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      05-21-2010 06:34 PM #1
      Ive been asked a few times for pic's of my phaeton.

      Love it or hate it here it is.

      I bought this after driving my fathers V10 TDi, I bought this when i was 30, and its taken about 12 months to do, slowed down by having my second child and extending the house.

      Before you place any comments, i want you all to know, i did all the work myself, in a garage that i built myself, I have had no mechanics training, I have learned almost everything myself.

      I bought the phaeton as damaged salvage, bit of a risk, I soon found out that the front corner that look hardly touched was the worst and i had to use a jig to bring this back to shape.

      It is a w12, and was a demonstrator, so it has most optional extras that where available when it was produced. it has no speed lock from the factory, 4 seat, 18way front seats, full wooden trim inc stearing wheel, TPMS, TV, solar roof, electric boot, dual xenons.
      Extras that I have done, or have ready to fit, new style grill badge and lower trims, LED side lights and tinted rear lights to look like 2009, rear fridge to fit, car pc.

      It is on 22" 9j and 11j alloys with lowering links.

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      05-21-2010 06:42 PM #2
      After a bit of work and pin striping by Neil Melliard

      (sorry is wasnt clean, that is my fly collection on the front bumper)

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      Matching baby seat haha
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      05-21-2010 08:14 PM #3
      great job! done very tastefully. my wife likes the matching car seat....now we have to get one. how smooth does it ride at that height?

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      05-22-2010 02:53 AM #4
      Errr...


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      05-22-2010 03:06 AM #5
      Hi Anthony,

      I thought it look really different in a nice way and told I you to host them last year.
      What was the out come on the gearbox side?

      When your up for it we can meet up for a latte on the lancs.

      Tony
      Last edited by plastech; 05-22-2010 at 03:08 AM.

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      05-22-2010 04:45 AM #6
      Another latte on the E Lancs? You'll make those poncy southerners all jealous again...

      Where's Gibber based? I assumed it was UK from the road decoration and the number plate style... and I certainly want to keep my eyes peeled for that lovely looking motor.

      Regards

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      05-22-2010 07:24 AM #7
      Wow! Thats impressive gibber thanks for sharing

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      05-22-2010 10:37 AM #8
      How come ur led in the headlights aré so clear? It's that a euro thing? Mine are yellow. I mean the led in the turn signal in the headlight.

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      05-22-2010 11:44 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by n968412L View Post
      Another latte on the E Lancs? You'll make those poncy southerners all jealous again...

      Where's Gibber based? I assumed it was UK from the road decoration and the number plate style... and I certainly want to keep my eyes peeled for that lovely looking motor.

      Regards

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      Very close to J26 M6

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      05-22-2010 06:10 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Reflect View Post
      How come ur led in the headlights aré so clear? It's that a euro thing? Mine are yellow. I mean the led in the turn signal in the headlight.
      The LED's in the headlights are custom, they dim when the turn signal flashes amber.

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      05-22-2010 06:16 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by plastech View Post
      Hi Anthony,

      I thought it look really different in a nice way and told I you to host them last year.
      What was the out come on the gearbox side?

      When your up for it we can meet up for a latte on the lancs.

      Tony
      Tony,

      Gearbox, Changed the oil and filter, and fitted the o-ring that was missing, gearbox still slipped, so the torque convertor was condemened. was saving up to have this done, but had to take it in to have the window seal replaced thanks to autoglass messing it up. Did a few more miles in it and noticed slight improvement, so did a few more miles in it, more improvement, tot the point where no more slipping, VCDS has recorded on one slip this week over a week ago.

      Looks like Im a lucky guy, but time will tell.

      I just have one more error to fix and i will post it in the morning.

