Words & Photos by Henry Phull
Here at Slam Sanctuary we’re not just into shows. Anything involving an engine and four wheels interests us, so I thought it was about time to give everyone a glimpse into everyday life and what we get up to in our spare time. Hereafter I’m hoping to make these posts more of a regular occurrence. Last night was just a typical week night in the workshop, nothing special, but hopefully of interest to some of you. Our friend Paul who runs Coltech Classics in Poole often purchases cars, sometimes for himself but mostly to fix up and sell on. The majority of these vehicles are Mk1 Volkswagens, which means there’s usually something cool to tinker with in his workshop.
A few weeks ago Paul purchased a Mk1 Golf which had pretty much been sitting in a barn and forgotten about. This is the ideal sort of car for him to acquire, eliminate any rust issues, and sell on – essentially saving the car for someone else to enjoy. Who knows though, it will probably be bought by someone in our group of friends – this is what often happens, especially if it’s a Mk1.
Tonight’s excuse for heading down to the workshop was to get the thing running for the first time, ready for an MOT… and so we could all hang out with a few beers of course.
The timing was a little off but the small block eventually spruced into life and all was good. A few other bits like indicators, washer jets, and some wiring to get it roadworthy and that was that.
The Ford Zodiac wagon to the right is a story for another day!
Coltech specialises in welding and works on a fair amount of Porsches, mostly fixing other peoples hiccups, so there is usually a 911 shell or two sitting in the workshop to admire.
Who knew driving on to a ramp could be such a difficult task… for Tom at least.
Local lad Dan also came down with his Mk2 for a chassis notch, which left it sitting nicely.
Stay tuned for more behind the scenes in the near future. We’ve been contemplating taking an ‘inside look’ into other businesses and manufacturers, so if there’s anything or anyone in particular you’d like to see, let us know in the comments and we might be able to make it happen.