants of air con system
Replace three engine mounts
Install mag wheel locks
Install new radiator mount
New water pump and housing
New temp sender
Removed Passat brake booster
Converted to Mk 3 Golf brake booster
Installed new front seatbelts
Repairing instrument cluster, replaced globes with leds, cleaning up more wiring issues
Replaced ignition switch
Repaired indicator stem
Fixed horn wiring issues
Cleaned up dash fan wiring
New washer bottle
Replaced inner tie rod ends
New exhaust installed
Repaired reverse switch
Replaced front door rubbers
Restored and fitted battery clamp.
Pressure washed gearbox and undercarriage.
Welded in new fuse box mounting bracket.
Fixed one door lock
Repaired two window regulators
Fixed the wiring faults that arose from unplugging the fuse box to weld in the new bracket!
Connected the check straps on all doors
Bled the brakes (again)
Replaced the indicator stalk with a brand new one (from Israel!)
Replaced one of the rear seat belts.
Installed handbrake cable retaining clips
Glued down a dash mat to cover the cracks (temporary fix)
Fixed the horn again!
Replaced starter wire in engine bay which was badly deteriorated and causing stalls
Registered for street use
31/7/10 and 1/8/10
Installed air horns and tank in boot
Installed speakers in rear deck
Authentic VW keys cut
Installed new chin spoiler
Replaced 4 stem seals, installed 4
Replaced reverse switch with new one
Frank's birth certificate arrives from Germany
Replace welsh plug in engine
Repair hole in exhaust downpipe
Resume buffing of paint and complete polishing every panel
Install glovebox after tapping stud to anchor it to, repairing left over damage from after market aircon
Clean interior completely
Retreat all plastic exterior parts with Meguiars and Auto Glym products
Wire up clock and air tank gauge
Replace rear door seals
Frank drives to DOTVW
Frank wins 1st place in Pre 2000 Water Cooled.
with more to come!