Classic car as a daily runner?

Which subsection of VW subculture do you ( have to ?) subscribe to, to have one of those ?.

.... T4
So not hippy like an air cooled T2 or T3. Not as up oneself as a T5/6
So generally , quite normal and T4 drivers wave at each other. All the others are far too up themselves to do that.
Wifey and I have a Jack Russell (avatar) and we use the van a lot for very long day trips. Leave at 6 in morning Stop, have a cuppa. Walk dog, get wet, change, off again....suddenly it's 2 in the morning. It's been a lifer save during lockdown.
 
I can't remember why the bottom fell out of the import business.
Basically the £ Yen exchange rate years back makes it unviable now.
Of late, a short container you could get 2 of our cars in for around £1500 pre Covid is now possibly as much as 8k plus...if you can find one.
In short, it's all knocked the krappachino out the car import business..to the UK mainland anyhow.
Probably for good.
In any case, 10 years back these Roadsters were rot free pristines.
Now, the Japs are keeping them and all we get...if you want to wait and pay like a lunatic.....what we would have called 2nd division 10 years back or even light accident damage/repair. Mine was...it had a home in Japan "off" and a new PAX door and sill.
 
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.... T4
So not hippy like an air cooled T2 or T3. Not as up oneself as a T5/6
So generally , quite normal and T4 drivers wave at each other. All the others are far too up themselves to do that.
Wifey and I have a Jack Russell (avatar) and we use the van a lot for very long day trips. Leave at 6 in morning Stop, have a cuppa. Walk dog, get wet, change, off again....suddenly it's 2 in the morning. It's been a life save during lockdown.
T2 camper owners are to be pityed ( or laughed at). Never mind in a car, you can steam past them on the motorway in a modern speed limited Artic truck.It’s fun as you sail past , watching them hunched over, spindly wheel held in a vice like grip, as they trundle along at 50 mph, deafened by the bellowing cacophony from the back.
I did feel a bit sorry for one I saw a couple of years ago at a garage on a low loader. Gaily painted in fresh hippy colours, it’s front windows decked with flower garlands and just married sighns. The rear half utterly gutted by fire.!
And as you say they want all the money for the old death traps.
 
T2 camper owners are to be pityed ( or laughed at). Never mind in a car, you can steam past them on the motorway in a modern speed limited Artic truck.It’s fun as you sail past , watching them hunched over, spindly wheel held in a vice like grip, as they trundle along at 50 mph, deafened by the bellowing cacophony from the back.
I did feel a bit sorry for one I saw a couple of years ago at a garage on a low loader. Gaily painted in fresh hippy colours, it’s front windows decked with flower garlands and just married sighns. The rear half utterly gutted by fire.!
And as you say they want all the money for the old death traps.
My mate has a T2. He totally refurbished it and it was immaculate, worth I guess about £30k. Lives in a semi with a drive so the T2 was under a tarpaulin. Now, he's into running. Suddenly he's competing, gets the bug, starts winning national orientering iron man type competitions. Meanwhile five years on the T2, hasn't moved and is just a heap of rust on flat tyres under the tarpaulin!
 
My mate has a T2. He totally refurbished it and it was immaculate, worth I guess about £30k. Lives in a semi with a drive so the T2 was under a tarpaulin. Now, he's into running. Suddenly he's competing, gets the bug, starts winning national orientering iron man type competitions. Meanwhile five years on the T2, hasn't moved and is just a heap of rust on flat tyres under the tarpaulin!
QED.
 
My mate has a T2. He totally refurbished it and it was immaculate, worth I guess about £30k. Lives in a semi with a drive so the T2 was under a tarpaulin. Now, he's into running. Suddenly he's competing, gets the bug, starts winning national orientering iron man type competitions. Meanwhile five years on the T2, hasn't moved and is just a heap of rust on flat tyres under the tarpaulin!
To me, whether people like aircooled Dubs or not, that was just an avoidable waste. One man's muck is another's brass/project.
 
Flipping Mazda Bongos. When my ex-wife and I first had kids, we got a Chrysler Grand Voyager to cart them and all the Attendant stuff around. Great car. Very expensive at the time, they weren’t too popular in the UK at the time, and it was worth quite a bit. Well the STBX has some kind of mental wobble and quits working, and comes up with the fantastic idea that we sell the Chrysler and buy a Mazda fücking Bongo. “No, shove it” :)
Heh, Mazda Bongo Vans, eh! When they were first released in the Antipodes coincided with our contribution to VietNam’s woes … during which era the natives there-in may or may not have been referred to, inter alia, as, ahem “bongoes”! Accordingly, much mirth may have been apparent, allegedly.
 

