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Garage => Shop Talk => Corrado => Topic started by: kerobert on Apr 29, 18, 09:08

Title: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Apr 29, 18, 09:08
As promised, here is the Corrado autobody restoration process.

History:
I purchased the Corrado from my Father-in-Law in 2007. He originally purchased it from VW Germany while living in England. He had is made NA spec as they were retiring in Canada.

As we all have done, there was a lot of maintenance and upgrading mechanically along the way that the car was in dire need of. The rust area along the divers side rear wheel well apprised in 2007. Due to live, work, cancer, life work etc the body got ignored. The car also sat for 4 yrs with a car cover in vancouver rain - my mistake as water ingress between the body and paint.

In looking for a autobody shop, it quickly became apparent that not many had good experiences. I took the car to a number of places and either wasn't impressed with the work environment or got the "Go Away" estimate price.
After reading numerous testimonials about shops on various forums, I decided to stop by VIP Autobody in Burnaby. The shop has a bad history pre Nov 2016. the new owner as of Nov 2016 is determined to turn the shops reputation around and has been very transparent with everything. I've been able to stop by numerous times, talk about the car, my concerns, look at cars he's just finished, starting and in the middle of working on. They currently have a Jag E-Type they are working on. VIP Autobody is only a couple of blocks away from my work, so it's easy for me to stop by anytime to check on the work.

VIP was the only shop who provided me a very detailed breakdown estimate within 24hrs of assessing the car.
I've discovered that there is a history to the car the Father-in-law never told anyone. There has been body damage to both rear 1/4 panels. Bad body restoration that contributed to the rust developing. There are areas where there is no metal work done and 1+ inch of bondo! They will all get properly repaired.
We are discussing options of either cutting out the rust or remediating it in place. Both options will most likely see rust potentially returning at some point in the future. I've heard this from many shops and friend in the industry.

For now enjoy the initial photos. I welcome any comments, suggestions along there way.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Apr 29, 18, 09:14
Glass is getting pulled by Dave from Bullet Autoglass. He's been in the industry for over 30+yrs. He stopped by to assess the windows and has pulled these before.

I'll be replacing the windsheild regardless as the current one has issues. I have space 1/4 glass. If the hatch glass breaks, I'll bee needing that but he estimates there should be no problem even though it's bonded to the hatch.

You can zoom in on the pics to see the areas identified as areas needing attention.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on Apr 29, 18, 10:15
Looks like they are diving right in !
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: jesse on Apr 29, 18, 18:12
Watching this one! Can't wait to see the completed car
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: mikeonfire on Apr 29, 18, 20:39
Awesome! Glad to see another old school dub getting pampered
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: PorscheNut on Apr 30, 18, 13:52
1 INCH of bondo!!  Good lord.   :o

It seems you've found a great shop to work with.  Keep us posted on the full experience!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Radvr6t on May 01, 18, 10:10
Love This color and its nice to see a corrado get the royal treatment :)
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on May 02, 18, 12:15
Tiny update
I stopped by to see the progress and discuss the rust issue.

Rust is getting cut out and new metal going in. After reading all your comments and talking with others in the industry I had already decided I wanted it cut out, and so had VIP, so we are on the same page about everything. They'll get started cutting and welding tomorrow.

Bumpers are off, and glass will get pulled at the last moment to keep the interior clean.

Enjoy the pics.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: spazz on May 06, 18, 10:11
Fantastic!


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Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on May 11, 18, 22:20
So I'm a little pissed tonight.
When I had decided and committed to attending to the Corrado bodywork, I also had plans for the future... possibly a VR6 swap.
The one thing that is the most difficult to find is a good quality Corrado Vr6 hood.
Lucky for me that a member here was selling one he had.

I'm pissed that:
1: the hood was not in then condition that was advertised
2: I didn't do my due diligence inspecting the hood when the member dropped it off.

The member here advertised the following:
"Mint good from a 93 DBP vr6 corrado. These are becoming extinct and are a nice upgrade for the g60 guys who donít want a g60 style hood.
Itís been painted, itís still wrapped in plastic and a sheet, well protected."

When it was dropped off, it was wrapped protecting the new paint.
I'm really pissed at myself for not pulling the wrapping off and thoroughly inspected it.
If I had, I would NOT have bought it.
I'm really pissed at myself for believing and trusting.

