My 1988 B2 estate

The older generation of passats, do you have some tech help for us....

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by ozpassat » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:34 am

Excellent news, I am intrigued to see it evolve and look all new again :)

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:43 pm

Slight update.
The Passat has a new companion. We needed a newer estate car for forth coming baby duties so made a purchase at the weekend.

Audi A4 TDI S-Line Black Edition

Here it is

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The brightness of this makes the Passat seem boring colour wise

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And here is a group photo with the cars that we use which aren't SORN just now.

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by PoloGaz » Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:42 pm

Looks good! I got a mk7 golf estate just before christmas. Passat hasn't been anywhere since (didn't want to use it over the winter anyway!) MOT next week, then it's time to put the 7a engine in. :)

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:12 pm

I have a day out fishing next Saturday, using the Passat then. Plan is to get it stripped asap after that. I seem to have been putting off the start of this strip down as I will miss using the car for a few months when it is away. I know it will come back looking great after the rebuild but I am reluctant to let go of it.

I know I can use my Mk2 Golf once it is taxed at the beginning of May though. Modern VAG cars don't give me the same driving pleasure and when I go to get the keys to go somewhere, its the Passat keys I pick up rather than the A4 every time. Sad but true

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:02 pm

Was a sunny day up here in Scotland so I gave the car a good hoover and a wash. The car looks not too bad after a bit of attention.

Going to try on some different wheels to see what I think before the standard 13" steels go on whilst the car is away getting transformed. Got some 15's and 16's to try. The 14's on the car are clean and tidy and look ok.

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by PoloGaz » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:12 am

Looks good. I still think the montreals look really good on these, better than any wheel they fitted from factory (the hockenheims that came with mine look so awful! God knows why they fitted polo wheels on a passat!)

I think mine will have to have the bodywork this year. The guy who had it before me had a few incidents and the winter has taken its toll, even though it's not seen a salty road. I only drove it for the first time on Sunday. I think it had been parked up since I came back from my friend's wedding last september

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:31 pm

Got the chance of a new set of wheels for the car. They are split rims.
Anyone know what width wheels cause an issue with the bodywork on B2 estates? Could I run a 8J wheel on both the front and back without issues?

Thanks

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:24 pm

Picked up my wheels yesterday. Sat them against the car to see what they would roughly look like. They are 15" BBS RM's. Currently 6.5" wide. Need some polishing to make nice. I have H&R springs to go on the car bringing it down 40mm. Don't want it too low.

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Used the car on Saturday to go to a fishing competition, so that was the final outing. Car strip down starts this week.

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by PoloGaz » Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:28 pm

Should look nice mate. Had a look at my arches the other day. Pretty sure 15x8s would clear the arches if the offset isn't too low. mine are 15x7 but the offset is about 30 so quite high (ET52 plus 20mm ish wheel adaptors

Had mine in for MOT and it failed on top mounts and that's it!

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:12 pm

The wheels will be built to 15 x 8. They will be used on both my Golf and the Passat. These should look good when refurbed along with the cars bodywork and fresh paint. Car is 100% keeping its original colour.

Hope your car gets its test soon. Mine is due at the end of April but I will just wait an get it tested after the work is complete

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:29 am

The Passat is now back on its standard 13" steel wheels to keep it rolling. The interior has started to come out and I am waiting for a contact to come and take all the glass out.

The battery is flat on the red donar car, so that's on charge at the moment, making it easier to move it about and access parts stored around it.

Pictures to come

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:46 pm

No updates on my car as of yet.

We've just had our first baby, a wee boy who is now 4 weeks old and has derailed my free time for the past wee while.

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by passattyp32b » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:08 pm

Huge congratulations! :-D

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:35 pm

passattyp32b wrote:Huge congratulations! :-D

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Thanks, I cant wait to get stuck in about the Passat. Plan to take it to shows and in 30 years time, hand it down to my son for him to be proud off. Might need another resto before then though ;)

Have been driving the Audi A4, but the Passat has so much more character over these modern buses. I think the wee man will enjoy future trips in the Passat. I remember my dad had a B1 (old N plate) estate and me and my sister loved to sit in the boot of the car on journeys. Unfortunately rules and regs mean this wont be possible for our wee man.

