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Our Cars – 1986 Volkswagen Classic rescued from an fate

The cars, they on coming. The tally stands at right now, and I’d like it to that way for just a little Joining my youngtimer Euro is a 1986 Volkswagen Polo . called a Polo Classic for reason and badged as Polo C for other reason. It’s quite close to a Fox of sorts, but a humble 1272cc, 53-horsepower hooked up to a four-speed manual

It’s probably the least car I have ever owned. is a pimple-sized rust speck in the of the windshield, and nowhere else is any rust to be seen – except for minor surface rust on suspension components. The body is the paint all original.

Naturally, there are caveats…

The car was new by an elderly lady, who daily-drove it 2012 except for storing it winter. It was maintained at a local and used sparingly. The odometer stands at 83000 km and change, and is very little wear It wouldn’t be out of the question that the car done 3000 slow per year within the city

However, it is a restoration project of After giving up driving, the lady had given the VW to a relative of who ran into some engine and pretty much abandoned it at a nearby. It stood there on the for six months, during which it hands but didn’t move an – an another guy considered fixing it up, but have anywhere to put it and no time to in it. The fault remained unrectified, as no costs were wanted to be put in it, the car sitting five metres the garage’s door. The ever-present of the crusher came nearer the car ever before.


I got the phone call last informing me about the car. A Polo-driving enthusiast acquaintance had tipped off about the car, but as he drives a mint 1.1-litre ’82 he was more eager to pass the on. And the price was good, even for a with a VW badge. I just had to it, no matter what.

Soon I signed the title at the MOT station and the keys from the seller with a handshake. With the Polo guy, we trailered the car to the Saab currently sleeps, and I started cleaning the thing up and the issues. A good hoovering was the thing I did to it, as it was definitely overdue.

Initially, it was assumed the headgasket was a It had been replaced once and it would make sense a replacement without skimming the would cause the problem to This was the info with I bought the car, and it still sense.

Opening the air filter I noticed the entire airbox with the carb was swimming in oil, with the air filter I was at first adviced this possibly be due to stuck piston which does kick up the of the project a notch.

But it’s not all bad. In any case, what dealing here is a completely low-km, rust free that is getting rarer, if it’s not an uncommon sight on our The interior, while still some cleaning, is all there – hilariously basic to begin of course. No radio, no tach, no nothing. Just hard

I didn’t talk money did I? I got the car for 60 euros, 60! That is 85 of your bucks. The car has about a hundred’s of overdue tax due to sitting unused being declared off the road, and it need some repair put into it. But a worst-case scenario, unlikely, is a replacement engine and I source one for just 100 eur.

The step once I had rolled my was to drain the engine of the oil gone and out came quite a bit more was strictly necessary. The over-filled especially with some that had ended up in the bottom of the will have easily the oil to such level that it had to get out no what outlet. That mean I wouldn’t need to about the piston rings yet.

With fresh oils, a new and the engine hand-turned for a while, the didn’t quite yet start I first attempted it yesterday; it until I replaced the plugs and sprayed a bit of starter pilot the carb that it actually to life. It doesn’t really to idle, there’s white from the exhaust along water, mayo forms the oil cap and whatnot – but it does run and move its own power. It didn’t do that for six

For all it’s worth, that’s a start. I’ll have a winter season fixing the car up.

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