1985 VW Golf GTI 8V. Mk2. Type 19 Small Bumper. 3 Door. For Sale

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DUDLEY, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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Alloy Wheels
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1781 cc
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Description 1985 VW Golf GTI 8V. Mk2. Type 19 Small Bumper. 3 Door.

Type 19, Mk2 VW Golf GTI 8V. This car was a bit of a barn (well, garage) find earlier in the year. It had sat pretty much since 2003 without being touched other than the previous owner had taken it for an MOT about a year before (it passed). After a bit of pestering I managed to buy the car as a project or for breaking. Once I got it home I had a good look over it and although cosmetically tatty she was / still is absolutely solid and rot free. This car has never seen a welder. I was quite shocked as this Type 19 platform is getting rarer and rarer nowadays. Literally the only rust on the car was confined to the drivers door and the rear valance. From this point on I decided to try something different that I had been contemplating for quite a while. It's the Rustoleum Paint job applied by roller. Now to anyone who doesn't know about the rustoleum paint it's basically a super tough paint with rust inhibitors built in. It is used in various applications including under water metal construction and outdoor structures. There is loads of info on the web about using it to paint cars. I have a complete build thread which was very popular on clubgti and I will post a link to it at the bottom of the page so you can see the cars restoration from start to finish. 
Anyway, the car itself was running and driving fines hen I bought it so it just needed a full service including timing belt and coolant change and she was purring away. The car starts, stops, runs and drives as it should. It doesn't smoke or misfire and pulls very well in every gear. It is 30 years old and is lowered (although not too much) on adjustable coilovers so it's not the most luxurious of rides ever. The ride height is fully adjustable and the locking tool is included with the car. This car does not have power steering or any fancy electrics but that's what makes it so much fun. It goes round corners like a go kart. I will list below everything it's had done over the course of its restoration. 
1985 GTI 8V with Digifant Engine
115000 genuine miles
11 months MOT (only needed rear brake calipers to pass due to handbrake efficiency)
Full Service 500miles ago including Timing Belt Change
Brand new genuine rear brake calipers including pads, discs, wheel bearings and fluid change. 
Drivers Door Replaced (Genuine VW)
Tailgate Replaced (Genuine VW)
NSF Wing Replace (Genuine VW)
New  Adjustable Coilover Suspension
New 15" Lenso Alloy Wheels 
Good Tyres
New Front Brake Discs and Pads Fitted
New Wheel Arch Trims
Dashboard Replaced (no cracks)
New Full Alarm and 2 Immobilisers
New Door Handles
New locks All Round (1 key for all)
New OS & NS Window Scrapers
New OS Door Seal (Genuine VW)
Carpet Steam Cleaned
Seats Steam Cleaned
Replacement Parcel Shelf Fitted
New Exhaust (OE Spec)
Replacement Door Cards (from 90 spec so has space for speakers if wanted)
New Waterproof Door Membranes
New Window Regulators
Replaced Bonnet Catch
Replaced Gutter Rubbers (Mint Condition) 
Brand new Genuine OE Temp Gauge fitted. 
Original Owners Manual Included
V5 Present. 
Loads of receipts for all recent work
Now, the paint job. I started by stripping the car to a shell and then rubbing it down all over. I sourced a replacement drivers door, wing and tailgate and any small scabs were treated with several coats of Jenolite before I started painting. The paint was applied with a roller after being thinned by 20%. The whole car had 4 coats of paint and then the roof was sprayed gloss black by a friend of mine. This paint is serious stuff. It will outlive the car. The principal is that it self levels on the panels and leaves a good finish. There are no roller marks at all and from 2 steps away you'd think it was sprayed on. It has a bit of an orange peel finish due to the method of application. This could be completely wet sanded and mopped which would leave it silky smooth but I quite like it the way it is. There are no runs or serious blemishes in the paint. It was wet sanded between coats to keep the Orange peel to a minimum. I have included a few pics of shell and floor before painting so you can see how solid the shell is. This paint can be over sprayed with normal car paint if that's what the new owner would ever want to consider. Personally I like it the way it is and from 3 steps back you would think it was sprayed on anyway. 
Bad Points:
The car is 30 years old but there are no real bad points. It could do with a few small jobs doing to finish.
The headlining is missing as the one in the car was scrap. I have sourced another which will come with the car. I will fit it if I get an hour to myself. The drivers seat bolster is worn but is covered with a seat cover. Rest of the interior is in excellent condition. 
Speakers and a Stereo need fitting in (I put a new Arial on when I replaced wing). 

To sum up this is a genuine classic. It is solid and could be left as it is for years to come. The joy of the type of paint used is its very hard so won't scratch easily, it's UV stable and has a rust inhibitor built in so the car could be kept outside for the rest of its days without fear of rotting away. 
The car will be supplied with enough paint to completely re-do the car if required (I bought way too much). The paint could be mopped to give a professional finish if required. The car gets a lot of positive attention wherever it goes. I would happily drive this car anywhere and I am currently using it as a daily driver. 
I would much prefer viewing of the car due to the unique way the restoration has been done. It may well not be to everyone's taste so viewing is important. I have captured it as best as I can in the pics. For a more detailed overview of the work follow the link at the bottom. 
The car is located in Wombourne (Near Wolverhampton). Any questions  or to view please call Phil on 07817 432395. Please note I will not entertain silly offers as I know how rare these Type 19 Golfs are now.  It is also advertised elsewhere. 
My build thread for the car is located at: http://www.clubgti.com/showthread.php?273446-Mk2-Rustoleum-Project!

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