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'87 GTI 1.6 - I wanted a regular 205 but failed

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Hey together, my very first post here but feels like home. Have been reading about half this forum in the past three weeks as I dove head first into the 205 world.

 

I wanted to purchase a regular 205 as my new daily as it seemed to be a reasonable addition for the winter time (been rocking a restored Porsche 924S widebody as only daily for about two years and winter is noooo good). As chance would have it the Green I wanted to buy sold immediately (price was hot apparently) and when this 1.6 GTI popped up just 15mi from my place I knew I had to at least look at it.

 

Obviously over budget given I wanted a regular one and off the road for a good decade I did my due research and loved the prospect of parts for 1/3 or less the cost I am used to on the Porsche and being the first guy to go and look at it I had to have it.

 

Now I am no stranger to tools and while not technically a restorer I have space and tools through way too long a story to be told right here. With 240k-km on the clock a long list was made and I got to work. Wasn't so great on pictures, but the whole story is living on video. Ultimate plan is reliable, OEM-spec and sub-10k€ excluding some weird ideas I have.

 

Before I leave you with this: I need a set of mud flaps. Rubber, don't care about a model insignia or anything but have to be for the 205. Searching for weeks and found nothing. HELP!

 

Anyway, enjoy - new episodes should be dropping weekly, wanna drive the thing!

 

 

 

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Gohn
On 8/27/2022 at 10:26 PM, dst said:

I need a set of mud flaps. Rubber, don't care about a model insignia or anything but have to be for the 205. Searching for weeks and found nothing. HELP!

I've been looking for a while also..

no ones making them just now anywhere

did see a few old sets for the rear, but nothing for the front which have slightly different bracket attachments

if you have your old set or used from a wreckers you can remake them

I didn't bother with the rears but for the front wound up drilling out the bracket rivets 

ditched the old rubber and replaced with about 4mm fibre reinforced rubber sheeting cut to shape

you could reassemble with rivets or flat top screws, and 8mm rubber would last longer

not as good as OE but theres plenty of mud round here and they work well

 

 

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dst

I actually, through a lot of trouble, sourced a ph1 full set including mounts. Let's see once they arrive.

 

In the meantime - can anyone tell me where the breather hose (?) from the head by the dizzy goes to? My breather routing is so messed up and I am lost. All others make sense, but that doesn't.

 

Plus, new episode on my rebuild, starting to look the part!

 

 

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Anthony
On 8/29/2022 at 6:59 PM, dst said:

In the meantime - can anyone tell me where the breather hose (?) from the head by the dizzy goes to? My breather routing is so messed up and I am lost. All others make sense, but that doesn't.

 

Do you mean this one (circled in red)?

 

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If so, that's a coolant rather than breather connection.  As standard it goes to the underside of the throttle body, but many people simplify the cooling system by bypassing the coolant loop on the throttle body and instead run it directly back to the expansion tank.

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Leslie green

Enjoyed the second episode you are getting plenty of jobs completed 

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dst
14 hours ago, Anthony said:

 

Do you mean this one (circled in red)?

 

s-l400.jpg

 

If so, that's a coolant rather than breather connection.  As standard it goes to the underside of the throttle body, but many people simplify the cooling system by bypassing the coolant loop on the throttle body and instead run it directly back to the expansion tank.

Hah! I just about found that out myself and am likely putting it back to stock, although the bypass seems like a valid solution. I first have to see how the car behaves in OEM-fashion, given I just twist-sheared the main oil hose and the crank bolt wasn't properly tight as well. Thanks nonetheless!

 

9 hours ago, Leslie green said:

Enjoyed the second episode you are getting plenty of jobs completed 

Getting along rather nicely so far. the engine part is taking a bit longer than expected, but that'll be in a future episode. At least I have managed to not remove it!

 

Cheers guys!

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dst

Not crazy mad about the end result, but I am not a panel beater and can't TIG so it is what it is. In the end it is more about getting this one done as fast as possible rather than to a perfect standard. Goal is daily driver - and I have to remind myself of that rather frequently.

 

 

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Leslie green

Decent effort these really are a pain to weld  the metal is so thin, I touched a 1mm pinhole with no corrosion around it in the boot floor and left a 6 mm hole with the mig  one day lol

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dst

Forgot to update - two more over the last weeks.

 

 

 

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Restoration and video schedule don't always meet, so unfortunately the car still isn't running, despite looking like it...

 

 

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Leslie green

Getting closer now but this is the frustrating reality of restoration ,things that were working when you took them off don't when you put them back on  ,another good couple of updates well done.

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