Background About the Car
In September 2017 my brother and I decided that we would try our mechanical skills on restoring / recommissioning a classic Volkswagen. I have always liked the old VW's and my dad used to have one of these when we were children, so we decided we would find a Vw Golf to restore. We found this example tucked away under a cover in Tonbridge after the lady owner had parked it in 2015. We loved the fact it was a "Driver" with all the GTI bits. We also liked the Jade Green colour and the fact that it was a 3 door example with the small bumpers; as well as the tartan period interior! It's very 1980s inside! I think this is the best example of the Vw Golf Produced - the Type 19
What we have done?
1.) Welding carried out to both of the jacking points - front and rear and on the rear wheel arch. These have been waxoiled and sealed to MOT standard
2.) A Bosch battery has been fitted
3.) All rear brake lines have been replaced as the previous ones suffered corrosion
4.) Front NS CV Boot replaced
5.) New Exhaust back box has been fitted with a new center section and bracket
6.) Timing Belt, Water Pump, Thermostat, sump gasket, oil, oil filter, fuel filter parts tensionsers and Radiator fitted and oil lifter and sump cleaned out
7.) New windscreen wipers fitted
8.) All 5 wheels (including the spare) refurbished
9.) Rear parcel shelf rubbers purchased and fitted
10 Rear boot struts purchased and fitted
11.) All 8 coolant hoses purchased (5 fitted - 3 ready to go on)
12.) New Seat cables fitted so they can recline
13.)Oil Breather hose replaced
14.) 4 x Bosch spark plugs fitted along with a new set of HT leads, and Distributor Cap, Rotor Arm and Coil
15.) New Pierberg Wax Stat Fitted
16.) Vaccum hoses replaced, along with expansion tank to radiator hose
17.) New heater hose cut and fitted
18.) New LED handbrake light bulb fitted
19.) It has had an ISO radio socket fitted for modern radios and we have fitted the JVC unit which will be supplied with the car - complete with AUX cable connectivity.
20.) Drivers door membrane replaced and resealed to stop any water leaks
21.) Number plate screws replaced & new caps fitted.
I am sure there are other things but this is all I have listed so far!! It has been a loooong project spanning about 8 months from start to finish. The car drives nicely and it has been such a pleasure to restore. I am really glad we managed to save this little classic Vw.
The previous owner maintained the car well and had the services carried out on time. It has had 4 new tires fitted in 2015 which have covered only a few hundred miles.
It is by no means perfect - please be aware that cosmetically the car suffers from a few marks, a dent in the drivers door, some missing trim and a few marks here and there. Ideally the car would benefit from a full and comprehensive re-spray but I prefer the original look in a way. So please bear in mind it has marks and scratches commensurate with its age - it is 30 years old!
Other little niggles are the usual golf issues:
The carburetor needs a bit of a tune up as it is running a little rich - my mechanic has given this a go but he hadn't seen one in a while so would benefit from another look at it.
The speedometer works fine - but it has just stopped recording mileage! I have looked on the forums this could be a faulty unit or the cable may be loose. I have not yet investigated further.
The heater is temperamental and usually only works on setting 3 - this i am told is a new resistor needs fitting to the blower- something that is not too expensive to do & if i get time I will try and do this myself.
A new Auxiliary belt has been fitted but my mechanic has not tighten this enough so.... it squeals like a little piggy sometimes
On the plus side the interior is in near mint condition - the seats are as new with NO wear on the drivers bolster. It even has its original Volkswagen car Mats and that classic Vw smell.
Otherwise this is a fantastic little classic golf that runs and drives exactly as it should! The gear shift is spot on and the clutch feels fantastic. It is an excellent example of a rare type 19 3 door finished in Jade Green. It feels very smooth on the motorway and holds its own in modern traffic. I have had people wave and smile at me wherever I go.
It comes with its original book pack; with its instruction manual, and service booklet (which has 12stamps in it last entry in 2008)
It also comes with its Haynes Manual, 2 sets of keys and V5 logbook ready for the new owner.
Why I am Selling
This was a project for me, my brother and my dad to put together again, It has been really fun to do over this time and has been a fun little drive too! We were hoping to do a road trip across Europe in this, this summer, but due to a change in my fathers health we have decided to put this plan on hold.
Whats more my brother in law has chosen to import his old Toyota Celica from Switzerland and is now taking up space on the drive - so we have decided to let the little golf go to its new owners.
I am sure with a little bit more effort this could be a lovely little classic original and unmolested example of the Type 19 3 Door Golf. I dont intend to make any money on the car - I am listing for less than what I have spent on it. I have all the receipts and documentation to prove the work that has been carried out and the money spent.
Cash on collection only, viewings welcome; come and see for yourself. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. Car is located in Maidstone Kent