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Author Subject: I'm back I think

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Post #1
Great to see the forum is still alive and well. This is my first post for many years!! I have a 1999 306 GTI that I have owned since 2007. The car has sat in dry storage since 2009 when i went on a career break traveling and never got this car back on the road. It has started a few Times since then and I've take out for a quick spin to blow off the cobwebs. I think the last time was in 2016. This year I am thinking of taking it out on the road again and getting it NCT/MOT;d and taxed etc. on a classic policy.

I'm a bit of petrol head and have a Golf MK5 GTI daily, Mx5 99 10th anniversary, 1.8. Also, a Yamaha FZS600 Bike & a 1978 T2 Microbus for restoration. I do a lot of my own work but am busy ATM with a MX5 clean up and hopefully starting a VW Bay window in the near future. Also busy with a gowning young family but the shed is my free head space. I think i will farm out the resto work to a neighbor Indy mechanic. I'm going to start buying up parts firstly. I intend to keep the car at least until the 30 yr make 2029 when can get cheap Irish tax rate. I was waiting for the prices to explode on these buy never really happened here yet so will wait for another while. I really want to do a track day in this car too. These GTI-6s are extremely rare in Ireland now. I have kept it till now as life's got in the way but I have have a new to me house and 2 bay garage so will have a place for it next winter once io moved the MX5 away. It is in my mothers ATM about 90mins away but boxed in a garage by may other cars so not really accessible. There are very good back roads where i live now in the west of Ireland for late night spins.

The car has 90K Miles and asides from a couple of parking dings etc. is pretty clean, Paints great & there is zero rust underneath. The car has a K&N low mount intake (sounds great) and was remapped with a ?? DANTeck ?? piggy back ECU and rolling roaded at a claimed 164<181 BHP. don't laugh !! It always felt very quick to me. Sounds great too. The car has a AP race clutch fitted by previous owner that is pretty awful in traffic. We found this when replacing the gear box that had 3rd gear implode randomly one day.

I also have a swampy earthing kit from here. I think it was a contemptious topic back in the day. I think I still have too a short shifter somewhere that I bought off here but never fitted. I also have a spare set of injectors that I might refurb & fit.
I have had problem starting it but was pretty sure if was just the fuel filter blocked & old fuel etc. It runs 100%

The car is a long term tapper but that never bothered me before and i think il go on ignoring it again. I was always intended on getting a replacement engine/head but never did and probably missed that boat now/

Of the fly this is the list of jobs & part i have in my head to put car back on the road.
-New Battery
-Engine Oil & filter, ( i did these last time i started up)
-Drain old fuel, flush fuel lines
-Fuel filter and replace soon afterward again
-Replace & bleed brakes.
-Pads & discs all round (do these go bad over time ??) Rear look bad anyway
-TBelp, WP & thermostart, coolant
- Accessory belt (s ?)
-Intake manifold gasket & TB (this leaks)
-New tyres, Are 195/50/15 OK or are people still hung up on 55 profiles ???? i have the original cyclones.

detail polish, underseal later etc
Replace radio & speakers that i put in another car since
Review wiring,

What other essentials jobs should I consider ? any cheap sensors i should replace as preventative maintenance activity ??
The TPS wiring broke my hearts when i got it first...….

My Resto budget is Very tight. where is best for parts ? i dont do main dealers and UK is out with brexit & customs charges. I get a lot of stuff from AutoDoc for the other cars.

PFA 2016

PFA 2007

Thanks for reading
Posted 13th Mar 2023 at 15:44

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Post #2
Change the timing belt, water pump, etc before you start it again as may snap after all this time


S Reg Diablo standardsSpec SORNED
R Reg Nile standard spec written off then repaired
X Reg Astor in need of TLC
R Reg Nile to restore
Set of Lions to fit.
Posted 15th Mar 2023 at 16:48

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