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2 hours ago, PhilA said:

Was always intrigued by these, with the light cluster in the middle.

Are they actually LED's or plastic filters and bulbs behind?

Actually LEDs except for the main beam one.  *Except* for some very early ones where a blue silicon carbide LED was used - which as far as I'm aware is the first commercial application where one appeared.  Later cars used either an amber LED or an incandescent lamp and filter.

See also: Things I'd (metaphorically) give my right arm to get hold of being a lighting technology geek.  Still irked I didn't learn about the vanishingly rare LED involved when there was a very early Polo which would have had one in my local scrappy back in the early 00s.

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My early T25 had red for main beam too.  So they used a fair variety of alternatives.

Pretty sure a couple of other manufacturers have used yellow for main beam over the years too. 

Thinking Volvo used a yellowish off-white in the 440 to name one unless my memory is playing tricks on me...

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  • 2 months later...

Minor update time. 


The garage has been cleared of building materials/ waste, and the Scirocco has been moved in as of last month for over-winter work. Will probably do another post soon with pictures of this work.

Jobs list: 

  • The wiring needs tidying up (currently the fusebox is cable-tied to the bulkhead) - In progress
  • The rev counter doesn't work - incompatible with the new alternator
  • The gear selector mechanism hits the exhaust, making a nice tinkling noise for about 200rpm of the range - No update
  • Rattle-can blow-over respray and general rust tidy-up 



Continued reprieve from the bridge/ eBay due to being excellent at being an car. After the last round of tip runs I've cleaned and tidied it up. This included pinning up the sagging headlining with drawing pins, for that high quality finish. I also replaced the catch on the front centre armrest which had broken, so it no longer flops open. The SAIC repair has made a surprising amount of difference, although the EML came back on recently. Around the same time the battery started to fail with the cold weather, and on replacing with a new battery the EML cleared, so suspect it was a voltage issue. She now starts and idles well, and seems to be pulling more cleanly, so I wonder if the erroneous readings were irritating the ECU. 

Jobs list:

  • Headlining sagging and torn in places from years of carrying lumber  - Bodged/fixed
  • Drivers seat bolster has collapsed due to my fat arse
  • Few Many scuffs and parking dings 
  • 5p sized rust spot on leading edge of bonnet, similar size piece on tailgate, 10p size piece of bubbling on one wheel arch
  • The rear window washer doesn't work 
  • The Secondary Air Injection pump (emissions device to pump warm air over the cat) has packed up  - Replaced
  • Broken interior trim - Replaced

A couple of weeks back I was pulling out from a side junction left onto a main road. A cyclist without lights or high vis, coming down the wrong side of the road crashed into the left front wing of the Octavia, stoving it in before I could pull out. I was still waiting at the junction. He fell off, but quickly got back on and cycled off, leaving me with a massive dent including damage to the paint and warping of the metal. Frustrating, but again made me glad I drive a bit of a beater.

The dent is in a section of the body hidden by interior panels, so it's difficult to beat out...


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Working on the Scirocco this weekend. The wiring is proving to be a nightmare. Decided to try and find a spare fuse on the board for a switched live for the radio and new gauges. 

Not only is the board not mounted in it's cradle, but a few people have been here before.

There's lots of plain black wiring from the old immobiliser chocolate blocked in. The loose wire I've tagged with electrical tape is a switched live, just floating about. No idea what it's supposed to be doing.


So plan is to now go through and work out exactly what is live/good and what can be removed. Could be here a while...

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On 1/28/2021 at 10:21 AM, Coprolalia said:

He fell off, but quickly got back on and cycled off, leaving me with a massive dent including damage to the paint and warping of the metal.

Clearly knew he was in the wrong.  What an utter tosser.

On the blue-LED-for-main-beam on VWs, is there an option to use a modern blue LED for an authentic look?

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1 hour ago, Talbot said:

On the blue-LED-for-main-beam on VWs, is there an option to use a modern blue LED for an authentic look?

I think a lot of people do, particularly as the old capped bulbs are NLA. I have bought from Brickwerks (https://www.brickwerks.co.uk/main-beam-tell-tale-bulb-t3-t4-caddy.html or https://www.brickwerks.co.uk/brickwerks-blog/search/TELL%2BTALE/?) but they now seem to be out of stock.

From reading other people's builds it sounds like fitting an LED with a resistor works, but it needs the resistor otherwise they just blow.


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