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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by jamieprang » Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:35 pm

Managed a little bit of work in between torrential downpours this weekend.

Tried to move some bricks from my from garden ... turns out my load capacity has been significantly reduced since i lowered her. Ah well. Good excuse to the wife not to move any more bricks. And i ordered a skip.

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Then decided enough was enough of the bulkhead grating. Its pretty much pointless and seriously affects my vision to the rear. Out with the dremel and the sander.

I'm picking up a left hand bulkhead this week which will get the same treatment and then will be fitted. Considering trying to make a sort of plexiglas window for each hole thats easily removable for carrying longer bits of wood in the back.

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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by jamieprang » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:14 pm

The heater controls since i got the van have "worked". But the rear window de-mist and the AC button wouldn't work. Finally got around to replacing the unit today. Just in time to use the AC after all that heat we had in summer too... 

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Got a chance to use my new toy too. LOVE IT! Screwing was never so easy.. 

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New unit fitted and tested. All good, but i suspect the AC will need a health check and some gas. 

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Time to kill now before i drive to Englandshire for a work course so i washed and waxed.

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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by missyR » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:07 pm

jamieprang wrote:Life's a beach sometimes I guess. My fault for living in Airdrie! Image Image

I caught hold of them on fleabay. Guy was selling them down in Ayr for collection only, he had tried to get them into his T4. 79 for the pair. Then I paid another 150 for the repairs to the material at a place in Rutherglen. The Touran bases were 105 for the pair, but took a while for some black ones to come up. No chance they would have gone in without the Touran bases though. But it was a pi$$ easy swap to do. And now supremely comfortable.
Ooo a fellow Airdrionian!! Who did your tuning and reupholstering please.

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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by jamieprang » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:37 am

@MissyR

Sorry for the delayed reply. Been away on Holiday for a couple of weeks totally off grid. Yikes, so theres 2 Airdrie humans on here? Im not technically from Airdrie but the wife is so thats close enough.

Ive not had the van tuned yet but i was considering Pendle when i do. They did my T5 and the job was faultless. So i figured stick with what you know and all that The upholstery job was done by Del at Optimus Automotive Trimmers. If you haven't looked him up check his work out on Instagram. Its first class.
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Black on black 2.0

Post by jamieprang » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:03 am

One small rain soaked update. (Yes i know the van is in desperate need of a wash)

Fitted a badgeless grill to tidy up the front end.

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I managed to get my hands on a reasonably priced bulkhead. But i only need the passenger side so if anyone needs a drivers side then you know where i am. Chopped out the grating and fitted the bulkhead. Just have to figure out a removable window system for it now.

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And a new headunit. Its in and it works but i ran out of time to install all the jewellery. GPS receiver, microphone and the DAB receiver is on order and hasn't arrived either. The reversing camera requires a dry day which is hard to come by at the minute. The headunit unlike the OEM one doesn't come on and off with the ignition. I spent a while looking for a switched live with my multimeter, found 2 constant lives and no switched lives. Something i have never come across before, so i went to speak to an auto electrician who informed me that the headunit will be controlled by canbus and for it to come on and off with the ignition i would have to run a switched live from the ignition.... I haven't the weather or the inclination to tackle that right now so its going in to the sparkies on wednesday morning.

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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by resra22 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:05 pm

Hi which head unit did you go for? Haven't done any research into them yet and know nowt about them but will be getting one soon. Are you saying in your last post that you are getting separate gps and dab modules if so which ones?

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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by jamieprang » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:54 pm

Hi there.

I don't really know a whole lot about head units. I looked at the very expensive to the very cheap, then settled somewhere around the middle with this one.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Android-7-1- ... 2749.l2649

Added this DAB receiver (the eBay seller gave me the link for it)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-DAB-Digi ... 2749.l2649

The GPS receiver and the reversing camera came along with the head unit but i haven't got around to fitting them yet. Have to say im very pleased with its functionality so far. Its a little slow to boot up.. and unless you are a wiring whiz (which im not) you'll need an auto electrician to run a suitable wire from the ignition to have it come on and off with the key as the old VW unit is controlled by canbus. That cost me 40 quid in cash and took him about an hour to complete. The head unit is also compatible with the Touran dash which i plan to fit at a later date too.

Hope that helps.
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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by resra22 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:43 am

Thanks Jamieprang, radio things have got so complicated these days! This looks the business though.