This hood is far from MINT! It's been damaged and in incredibly poor condition.
Whom ever did body work on this thing had no idea what they were doing.
WTF do I do with this thing?

Here's video from todays bodywork inspection:
https://youtu.be/uwrrQiC5DYA (https://youtu.be/uwrrQiC5DYA)

VIP will get to me on Monday with a quote to fix it if possible.
They already recommend garbaging it, but have said it can be saved... but for how much?

I'm not sure if I really want to throw the $500 I paid for it in the garbage.

I'll have more pictures of the progress on the body later.
The car is looking really good.
The past poor bodywork is being removed, rust is getting cut out, the body is straight...
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on May 12, 18, 00:24
It's a 25+ year old hood. In reality, that's what you are going to get. If a body panel is stored off the car or heck, on the car for 25 years, that's what they look like.

I can take any 25 year old body Panel and get it wet, shine the light on it and pull out my pink marker and start circling issues. The problem with bodyshops is that they like money and instead of saying "oh this hood will require some work" they tell you it's terrible and it's going to be difficult to fix and it's going to cost an arm and a leg.

Show me one restoration project that isn't slathered with body filler before primer & paint, its normal.

$500 is not a small amount of money to pay but at the end of the day, this is not an easy part to find.

( p.s. I did not sell this hood or know where it came from )

Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on May 12, 18, 00:42
To elaborate, body panels and hoods in particular are fragile, sure they are steel and seem heavy duty, but in fact they are paper thin and will dent if you look at them wrong, the corners being slightly bent, that's from setting it down a little to hard, which is easy to do with a big awkward panel, especially if you are not used to handling these type of items.

The rest of the damage can very easily occur in storage or transport, you mention having it for months and it being in storage before your purchase.  It's very likely the hood was mint when it was wrapped up. Things like placing it face down or against something wrong or leaning something on it will fuck shit like this up.

I guess i feel bad for you that this was blown so out of proportion when in reality it needs a little work like every single corrado VR6 hood would that you would find forsale.

Also, a project like this never gets completed without some hiccups or surprises.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on May 12, 18, 23:34
I totally understand what you are saying.
I just wish I had unwrapped it and looked at it before accepting it. I think the PO also should have unwrapped it to make an accurate description before creating the ad.

I'll have to deal with it now.

FYI, New pics have been added to the picture folder.
Enjoy

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNNBloWwAZ1itFPGz2fpqnMumfgNvdzdRcUS0loZfPeDyQknjHQOBrr_JylTpWJ3w?key=c0pXUGtwbUlTTFExRnFIMVNZcHFBWkczRXdWVW93 (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNNBloWwAZ1itFPGz2fpqnMumfgNvdzdRcUS0loZfPeDyQknjHQOBrr_JylTpWJ3w?key=c0pXUGtwbUlTTFExRnFIMVNZcHFBWkczRXdWVW93)
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Shinny on May 13, 18, 09:12
You can fit a vr6 under the hood of a g60 if you use shorter mounts I believe. I was going to do this swap years ago and decided I wanted to keep my g60 original and applicable for collector plates. Thatís something to consider if you ever wanted collector plates. There arenít too many original g60 around but lots of beat up vrís.

If you decided to a vr swap it would be ultra stealth if you got it to fit under your g60 hood..and besides the g60 hoods a lot better IMO. Sleek and not pudgy and it would look OEM on the outside.

If your set on a swap maybe think about doing something original like a 2.0T... that would be cool.  :cool: :cool:


Btw Robert...either way Iím glad to see another rado getting the restoration treatment. These are already classics and the future looks good for these cars .
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on May 13, 18, 11:50
Honestly I'm still on the fence about the swap as I'm also of the mind of keeping it a G60.
I like the Vr6 hood more but that's my personal preference. I'll be keeping then G60 hood in storage.

Actually If I'm going to ever do a engine swap it will be a 3.2! If you're going to spend the $, you should only do it once and be happy! LOL!
But then it NOT a G60 and not original...

Still on the fence!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on May 13, 18, 11:59
1 vote for collector plates
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: mikeonfire on May 13, 18, 13:17
2 votes for collector plates
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on May 14, 18, 17:16
Things are coming along!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on May 14, 18, 21:27
I hope that 6 on the hood isn't 6 hours repair time.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on May 15, 18, 07:07
Actually, the hood is in such bad shape that it most likely will take that much time.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: witchcraftz on May 15, 18, 08:26
IMHO that hood doesn't seem bad. Requires work for sure but decent shape for the vintage.

