'Fucking Janine'

Tom Bowen posted in M K 3

1y ago

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She started off life as a sorry 16 owner standard base model 1.8. The paint was leaving little to be desired, the bumpers crumpled, headlight smashed, bent grill, dented doors and a rotten boot. The interior was filthy too!

In fact if it was you going to look at this car on a freezing February night in pitch black with only the torch on your phone to light up the problem areas on MK3s, you would have turned around and gone home. Not I though, I am a firm believer that all cars should be bought at night, stupid blind decisions when buying a car are, in my case, always better than well planned and thought out purchases. I wasted no longer than 10 minutes looking at the car before I handed over the rather modest sum of £180 to a woman that just wanted rid of the 'death trap' that she so fondly referred to it as.

It took just 3 days before it was on some budget JOM coilovers, my trusty old Antera 90s 3 spokes and I had dug an old set of CL spec bumpers out of the shed. I then treated the interior to a new old set of Colour Concept Recaro seats that had been badly dyed by the previous owner in a nice tan colour. A friend soon bought a MK3 in the same colour that they were going to paint so I stole all the good panels replacing them with panels from my hoard and that was it for the next few months of daily driving.

The end of show season approached and I knew just how much daily duties were taking their toll on the 24 year old 'Janine'. CV joints were being replaced, wheel bearings were popping and there was a suspicious puddle of water in the footwell. The first thing that had to go was the coilovers and their replacement came in the way of a Airlift Perfomance's finest. The car was bagged over a weekend by myself and daily driving was no longer an issue with adjustable ride height. Driving higher also kept the CV joints and wheel bearings happier. The pudddle in the footwell was solved using an entire tube of silicon sealant on the windscreen that a previous owner had badly fitted.

2016 show season arrived and I needed to do something to make the car stand out more, a set of staggered Azev wheels were purchased, some camber added and some arches were butchered to make them almost fit... I then had a vento bumper that had been stored for months, so I decided to refurbish it with some truck bed paint to match the rear OEM textured bumper and I tracked down a deep vento splitter from Sweden to finish off the slightly improved look of the car for 2016 as can be seen below.

Stay tuned for updates over the winter months ready for 2017.

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