It's all still going ahead, I've blown too much money on the venture to back down now! I was in a properly foul mood yesterday, on top of the Dolononsense I got home from work at half past midnight and found I had no milk and as such no tea. Major grump.
I think mostly I'm paranoid that the car won't make it or the MOT station will find something horrible, as this venture is stretching the limits of my overdraft and I'm nothing if not a pessimist! Currently contacting NPower to work out why £120 they refunded me months ago never appeared in my account...
The car is stands is in largely the same condition it was in when put away in storage:
Steering is fine, light, no play,
Brakes all work on the pedal, handbrake does naff all. Going to clean up the adjusters on the drums before the trip.
The car rolls and nothing is seized, it can easily be pushed by a couple of people.
The car runs and idles from a jerry can, the tank needs reconnecting and filled with fresh fuel but none of the lines are blocked.
I've not checked the tyres but even if they are near the limit I'll borrow the 1850's wheels which are wearing winter tyres with about 300 miles on them.
Electrics were all working fine previously, any problems will be cured by cleaning contacts. I'll have spare bulbs and fuses.
Exhaust blows slightly on the downpipe/manifold join. Not much I can do about this as one of the studs has snapped, going to paste it up. Most of the exhaust hangers have already been replaced and it's not loose.
There is a big hole behind one of the rear wheels due to the car's previous wheelarch bodgery, not a structural area and I used to tape over it so it's getting fibreglassed and Hammerited to cover the sharp edges.
One of the rear corner bumpers is missing. I'll either bolt that back on if I can or tape over the bolt hole and end of the rear bumper.
Things I can't do but I suspect may be a problem:
Rear suspension is soft and bouncy. It's like an old Cadillac. GR8 4 COMFORT.
Rubber gaters, dust covers and the like. Not sure, haven't looked, repo rubber is crap.
The rear of the N/S sill might need a tickle with a MIG. The other side had the same treatment before I bought the car but I think the N/S just got a smear of filler to tidy it up a bit. It's never been a problem before but is now cracked and ugly. I might sand it back and fiberglass it just for it to look presentable.
Other than that it's just pissy things like headlight alignment and wiper blades etc.
Emissions. No idea, burns quite a bit of oil but it has done for years...
Overall I'm hoping that if it makes it it'll not need much for a cleanish sheet...
In happier news the Citroen Xsara on the other side of the street that's been SORN'd for a million years has mysteriously vanished and free'd up another parking space...
I think the very fact you have a girlfriend implies she doesn't
completely hate you.
Not yet, but I'm working on it. Even invited her on the trip but she's got an Alice Cooper concert on the Sunday night and I can't guarantee we'll be back in time!