Super excited to see how thing go along with your restoration/build. :)
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on May 24, 18, 17:09
Well I know it's been a while since this was last updated...
I've been out of the country but work has continued.

We are now at the point where we are waiting on Bullet Autoglass to come and pull the glass. He had a family emergency which took precedent.
Hoping have glass pulled by next Tuesday, then paint by end of week or sooner.

For now, NEW pics have been added to the photo album

Enjoy!

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNNBloWwAZ1itFPGz2fpqnMumfgNvdzdRcUS0loZfPeDyQknjHQOBrr_JylTpWJ3w?key=c0pXUGtwbUlTTFExRnFIMVNZcHFBWkczRXdWVW93 (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNNBloWwAZ1itFPGz2fpqnMumfgNvdzdRcUS0loZfPeDyQknjHQOBrr_JylTpWJ3w?key=c0pXUGtwbUlTTFExRnFIMVNZcHFBWkczRXdWVW93)
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Stephan Schmidt on May 24, 18, 17:29
Great progress!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on May 24, 18, 19:45
Quarter Panel looks good. 
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: mikeonfire on May 24, 18, 22:19
I like
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on May 29, 18, 19:22
Small update... sorry no pics yet.
All glass came out perfect.
Tiny surface rust area around lower drivers side corner rear hatch - common area. Other than that all good.

Major issue
As the windshield was getting pulled, the seal at the top drivers side corner fractured.
I need a windshield seal now.

Time to go one the hunt - I'm open to suggestions...
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: mikeonfire on May 29, 18, 21:23
Is it a molded rope in seal? I thought the mk2ís had the seal that glass shops carry on a spool
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on May 29, 18, 22:05
I'll be making some calls and finding more about it in the morning.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on May 29, 18, 22:58
Probably a good idea to replace said seal anyway. 30 year old rubber is not a good idea to reinstall.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 05, 18, 09:20
Small update,
Bullet Auto was able to get the windshield with the moulding etc so we have everything we need.

FYI there were only 2 Corrado windshields in all of the USA and Canada in the glass ordering system. I know there are some that are on Vortex etc, but if you actually wanted to order glass from Speedy, Broco etc, the system they use for ordering only had 2.
Now there is 1! LOL

There was only a very small area of surface rust in the rear hatch where the glass contacted the lower drivers corner. That's all fixed now.

VR6 Hood has been properly restored as has my original G60.

Contact areas for the glass are getting prepped and car is possibly getting primered this week!

I also kept the rust panel as a souvenir...LOL!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 06, 18, 12:22
Stopped by the shop today. I had to Re&RE the drivers side mirror motor and figured I'd do it while it was off the car. Ordered some new wing mirror glass also as mine had gotten to he point where it was useless.

Car is starting lo look good.
Both hoods and bumpers are primed and drying. then onto sanding, re premiering, then paint and so on.
Flat sanding the body now, most likely paint next week.
Pic album will be updated soon.

Here's a couple of pics from my cell from today to hold you over...
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 06, 18, 12:24
Also found a little rust area on lower front subframe. Will be taking care of that also.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 09, 18, 17:39
Car is in the booth getting ready for Primer!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 09, 18, 17:40
1 more pic
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Stephan Schmidt on Jun 09, 18, 20:14
Lovely! Keep these updates rolling!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 12, 18, 21:25
Car and all parts are primered!
Body is straight! Rust be gone... for now at least...
Things are getting exciting.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 12, 18, 21:29
G60 Hood
VR6 Hood
Bumpers
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 12, 18, 21:32
More of the car
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 12, 18, 21:40
Paint matching...
Decided on going ever so slightly darker with a metallic flake in it.
Looks very classic

Hoods getting painted tomorrow morning!
Can't wait to see some colour on this thing!

Potentially getting her back next week!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: witchcraftz on Jun 13, 18, 08:16
Nice choice, it's going to look great. :)
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 13, 18, 21:27
VR6 Hood Got some Paint Love today!
And so it begins...
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Radvr6t on Jun 14, 18, 07:22
LOVE LOVE LOVE this color.


