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Old 04-17-2018, 11:15 AM   #981
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looking way too sick man... so jelly you have the one and only set of custom fogs ever lmao
They're currently in production and should be available this month or the next!

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Old 06-21-2018, 11:21 PM   #982
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One of the first puzzle pieces arrived today! And yes, I'm keeping the dia's

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Old 07-11-2018, 11:25 PM   #983
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Ah man. Super shitty. At least itís all fixable and nothing like a total.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:05 AM   #985
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Big bummer dude!!
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:05 AM   #986
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Oh my god, no! Iím so sorry, Cosmo. What happened? What all got damaged?


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Walked out to this. Thank God it's only the bumper/light but it still blows. I already have a new replacement tail and the bumper is getting repaired this weekend.

And no, not the usual body shop. He's outta business lol
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Old 07-13-2018, 04:10 PM   #988
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Walked out to this. Thank God it's only the bumper/light but it still blows. I already have a new replacement tail and the bumper is getting repaired this weekend.

And no, not the usual body shop. He's outta business lol

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outta business? gotta be a story behind that. that sucks.
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Old 07-13-2018, 07:04 PM   #989
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outta business? gotta be a story behind that. that sucks.
Grab a seat and your popcorn...

Backstory:
So for those who are new to this thread the majority of the bodywork has been done by a body shop in Phoenix. I've had a helping hand in doing a decent amount of the body work and making sure it got finished on multiple occasions. Main reason i kept going back was simply because it was so damn cheap (and i like learning stuff like body work).

Main story:
While i had my car back in the shop to fix a couple issues with bumper fitment, rock ship repair and Aston Martin handles i found out i would not be able to go to a show because of work reasons so i told the body guy that he could hold off and focus on other cars. At this same time a guy approached him about doing a Sema vehicle (Chevy C10 pickup truck). Body guy immediately said yes without even seeing the truck in person and agreed to a rough estimate on price materials and labor. Then the truck arrived...

Soon the body guy realized he might be in deep shit because none of the body panels lined up, most panels had damage and/or rust along with minor frame issues. During the next two weeks him and his two employees put all of their time into this truck (because Sema was only a few weeks away of course) and somehow got the damn thing finished!

Where shit goes south:
With Sema coming within the next day or so they were scrambling to assemble the truck and finish buffing polishing etc. while they were getting it on the trailer the body guy asks the owner about payment and he tells him he wont be able to pay him until they come back from Sema......
So he has to let his to let his two workers know that they will not be receiving a a paycheck for the over 80 hours each they have worked the past two weeks...
They both quit.

It doesn't end there:
See the body guy didn't exactly know who was sponsoring the truck for a Sema booth but didn't really care since all he wanted was to show off his skills for pretty much the entire world to see. When they arrive they push the truck (yeah the fuckin thing didn't even run) into on of the halls where Avery Dennison and a few other vinyl companies are and the body guy starts to get a little confused. That's when the owner lets him know that the truck was sponsored by Avery and will be getting wrapped there at Sema.

Now, most of you know but there is one BIG rule when it comes to wrapping a vehicle. you NEVER wrap a car that has been freshly painted... Most professional shops wont even touch a car that has been repainted because it is highly likely that the paint will come off with the vinyl later on.

Back to the story. So it gets better! So not only is the truck getting wrapped but it is in the main wrap hall where it and a couple other vehicles will be wrapped by different teams. Every... Single... Day....
At the end of the Sema the winning wrap gets to stay on the truck but sad to say the paint is completely fucked. even through the vinyl you can see all the places where paint was ripped off. So again the body guy attempts to get payment when the owner then tells him he isn't happy with the paint.....
So he works out a deal to fix what he can just so he can make back what he lost on the materials and time the previous three weeks.

Beginning of the end:
So this is when i start making weekend trips to PHX to try and get my car sorted and everything is going to shit. The shop has well over two dozen vehicles that haven't been touched and no one to work on them. I start paying him to help out with keeping the shop open because honestly i was scared that i would go up one weekend and the car would be locked inside the shop and i would have no way to get it out. multiple weekends later we end up finishing up the car and a buddy lends me his trailer to pick it up one weekend. Most of the cars there are still in their current states and he still has no help or money. When i left that night i had a good feeling that it would be the last time id see that shop. A couple weeks later he hits me up asking if he could borrow money but i was broke myself so i couldn't help. the week after i see a picture from a friend who is also an ex employee of the shop, empty. I call the body guy and he breaks down telling me that he was done, he scrapped all of the vehicles that he had out back which were either junkyard donor cars or his own personal cars to scrape up any money he could and in the end it wasn't enough.


I'm sad that it ended this way because i know he is genuinely a good person he just fucked himself over time and this was the last straw.


Going on:
One of the great things i got from this was all of the knowledge he gave me. Because of this next year i will be doing a massive overhaul on the GTI once I get a damn house.
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Back in business!! Just in time for Wekfest LA

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Had an amazing time in LA for Wekfest. Took home second best vw even with my bumper issues

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Old 08-13-2018, 11:47 AM   #993
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Looking great! What did you end up doing with the tail lights?


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Old 08-13-2018, 11:53 AM   #994
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fantastic.

Regarding keeping that awesome paint nice, are you pretty familiar with proper washing techniques? I would be sure to get up to speed if not, as that color will definately show swirl marks from washing/drying easily.

While it's fresh paint, I would take the time to ceramic coat it (can be a DIY thing) as once done you can pretty much dry the car off with a powerful vacuum on blow-mode or a leaf blower.

2-bucket wash process and 3rd bucket for wheels only.

Just some quick tips, i want all my GTI folks to keep it fresh
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