HERMAN THE GERMAN! '91 Black Scala 20vt in the making!

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Re: HERMAN THE GERMAN! '91 Black Scala Rocco 8v to 16

Post by treefingers » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:16 pm

The car gods will owe a few sacrifices back when I'm done!

Petrol's another good option actually, forgot about that. Think soda blasting is the way tho.. :)

Really struggling pulling the trim from the body, the adhesive is too hard, anyone got any ideas? (got the screws out)

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Re: HERMAN THE GERMAN! '91 Black Scala Rocco 8v to 16

Post by Brunty » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:08 am

You can heat the glue gently with a paint stripping gun, but it's still a pain to get off. Wait until you want to remove the front wings ;)

If you get the soda blasting sorted, feel free to do a quick write up for the Tech section :)
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Re: HERMAN THE GERMAN! '91 Black Scala Rocco 8v to 16

Post by treefingers » Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:47 am

Brunty wrote:You can heat the glue gently with a paint stripping gun, but it's still a pain to get off. Wait until you want to remove the front wings ;)

If you get the soda blasting sorted, feel free to do a quick write up for the Tech section :)
ended up using a heat gun on full bast. still had to wrestle though.. that adhesive is amazing.

no probs re writeup.. just awaiting a delivery from the postman!

long night tonight, it's 20 to 1 and i've just got home..

done a lot of stripping so far, i wanted to make something look good today! so i refurbished the 239mm calipers that i'll be selling in favour of bigger brakes.

Before:
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Sanded and primered..
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and finished in a nice bright red :)
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I was so happy with the finish i was considering staying with 239mm discs.. but i'll find them a good home and refurb some bigger ones.

More stripping! arches (FINALLY) off!
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when this car is finished I'm not putting them back on. I think the scirocco is such a square car it needs some curves to give it some contrast! will need to find something different for the front and rear though. forgot to take photos but i'm going to need to do a little arch repair. toying with the idea of welding some wider arches on..
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rear beam dropped.. and fuel tank and lines out!
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and how i left herman tonight. 4x4 or what.
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Re: HERMAN THE GERMAN! '91 Black Scala Rocco 8v to 16

Post by treefingers » Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:51 pm

I've heard sandblasting can be damaging to panels.. anyway ordered some wire wheel drill attachments, some poly discs and some wire wool to attack the rust in awkward places. The car is definitely getting a full respray, I want this to be an amazing car. I was so tempted to do it myself and was researching the steps for ages last night but today I spoke someone who is going to do it for cheap, both the outside and the engine bay as everything will be stripped from the car. Going to stay brilliant black :) All I have to do is fix the rust, need some arches and Windstorm on here is very kindly giving me a couple of wings I can chop up and weld in :) I'm just waiting on bits at the moment which is a bit frustrating as all I want to do is crack on! Waiting on a pressure washer that works for a start.. I've noticed the sills are a bit crushed where someone's jacked on them, but they're not corroded. Trying to work out whether to rebuild them as I won't be running the bodykit and it could be quite noticeable.. Seems a bit of a shame to shell out on a respray and not get the bodywork up to 100%. Anyway couldn't really get much done today but I did weld up the holes in the boot where the badges went.

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next plans are:
steam clean!
rebuild arches
repair rust patches
weld up screw holes where the old bodykit went in
look at rebuilding sills?
sodablast engine parts
paint subframe, wishbones and arbs and fit polybushes
full respray next month

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Re: HERMAN THE GERMAN! '91 Black Scala Rocco 8v to 16

Post by treefingers » Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:04 pm

Wings for roccos seem to be hard to find.. vw heritage want £340 for one! Absolutely ridiculous, I had to double take to check they hadn't made a mistake in their pricing!

Really need to sort all bodywork ASAP ready for spraying.. then I'm going to paint the wishbones and polybush everything. Did some repairs today on the rusty wing. I've never done this before so I was quite happy with the result. It feels quite good doing repairs like this, like I'm bringing the car back from the depths!

Identified the decayed areas..
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Managed to salvage some bits from a really rusty wing to weld in
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Tack tack tacky tack..
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Weldy weldy weld
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Brushed some temporary primer on, jobs a goodun. Needs filler. Both front arches ok now, just need to do the back two now.
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Work is mental busy at the moment so I don't get much free time but the good thing is I'm earning good money that I'm going to pour straight into a mk2 sized hole! :)

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Re: HERMAN THE GERMAN! '91 Black Scala Rocco 8v to 16

Post by treefingers » Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:05 pm

Engine for sale if anyone's interested.. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141061374500? ... 1555.l2649

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Re: HERMAN THE GERMAN! '91 Black Scala Rocco 8v to 16

Post by Brunty » Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:34 pm

Nice to do the repairs as a replacement wing could well need work anyway. Well saved :)
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Re: HERMAN THE GERMAN! '91 Black Scala Rocco 8v to 16

Post by treefingers » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:48 pm

Thanks man :)

So I sold the engine for £51, couldn't believe that! Someone got a bargain.. ah well I've got enough bargains from ebay, may as well give someone else one! Anyway the sale of the engine paid for..

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This! MK2 Golf servo and master cylinder. Also won some Astra GTE 256 calipers, carriers and vented discs for £8.50. I love ebay.

Got some good stuff done today. I've realised it's a lot more productive to sit at home and write a list of jobs to do rather than pulling the car out and staring at it for 10 minutes thinking 'where the f-k do I start!'

Started by attacking the rear bumper poke. I've read a few FAQs where people have shortened the bumper by drilling new holes in the bumper brackets. I've gone the other way however, I (not very neatly) plasma cut the slots in the chassis to allow the bumper to push back neatening up that awful stock gap. Some penny washers on these bolts and they'll be fine. Only took 10 minutes to do, nice easy job. Had to cut off the tow hook. I'm not planning on towing anybody in this badboy anyway.

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gap before
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after
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I'll attack the front bumper next. Ground off the rest of the body kit glue with some poly discs to reveal loads of filler in the D/S rear arch, must have had an accident at some point! Finally managed to get hold of a pair of rear arch repair panels anyway, in the post :)

The holes in the bulkhead for the clutch cable etc had been repaired before but were rotten around the edges.

Cut out the crusty bits
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Fab'd up a new plate from 2mm
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So awkward to weld in. If I can work out how to get that cross bar out I'll be able to properly seal it.
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Finally I got bored and mocked up what the car would look like lowered on snowflakes. I like snowflakes and I haven't seen any unbodykitted lowered roccos running them so I'm considering it.. Would need to space them a lot though. Only problem is they don't put a lot of surface area on the road...
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And on the new engine front I'm currently torn between an ABF on throttle bodies and megasquirt or a 1.8T....

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Re: HERMAN THE GERMAN! '91 Black Scala Rocco 8v to 16

Post by Brunty » Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:09 pm

The brake linkage unbolts with the pedal box and if you look under that little bracket in the engine bay, another 2 nuts.

Depending on which 20vT, you'll get more power and torque with the 2ltr ;)
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Re: HERMAN THE GERMAN! '91 Black Scala Rocco 8v to 16

Post by The Interceptor » Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:03 am

Looks like a great project. Just make sure you don't give anymore blood sacrifices! Brunty knows all about those, don't you my dear! ;)
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