Pmd
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 14, 18, 10:07
Hood turned out really nice
You can see some of the sparkle in the close up shot
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 14, 18, 21:57
NEW Pics and Video fo the car getting base coated have been added to the album!
Go see them!
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNNBloWwAZ1itFPGz2fpqnMumfgNvdzdRcUS0loZfPeDyQknjHQOBrr_JylTpWJ3w?key=c0pXUGtwbUlTTFExRnFIMVNZcHFBWkczRXdWVW93 (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNNBloWwAZ1itFPGz2fpqnMumfgNvdzdRcUS0loZfPeDyQknjHQOBrr_JylTpWJ3w?key=c0pXUGtwbUlTTFExRnFIMVNZcHFBWkczRXdWVW93)
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Hic on Jun 15, 18, 04:58
NEW Pics and Video fo the car getting base coated have been added to the album!
Go see them!
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNNBloWwAZ1itFPGz2fpqnMumfgNvdzdRcUS0loZfPeDyQknjHQOBrr_JylTpWJ3w?key=c0pXUGtwbUlTTFExRnFIMVNZcHFBWkczRXdWVW93 (https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNNBloWwAZ1itFPGz2fpqnMumfgNvdzdRcUS0loZfPeDyQknjHQOBrr_JylTpWJ3w?key=c0pXUGtwbUlTTFExRnFIMVNZcHFBWkczRXdWVW93)

How did they protect the backside of the new metal?
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 15, 18, 22:16
New pics and videos are up on the album site.
All parts and body are epoxied and protected.
Yes inner area with new metal is also treated and protected.

Paint possibly going on Saturday!
Potentially picking up car next week!

Can't wait and am now scared of driving it...LOL!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Hic on Jun 17, 18, 00:49
New pics and videos are up on the album site.
All parts and body are epoxied and protected.
Yes inner area with new metal is also treated and protected.

Paint possibly going on Saturday!
Potentially picking up car next week!

Can't wait and am now scared of driving it...LOL!

How did they get access to the backside after welding it shut? 
Did you see how they were able to clean the backside of the weld and prep it for paint protection after it has been welded closed?
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 17, 18, 07:12
Great question.
I have asked him via text as I'm out of town and will post his reply once I get it.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Hic on Jun 17, 18, 15:44
Great question.
I have asked him via text as I'm out of town and will post his reply once I get it.

Looking forward to it, thanks!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 19, 18, 21:22
Car has paint!
Both hoods, bumpers and body. 
Inners of doors and hatch also done.
Still lots to do before I get it back.
Most likely next week back in my hands.
Really liking the colour!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: armodude83 on Jun 20, 18, 02:39
Looking awesome :D
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Stephan Schmidt on Jun 20, 18, 07:35
Fantastic!!!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: witchcraftz on Jun 20, 18, 08:20
Love it!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on Jun 20, 18, 10:21
Very satisfying
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 20, 18, 12:37
Ok everyone,
I need some input.
The original antenna is old and cracked.
I can either source out a new OEM one or use a FIN.

We will paint the FIN the same colour as the car and re-assess.
Initially I didn't like it, but then it started to grow on me. After seeing a number of other cars with fins after leaving the shop, it fits in line with them.

I'm open to your thoughts and suggestions.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: germanstyle on Jun 20, 18, 12:43
I like the fin, it fits the car well.  There is something to be said about keeping the car factory with what originally came on there, but little additions like that look really good when chosen properly.

Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Stephan Schmidt on Jun 20, 18, 13:09
The Corrado's roof is very short and makes that fin look much too big.  A sleeker/narrower fin would look great, but this one is too bulky.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on Jun 20, 18, 14:03
It looks fine but I can see being denied for collector plates for that fin, which for me would be a deal breaker.  I would get an OEM base and a short antenna
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Stephan Schmidt on Jun 20, 18, 15:05
I would get an OEM base and a short antenna

I would do this if it were my car too.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Hic on Jun 20, 18, 19:07
Great question.
I have asked him via text as I'm out of town and will post his reply once I get it.

Wondering if you have any updates on this? :)
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 20, 18, 20:55
Wondering if you have any updates on this? :)

Not done yet. It will get done.
The back part of the area is still open and available for treatment.
I talked to him about it and he'll take pics of the process and possible video to show everyone.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 20, 18, 21:17
Concerning the Fin...
I am attempting to not have to change anything from the original system in place, but still have a FIN or something more modern.
I searched Vortex and read posts of those who had used hybrid connectors to connect the new FIN antenna to the existing wiring.

