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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2012, 12:18:50 PM »
Hope this thread is a sign you are going to keep it. You will regret it one day if you sell it. I regret selling quiet a few of my previous cars, but what would I do with them!
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #26 on: December 19, 2012, 12:46:30 PM »
I cannot let em go. Since about 1984 five cars. Allegro (scrapped as MOT fail loomed), Escort (written off after theft 1988), Gap 2 years (new mortgage), Cavalier about 8yrs (scrapped at MOT - foot pedals no longer attached to metal), Gap about 1 year, Blue Carlton 13yrs (dismantling - bad rust and head again), Rioja Carlton (keeper). Mind you sold my motorbikes all rebuilt by me (which I cannot visualise ever riding now).

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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #27 on: December 19, 2012, 09:20:14 PM »
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Hope this thread is a sign you are going to keep it. You will regret it one day if you sell it. I regret selling quiet a few of my previous cars, but what would I do with them!

ha ha Keith, yes that is my plan! like you say what do you do with them all? at worst you need dry storage and they really need to be used - and that costs a fortune in tax plus insurance though thankfully insurance is only 150 on the GSI on limited miles but nevertheless it all adds up. If I had money and space I would be dangerous and you would be without a car! at least a certain black one! Plan is to get GSI up and running again. In truth when I recovered it from where it had been stored I was cross with myself for letting it get into such a state, but with the house etc I just haven't really had any other option.

Driving a modern capable car every day I half expected to be disappointed with the GSI when I drove it for the first time after years of not really touching it, and thought the decision to sell would be easier, but how wrong was I. Yes the brakes are spongy, I can keep a goldfish in the rear footwell and the headlining is hanging on with a prayer. But like my year or so old passat you really still could drive this car 35k+ miles per year - the seats are in fact miles better than the passat! I love it and am not planning on getting rid of it any time soon. The senator however, well....... unsure!!
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #28 on: January 03, 2013, 06:26:19 PM »
Had a going over the gsi over Christmas and the answer is.....

Rust holes in the bulkhead!! water was seaping down through a hole where the loom comes through the bulkhead. Have now cleared out rust and will patch, Its going to be tricky as it is a really awkward position where the drain exits.
Anyway plates cut and shaped ready for fitting.

In fact the front was soaking too it was just that the rubber under carpet moulding was protecting the front carpet from getting so wet.

hopefully on the road to recovery now....
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #29 on: January 03, 2013, 06:34:05 PM »
which side is it again? passenger side? then keep looking, u might find another hole in under the n/s front arch, u gota take off the inner arch mud cover thingy.. look in uder towards the bulkhead, its possible theres a hole there too. bit difficult to see from the engine bay..

i say this coz i gota hole in my bulk head, did a temp fix to see if it was drying up, but it was still leaking..

just a heads up :)
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2013, 09:09:12 PM »
Concur what Jimmy says. Its quite common to have a hole where the front wheelhouse liner holds the mud along the rear edge where it touches the lower bulkhead. Its a good idea if there is no hole to get a screwdriver in there to clear the mud to stop it rusting though. Might be necessary to take a push clip out or two. The other way is to initially soak the mud with penetrating oil to act as a capillary and then get as much oil in between as you can.
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #31 on: January 03, 2013, 11:40:34 PM »
Im also concurring

I had this on one of mine a year or two back, and on the one I broke up I was really impressed at how the rot went from the top of the bulkhead right down to the chassis crossmember and it was all invisible until the carpet and arch liner were removed.

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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2013, 10:18:32 AM »
Thanks all don't worry all wheel arch covers removed and I've had a good poke about finding 2 substantial holes one at the top and one at the bottom so I think all found and fingers crossed, only issue is complication of the top hole and its position in relation to the guttering. Do you ever get the impression we are taking these cars beyond their original planned life span?

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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2013, 03:40:59 PM »
Do you ever get the impression we are taking these cars beyond their original planned life span?

of course!!  way beyond!! haha
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2013, 06:41:59 PM »
True.
They were designed with an anticipated lifespan of ten years!

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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2013, 11:32:13 PM »
and some struggled to make that!!
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« Reply #36 on: January 05, 2013, 11:35:08 PM »
at least some have doubled that :)
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2013, 11:37:40 PM »
mine is 23 now!!
what would life be like if we all drove fwd cars? feckin boring that's what rear drive or bust

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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2013, 11:53:45 PM »
mine is 23 now!!

is it? or is that jst wat the number plate sez?
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #39 on: January 06, 2013, 10:36:26 AM »
1990 reg jimmy
what would life be like if we all drove fwd cars? feckin boring that's what rear drive or bust

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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #40 on: January 06, 2013, 10:42:40 AM »
My Dippy turns 20 in a couple of weeks.

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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #41 on: January 06, 2013, 01:02:30 PM »
mine is 20 this year but its now off road with autogearbox problem code 33

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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #42 on: April 29, 2013, 01:39:02 PM »
Well finally with a bit of a dry up in the weather the Gsi has been doing some intermittent sunbathing to try and get rid of the water in the passenger footwell! It is so difficult to get dry, the big foam mat under the carpet acts as a massive water retaining sponge that you can't sensibly remove. Leak however seems cured for the time being, was difficult to patch as it failed where the wiring loom goes through the bulkhead, still we are getting there!

Next job, price up new headlining!

Thanks for all the advice

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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #43 on: April 29, 2013, 02:33:18 PM »
Ready for Sixfields Alastair?
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #44 on: April 29, 2013, 03:49:23 PM »
Would be only problem is its on the Isle of Wight! Utilising a bit if spare garage space!! And my latest purchase is in no fit state either!!!
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #45 on: April 29, 2013, 04:49:39 PM »
That's about 40 each way on the ferry :o

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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #46 on: April 29, 2013, 08:05:03 PM »
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That's about 40 each way on the ferry

Tell me about it!! Minimum plus I'd have to go and get it first!! It certainly is an expensive hobby going there, still free garage - thanks dad!
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #47 on: April 29, 2013, 11:12:28 PM »
Next job, price up new headlining!

I have a few good head linings (both with and without central alarm) - You can have a look at the same time as picking the other stuff up.
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #48 on: April 30, 2013, 07:46:53 AM »
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Next job, price up new headlining!

I have a few good head linings (both with and without central alarm) - You can have a look at the same time as picking the other stuff up.

Oh yes that would be great thanks will be in touch
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Re: very wet rear carpets
« Reply #49 on: September 11, 2014, 11:17:41 PM »
Just been reading through this and thought my car must be identical to yours, headlining hanging on by a thread, hole in the bulkhead and fish tank in the back footwell lol. Im in the middle of drying mine out at the minute, should be back together at the weekend hopefuly