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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2008, 05:10:03 pm »
can I make a plea for a "faster" angle at the C pillar to be more sympathetic with the slope of the back window?  more work but a much nicer outcome

Already in the plans Steve! I never liked the rear side windows common to this conversion overseas and said from the getgo that we would change the glass or have new ones made so it has a more "factory" appearance.
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2008, 05:14:02 pm »
1 door on one side and two on the other ;D

Hahahaaaa, thats what Filx said today!!
Next week will be the hard graft in cutting the other car apart and drilling out 100's of spotwelds.  :'(
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2008, 09:08:18 pm »
Well the 3 door Golf is no more, all cut up today. Both sides cut off the body and the rest cut up and into the scrap bin.
Tomorow will be interesting, going to start drilling apart the Golf sides in readyness to graft them onto the Vento shell.
Looks like we will be installing a sunroof now too, just cause we can while the car is apart, got a whole roofcut from another Golf so all the pieces are there.
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2008, 10:14:23 pm »
Tilt and slide electric glass i hope?

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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2008, 11:31:41 pm »
Yeah baby, only the best  :o
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2008, 06:42:16 pm »
Arriving at the workshop yesterday morning I was greeted by various sections of Mk3 Golf. John had gone crazy with the cutters on Friday and dismembered the donor Golf  ;D This is why you have to love Mk3s - you wouldn't really cut up a Mk1 or even a Mk2 possibly as they're getting a bit rare while Mk4s onwards are probably a bit valuable still.

Here's one of the sides at the start of the morning.


After some planning, discussing, measuring it was in to the arduous task of drilling out spot welds. Essentially we wanted to pick the outer skin off so when we do the same to Vento we can graft the Golf side on in as factory a manner as possible.

This is not fun work but a few hours later we got left with 2 outer skins as per the below




And the inner bits left over that are now in the bin looked a bit like this



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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #21 on: July 20, 2008, 06:47:41 pm »
And for the record Phil, yes I would cut up a MK1 or MK2 in the same way!  ;D
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #22 on: July 20, 2008, 07:30:09 pm »
good stuff guys, Big ups to the team, for taking on a project of this size!
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #23 on: July 20, 2008, 08:15:09 pm »
Thanks Nasty!

Edited my post now also re cutting a Mk1 or Mk2  :D

We also drilled and split a donor roof skin off the side rails as it has an OEM tilt slide sunroof in it that will be fitted to the project. Pictures of that next week as I forgot to take any pics.
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2008, 05:13:07 pm »
Had a spare couple of hours today to start picking the side off the Vento, It will never be the same again!  ;D
The C pillar area is going to be a bit tricky to get right first time, some carefull measuring will be needed here to make sure it comes out right. I may just decide on the rear window shape before the qtr panel gets welded on.
I decided to leave the roof on for now to stop the whole thing caving in, the roof is supported from the tunnel to the rain gutter area. I also added a brace from left to right and these will be cut out again later.
The air saw makes light work of it, the bulk gets cut away and then the spotwelds ground through leaving a nice panel to weld to.
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #25 on: July 25, 2008, 07:21:28 am »
Had a spare couple of hours today to start picking the side off the Vento, It will never be the same again!  ;D
The C pillar area is going to be a bit tricky to get right first time, some carefull measuring will be needed here to make sure it comes out right. I may just decide on the rear window shape before the qtr panel gets welded on.
I decided to leave the roof on for now to stop the whole thing caving in, the roof is supported from the tunnel to the rain gutter area. I also added a brace from left to right and these will be cut out again later.
The air saw makes light work of it, the bulk gets cut away and then the spotwelds ground through leaving a nice panel to weld to.


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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2008, 07:31:01 pm »
ONE SIDE IS DONE! watch this space!  ;)
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #27 on: July 27, 2008, 07:31:50 am »
I'm watching it ... watching watching....  :-\


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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #28 on: July 27, 2008, 03:16:21 pm »
Patience Grasshoppa!  ;D
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Re: PROJECT CAR: Vento coupe
« Reply #29 on: July 27, 2008, 05:36:52 pm »
John had done a bit of work on the car during the week and here is where we started on Sat morning. This is the Golf side clamped in place to test fit after a lot more measuring and cutting. At this stage the rear of the golf body side is overlapping the Ventos.

A quick shot from the inside of the C pillar area cut away. Most of the inner C pillar will need to be fabricated as the Golf and Vento is very different. And as discussed we want to go with a reshaped window so all of this area will be all custom anyway.


It was then a matter of cutting the rear part of the shells and preparing them for mating together. Ooooooh yeah, it's business time  :laugh: >:D

Here is a shot of the join tacked together in preparation for the slow process of welding them up. I learned with welding panels introducing as little heat as possible is the way to go so they don't buckle. That means welding a bit, leaving it to cool down, come back and do a bit more. Not that I'm doing the welding as my main role during this process is to hold the light - something I'm pretty pleased about as it's tricky work requiring a lot of skill and tonnes of patience!


The the join at the top of the door and the sill also needed welding - here's John hard at work. And yep, that floor is just as uncomfortable as it looks.  :D


More grinding! Good fun!  ;D


At the same time as this John was also re spot welding all the body seams along the sills and wheel arch, as well as the inner seams. In several places we seam welded the seam as well as spot welding it to add as much strength as possible.

Here's a shot of the join in the sill 90% finished


Here's the top of the C pillar coming together


And another. Note the masking tape on the cardboard gives an indication of how we want to the C pillar design to go (the cardboard is there to protect the windows from grinding sparks, etc)


We will be doing some subtle smoothing where we can. So we dug out the filler from that ugly join under the tail lights


And welded it up on each side! Smooth  :laugh:


And here is where we finished up for the day. There's still a lot of work to be done bit it's on and in place. The door fits nice and the gaps are nice. We put a bit more masking tape on to play around with window ideas. Not exactly super clear but below is a few shots for comparison between stock and a slightly fatter pillar.







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