I stumbled across this car on VWWatercooled.org.au, listed as for sale in Queensland. Considering how few facelifts are out there, and that it looked pretty good in the photos, I decided to run the risk and get it freighted to Melbourne, with the intent of stripping it for parts.
Viktor was complianced in December 1980, so he was probably made around October 1980. Which makes him about a year younger than Frank.
Viktor was born a diesel like Frank. I have no idea of his history. He still has a diesel engine, but it's not the original one. Now he has an engine that's come from a imported (probably from Japan) Mk 2 Golf or Jetta, and it's been factory turboed! How unusual! He also has rear disk brakes that may have come from the Mk 2.
Complete with gigantic air intake! And that shroud has been made from 5mm thick alloy!
The motor actually runs really well, has oodles of torque. It's a 1.6l. See the little sticker on the cover there? That's in Japanese. Japanese cars are RHD, and due to their emissions laws a lot of older cars aren't allowed to run on their roads. So they get exported to Australia and other countries, or sold as parts here. I think there were differing import laws in QLD, as there seems to be a lot of privately imported Mk 2 and Mk 3 Jettas/Ventos found there.
The interior is dusty; he's been left sitting for some time and there are cobwebs galore in there. But the doorcards are in good condition (bar the ugly speaker holes cut into the fronts). The bumper strips on the tops of each door are in fantastic condition. I will take those off, give them all a good scrub then stick those in Frank right away. His are quite aged and saggy.
Towbar and all! We shall pull the bumper off and investigate the mounting. If it's feasible, we'll add it to Frank. Not for towing but just to discourage others from touch parking. :)
His rear springs seem different to Franks.
The dash is in amazing nick and only has a few cracks! It's perfect for reskinning. Steering wheel is also in excellent condition. The window washer stalk might be on its way out and the wiper mechanism is sporadic. Headlight stalk works! The gearshift boot is cracked and torn :( Console and pod are in good nick. Crappy Toyota headunit goes in bin. The carpet is in better condition than Frank's, however we're getting Frank's interior completely redone. And not in brown.
Gauges work! Clock doesn't at present.
Seats are in relatively good nick; they haven't flattened out. Some repairs needed to the base on the drivers side.
Ignition must have died like it did in Frank's so they bodged in a separate one.
Headlight grill has some gravel rash but is ok. One headlight is busted. The lower grill is busted. The bumpers are in good condition!
Seeing as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get some shots of the twins, we popped down to a local park:
The engine is probably going into a Mk 1 Golf, and we're stripping all the panels and bumpers off of Viktor as spares for Frank.
Why Viktor? That's the first name of Dr Frankenstein. whom Frank is named after! :D