- Published: Sunday, 08 December 2019 20:38
The Volkswagen Mk2 Golf project is no longer at a standstill, thanks to Triple M Roadside Assistance.
Christian turned up in his trust Ford Transit Connect to assess the Valver, after a look round, he said yes im up for it, great news for us.
Triple M is a mobile mechanic local to our area with a wealth of knowledge and vast automotive skill set - Typically, our garage door failed, fixed that with block of wood...after that though, we cleared the car bit, bumper and other bits and other things that were in front of the Mk2 Golf GTI, giving Christian room to peruse.
The video is a first taster at what's going to happen in the restoration of the classic Volkswagen, the battery tray was quite bad, rusty and holey.
On inspection the rust hadn't penetrated the inner wing meaning there was good metal that he could work with, it was in the chassis leg, however not as much that could compromise the integrity of the chassis.
Christian started by cleaning up the area, then cutting out the rot with a grinder until he hit solid metal.
Then it was just a case of cleaning up the area with a wire brush, and placing the battery tray over the top, aligning it and drilling holes for the weld.
The whole job took around 3 hours, including spraying and rust treating.
The Mk2 is well on the way to being back on the road!
Next Tuesday, it's the start of the engine conversion, which will require an engine crane.
First is change the timing belt whilst it is outside the car as this far easier, and it is a lot quicker.
As you can see, the VW project forges on and ChickenPig our Mk2 Golf may well be ready for spring - yay! then it's the Mercedes W124...
The 4th Gen Korando is an SUV that's come along way, the model we had was the diesel now this is a 1.6 Turbo this is smaller than previous versions yet just as torquey.
We have the Pioneer trim, with the 1.6 diesel engine coupled to a 6 speed automatic, there are 4 trims available, the ELX, Ventura, Pioneer and Ultimate.
It's practical, well trimmed and you can get tech including full LED's, virtual navigation in the cluster and lot more.
The clever thing with the new Korando is safety is the same across the whole range. Interiors vary dependant on trim, as for driving it, great combo, runs well, gets a touch louder at higher revs, smooth changes not as smooth as say a 9 speed, however that makes sense.
There are 3 driving modes, these change the characteristics of the SUV. Steering is direct and there is little body roll unless you hammer it, overall a great SUV.
Prices start at under £20,000 and top out around £32,000, watch out for petrol and electric models in the future.
The Honda Insight 1st Gen, a hybrid car devleoped with one goal in mind ground breaking fuel economy.
The 2 seater is powered by 1 litre 3 cylinder VTEC and an electric motor.
It offers around 70 mpg, even Ben has achieved 60mpg with his style of driving. It's construction is all aluminium, making it light and the design has cues such as covered wheels sloping roof and sloping sides.
It was manufactured in Suzuka Japan, the same factory as the NSX.
We have this car on review all week, we're even doing a long haul to see how an 18 year old hybrid copes in todays world.
Big Automotive news today, the possibility of a massive merger combing the forces Fiat Chrysler Automobiles or FCA and PSA Groupe. That's right, talks are being are held again with the possibility of merger talks with PSA who own Citroen, Peugeot, DS and recently acquired Vauxhall - Opel know, these car companies have been in talks over the last few months previously.
FCA has been trying to grow the empire and have held talks with Renault Groupe, talks broke down when neither of the firms could reach an agreement.
PSA issued a statement this morning saying: “Following recent reports on a possible business combination between Groupe PSA and FCA Group, Groupe PSA confirms there are ongoing discussions aimed at creating one of the world’s leading automotive groups.
The merger has been approved and FCA and PSA are going in on a 50/50. It'll be interesting to see how this evolves the automotive giant.
This isn't one we've not attended yet, mind you the cars they unveiled would have made it well worth while.
Another one of the cars that has interested many is the brand-new Honda Jazz, it's got some really distinct design styling, love or hate it comes to mind, it's got more of a look the Civic with a more distinct front, it's it's an interesting one it's styling lends it self more to a mini van style it seems to have a more sharper front.
The Subaru Levorg starts at just under £30,000 however this model that we have is the 2L i GT model powered by a flat for Boxer engine coupled to a lineartronic gearbox, an economical impressive drive, as you know by now the lineartronic has advanced since the earlier models this is a great looking practical estate car.
Should I use a garage forecourt car wash for my Hybrid and EV? In a word yes, Istobal have put together answer and info sheet.
How to wash an electric or hybrid car, there has been a lot of controversy about this, namely washing any vehicles with electrical sysytems, motors or batteries.
Our latest Subaru e-boxer videos for the Forester and XV from Latvia
What a great day namely for one of our cars, we'll get to that though - It's time for an update first things first our 1999 Honda Civic ek4 or Santa pod challenge car as its been dubbed has passed its MOT, it received one advisory for a tire that could do replacing sooner rather than later, not dnagerous though.
Mind you that doesn't matter because we are fitting some BBSs from the Mk2 Golf to it next week, they'll look cool combined with the livery, and apart from that it's all go at planet auto HQ.
We've lots of things coming up including:-
There's also lots of other cars coming up before Christmas including Mitsubishi, Honda, Vauxhall and Subaru as well as some heritage Honda cars to look forward to.