MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by jimmy h » Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:27 pm

What a day! I quit smoking 6 years ago and if someone had offered me a cigarette today I would have bloody struggled to decline the offer.
It failed at first attempt, one headlight set way too low, an earth fault affecting the drivers side rear light (there was no earth from the metal plate where the lamps plug in) and emissions to high on C02 the MOT station is 10 miles from home and I had to drive back to rectify these piddly little things. :ire:

To fix the emissions I just screwed the mixture screw right in on the metering head so it would just tick-over.

I managed to get a re-test later in the day and when I was driving back the oil pressure warning light came on, I switched the ignition off and on and it cured it but then it returned. I had not a clue what to do, I'd fitted a brand new VW oil pump 18 months ago, Slick 50, new oil, new filter so I really doubted what the warning lamp was telling me. Talk about blind faith!

I knew sooner or later if there was a pressure issue it would grind to a halt with the death rattle on the top-end and I would just sit at the side of the road and sob my heart out reflecting on what could have been.

It was fine and my faith was justified.

When I was returning home,a bloke travelling in the opposite direction nearly ground to a halt to keep looking! I think that made my day.

I think it's time to thank some people on here who have made this project happen, without them I would not have been able to do it.

81GTI (Craig :hi: ), GTSI (Hi Gordon), Ryan, Polov8, Chopperoli,Shavhead, Dingorocco, oh and of course Winston! and last but not least mk1gls for all your positive encouragement Thanks fella's :good:

A glass of fine red is at hand!



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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by mr.brown » Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:49 pm

Well done - but how was the 40 miles of driving? :yup:



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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by jimmy h » Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:25 pm

MR B, it is quick, bloody quick, that EG code lump is something else.
Not like my Elise which is ' Nutter quick' but it still makes my Corrado seem pedestrian.
I had a huge amount of near-misses when I bought the Storm at 21, I shudder to think! I'm paying £140 Insurance on it now, back then it was silly money.



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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by mark1gls » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:23 pm

:vcool:

Glad it's got an MOT now, surprised the MOT centre did not adjust the mixture for you there and then while its plugged into the tester... 1 minute job, at least you had a drive there and back again.
Mine also had headlight and mixture issues the 1 st MOT I took mine to after a 10 year restoration.
Might be worth fitting a new oil pressure switch and checking you have one reading the right pressure as there is a few out there.
Bet you can't wait to drive it again.
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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by shavhead » Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:42 pm

Glad to hear it passed its MOT - been a long journey, but hopefully now you'll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour - looks bloomin' gorgeous from the pictures!



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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by GTXTRA » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:46 pm

one of the stars of the season to come methinks Jimmy.

really lovely.


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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by Winston » Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:16 pm

Special car and story. I tip my hat to you jimmy. :beers:

It gives us long term project guys some hope! :hehe:



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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by polov8 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:54 pm

Great news! :vcool:



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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by jimmy h » Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:17 pm

Many, many thanks for the all the kind words posted about this. I sincerely mean it.

Yesterday the weather was gorgeous round here, I drove for miles and miles, put it back in the garage then realised I was missing my 'Fix' - took it out again and drove it for some more miles. The smile on my face was the reward for all the time, money, worry spent.

I've passed many motorist, all giving me thumb's up, when I'm out in the Lotus it is not usually the thumb, normally the middle finger.
I took it round to show a mate and a neighbour of his came over and said: " Wow, not seen one of these in a long-long time, that is a thing of beauty"

Oil pressure warning lamp is not sorted, bought a new sensor from VW hoping it would fix it - it didn't. The fault is now intermittent, Now I know how it works, I'm sure the wire which goes from the warning lamp to the sensor is going to earth and making the curcuit. The sensor works, the warning lamp works, the engine is perfect - dead easy.
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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by The Autoad » Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:43 pm

Fantastic thread and fantastic car, top stuff sir :hi:
May it give you many more happy years of motoring


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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by WayneMK1 » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:36 pm

Stunning job! I have reread the thread from beginning to end (again) and am in awe of your sheer perseverance and the quality of the job.


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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by Ryan » Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:16 pm

Great to hear it's road legal and running well.


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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by dingorocco » Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:01 pm

jimmy h wrote: Yesterday the weather was gorgeous round here, I drove for miles and miles, put it back in the garage then realised I was missing my 'Fix' - took it out again and drove it for some more miles. The smile on my face was the reward for all the time, money, worry spent.
Says it all Jim, its what owning one of these cars ls all about. :good:


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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by 81GTi » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:46 pm

brings a tear to my eyes! now next time you are out and about fetch the thing of beauty round here! congrats bud, I know how much you're smiling! :hugegrin:


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Re: MK 1 Storm - The Money Pit

Post by G60MAT » Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:57 pm

Great stuff its now back on the road! :good: :training:


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