      Anthony

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      05-22-2010 09:56 PM #12
      I bought the phaeton as damaged salvage, ...
      What was wrong with it?

      cai

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      05-23-2010 10:13 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by cai View Post
      What was wrong with it?

      cai
      AS you can see in the first pics, drivers side (RHD car) doors heavly dented (handles and windows all broken), drivers mirror, rear quarter panel damaged, rear bumper scuffed, back light broken, both front wings and headlights & fog lights broken, complete front bumper (including parking sensors) and radator panel broken and bumper iron damaged, damage to smog pumps and windscrean wash, damage to aircon pipes and drier. Front under trays and wheel liners damaged. Alloys wheels damaged. Front corners of car had to be jigged back out as you can see in the pic.Sure there was a bit more too haha.

      All the parts above where replaced.

      Anthony.

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      05-24-2010 07:03 PM #14
      gibber please explain that whole custom headlight LED. thats sound so cool, i want it please!!!!

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      05-24-2010 08:31 PM #15
      Gibber, thanks for posting the pics. Cool ride! Not what a lot of us old farts on this forum would choose, but I truly admire your risk taking and your skill in pulling off this rebuild. Thanks again for sharing your work!


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      05-25-2010 01:01 PM #17
      It may not be to everyone's taste, but it's certainly an amazing job you've done! Wish I had it in me to be as 'crafty' and creative as you... Ride it in good health!

    17. 05-25-2010 02:17 PM #18
      Do you have more info or picture on the LED turn signals. :-)

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      05-25-2010 02:22 PM #19
      Sorry, I did not catch the damage when I first looked at the pictures. The old car pictures are so shiny and nice that I thought the damage was just reflections and did not looked closely. I kept wondering why the doors were off.

      In any even, this is a great job you have done with this car. Echoing what some others have said here, I wish I had the perseverance and will to undertake a job half a big as that one. I hope you enjoy your car for a long time.

      cai

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      05-26-2010 06:29 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Reflect View Post
      gibber please explain that whole custom headlight LED. thats sound so cool, i want it please!!!!
      This mod is not for the faint hearted the headlights are over £600 each.
      I had two damaged headlights to play with.

      This mod took me over 2 weeks to do.

      Here is the first mockup using a veroboard circuit.

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      The basics of it:

      Remove headight
      Drill the bottom of the headlight to unclip the opaque reflactor.
      Make a hole just bigenough on the inside of the headlight to slide out the reflactor.
      Drill reflector very carefully for the leds
      Solder wires onto led's
      slide reflector with leds back into headlight.
      Drill small hole in bottom of headlight and pull wires down.
      Make plastic discs to fill holes in headlight.
      Make circuit board for resistors and relays.
      The circuit i made actualy dims the leds the the indicator flashes to make the amber more pronouced just like the audi's do.
      Fit circuit in weatherproof box.
      Refit headlight.

      If anyone still wants to do this after reading all that get in touch
      and i will take pictures of all the mock up items and try to show you where to drill.

      Anthony

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      05-26-2010 06:42 PM #21
      nice Job... dig the headlights too. Ive got a similar set up in my mk1 TT.

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      05-26-2010 08:46 PM #22
      Incredible job you did there Anthony !

      And about the headlights, these keep reminding me of some kind of eyes. The headlights on the workbench have a soul of their own, waiting to be put back on some kind of oversized droid. In fact, your photo could have come straight out of one of the first star wars, where Luke Skywalker is tinkering with bits and pieces to repair bots.

      P.

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      05-27-2010 11:13 AM #23
      It is on 22" 9j and 11j alloys with lowering links
      Hi,
      really nice ride you got there.

      I am thinking of putting the same size rims on my W12.
      Could you please tell me what
      - ET it is on your rims?
      - What tire size?
      - and did you have to do any body mod to fit the wheels?

      thanx.
      Wasif

    23. 05-27-2010 03:03 PM #24
      I like it. I can get 2 spare broken headlights to play with :-)

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      05-28-2010 12:04 PM #25
      [QUOTE=gibber_2k;65889017]After a bit of work and pin striping by Neil Melliard

      (sorry is wasnt clean, that is my fly collection on the front bumper)

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      What wheels are those? Do they happen to be 5x112?

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