Watch: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Making a Widebody Mk3

When Charlton Heston tried to convey how difficult the process of making art is, he portrayed Michelangelo on his back, painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo ain’t got nothing on people who work with sheet metal.

At least, that’s what we learned watching Mike Day, owner of the famed V8, RWD Mk3 Golf. With the power and the drivetrain nuts enough, he decided to try his hand at widening the body of the Mk3.

Inspired by the touring car racers of the day, Day set about adding box flares to his car and posted it in a three video series on YouTube. The last video dropped yesterday.

Every time the camera cuts to Day, his face is a mask of pain as he agonizes over every, tiny decision and discusses every angle with the people in the shop. When you make every decision, you’re responsible for every decision and none is easy to execute in sheet metal.

It’s quite the process and we don’t envy Day for the amount of work he put into his car, but we do envy him for what came out the other end. After all the agony, ecstasy comes out the other end in the form of a truly unique, truly exceptional Mk3.