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Re: Black on black 2.0 TDi 140

Post by K11ufy » Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:55 pm

How much have you lowered by ? What kit are you also using :?: :?: :mrgreen:

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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by jamieprang » Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:11 pm

@K11ufy - I got the full kit from Retrofaction - http://www.retrofication.co.uk/MK3TAfullKit.html

Its a decent kit at a decent price and so far has been really good to drive on. As for how far i dropped it, i think I'm currently about a 40mm drop but not 100% sure. Im happy with the front, but planning to drop the rear a little bit more.
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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by jamieprang » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:22 pm

Bit of work this past weekend. Its a bit long winded but hopefully someone else might benefit from it and what i learned. First a before picture just for shiz and giggles. Apologies in advance for the pi$h photo quality. I was too lazy to grab the good camera and used the iPhone instead.

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Time for a crack at the old "joeys mod" headlights split... dread. I was however in the fortunate position that i wanted new headlights anyway since the old ones were in poor condition at the rear sides. So i ordered 2 new ones and when they arrived set about attempt one on the old headlights as a big of a dry run. I removed the front bumper (what a pain, the wife's Touareg headlights are SIGNIFICANTLY easier to remove), and both headlights had whatever i could remove removed and they were ready for baking.

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Attempt one. Oven method. 150 degrees (preheated), 15 minutes sat in the oven on a piece of plywood to protect the underside. then attack with screw driver. Came apart reasonably easily.

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Inserts out and rubbed down with scotchbrite to key the surface in for painting.

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Plastic primer done.

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Top coat of satin black done and not looking too bad really. Time to see how well the front lens cover would attach to the rear.

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Lessons learn from the dry run. When the front is removed be very careful about how you set the body down as it can deform sightly under its own weight, making the clear lens a poor fit. Also once the bulbs etc are removed refit the 2 covers before baking the assembly in order to retain some shape of the housing seals. And an obvious one i hadn't considered was to make sure as much of the unit is away from the fan in the oven (if its fan assisted) as that can melt the plastic.

So on to the real attempt which was nerve racking, to put brand new lamps to the sword at £140 a piece... scary as hell. I thought out of interest i would try with the heat gun to see how that would go, in short, it didn't, taking ages and they glue was very gluey! I would have done more damage with the screwdriver prying at it than was worth it. Stuff it... back to the oven with my lessons learnt. Pre heated to 150 again and got my plywood. Tools wise, I also got along with the original trusty flat head screwdriver and good gloves, a pair of pliers to manipulate the sealing channel back into the right shape when hot. And a ratchet strap for a plan i had.

Into the oven, 15 minutes again being very careful about position. Out and attacked it with the screwdriver, harder than the originals to prise apart but they were new so fair do's. Eventually they came apart and as quick as i could i changed over the painted reflector/insert. Then got the ratchet strap around it and tightened it up then back into the oven for 2 minutes. Then back out and i allowed it to cool down a bit before taking it apart (easily obviously as the glue was already broken), then i used tiger seal putting it into the channel and placing the lens back on, the ratchet strap around it and tightening up. Left over night to dry.

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Once dry refitted both to the van, along with the bumper and voila!

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Next up. Remove the ply lining in the back and sound deaden then carpet the ply and refit. Have the stuff ready just need the time.
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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by anoneamus » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:54 am

jamieprang wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:22 pm
Time for a crack at the old "joeys mod" headlights split...
Good job, much better look! Looks like Caddy is a bit easier than the Golf 4 lights I did (had to mask the reflectors and some of the foil came off when I was removing the masking).

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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by jamieprang » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:59 am

Thank you. It wasn't TOO bad a job. Splitting them was a bit different to other reports i had read. There were no clips that i saw other people reporting. But it wasn't really rocket science to figure out as you go. And really once split the rest is quick and easy.
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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by jamieprang » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:03 pm

Bit of an update.

Spent the last few days doing the back. Installed silent coat extensively as possible, dodo mat on top of that, then some B&Q plastic insulation.

Carpeted all the existing ply lining, and refitted with some new self tappers and some beveled finishing washers. Removed the wheel arch boxes and sound deadened and carpeted the arches. LED lights fitted and wired into the roof lining, with a new LED loading bay light fitted also. All working off the door switch.

Wood strips down on the floor and then old floor back down and fastened to the wood strips. The floor still looks a bit grim but i'm waiting for some rubber matting to arrive then that's complete.

Still as yet unsure what to do with the bulkhead. I wondered about carpeting it.. but that might be a bit beyond my talents. I also still want to fashion some sort of removable window into the bulkhead. So still working on ideas for that.

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Re: Black on black 2.0

Post by Carpy247 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:29 pm

Nice work Jamie looks well tidy what you puting down on floor? Did you connect LEDs to main cargo light out of interest?

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