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Busy day yesterday. Forgot to put the car in the (heated) garage last night.

A little frosty this morning.

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T2 camper owners are to be pityed ( or laughed at). Never mind in a car, you can steam past them on the motorway in a modern speed limited Artic truck.It’s fun as you sail past , watching them hunched over, spindly wheel held in a vice like grip, as they trundle along at 50 mph, deafened by the bellowing cacophony from the back.
I did feel a bit sorry for one I saw a couple of years ago at a garage on a low loader. Gaily painted in fresh hippy colours, it’s front windows decked with flower garlands and just married sighns. The rear half utterly gutted by fire.!
And as you say they want all the money for the old death traps.
T2s are for Sundays. A Danbury T2 is fine but they want silly money for them. T25s and T4s are fine, as long as you pay attention to rust and Wasserboxers. A lot of people mod out the aircooled engine for Subarus and the Wasserboxer for 1.9 Golf Diesels. The T4 was common as an airport or hotel shuttle bus and good ones without stellar mileage can still be found. T5s are fine,too, as long as they haven't been preowned by tradesmen or taxi drivers.
 

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That is a bloody fantastic motor car
I am envious
Keep using it, they run better for regular use
Aye she’s a peach.

Working well as my daily runner. Despite the tatty roof it doesn’t leak and the heater is very good for these cold mornings.

I’m probably putting 100 miles a week on it at the moment.

Obviously it’s 33 years old and there is still a big list of jobs to do, but they’re mostly cosmetic or silly little things like sorting the ridiculously dim dashboard lights.

It puts a smile on my face every time I get in it. Which is what driving should be all about.

Even the missus likes driving it.

Can’t wait until spring when I can get the roof off again.
 

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Aye she’s a peach.

Working well as my daily runner. Despite the tatty roof it doesn’t leak and the heater is very good for these cold mornings.

I’m probably putting 100 miles a week on it at the moment.

Obviously it’s 33 years old and there is still a big list of jobs to do, but they’re mostly cosmetic or silly little things like sorting the ridiculously dim dashboard lights.

It puts a smile on my face every time I get in it. Which is what driving should be all about.

Even the missus likes driving it.

Can’t wait until spring when I can get the roof off again.
I have often found that stripping out the instrument panel and cleaning everything makes a big difference, and replacing the failed lamps, I usually replace all of them, but perhaps lwds are the way to go
I use a specialist for mine rather than ebay and amazon
With older cars it's amazing how much they respond to a little care and correcting of previous fitters shortcuts
I remember the first time I drove a new golf gti
Everything else was a let down after that
 
T2s are for Sundays. A Danbury T2 is fine but they want silly money for them. T25s and T4s are fine, as long as you pay attention to rust and Wasserboxers. A lot of people mod out the aircooled engine for Subarus and the Wasserboxer for 1.9 Golf Diesels. The T4 was common as an airport or hotel shuttle bus and good ones without stellar mileage can still be found. T5s are fine,too, as long as they haven't been preowned by tradesmen or taxi drivers.
My T4 is a 1.9 with 65,000 on it. It's lovely driving on long stretches of country road with nothing in front to spoil the view; because all the misrable f*ckers are in the long queue behind me with no chance to overtake :rolleyes:

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...me and my avatar!
 

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I have often found that stripping out the instrument panel and cleaning everything makes a big difference, and replacing the failed lamps, I usually replace all of them, but perhaps lwds are the way to go
I use a specialist for mine rather than ebay and amazon
With older cars it's amazing how much they respond to a little care and correcting of previous fitters shortcuts
I remember the first time I drove a new golf gti
Everything else was a let down after that
Apparently it’s quite a job to get the instrument panel out of one of these.

There is a kit you can buy to upgrade the LEDs so I’ll fit that when time allows.

I’ve just noticed that the LED indicator for the headlight main beam isn’t working which I gather is now an MOT failure. So I’ll need to sort it before it’s next test which isn’t until May.

The list of jobs so far:

Dash lights
LED mentioned above
Upgrade headlights to something a bit brighter
Fit a mk2 GTI brake servo (massive improvement by all accounts)
New roof (current one is ok but a little tatty. It let’s the rest of the car down)
Re-upholster drivers seat
Sort two small rust patches on wheel arch and door.
Fit some decent speakers. These original ones are shite.
Fit proper 3 point inertia reel seatbelts in the back. It just has lap belts at the moment.