Someone had suggested this item on Ebay and I thought I'd check it out:
http://vi.vipr.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemDescV4&item=231715593852&t=1475251323000&tid=10&category=33639&seller=raderra&excSoj=1&excTrk=1&lsite=100&ittenable=false&domain=ebay.ca&descgauge=1&cspheader=1&oneClk=1&secureDesc=0 (http://vi.vipr.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemDescV4&item=231715593852&t=1475251323000&tid=10&category=33639&seller=raderra&excSoj=1&excTrk=1&lsite=100&ittenable=false&domain=ebay.ca&descgauge=1&cspheader=1&oneClk=1&secureDesc=0)

As you can see I can retain the original base and replace the long antenna or get a short one and install it. I may go to CTire and get a short one just to compare.

The Fin is kind of growing on me now as I looked at more cars on the drive home with similar looking ones. Will see what it looks like once painted same as body.

Concerning the paint and clear coat:
VIP put on 3 layers of clear which was nice, but there is the usual orange peel look. It's not really that bad, but I want it smooth looking so he'll sand and buff it to get rid of it.

Black side mouldings are going back on. Lot's of discussion around not putting them back, but decided to do it as they do prevent door dings and they actually look good on the car. They will be getting treated along with the black plastic surround on the wing mirrors.
Decided on keeping the door handles, the mouldings, mirror surrounds VW on back and "Corrado" looking all the same flat black.

Glass going back in by end of this week.

Keep the comments going, I've been reading them all day between treating patients. Thanks everyone.

Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: witchcraftz on Jun 21, 18, 10:10
why not shoot the the side moldings in the same color as the car?
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 21, 18, 10:13
The side moulding don't hold onto the paint well.
Already asked.
Not recomended.

He has a product (I think it's called Trim Coat?) that can be applied to the plastic that absorbs in and makes it look new again.
It works different than paint.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on Jun 21, 18, 11:07
Keeping it OEM is best with these types of things unless building a custom show car. 

I find it's these small changes that stick out like a sore thumb later on, like changing colours of trim or the antenna.

It's your choice and the car looks great and I'm sure it will be very nice when you get it back.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on Jun 21, 18, 11:12
When modifying a car I go one of 2 ways. Either you go all out and make it your own or you keep it very subtle. Most of my cars, although heavily modified, you would be hard pressed to see the changes if not pointed out.

I've also had some cars for extended periods of time ( 15 + years ) and am very happy I didn't make changes in the past that I would have regretted later.

I think the Fin is to new for this type of car. I feel like it's cool looking today but in 5-10 years will be like an early 90s cd-player added to a classic Mercedes as an "upgrade".
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Corradokid on Jun 21, 18, 12:20
My vote is for factory antenna base and short antenna. The fin takes away from the look  IMO
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: witchcraftz on Jun 21, 18, 12:58
Probably using this stuff: 3M Mar-Hyde Trim Coating

Another possibility is these guys:
https://www.partcatalog.com/car-door-molding-set-painted.html?basevehicle=7363&
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Parts on Jun 21, 18, 14:03
I feel like it's cool looking today but in 5-10 years will be like an early 90s cd-player added to a classic Mercedes as an "upgrade".

*cringe*
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Hic on Jun 21, 18, 19:10
I like the fin more
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 27, 18, 12:34
Deciding to keep the Fin for now. The original base is still there underneath it and I have a OEM and short antenna if and when I change my mind.

GLASS IS BACK IN!

Things are going quickly now and very possibly picking it up Friday after work!

Let's hope the rainy weekend forecast holds off!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: mikeonfire on Jun 27, 18, 15:28
The fin might look better actually. As long as no cutting is required, Any pics?
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 27, 18, 21:39
Will stick with original base and antenna for now until paint and clear coats off gas and harden..

Glass is in. I'm in need of the 3 piece lower cowl.
It was removed at some point when owned by the previous owner and not removed or installed properly.

I'm in need of your opinion.
Concerning body moldings along the doors and body, we have to decide if they go back on or leave them off.

I've seen Corrado with them off and on and like both. The issue of door dings is my concern.
Thoughts?



Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: velvito on Jun 27, 18, 22:23
Looking great and motivating me to get mine done soon.

Lower cowl, I was going to propose Spoonfed but it looks like they are sold out.

As far as the moulding goes, I lean on having them off but it depends what look you are going for.  It looks like you are not going entirely for OEM and having the moulding off might add a nice touch.  Realistically, with all the work being done on the car, do you think you will park it in tight spots or in risky locations?  That's the real question.

