My day started badly. Well, actually, it started really nicely. I was enjoying a lovely snooze when a mild sense of panic kicked in. Yup, it was 7:45 so already three quarters of an hour past when the alarm should have gone off. DOH!
A hasty breakfast was munched and I was pleased that I'd had the foresight to pack the XM over the weekend. The boot looked like this.
The important parts are a set of wheels with good tyres, a pair of number plates that I definitely didn't buy on the internet, a brake master cylinder and some service items.
About four hours later, I was in 'sunny' