Tag: Passat VR6

Another year…another RRG

Another year...another RRG

Afternoon people of the internet.

We another year of summer shows has passed….ok, ok, the Summer is not over but most shows have been and gone.
After blowing the last engine, then replacing it and then to find the Head gasket had gone I decided to just enjoy the car during the summer months. This did mean the Supercharger install was on hold for now, which is understandable!

GFB Developments have tried to attend most shows this year, Retro Kings @ Snetterton, Retro Show @ Santa Pod and Retro Rides Gathering to name a few.
The GT has also been used as a daily and even taken on a weeks holiday to Devon, it also performed faultlessly and took the 500 Mile round trip totally in it’s stride. It is of course why we put a modernish lump in it.

So as the summer draws to a close, the winter months kick in and I intend to use them to complete this Charger install once and for all!
I guess you are wondering about the other motors?? Well the Capri was MOT’d then parked back in the garage (A waste I know but the summer has been just too wet). The beetle…erm, Yeah it drove around the garden ONCE then broke down…But it’s a project and that is what happens when they stall I guess. The same can be said for the Austin, which decided it would not like to start a few months back, so she’s again on the back burner.

The Passat is still in daily use, as is the MX5 but this has changed a little…including being destroyed/swapped/rewired.
There is a new member to welcome to fold including a new motor, but more on this when we actually see it.


More later.

Back from the castle!

Back from the castle!

Hello Internet folk

So we are back from the Castle Retro Show and WOW!
I’m used to retro camping events, I’m also used to the knobs it’s started to attract in recent years so I went to this show thinking the same (queue drunk idiots in Mk2 Golfs driving around a camping field). This was not the case, the whole vibe was chilled and calm, no idiots and not pestering from staff (Apart from asking you to have a good time).

Now us GFB folk pride outselves on camping, we also like to “Out-Do” ourselves on each trip, which is getting pretty hard…….However with the inclusion of a HD projector we can consider that mission accomplished!

As usual we camped it up with good friends in some excellent motors, so life is good right now!
We were havin such a good time that I forgot to take photo’s so here are some I’ve found on the tinterweb.

Howdy…..Where have you been

Howdy.....Where have you been

Ok let me start by saying sorry for the lack of updates, generally life got in the way a little of big things happening @ GFB Towers.

Saying that we are working towards the Retro Rides Gathering…a full weekend of amazing cars and amazing people. If you’ve never been then I suggest you look it up and try to get there!!!

So whats been going on in the last few months….

Well the Midget was sold, sad to see it go but she was never a keeper anyway. The Capri which will be this years show season car of choice for me (NGFB) has basically had a yog full of cash thrown at it. First off a Suspension rebuild of the front, nothing special just Poly Bushes and new TCA’s etc, I was getting increasingly worried about the state of the suspension and its part of the car “We” have not touched. So to be on the safe Side I replaced it all!!

Also she’s had a new rebuild Diff fitted as the old one was getting a little past it to be honest, it has transformed the cars driveability however now its silent I can hear other grumbles and noises….

The Beetle is pretty much in the same point it was last time we updated the blog…Reason why you ask???? Just life getting in the way and money I suppose. She just need a new rear screen and some Window rubber, so I’m doing my best to Keep Leebo’s interest on this car as she will look amazing once done (and its not much to do). SO COME ON LEEBO GET YOUR WALLET OUT AND ORDER THE BITS!! :-)

The Austin….Same as really, Ive just not had the time to get her to the MOT center however once the beetle is water proof she’s taking pride of place in the garage for finishing off. I want this to be my winter Retro as it would be perfect for them cold days as the Heater is simply amazing!!

MGBGT……This car is always in my mind and the things I want to do, next year she will be out in a slightly different guise thats all Im saying at this point as I want it to be a little suprise.

Midget (Red one)…..Still sitting under the tarp, again this await the water proofing of the Beetle so she can go back in the garage and have the rear end rebuilt.

Passat….Leebos daily, being VAG its running perfect…Still not fitted his new wheels though.

Corsa….. No idea, its Wag’s daily so I guess its working fine like the Passat.
No photos of anything really, but in 7 days its the Gathering so you will see alot of new photos added then!!!

