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Mittwoch, 28. Juli 2010, 10:38

Passats in Australia

Hi there, I found you guys after a member here posted on my website

www.vwdasher.com

I love VWs, we own 6 at present. 3 Mk 1 Golfs, 1 1959 Beetle, one 2002 Bora and my beloved Passat called Frank. I set up my site to find other Passat fans, as there are not many in Australia. There are not many Passats left either! Every year the VW Club of Victoria holds a big VAG show called Day of the Volkswagen and if you're lucky, one or two Passats turn up. Considering we now get around 40 Mk1, 2 and 3 Golfs, it's a bit sad! So I decided I wanted to find and restore a Passat. Frank is my project.

I have recently gotten him registered for regular use and now plan to do some work on his interior. Firstly I will get a dash reskinned, then get a motor trimmer to redo his interior. His carpet is very stained and quite ruined. I will get him redone in grey. What do you think?

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Mittwoch, 28. Juli 2010, 11:15

A warm welcome to whateveryournameis,

I recently found pictures of your redone car on the forum of the dasher-owners-group and thought it would be fine to show that there a passat-enthusiasts even on the other side of the world.

First at all congratulations to the restoration, the car looks great, even because red is my favourite colour for a passat, that suits the car very well.
So the next area for your project will be the interior. You can be proud to have the "TS"-steering-wheel. Even here in Germany they are rare and quite expensive to buy.
Do you still have the subframe of your former front seats? Sometimes, not often, a bad and rusted passat has still a good interior here in Germany. Maybe you can find someone who will send you just a set of the original seat-covers to Australia. Within a few hours you could exchange the covers of yours seats by yourself.
i would propose to you to write a notice of what you are looking for in our market place in the forum.
There is another big passat-forum in Germany: www.passat-kartei.de/forum/index.php

Good to know: Also here in Germany there are much more enthusiasts for Golf Mk1 than for early Passats.

PS: Just to mention: To a red exterior I would prefer a black interior, but grew would be ok as well, of course.

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Mittwoch, 28. Juli 2010, 14:02

Thank you! You are very kind :)

I am actually going to get the Ml 3 seats recovered when I get the interior redone. I have collected lots of brochures for the B1 now and I will have the trimmer make seat covers in the same original style. The whole interior will be like it was originally, just in grey. Black interiors in Australia are very hot in summer, it can get over 40 degrees here!

The seat base is actually from the original seat. We peeled the old foam off and stuck down the foam from the newer seat onto it. Then attached the back rest from the Golf. The Golf was a wreck we bought from Ebay, it had been used as a stunt car in a movie called 'Knowing' with Nicolas Cage that was filmed here in Melbourne, and all its doors and panels were damaged. We got it cheap for parts.

The steering wheel was a fluke, as you can see on my site Frank came with a smaller steering wheel. The leather cover was falling off of it. We found, in the mess of parts and junk in the boot, that there was another steering wheel in there, the TS one. I loved the look and had to use it instead of the small one. I only found out later it was a TS one.

Thank you, I will check out that other forum! It's so hard finding parts for Passats. It took us over 6 months of scouring the world to find the taillights for my car, now I have collected a few right hand ones but I would love a spare left hand light. Just in case! :D

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Mittwoch, 28. Juli 2010, 14:07

hello and welcome over here ! I actually have a set of taillights, which i don't need, as i have a Variant, maybe there is a way to get these to the other side of the world, as my neighbour is germanys most popular (maybe also the only one 8) ) Didgeridoo builder and he often has visitors from OZ ...

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Mittwoch, 28. Juli 2010, 14:15

Spare Parts for Passat Mk1 can be found regulary on www.ebay.de and I guess, most of the sellers might send the item to Australia.

As I actually see, Jürgen has already offered you some tailights. And I can only tell: Write us what you are looking for, maybe we could have a look on a local scrapyard here for you.

Edit: If you search on ebay.de look for "VW Passat Typ 32 33"

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Mittwoch, 28. Juli 2010, 14:32

Oh I do, I search Ebay Germany, Holland, US and UK all the time, to see what is out there. I managed to find a brand new left hand quarter panel too! Miraculously.

Juergen, that would be fantastic! I find a lot of Ebay Germany sellers seem reluctant to ship outside of the EU. Late last year I found a grill for my car on Ebay Germany, bought it and it never arrived :( $200 gone. The seller ignored all my messages too. :( And it was too late to dispute it.

At least my car is now intact, I am just scrounging bits if I come across a Passat at a wreckers here. But I have yet to see the facelift model at a wreckers, only earlier ones. And I also have gotten a lot of parts from www.germanautoparts.com - thankfully they have all the service stuff, and it's new! My car just suffered a power surge last week and melted the ignition switch so I got one from a wrecked Passat to go with until a brand new one turns up.

It's much easier to find Golf parts here than Passats, as I found out after buying my car. It's sad that so few VW fans appreciate them.

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Mittwoch, 28. Juli 2010, 19:47

Hi, nice to see you and your Frank here!

The name of the car now we know, but how is your`s?
Late last year I found a grill for my car on Ebay Germany, bought it and it never arrived :( $200 gone
Wow 8o I`ve got one, nearly new, in eBay actually.

