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If you're going to be reading all of this I'd suggest getting food and drink now :)... I starting off liking mk2 Golf's when I was really young, I don't know what it was I just loved old cars (especially 80's cars). When I was 17 and I was just learning to drive I knew the only way I would be happy would be driving a mk2. So I found myself a 1.3 CL with a WHOPPING 54hp! Passing my test and driving this car was amazing I knew it wasn't the fastest car around but I didn't care! I was in a mk2! I done the usual modifications you see on euro cars (lowered - beyond drivable, cheap E30 BMW BBS wheels and stretched tyres) the car sadly was a rot box... I got my years of MOT out of it and knew it would never pass for my second year of driving, now 18, I had a cheap daily driver and I hated it. I needed to get into another mk2! I knew the only way I'd be happy now is having a GTi and not any normal one, It had to be a 16v the top spec excluding the G60, Rallye, etc. About 6 months later I had saved up enough, sold my daily and got a 16v GTi and that's the car you see today. That's kind of where my addiction and bad luck started at the same time... I owned my 16v for 1 day! 1 day only! Then the engine spun a bottom end bearing and bam... it was DEAD. Months down the line of getting the train to work every day and not being able to drive my new car I was getting more and more annoyed. I sourced another engine and fitted it with help from a few people which back then I could have never done on my own. The car was perfect again; I needed to drive it all the time! I couldn't get out of it, I ended up preparing the car for the Nurbugring in in Germany, I had to take it there I couldn't think of a better place. That's when the serious modifications started. It survived the trip with over 1000 miles done within about a week the car was bulletproof! Apart from when the oil pressure relief valve failed causing my car to build pressure and continue to blow oil seals and ruining the engine... Months past, yes months past again without an engine and I had the original one build up to a 2.1 stroker engine! It was making around 170-180hp and it was a beast of a little car! It was getting to the time of MOT again... The killer of my original golf, the cars that started my addiction for these I sadly knew this car was in really bad condition underneath just like my CL, The difference now was I had a work place where I could keep the car and I was confident enough to rebuild the entire car from the ground up. That's when it started on the 22nd of September 2016; I started my nut and bolt full restoration, with a HUGE mod list on my 16v GTi! In short I wanted an immaculate car inside and out (also underneath). I wanted the engine to perform perfectly all the time with proper cooling. I wanted the suspension to be precise and perfectly on point so as you can guess, the mod list is a big one. More to come...
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