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#1 Mat Jackson

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 05:23 PM

Had Gertie (NA VX) a couple of years now and always intended to keep a record / blog of the work done, but never got around to it so here it is...

 

Used to have a Westie, but my two small kids were getting more and more interested in going out in it and it was a bit too hard-core, so the VX was a much more practical option.  Found this forum fantastic help when doing the jobs covered so far, so thought I`d return the favour and try and cover all the jobs I`ve had to do - including a look back over the past few years....

 

So, Gertie joined us a in Jan 2014 - a 55,000 Mile NA with a couple of upgrades already in place - VSE, Uprated heater, 4 Channel ABS, Polly bushed suspension and HiD Headlights.  Long (and Wet) drive home, but here she is as she arrived....

 

 



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Posted 27 September 2016 - 11:32 AM

Nice silver... :P

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:43 PM

Nice silver... :P

Ultra Camo silver.....no pics Mat?

#4 Mat Jackson

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:51 PM

Sorry - Been struggling with photos....  And yes she is silver...

 

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#5 Mat Jackson

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:57 PM

Just for interest, here's what went to make room for her.....

 

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#6 Mat Jackson

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 08:26 PM

So lets bring this upto date...

 

First jobs when she was bought was sorting out some of the small niggles - Spring 2014 saw rear view mirror fitted and a new boot carper as th eold one was missing!!

 

Also had rear brakes binding so striped them off and had them refurbished and recoated.  All new now!!

 



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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:21 PM

Spring 2016

Suspension looking a bit tired and noticed a weeping shock absorber, so time for a refresh...

Before Hand:
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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:22 PM

Took lots of effort to strip down, but getting there!!!

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:23 PM

Took the chance to clean up the chassis whilst there, cane up great with the help of WD40...


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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:23 PM

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#11 Mat Jackson

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:24 PM

All old parts striped, cleaned and powder coated... Shinny new bits ready to go on!!

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:26 PM

Then the rebuild...

All new bushes and ball joints and drop links, and full new bolt set throughout.
Suspension all upgraded with brand new nitron street series...

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Looks too good to drive now!!!!


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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:29 PM

All back together, and then fully corner weighted and set up at QMech. Andy really knows his stuff, car handles like an absolute dream!!

Brakes also full upgraded with new discs and Mintex pads all round.




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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:30 PM

Set up with my ballast and half passenger weight - perfect set up for me and one of the kids!!

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:31 PM

Also came across this....
Gertie is famous!!!

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 07:34 PM

get to the good bit ;)



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Posted 03 October 2019 - 09:20 PM

Good work Mat! thumbsup



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Posted 05 October 2019 - 04:20 PM

Later in 2016, a bit of external cosmetic work...

Noticed the front and side grills were looking a bit stone rashes, so time for some TLC


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Posted 05 October 2019 - 04:21 PM

All asked up ready to paint...

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Posted 05 October 2019 - 04:21 PM

Several light coats later...
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