I got my seats back from Liz, and have finished designing her logo, and helped out with her Facebook page too. The seats look fantastic, when I got them back it was dark, and I still attempted to fit them, but in the end I had to wait until the morning. They’ve transformed the car completely, the old seats were in terrible condition, and now the whole of the interior is pretty much mint.
Show season is at it’s peak at the moment, there’s something to do every weekend. We visited Stanford Hall VW show, I left the Jetta at home though. We also visited Dubs Mania at Weston Park, a pretty decent local show. I popped over to my friends garage to have a bit of work done, mainly a cv boot that I couldn’t do/be arsed to do. He also tightened my rear wheel bearings and strapped up my exhaust.
Next to Phil’s freshly painted van.
Recently we went to Deva Dubs at Shrewsbury showground, which turned out to be a bit of a nightmare! When we met for Deva at the Spread Eagle on the Friday, we had heard that there was an accident on the M54 and another accident near Shrewsbury. Planning the route was a bit of a lottery, but the general thought was to take the A5 rather than the M54. Being well prepared I didn’t have my sat nav with me, so I roped Phil in to leading the convoy, and told him to go down the A5. In the convoy was Phil in his T4, Myself and Milly in the Jetta, Ben in his Polo, Spud and his Mrs in their Polo, Dan in his T25 and Tom in his T25. We left and headed into Telford… Shortly after this I followed Phil onto the M54, with everyone but Tom and Dan following also. We immediately hit traffic, and were stuck on the M54 for around 1 1/2 hours. The Jetta was constantly getting too hot, so I had to keep switching the fan on to cool it down. When we eventually got close to getting off the motorway the Jetta’s temperature was right on the end of the scale and flashing at me. Luckily I managed to get it to cool down again once I got moving. We left the motorway, and, directing Ben, Spud and liz via text message, immediately hit traffic again. At this point I’d had enough, as had Phil who decided to try and go round. Following Phil, due to lack of sat nav, we drove down what can only be described as a footpath. The Jetta was struggling to idle as it was so bumpy. There was mud/dust everywhere, and the track was constantly narrowing. We drove for around a mile before having to turn around (due to the road being a dead end, as shown on the sign at the beginning of the road). I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Unfortunately, as we had been directing Ben and co via text message, they also made the same mistake. We then drove for around 10 miles down a narrow lane, the kind of lane that you always seem to luckily meet people coming the other way at a point where you can just about get past. It was at this point however, that the Jetta decided to cut out on me, luckily starting up ok after. After all of this agro, we eventually ended up back on the same road we had initially turned off, only a bit further down. Keeping my eye on the temperature, and performing a 5 point turn on a dual carriageway in the middle of Shrewsbury, closely followed by Spud and Ben doing the same, we made it to the show! Milly steered the car as I pushed it through the gate, it had cut out again… I got it started as the Deva crew gave us our programme, but my tickets were locked in the boot, so I had to turn it off again to get them. 3 and a half hours into a 35 minute journey, we made it. We had a good weekend in the end, myself and Phil showed the cars both days.
My uncle bought a Polo mk2 Saloon whilst he was there!
Since my last post I’ve not done too much to the Jetta myself maintenance wise. I replaced some more fuel pipe in the engine bay, as it had started to crack, I also replaced the fuel filter that has been on the car since I had it. I was really surprised that there wasn’t much shit in the filter from the tank. I’ve had a bit of drama with the fuel pumps but the old one seems to be fixed now, from just tightening the bolts around the seal. I also plucked up the courage to spend £3.50 on a window guard, which no doubt will be “chavvy” in a matter of weeks.
Next show is the Hot Rod show, can’t wait!