Matt's project this weekend was welding up the rotten arches on the front wings of our VW Corrado.
In one of my first blog posts, No Nonsense Advice on Starting a Classic Car side Biz, I said that any business idea is 100% cooler with a classic car. And I stand by that point.
A long, long time ago when Matt was 16 he bought his first project car- a classic mini in British racing green. It cost him £1200 and, as he quickly discovered, was made from 90% expanding foam and newspaper.
Disclaimer: “Sandblasting” is actually illegal- using silica sand as a blasting media has been banned in the UK for over 10 years now (because it causes a horrific lung disease) as well as in many other European countries.
It's always amazed me how different things are with cars depending on what country you're in. In the UK, for instance, we drive on the left hand side (a little throwback from when people drove horses and carts).
When you're learning a new skill, like how to do stuff on your car, it's really easy to pick up bad habits, and without someone to point it out straight away you could go on forever without even realising you have them.
Here's a better (but much shorter) time lapse video I made of Matt doing some welding around the hinge mounting points and scuttle panel on Toby's MK2 Golf, a common area for rot on these cars.
Mechanics have a love/ hate relationship with their tools. They love trying out shiny new tools- but hate how much money they cost!
In fact, I think that probably in more than any other profession mechanics get pretty screwed over in the equipment department.
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