Good memories though

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by PoloGaz » Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:23 am

Congrats mate. Taken the engine out of mine now. By August I should have the new one in place. :)

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:52 pm

Updates to come soon. My Passat hasn't moved far since March / April time. Brakes were sticking and the battery was flat. Charged it up overnight and it started first time. Took the car a wee drive locally to free up the brakes. The car is now moving much more freely.

The reason I was doing this is to push on with the restoration. I will be moving the 'spares' car to the back of the garage and having mine nearest the door. Full strip down then on mine and then away for some arch work and any other metal work, before a full paint job.

Colour change back in my mind. Want the car ready for some shows and use in 2015. Miss the old thing.

Cars to be moved into position tomorrow. Pictures to follow

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:16 pm

Got the cars moved into the same garage for their strip downs. Easier to do when they are in the same place. Here are a few pictures taken today

Cars in place
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The parts car
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Overhead picture

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and finally my old car

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Let the strip downs commence

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:07 pm

Been busy the last few weeks doing things with the cars. The parts car is now fairly well stripped to its bare shell and everything bagged and boxed.
I got my car Mot'd and back on the road after an 18 month spell in storage. Its back being used for this fishing season and is a pleasure to drive about in.
The car has been a trip to a restorer and is now booked in to get a restoration and new paint soon. I hope to have the car back early next year with fresh paint. I will be building the car back up with some help at home.
I will post update pictures as and when I get them sent to me.

The car will be at a few shows in 2016 hopefully.

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:15 pm

Car strip down is underway. Bumpers, lights and seats out. Rest of the rear interior trim next time. Glass out by next weekend is the plan and then tailored away for some love. Exciting times

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by Shack daddy » Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:40 pm

Looking forward to seeing this at some shows next year, don't see enough b2's.

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:42 pm

Update
The car is now almost fully stripped. The windows were taken out yesterday.
Lost of things to remove are :-

Sunroof and headliner
Roof bars
Last couple of interior plastic trims to allow carpet out
Odds and ends

Looking to trailor the car to the bodyshop later this week or next depending upon being able to get the time to deliver it.

Will get some pictures taken this week to show what I've found on my shell and where the welder needs to be used.

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by tom1james » Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:28 pm

Looking forward to seeing what you've done with this! Interesting read so far.

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:41 pm

Progress at last. Car had the final difficult screws removed, sunroof out, headliner out, roof bars off etc. It was driven onto the trailer and delivered to the body shop on Wednesday. Not planning on having it ready for the road in 2016. It will get built back up at the end of the year ready for taxing in May 2017.Pictures of progress to follow

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Sun May 01, 2016 11:57 am

The Passat was used in 2015 alongside the other cars.
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Its now away for some loving. Its surprising how different the car looks once stripped
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Its away with a big pile of replacement panels etc
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I will update with progress as I get updates through to me

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Re: My 1988 B2 estate

Post by SMcNairn » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:14 am

Progress Update
Upon stripping the car there were a few additional repairs needed. Namely a small bit of rot at the bottom of the windscreen that was hidden when the screen was in. The screen had never been removed so it wasn't as if this had happened due to poor fitment of replacement some years ago
Of more concern was the rot that was around the inner arch up and around the fuel filler area. The rear strut areas had some surface rust, but again the driver side needs a bit more attention.

I found these surprising as this car spent most of its life garaged until 2007 but was then kept outside for the years since that.

Anyway, work is underway to repair the areas needing attention. I have just received some pictures through. Steve opted to tackle the driver rear arch first, which I supplied a new outer arch for. He is now attending to the necessary work on the inner arch and rear struts while access allows this much easier.

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And the cutting has started.

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A new inner arch / rear tub will need to be fabricated and fitted before the outside arch work can be tackled.
As with many jobs like this, more things will get cut out before new metal goes back in. This job is getting done properly so I can enjoy my car for the next 20/ 30 years.

More progress will be updated as I get it

Thanks for looking

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