- Published: Thursday, 25 July 2013 13:43
- Written by Ben David T Quirk
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Hi all, ahh first things first time for a quick intro, i'm Hotel MCF (something to do with a plate attached to me), i'm a 23 year old MK2 Golf GTI 16V and I live just outside the Lake District in a little village not too far from Kendal. Enough about me for the time being.
On to my little excursion, as you would expect as it's a sunny day I wanted to get out and explore, next thing I know i'm happily tootling along under Arnside Knott, I saw a fellow German car, a real pretty little thing a Porsche 911, quite a bit younger than me I might add, her owner acknowledged us, I felt quite proud. Anyway i'm rambling, we headed towards the Promenade, we stopped my owners asked if I'd like a picture and here I am and that's my day, tomorrow looks like I may be having PAS fluid leak looked at, woo hoo.
The TR4 Story
This is one of the first cars which arrived in the new garage and has been seen in the background of other articles which have been posted on Planet Auto.
This Triumph TR4 came from Denver, Colorado where it lived since new. In 2010 it was imported to England from America. When the car was imported, there was not only one TR4, but another in the container.
Now an opportunity like this this doesn't come around very often, and we bought both cars a Green TR4 and TR4A.
We started restoring the TR4. Once we got the vehicle running we started on the large amount of work to be done. A small amount of welding was done on the skirts of the car, the body was taken off the chassis and was sand blasted and repainted. The engine was also rebuilt and the chassis was repainted.
The car is now coming together again.
Lots of new parts arrived daily including; 5 new Chrome wire wheels, carpet set and Chrome bumpers. The dash board in this car is custom made by out team. It's now time for the final bits including having the TR4s electrics being refitted.
Hopefully by the end of the year the car should be complete and ready to drive. This will be a car that we will take to shows, this is why we have done so much work on this car. the restoration to date has taken three years and is onward going.
There is also the TR4A which we hope to do in the future. First we are going to complete the VW Beetle and some other vehicles in the lockup.
Watch out for updates on the TR4 project in the future.
30 Millionth VW Golf
The 30,000,000 VW Golf Rolls Off The Production Line
A Golf TDI BlueMotion, the world’s 30 millionth car rolled off the production line at the Wolfsberg factory plant on 13th June 2013. This pushes the Volkswagen Golf into second position as the best selling car in history.
This milestone VW will be officially displayed for employees on Saturday 15th June at the Wolfberg plant’s open day.
The Mk1 Golf began pruction in early 1974. Since that date 2,000 people on average have purchased a brand new model every single day for the last 39 years.
Also on the same day the award European Car of the Year 2013 was officially accepted by Prof. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management Volkswagen AG, this was determined by an international jury consisting of 60 members.
There are now seven generations of Volkswagen Golf in circulation in the worlds car markets today.
Jaguar XK8 arrival
This classic Jag arrived with our team on Wednesday.
A Jaguar XK8, we are drying storing it, however it is for sale and we will most likely buy it.
This XK8 is a 4.0 litre V8 1996 model.
The car has been stood for over a year on a road in a London borough under a tree. The car was very dirty and needed a pretty comprehensive valet. We spent 2 days cleaning and polishing the body work, as well as valeting the interior. We hope that it will be driving very soon.
Typically the MOT ended this weekend and has been Sorned while we fix a few minor electrical problems, one being a problem with one of the head lights, likely not much of a problem, frayed or crosssed wire, dodgy relay.
We drove the XK8 all the way from London without an issue, it's a great weekend car we hope to acquire.
Introducing Bertie Beetle, a 1973 1303 VW Super Beetle.
Bertie Beetle was purchased last month as my first car, I have been wanting a VW for the last 7 years, due to the fact I am such a fan of VWs. Bertie was found on Volks World and was listed for £400 and was exactly what we were looking for.
The bug was complete and in addition came with many more parts included. We picked him up from Pershore where we met the previous owner who had owned Bertie since 1994. Like myself she got Bertie on her 18th birthday, and she had driven the car till about 2009, however the work had got too much, this included large amounts of body work repair and a range of electrical problems. Bertie's previous owners biggest concern was that Bertie was going to a home where he would be restored. We knew first hand that people were buying Volkswagon bugs like Bertie and the immediately being stripped down for parts and sold on eBay within weeks. Bertie came with many other Beetle parts from her sister beetle, same year and model. The parts included two new doors.
Once we got Bertie back home he refused to start. After fixing some electrical problems and an issue with the fuel line, whilst doing this the fuel tank was removed, cleaned up and repainted as well as the fuel tank mounting brackets being replaced on the rear of the vehicle. We believe the parts had been taken off when the left heater channel was replaced.
Bertie is now running, and runs like a dream. We put this down to the engine being rebuilt 10 years ago, the same story as the Planet Auto MK2 Golf GTI 16V. Bertie has been driven on 3 test drives.
Currently Bertie is undergoing bodywork work.
The project starts
The colour scheme will be staying the same inside.
We want to replace lots of body work panels including new wings, doors, bumpers, hood and what ever weneed.
There are also plans to have him fully resprayed in a dark powder blue. Despite this not being a original colour for a beetle we do think it will look awesome also we expect to add some custom electrical features, all mods will be tastefully done, this way Bertie will maintain his original iconic look, which is really important to me.
As of today that is as far as we have got with Bertie Super Beetle.
more updates soon...
Michael Snowdon, Planet Auto Car Reviewer and owner