I feel I can finally unlurk properly now that I have something worthy of Autoshite to post about.
20120217-07 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr
20120217-08 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr
In the cold light of Day Two
20120218-01 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr
Came with some great features.
20120218-24 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr
20120218-38 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr
20120218-45 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr
The best thing about vinyl is that you *can* scrub it clean and with this old boat that was needed; everything was sticky and left a black residue on the hands. I've only been able to bring myself to spend an hour on the driver's door, the rest will have to wait for now.
20120220-04 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr
20120220-05 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr
Doesn't look as big as it feels, weirdly.
20120220-25 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr
This is going to be my new daily in a few months, just got to get through a lot of cleaning and a bit of fettling. She's actually not that bad overall and only cost me Ã‚Â£450 (plus Ã‚Â£25 day insurance to collect her).
>Quite a few rust blebs, but nothing serious or structural
>Handbrake needs adjusting, I have to chock the wheels when parked on the drive
>Driver's door window doesn't work
>Probably decades of hand grease and silicone spray, built up in alternating layers. The engine bay is cleaner than the cabin.
>Bonnet rams don't hold up the bonnet.
>Neither do the boot rams.
>Garage fitted electric fuel pump has no supressor, interferes with the LW/MW radio
>PYE tape deck needs new belts, music played on it sounds like it's underwater
>Bad previous respray with water contamination.
But you know what, none of that matters. She's supremely comfortable and with some TLC over the summer should be in fine fettle. I'm not sure whether or not the people that look with face agog and jaw slack as I drive past are impressed, worried or amazed that a beige Princess with a brown roof still exists and is out on the road with someone a long way from pensionable age driving it.