It has a few other electrical gremlins that I can live with. When I turn the lights on the water temperature warning LED flashes 3 times?

The onboard computer thinks I’m averaging 4mpg and it’s -43° C outside.

Once all that’s done it could be a show winner.
 

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Apparently it’s quite a job to get the instrument panel out of one of these.

There is a kit you can buy to upgrade the LEDs so I’ll fit that when time allows.

I’ve just noticed that the LED indicator for the headlight main beam isn’t working which I gather is now an MOT failure. So I’ll need to sort it before it’s next test which isn’t until May.

The list of jobs so far:

Dash lights
LED mentioned above
Upgrade headlights to something a bit brighter
Fit a mk2 GTI brake servo (massive improvement by all accounts)
New roof (current one is ok but a little tatty. It let’s the rest of the car down)
Re-upholster drivers seat
Sort two small rust patches on wheel arch and door.
Fit some decent speakers. These original ones are shite.
Fit proper 3 point inertia reel seatbelts in the back. It just has lap belts at the moment.

It has a few other electrical gremlins that I can live with. When I turn the lights on the water temperature warning LED flashes 3 times?

The onboard computer thinks I’m averaging 4mpg and it’s -43° C outside.

Once all that’s done it could be a show winner.
Dirty and corroded electrical connections are the usual cause
Also sticking rear light and indicator lenses through the dishwasher makes a vast difference to light output
Plus re wrapping the loom with fresh sound deadening material will often quieten the car down
There are a few nice origional golf's around here an increasing numbers of 80s BMWs all looking nice on origional wheels, most of the owners are in their 20s which I find refreshing those 316/318s and 320s were cars that set a world standard for build quality and driver feedback
 
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Missing me 'ol Roadster a bit.


Decided to change out the OEM slushbox which was causing piles of sensor issues..and leaking ATF...for a 5 speeder. Fortunately the 4.1.1 diff ratio for the manual is identical to O/d 4th on the slusher.
Exedy clutch, longer prop needed, and a slightly different PPF ( Power plant Frame) also needed but it's basically straight forward process the guys have been Also having a new Prestige tan hood & frame fitted. Current one original..lasted 28 years. New window lifter frames & motors, leccy aerial, wiper motor, headrest speakers, and a good few fettling bits.

Then it's off to the Dumfries Roadster specialist's son next door to where all the work is being done for a cheapo 2 stage mop to get swirls out as the paint is very good anyhow and a POR15 cavity top up underneath. Oh, and getting useless AC totally stripped out. That's around 18KG off kerb weight, and around 10KG off transmission box weight. That all equates to around a 3/4s tank of fuel in kerb weight. Every wee bit helps.
Next year sometime it'll be getting the hide redone & doorcards recovered.
Never really done with an old car but TBH after all this over the past 2 years..most of the bally thing underneath is only 2 years old!
 
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Missing me 'ol Roadster a bit.


Decided to change out the OEM slushbox which was causing piles of sensor issues..and leaking ATF...for a 5 speeder. Fortunately the 4.1.1 diff ratio for the manual is identical to O/d 4th on the slusher.
Exedy clutch, longer prop needed, and a slightly different PPF ( Power plant Frame) also needed but it's basically straight forward process the guys have been Also having a new Prestige tan hood & frame fitted. Current one original..lasted 28 years. New window lifter frames & motors, leccy aerial, wiper motor, headrest speakers, and a good few fettling bits.

Then it's off to the Dumfries Roadster specialist's son next door to where all the work is being done for a cheapo 2 stage mop to get swirls out as the paint is very good anyhow and a POR15 cavity top up underneath. Oh, and getting useless AC totally stripped out. That's around 18KG off kerb weight, and around 10KG off transmission box weight. That all equates to around a 3/4s tank of fuel in kerb weight. Every wee bit helps.
Next year sometime it'll be getting the hide redone & doorcards recovered.
Never really done with an old car but TBH after all this over the past 2 years..most of the bally thing underneath is only 2 years old!
Poor little thing won't know what's hit it
 
Apparently it’s quite a job to get the instrument panel out of one of these.


It has a few other electrical gremlins that I can live with. When I turn the lights on the water temperature warning LED flashes 3 times?

The onboard computer thinks I’m averaging 4mpg and it’s -43° C outside.

Once all that’s done it could be a show winner.

Likely culprit will be dry solder joints on the back of the instrument panel, pretty common on 80/90's motors
 

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