July 2, 2022

Best folks are hanging up their modded automotive gloves as they hit their mid-forties. Jay McToldridge, however, seems to be rising outdated disgracefully on this tuned 300bhp granddad-spec more-door Mk2 Golf. It’s correct naughty, like…

Function from Efficiency VW journal. Pictures: Matt Woods

Co-founder of the hugely-popular Gamers occasions and European Common Supervisor of Wheel Professionals (the corporate that owns Rotiform, Gas, Kinesis, TSW and lots of extra), Jay McToldridge is a self-confessed automotive junkie, however whereas he loves motors of all makes and fashions (his present fleet features a 964 on ITBs, track-ready AE86 and a 550bhp G Wagon to call just some), he has all the time had a mushy spot for his water-cooled VWs.

Common readers might properly keep in mind Jay’s earlier more-door Mk2 Golf from manner again in PVW 2/12, for not solely was the automotive fairly gorgeous visually, like a whole lot of Jay’s builds, it was additionally greater than a little bit bit controversial. “Folks misplaced their shit over the zero lip wheels and ridiculous stance… I imply, the purists had been actually offended about it,” he instructed us with nice pleasure.

Jay’s the primary to confess that whereas that automotive was good to take a look at, beneath it wanted a whole lot of work to make it a whole. “It was mainly a £500 shitter that we cleaned up, smoothed the bay on and made look good. It was cool and all, however worlds aside from the automotive you see right here in the present day. Plus, this one is a correct Typ19 automotive the place as the opposite automotive was a later mannequin made to look outdated.”

And anyone referring to this automotive as gold have to assume once more, too. Jay is fast to level out that it’s really Polar Silver, which was the shade used on the sooner Typ 19 fashions. Later automobiles (like Jay’s earlier automotive) had been completed in Champagne silver. Properly, that’s sufficient of anorak stuff. Shifting on…

Jay is definitely solely this automotive’s fifth proprietor and it’s had two fairly well-known earlier homeowners who each retained its unique 8v motor and simply loved it as a cool cruiser. The automotive itself is tremendous low mileage with round 75k on the clock, may be very straight and trustworthy with a really slight little bit of patina on some panels. It was mainly the right base for what Jay had in thoughts. Properly, form of…

“I ruined each entrance arches on it immediately and so then simply put it in my workshop (aka Tinker Towers) and left it there for some time. It was simply good to take a look at, however it form of jogged my memory of the my final Mk2 and that’s precisely what I didn’t need,” he instructed us. “I knew I wanted to place an engine in it as ideally I needed the automotive to be clear and usable however, most significantly, foolish quick!” Oh pricey…


Tuned Mk2 Golf

It was about this time that Jay began speaking with Jamie Packham at J Tech about potential engine swap options. A bit like Jay, Jamie ought to really want no introduction as we’re featured quite a lot of high-quality, high-profile builds within the pages which have been painstakingly created by the hands of Jamie and his skilled crew.

Inevitably, when Jay and Jamie put their heads collectively the artistic juices quickly started to movement however whereas each guys are a fan of a loopy thought (or ten – all), Jamie does have a barely extra smart facet, too. In the end, he is aware of what these automobiles are prefer to dwell with each day, so whereas Jay had his coronary heart set on a rip-snorting Berg-Cup model engine (haven’t we been right here earlier than, Jay? – Ed), Jamie did his greatest to persuade him in any other case: “I went to Jamie and stated, I need you to construct me a two-litre 16v on throttle our bodies, and I need it to sound like a Berg Cup automotive. I’m obsessive about Berg Cup, as you realize.” Fairly a easy temporary, admittedly, however figuring out Jay needed to make use of the automotive regularly, with probably some journeys to exhibits in mainland Europe, Jamie had what he thought was a barely extra smart possibility in thoughts. If, that’s, you possibly can name a 300bhp ‘constructed’ 1.8T motor smart!

“I appear to recollect Jamie saying he was more than pleased to construct me a 16v on ITBs, however he identified it might value a shit load of cash and it might even be shit to drive each day!,” Jay confessed. I suppose he had an excellent level.

As soon as the 1.8T engine was lastly determined upon, Jamie and Jay determined it made sense to totally forge the internals, so it might stand the take a look at of time and take any abuse Jay would throw at it. “Jamie then requested how I needed it to look within the bay, to which I stated, I don’t need it smoothed, simply actually clear however as OEM-looking as you can also make it.”

Tuned Mk2 Golf

Whereas Jamie had the automotive, Jay instructed him to switch or powder-coat all the pieces beneath so it was nearly as good as new, however that is when the blokes realised the automotive wasn’t fairly as straight as they had been led to imagine. “While poking about beneath the automotive it quickly turned obvious the car had beforehand been concerned in a reasonably heavy front-ender and whereas it hadn’t been badly repaired, if I needed to correctly use the automotive in anger, then it might make sense to straighten the factor out correctly.”