In other news GFBDEVELOPMENTS.CO.UK have their own stand @ the Gathering, so if you see us come over and say hello. You cant miss us as we have all the clothing too ;-)

Much love NGFB

Back to life…..Back to reality

Back to life.....Back to reality

Yo internet world and all that jazz (Not the Honda).

Mentioned earlier we have been having issues with the live stream, but this has now been sorted and a Live stream will be happening tonight :).

So whats happened then:

First off here are some Beetle pictures to actually show we are working on the car. Its coming along now, wings are in primer and we are onto the mechanical before finishing off the last of the rubbing down before SPRAYING!!!!

Ive included a Video of the engine firing into life again since we started the resto. Lee has alot of choices to make on how this car is going to turn out mainly on the interior front etc.

Also its MOT time for the little Midget so I have done the usual checks and found a Wheel Bearing knackered or so I thought. Upon removal it turned out to be on the wrong way round GRRR, I decided to fit the new one anyway as I know this has not been tampered by a numpty!

This weekends sees a test movement run of the Beetle, yes we could have done this before the strip down but in all honesty it was not solid enough……………..OK OK it was we just forgot :).

Also earlier I mentioned about the Pissrat (Passat) that is Leebo’s current daily, well have some images of his RIMZZZZ, as I dont know what else to write about it as its not broken.

On with the images, thats what your here for afterall aint it

Light reading


On and POKE!


GFBDevelopments are to have their own stand at the Retro Rides Gathering! Yes mentioned before but this has now been confirmed as the stand passes and club have been booked.

This does pose an issue “Too many cars, too little drivers”…But the requests have been sent out so we will soon see who wants the chance to drive a Retro to the show and have an amazing weekend with some amazing people.

NGFB out…..

Hopes and dreams…. the story so far

Hopes and dreams.... the story so far

Well afternoon ye internet folk NGFB here.

First off sorry for the lack of updates in the new year, this which has been covered previously is because our social Calender since January has gone into over drive (For some reason people keep inviting the GFB fold out…..Im sure they will get sick of us soon :) ). Anyway this does not mean nothings been done, it just means its a slower production (Hey it winter even we slow down).

So lets start with a few updates ( Sorry pictures will follow this evening).


This motor has had the most attention over the the past weeks and so it should I suppose. Basically the welding is finally done, this actually makes me joyous as it means the welding burns can heal up :). In fact the wings have been sprayed last weekend and are ready to be fitted (need a rivnut gun), the rest of the body is still being filled/sanded/filled/sanded…..you get the idea but its getting there.

With the sale of the Retro rides show tickets being announced this has spurred us on as we are hoping this will be its big show of the year. Also the fact Im trying to rope mates into driving my other retro motors down there so GFBDev can have its own stand.

The Midget (The new one)

Waiting in the wings is all I can say, the car is drivable, taxed and insured. She is used on the odd occasion but is waiting for the Beetle to be at respray stage so I can lay the new coats down on her. To be honest this car needs nothing, I bought it knowing this so apart from a respray she is good to go.


Poor austin, I do look at the car everyday it seems it was in the front of the queue and then others jumped in. Ive set the target of this year and to get my juices flowing I have done some checks on the little beaut. As usual 1 crank of the engine and she spurts into life, its like shes screaming to be tearing up the tarmac again (Did I say tearing, I meant tickling).


Well because Im women and dont fancy being in an accident this time of year the capri is off the road, yep I know its fun for some sideways action and all that but this motor is so clean I dont want to damage it at all. At the moment its covered up, awaiting April when she comes back out to play :)


Ahh well what can I say, she’s been off the road 2 years this August but Im not planning on having it off the road. Like Ive said before I want to do something new to this car and everytime I think of anything its over shadowed by the word engine. So basically Im just going to bite the bullet and install a new better powerplant not MX5 though or V8 etc etc. Im keeping it under wraps at the moment so stay tuned.

Red Midget

Erm under a cover awaiting some time. Again I want to do something extra special on this as Ive said before so just wait and see.

New Motors:

Leebo being Leebo he needs a new motor every 2 months or so :)
He decided fuel was not expensive enough and bought a tree killing Passat VR6. An amazing motor, fast, comfy and down right shocking on the fuel bills. Apart from some coliovers and new rims this car is done, the Coilovers are already fitted and the rims currently reside in my Garage toilet :) they look amazing though.

Please await images of the updates.