Trying to restore a 1997 EK9 to its former self


shieldsy94

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So after having my Renault Clio 200 for just under 2 years and loving it, i made the stupid decision to sell it for a MK5 Golf GTI with the DSG. To say I regretted the decision was a bit of an understatement and I still wish I kept that car now. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!

Anyways, I only had the Golf for 3 months ish. Yes it was an excellent car and was so easy to drive, the problem was going from a semi stripped out Clio with Recaros, bracing in the boot, a non res Scorpion exhaust etc to a comfy well insulated automatic was too much of a jump. I was 24 after all and it was too sensible. It was quicker but handled nowhere near as good as the Clio.

So I sold the Golf and picked up my EK9 from down south (I'm based in Doncaster). The car has an interesting back story. So its a 1997 Pre Facelift that has been in the UK since 1998. Yes 1998. I'm assuming its one of if not the first in the UK. The car originally came from Nagoya from a dealer that no longer exists according to Google Street View and has lived all its life in Kent area. Its been serviced at the same garage since 2003 until 2017 regardless of owner so I'm assuming the owners were all related (last names match). If anyone recognises the car, do let me know! I found a Honda Specialities forum Tax Disc Holder in the docs so it has been on forums in its life.
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The car overall, has been great but with issues all along the journey since I picked it up that i'm guessing show its been neglected in the last couple years. I'll get into these in my next couple posts along with photos of its progress so far and the plans for it in the future!
 


Kipper

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Awesome ! And good to see such an early imported car not yet broken for parts. I can imagine the jump in terms of how insulated the driving experience is would be comparable from Golf - Clio as it would be Clio - Civic.
 


Pete180

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No way! Love finding the history of cars, interesting stuff. Glad it's not broken etc keep her clean and going! :)
 


harvey j

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Nice, how has she faired with the UK winters etc, any rust etc...
 


Jclimb_EK9

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I recognise this car from the for sale ad here ! - I was going to look at it before buying mine..
Glad to see someone got it and is going to give it the love it needs :)
 


shieldsy94

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Awesome ! And good to see such an early imported car not yet broken for parts. I can imagine the jump in terms of how insulated the driving experience is would be comparable from Golf - Clio as it would be Clio - Civic.
Yeah it was a bit of a jump to be honest. Felt like driving a diesel to be honest. Shame I got rid of it in hindsight again because I now have a new job where the commuting with a dsg would be ideal haha!

No way! Love finding the history of cars, interesting stuff. Glad it's not broken etc keep her clean and going! :)
Yeah i've got the first service in 1998, tax discs, the works in a folder!

Nice, how has she faired with the UK winters etc, any rust etc...
I think its faired up pretty well considering i think its been neglected the last couple of years. I'll be getting into the rust in later posts :))


I recognise this car from the for sale ad here ! - I was going to look at it before buying mine..
Glad to see someone got it and is going to give it the love it needs :)
Yeah I got it from him. Not for the price he wanted but nevertheless still the cheapest i've seen one complete. Was looking at importing one myself but the auctions vary so much, they either go for £8k ish upwards!
 


shieldsy94

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So my plan with the first couple of posts is to recap what the last 6 months have been like and the issues i've had with it, so it should be fully up to date within a month!

So the first issue I had was the thermostat not working. It didn't open at all, not sure for how long it hadn't been working but it wasn't a smart idea. Anyways, changed that over for a genuine Honda one, but then the radiator cracked along the top, probably due to the overheating.
Haven't got any photos of this fitted as it was months ago but the radiator that turned up was a Koyorad. Not an uprated one but I bought the cheapest radiator that I could find to fit off ebay and it just so happened that this turned up.

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Changed that along with putting in a mishimoto fan switch as we couldn't get the fan to turn on normally (it did work if you shorted the connection) along with some Black Tegiwa Sillicone Hoses for the whole cooling system. Couldn't fit them all, such as the heater matrix ones at the back of the bay just because of access and rusty clamps which I didn't fancy disturbing just yet without replacement clips in hand.

Oh and went to my local monthly jap meet (Squires Cafe) and the car was papped.

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Next post - The car struggling to stay running.
 


Jclimb_EK9

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Yeah it was a bit of a jump to be honest. Felt like driving a diesel to be honest. Shame I got rid of it in hindsight again because I now have a new job where the commuting with a dsg would be ideal haha!



Yeah i've got the first service in 1998, tax discs, the works in a folder!



I think its faired up pretty well considering i think its been neglected the last couple of years. I'll be getting into the rust in later posts :))




Yeah I got it from him. Not for the price he wanted but nevertheless still the cheapest i've seen one complete. Was looking at importing one myself but the auctions vary so much, they either go for £8k ish upwards!
I wanted to import one, but again I managed to find mine for a decent price here in the UK already.. It's not been without it's problems but It should good to go soon enough !
 


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