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Mittwoch, 28. Juli 2010, 23:13

My name is Jodie :)

Is your listing the one with the headlights included? I've seen that one but I have new headlights for my car and don't need new ones.

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Mittwoch, 28. Juli 2010, 23:25

Hi Jodie ... i just looked at your dasher, it has some interesting features; the 4 disc conversion is very interesting and those louvres at the rear window. These are extremely rare (as hens teeth :D ), so i would keep this in a safe place .... and thanks for linking our website on yours; we are currently designing a new website with a new link section, we will link back your site then , too !

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Donnerstag, 29. Juli 2010, 09:50

I absolutely hate those rear louvres :D Sorry but that one was partially broken and has long been thrown out.

Frank came with the disc conversion - front was Ford Cortina and back was Nissan Pulsar!!! Neither worked well, both were very badly installed. Now I have Audi 80 on the front and Mk 3 Golf on the back. And the hand brake line from a 1998 Audi A4. Works wonderfully well now!

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Donnerstag, 29. Juli 2010, 21:07

Hi Jodie!
Is your listing the one with the headlights included?
No, mine`s the number 180537011595.

Zitat

I absolutely hate those rear louvres
Really? I love them! I`ve got one for the small rear hood, but I need one for the big one. X(



Adios
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Donnerstag, 29. Juli 2010, 23:10

Sorry :( If I come across another one I will let you know. Mind you, B1's in Australia are few and far between.

Only a few years ago, there weren't many Mk1 Golfs going to the annual club show here. We took ours along and won second place because there were only two cars in our class :D But after lots of work getting people interested and involved (www.vwwatercooled.org.au is where many Mk1 Golf owners go here) now we get around 40 cars each year. The VW club is primarily Bug and Bus nowadays, us water pumpers are the minority. But this year's theme of the show is 30 years of the Golf. So maybe we'll get some more this year.

Anyway, I have found a few more B1 owners and keep telling them to bring their cars out of the garages and drive them. Hopefully this year we will have more than two Passats at the show. And my friend Alex with his Fox.

VW Australia actually shut down in around 1981 because of poor sales. They left Australia for around ten years, so we missed out on an entire generation. No B2s. At all. Audi remained but have always had far fewer sales than VW. This means we need to get creative with parts, and raid Audis and Seats. One of my Mk 1's has a Cordoba engine in it. Before the internet and Ebay came along we were forced to work with what we had around us! I bet my postie thinks I'm quite weird with the constant supply of car parts from all over the world.

Frank is quite a mix of different generations and makes. As for his wheels well I saw those on a 1989 Audi and really liked them. I also found some wheels on a 1982 Audi 100, which I need to clean up. Those are very eighties and cool. :)

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Samstag, 28. August 2010, 13:27

Hi there! We swapped Frank's stem seals today because he's gotten a little bit smoky. And found that when we pulled the head apart, only the 4 inlet valves had seals on them. The exhaust/outlet valves were missing them! Have you ever heard of such a thing? I don't know who did it or when.

http://www.vwdasher.com/index.php/restor…-the-stem-seals

Now he has eight seals in there. :)

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Samstag, 28. August 2010, 13:59

Hi there! We swapped Frank's stem seals today because he's gotten a little bit smoky. And found that when we pulled the head apart, only the 4 inlet valves had seals on them. The exhaust/outlet valves were missing them! Have you ever heard of such a thing? I don't know who did it or when. http://www.vwdasher.com/index.php/restor…-the-stem-seals Now he has eight seals in there. :)
a couple of high performance cars only have those seals on the inlet ; whenever i replaced a headgasket on my Alfa 90 (once a fortnight 8) ) i could inspect that; haven't seen that on a Passat/Dasher though...

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Samstag, 28. August 2010, 15:45

I've heard of doing it on performance cars, but Frank's engine would not qualify as performance. It's weird. I wonder if it was someone being lazy or cutting corners. When we got him he'd had some ignition switch problems so instead of fixing it properly they wired the ignition to the parker lights. Which meant the car had to have the parkers on to start. How stupid is that?

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Samstag, 24. September 2011, 08:32

A small update: Frank appeared in an article in Volkswagen Magazine Australia edition 31 :)

http://vwdasher.com/index.php/photograph…tralia-issue-31

He looks amazing, the photographer is very talented!

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Samstag, 24. September 2011, 12:20

Hi Jodie ! Great images; i spot some twin carbs, did i miss them ? So Frank would clearly qualify as performance car 8)

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Samstag, 24. September 2011, 14:10

Single carb!Frank's grown a 40mm Dellorto :) The old carb was playing up and we picked that up cheap! Makes him go a little faster but his engine is tired and needs a rebuild. Hopefully we will get onto that in the new year.

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Montag, 7. November 2011, 23:00

We just had our annual VW Club show, with a sea of Dubs! Photos and video here if you're interested?

http://vwdasher.com/index.php/forum/10-c…mit=20&start=20

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Donnerstag, 10. November 2011, 18:12

We just had our annual VW Club show, with a sea of Dubs! Photos and video here if you're interested?

http://vwdasher.com/index.php/forum/10-c…mit=20&start=20


awesome photos of great cars, you can be proud of your car *thumbs up*

the dasher sticker looks even better in white to my opinion, great work done on that!

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