Golf Restoration Manual any good????

VAGattack

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I'm interested to see that the VW Golf Restoration Manual, previously published by Haynes has been relaunched on Amazon, supposedly updated for 2021. Seems to include Rabbit now as well, though that's not very important to us in the UK.

It says it has "1,000 illustrations" etc but the question is - is it any good?

Anyone any experience of this manual - or the writer in general???

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The original was a bit general and my opinion then is still relevant, you can't accurately cover the restoration of a Golf 1 and 2 in the same breath as they are such distinctly different platforms. I have the definitive restoration and modification manual for both models in my head but I don't have the time to put in on paper. Just building a 3 litre 12v VR6 turbo Golf 2

https://flic.kr/p/2mcCULW
This is a Golf 1 1.8T I am building

https://flic.kr/p/2kVha1n
 

VAGattack

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Thanks for that. But then for someone of your ability, just about anything in print could be 'a bit general' :)
But how about for the 'rest of us'...
HOW many wires in that engine bay? Hope you made your own wiring diagram cos I'm certain VAG never built one like that!
Amazing looking workmanship!
 

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That is only the engine bay non engine management wiring so just the starter and a few other engine bits plus all the usual's such as lights, wipers headlight wash etc, I haven't made the cooling system harness yet as that will be bespoke but it is based on VAG wiring protocol for the late Golf 2/Golf 3/Corrado and yes, there's a few wires this side and a few the other

https://flic.kr/p/2kaGt1A
I build all my harnesses modularly from the fuse box out so they can be individually worked on

When I have build EVERYTING from wiring to pluming etc and basically fully done I will install a Link Thunder ECU system which has a completely different wiring protocol as they are a Kiwi company so I will run that down the cars left and to under the back seat where I have put the battery, there will be an interrace between side such as rpm signal to the dash from the ECU (also under the seat) and ignition live from the car to the ECU although the ABS is in no mans land with its wiring to the cars right and the ECU traction control wheel speed signals taken from a wiring tap.
 

ingermany

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I had a nervous sweat on just fiddling with the harnesses to the engine ecu! Checking for continuity on a purple wire and thought I'd found the problem, then found a second purple wire!!! I'm sure if you started up a YouTube channel it would be a runaway success 👍
 
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