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Old 06-04-2011, 01:34 AM   #1
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My 106 GTI Project

Finally got my arse in gear and got a real car again after selling my rallye a little over two years ago, since then I've had a Mk3 Golf GTI, Fiat Coupe, Alfa 166, E34 520i and a 406 Turbo (petrol of course) and somehow I still end up back in a 106

Anyway I picked the car up last week, its not the best example to be honest but it was cheap so thats good enough for me, I was looking for something that I could drive and fix up at the same time so it suites me perfect really. First thing I'd to do was change the gearbox, I've no pics of that as it was done at a friends house but nothing major to report there anyway.

Anyway, this is her

Blackberry 069 by JohnK87, on Flickr

It been dropped on unknown springs, not to my personal liking so I might get a set of standard springs and put it back to normal height but I'll wait untill I have some other stuff sorted first.

As you can see the wheels are painted white, badly ,

Blackberry 065 by JohnK87, on Flickr

By the looks of it they were just sprayed without any preparation so the paint hasn't really stuck so I'm going to try a combination of white spirits and a plastic scraper from work to get it off without doing too much damage to the original finish of the wheels, I reckon it should be possible if not a little time consuming.

It also has this manifold which I have no idea what it is? Anybody? This will almost definitely be staying on the car.

Blackberry 067 by JohnK87, on Flickr

The exhaust is a bit of a disaster, it hangs pretty low and just after the manifold its pretty bent out of shape, it consists of one small silencer and nothing else and it is stupidly loud, sounds fantastic but too loud to live with daily so it'll be replaced by a standard system including a CAT until it passes the NCT (Irish version of MOT) anyway. Note the ample amounts of surface rust to be dealt with

Blackberry 066 by JohnK87, on Flickr

Other major concerns include the wiring which looks like it was done by a blind mad who never seen electrical wire before. Really need to get my earths sorted first

Blackberry 068 by JohnK87, on Flickr

Then there was all the speaker wire and speakers I had to remove, not to mention the damp sound deadening in the boot.

Blackberry 054 by JohnK87, on Flickr

Blackberry 051 by JohnK87, on Flickr

Blackberry 052 by JohnK87, on Flickr

This is the wire removed from it so far

Blackberry 063 by JohnK87, on Flickr

This is all still left to come out

Blackberry 058 by JohnK87, on Flickr

I'm still not sure exactly where this is heading, I'll probably try and get it back pretty close to standard but I'm open to all options really.

Just so glad to be back in a 106 again though
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:35 AM   #2
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she'll be nice with a bit of tidying up, best o luck with her.
ye should throw a blog up on FCI.
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:26 PM   #3
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Cool motor J_K, looks like a fun little project you got yourself indeed. Looking forward to seeing your progress in getting it cleaned up.

We are having a 106 Rallye Owners Meet this Sunday 10th April, so do please come alone if its not to far for you.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:02 AM   #4
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They always come back! Best of luck with her!
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:33 PM   #5
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Got the wheels painted

I'm quite pleased with the results, paint is a bit darker than I thought it would be but I like it. Up close its pretty rough but its only a temporary job really.




Also changed the thermostat, just need an exhaust now and I'll be pretty happy with it.
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:09 PM   #6
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Right, update time.

Solved some trouble with my rear brakes but I'd say its not finished yet.

I got a standard exhaust but could only get a saxo rear box but my bumper was mangled anyway so it doesn't really matter. Need to try sort it out though.

I also pulled up the carpet to get at the airbag wiring and the sound proofing was soaking wet so it just ripped it out, I didn't go the whole way and clean it all out properly but that will come in time.


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Old 12-05-2011, 11:45 PM   #7
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More problems,

During a spirited spin over Moll's Gap in Kerry yesterday the car grounded out pretty badly due to the stupid suspension. I was lucky to get away with the sump in one piece to be honest, very lucky so next on the priority's list is standard springs.

But anyway, about 5 minutes after hitting the ground I started to get a horrible massive vibration through the whole car, had a quick look and everything seemed ok but it the vibration appeared to be coming from the right hand side mount. Had to drive the 250 odd Km home before I could look at it which was pretty horrible but anyway this is what I found on removing the mount.


Vise grips, the only tool you'll ever need by JohnK87, on Flickr


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Snapped the bloody bolt

New one in this evening and all is good, have the NCT tomorrow evening aswell so that should be interesting, reckon I'll fail on a few bits and pieces but sure, just have to wait and see.
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Old 13-05-2011, 07:38 PM   #8
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Failed the NCT on a split CV boot, and that was it, feckin delighted!

Now I can start doing some nice stuff to it. I'm very tempted to get a set of rallye steelies for it.
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Old 15-05-2011, 02:09 AM   #9
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Rallye steelies would look so good on it. Do it!!!
That's great you have no major work from the NCT to do.
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Old 15-05-2011, 05:47 PM   #10
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That bolt always brakes when you give it some abuse.

I usually tap it out to M10 and fit a 12.9 tensile steel (black) bolt.
That will last a life time.

Are you the guy a bought the 206 cup car wheels off? The house looks familier.
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Old 18-05-2011, 01:57 AM   #11
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Rallye steelies would look so good on it. Do it!!!
That's great you have no major work from the NCT to do.
I'd love steelies but I really need a set of standard springs more and if they don't improve the car in some way I'm kinda not keen on spending money on it.

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That bolt always brakes when you give it some abuse.

I usually tap it out to M10 and fit a 12.9 tensile steel (black) bolt.
That will last a life time.

Are you the guy a bought the 206 cup car wheels off? The house looks familier.
Thats a good idea actually, its back in and fine now but if it goes again I'll definitely be doing like you suggest above.


No not me anyway, thats my parents house in Wexford.
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