The other point is that not all door dings will be stopped by a door moulding either., it may save some but not all. :)

Just my thoughts.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 27, 18, 22:27
My thoughts exactly.

Even when I park all alone away from everyone, when I come back, everyone has parked next to me... I hate people...LOL.

Also lots of vehicles are taller than the Corrado and although I've had the mouldings one the whole time, I still get dings.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 28, 18, 08:29
So it looks like the clips on the back of those three pieces of the cowl last for only one use ... attach to car and .... break when they're removed.
Even if I were to get the Spoonfed one, the clips don't come with it.
https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?8752362-WTB-the-3-black-plastic-pc-under-the-windsheild-wipers&highlight=windshield+cowl (https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?8752362-WTB-the-3-black-plastic-pc-under-the-windsheild-wipers&highlight=windshield+cowl)
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: witchcraftz on Jun 28, 18, 08:59
The MK7 doesn't have moldings and I get dings from people's doors. Not all but a couple are where the moldings were on my MK4 so I suspect it would have prevented those.

I guess it depends how OEM you want to go. You could maybe put them on right now and remove them later too.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: spazz on Jun 28, 18, 09:07
Getting there- keep up the good work!


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Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Radvr6t on Jun 28, 18, 09:23
Leave mouldings off the car  :thumbup:


As for the lower trim just email James the owner of spoonfed he will help you out and try to get you what you need. I would order a bunch of things from them while your at it. I know the floor matts, lower70mm lip and raintray are all top notch products!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 28, 18, 14:48
Re assembly is happening!
Emailed James already. now wait to hear back.
Already have his floor mats and G60 door mouldings.

Side moldings need to be decided on.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: germanstyle on Jun 28, 18, 15:05
I'm going with no to the side mouldings.  They interrupt the body lines too much, have always looked like an after the fact stick on to me.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 28, 18, 20:44
Now that's a nice view!
Emblems are on.
Starting to get exciting!

Still haven't decided on moldings. 
I actually kind of like them on the car since all trim has been treated.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Hic on Jun 28, 18, 20:51
I would do the side mouldings
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: mikeonfire on Jun 28, 18, 21:14
Iíd vote for no moldings, just park on the end of a row against the wall
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Stephan Schmidt on Jun 29, 18, 00:01
I would put the moldings back on.  As you say, they've all been treated.  Plus, it doesn't seem like you are going for the fully shaved look on the car - The rear still retains all of the emblems, the door handles are the original textured ones, etc.. so the moldings would flow correctly with what you are doing on the rest of the car.

my 2 cents.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Hic on Jun 29, 18, 20:27
I would put the moldings back on.  As you say, they've all been treated.  Plus, it doesn't seem like you are going for the fully shaved look on the car - The rear still retains all of the emblems, the door handles are the original textured ones, etc.. so the moldings would flow correctly with what you are doing on the rest of the car.

my 2 cents.

I totally agree
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 29, 18, 20:29
Decided moldings will stay on.
Car is looking good all back together.
Xmas morning tomorrow.
Will have been 3 months since I've driven it.
Let's hope for good weather!

Lots of the list has been completed!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Hic on Jun 30, 18, 19:34
Decided moldings will stay on.
Car is looking good all back together.
Xmas morning tomorrow.
Will have been 3 months since I've driven it.
Let's hope for good weather!

Lots of the list has been completed!

Excellent choice! Looks much better with moldings. I like the fin too. Let me know when you find out how they got that back side of the weld protected too! :)
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 30, 18, 21:13
To get to the back side of the welding, there is an large hole, access port from the interior to the back of the new sheet metal.
I sat and watched him apply the sealant
I don't have a pic of it, but he might. Still have to get video from him of a ton of stuff that hasn't been in the images link yet.

I'll get all that next week for everyone to see.

Car looks amazing up close.
No it's not a show car and yes there are a couple of imperfections, but I also didn't pay $40,000... which I was quoted from one place.

It's so nice to not have to worry about the body any longer... just all the of the r stuff... it's a Corrado....