“I can’t imagine I’ve been messing with VWs for practically 30 years and I’ve by no means 20-valved a automotive. That is the primary one I’ve ever finished and I used to be like, why haven’t I ever finished that earlier than?” Jay admits the automotive did spiral a bit through the construct (as did the funds), however in contrast to the final Mk2, which he offered on fairly shortly as a result of he wasn’t overly pleased with the top outcome, this one was constructed as a keeper, so it wanted to be proper.


Lengthy story quick, Jamie and the crew ended up reducing the entrance legs off the automotive and changing them with these taken from a donor shell that they had within the workshop. It was the one manner to make sure the automotive was sturdy sufficient to take the additional energy with out ripping itself aside. It additionally meant it might be secure.

By way of engine spec, Jamie used a tried and examined components centred round a BAM lump, with cast rods and pistons and a hybrid AET K04 turbo strapped to a Trackslag downpipe. The outcomes are 300bhp with minimal lag, loads of traction (because of the Quaife ATB) and extra smiles per miles than some other automotive Jay has owned.

Tuned Mk2 Golf

“Jamie gave the automotive again to me and you realize what, it’s simply really easy to make use of, apart from the dearth of power-steering, which suggests it could actually attempt to kill you within the bends if you happen to come on the ability to quickly. However usually it’s precisely what I needed.” Whereas he had the automotive, Jamie mainly went over the entire car to make sure all the pieces was as much as scratch, changing and upgrading as he felt vital. Regardless of getting the automotive again in good working order, that has’t stopped Jay from killing two sumps since its return. “Admittedly I’ve wound the coilovers down fairly a bit since getting it again, however since smashing the sumps Jamie has construct me what we hope is a bullet proof strengthened merchandise.” Time will inform…

It’s really so refreshing to see a modified Mk2 that’s not bagged as properly. The blokes did spend fairly a while perfecting the stance, although, to get it sitting proper, plus remaining drivable and clearly wheels performed a big half in that. Fortunately, Jay and his many contacts know a factor or two about rolling inventory. “Initially, we had been operating totally polished Rotiform STR splits, however Jason [Whipple] over at Rotiform’s US HQ didn’t like the very fact the wheel design had 5 spokes and the automotive was operating four-stud hubs, therefore the bolt holes within the wheels didn’t actually line up completely,” Jay continued. “I’ve all the time beloved Ronal Turbos, like I had on my outdated Mk1 for some time, so we ended up deciding on Rotirom’s IGS, which has a little bit of a turbo model to it anyway.” The very important stats that had been rolled out ended up being 6.5×17 up entrance and seven×17” within the rear each sharing an ET of +56. A set of thin Nankang 185×35 17 NS2-R rubber band tyres completed the look off a deal with.

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We love externally how the tuned Mk2 Golf stays just about bone inventory, bar the wheels and that interval good Heckblende out again. Jay claims there’s nonetheless various unique paint on the automotive as properly, which provides to the attraction.

Inside, issues stay fairly inventory as properly, though the CAE shifter form of offers the sport away that each one won’t be fairly as sleepy because it initially seems. Jay nonetheless has the Solar newspaper and Playboy journal from the identical month and yr the automotive was produced, which had been handed all the way down to him from the earlier proprietor. The nodding canine on the rear shelf is only a humourous trace at what our pals do out in mainland Europe with their classic VWs.

Tuned Mk2 Golf

Now the automotive’s completed, Jay admitted he does use it fairly commonly, offering the climate is okay after all. We get the sensation it’s the automotive he wished his unique Mk2 Golf had been again in 2012.  “There’s a joke, really. Any person noticed the brand new automotive on-line and commented how I’d copied a just lately constructed R32-powered Polar Silver automotive. Fortunately that automotive’s proprietor replied saying that I’d really constructed one of many unique Polar Silver examples round 11 years in the past!” You’ve acquired to like the modded VW scene…

Tech Spec: Tuned Mk2 Golf


1.8T BAM block with cast rods and pistons, HD bearings, real oil pump, new real BAM head, followers, new cams, new VVT, Forge baffled sump, ARP bolt package, new bearings and seals, J Tech light-weight flywheel, Sachs Efficiency clutch package, AET hybrid K04 turbo, Observe Slag downpipe, full stainless exhaust system, OBD Works engine loom for ME7.5 administration, J Tech customized rad and intercooler with twin slim line followers, Pipercross air filter, J Tech drop-in gasoline pump for 20v conversions, OE gasoline traces. Rebuilt Audi TT five-speed gearbox with particular ratios and remaining drive and Quaife ATB


6.5×17” and seven×17” (ET56) Rotiform IGS cut up rims with Nankang 185×35 17 NS2-R tyres, H&R Extremely Low coilovers, Tremendous Professional bushes all spherical, Forge six-pot massive brake package up entrance, Mk4 rear calipers, Hel/ J  Tech braided traces, GTi powder coated rear axle, transformed to run rear discs. Noarth monitor rod flip package welded in, 16v entrance hubs, J Tech Quick Street-spec geometry, billet entrance prime mounts, all different suspension elements new and changed, Ford stubby grasp cylinder


Painted Polar Silver, all unique trim with interval Heckblende


Customary inside, Basil wood gearknob, Kenwood headunit