Pics from today to follow...
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 30, 18, 21:16
Pics from today
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 30, 18, 21:18
More pics
Moldings off and on
New roof rain moldings
My friends VR6 and my ass!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 30, 18, 21:22
Tint going on
The guys at Street Legal Time in Port Moody come highly recommended!
Very professional!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jun 30, 18, 21:24
Last few pics
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jul 01, 18, 19:52
Decided to throw a cold air intake in.
I know people talk about how the stock box is best, but I wanted to try this for now to see if I like it or not. I can always throw the stock air box back in when I want.
Such an ugly engine...lol!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jul 03, 18, 12:27
HUGE thank you and appreciation to Pardeep and his amazing crew at VIP Autobody for bringing the Corrado back to life!
https://vipautobodyburnaby.com (https://vipautobodyburnaby.com)

This has been a huge undertaking trying to find a shop that has passion for our cars and finding Dave from Bullet Autoglass to pull the windows and NOT wreck anything.

I'm so fortunate to have found and trusted these fantastic, honest, hard working people.

Their work looks amazing in the sun. the pics really don't do it justice.

I'll look at bringing it to GCVW!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Hic on Jul 04, 18, 21:46
Oh man that looks like a show car, how much did it cost in total?  Could you PM me, I might take my car to them too.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jul 04, 18, 22:00
PM'd you!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: mikeonfire on Jul 04, 18, 22:21
Looks great! Are you going to collector plate it or give it some stance?
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Stephan Schmidt on Jul 05, 18, 07:15
Looks amazing! Great work!
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jul 05, 18, 07:26
Looks great! Are you going to collector plate it or give it some stance?

It's my daily driver to and from work so I don't think Collector plates allow that. I'll have to check into it.
I know most people would say drive something else to work, save this for good weather days.
We've lost a lot of close friends and family over the past decade and realize more than others that life is short. If driving the car puts a smile on my face, then I'm doing that every day I'm above ground.

For now I'm keeping it as stock and classic looking as I can, with a few subtle updates here and there.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Parts on Jul 05, 18, 07:50
life is short. If driving the car puts a smile on my face, then I'm doing that every day I'm above ground.

This. Right here. This is what it's about.
Great job, man.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: witchcraftz on Jul 05, 18, 09:34
Love it! Awesome car congrats. :)

Car were meant to be driven, not just looked at.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jul 05, 18, 11:45
all PM's replied to.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Autohau5 on Jul 05, 18, 12:03
Car were meant to be driven, not just looked at.
if driving the car puts a smile on my face, then I'm doing that every day I'm above ground.

This is exactly it. :thumbup: Car looks amazing :yes:
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Jul 07, 18, 14:21
Karmannski roof trims looking great along with new heated blue tinted side mirrors
I LOVE driving this thing!

Have to find time to start putting the interior back in.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: T~Roc on Jul 20, 18, 05:35
I ended up driving down to Oregon and replacing some parts with dent-free ones to cut down on bondo work before painting.
 Worked ok, and the parts didn't cost too much at all.
Good guy named Corrado Steve was super helpful.

Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Parts on Aug 01, 18, 11:02
I have something I think you need.
$35, shipped. 12" x 16".
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: T~Roc on Aug 01, 18, 17:10
Looks nice!
But is it a VR6 on it?
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: AirCooledRules on Aug 01, 18, 19:21
Itís 5-bolt
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: Qogu on Aug 04, 18, 18:15
If your located in pitt and was just driving back to your house. It's a well put together car! Curious was this hiding under a car cover for a while? I've walked by it couple times wondering if it was for sale Haha
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Aug 04, 18, 20:57
Hi,
Yes it was under a tarp (mistake, won't do that again) for about 4 yrs while my wife went through cancer.
Finally got it back on the road again in 2016, did small maintenance to it and finally the body got to teh point where I had to sink some $ into it.
Very glad I did.
And so continues the maintenance plan.... brakes, exhaust, engine are planned for the future.
Trying to keep it classic, but up updated.

Will have it at GCVW on Sunday.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: T~Roc on Aug 05, 18, 01:00
Great work Robert!
Gotta work tomorrow (Sunday) and sooo wish I could see your car in person
You've really done an awesome job!

Maybe give ya a call some other time for a viewing ;)
You're going to drop some jaws tomorrow, brother
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: kerobert on Aug 05, 18, 07:18
Thanks man.
But you are a week early.
GCVW is next weekend, I'll have it out there on Aug 12.
Maybe you can come out then.
Title: Re: Robert's Corrado G60 Autobody restoration
Post by: T~Roc on Aug 05, 18, 09:55
 :embarrassed:
I'll be in Kelowna but now I've got an incentive to try and hurry back
Thanks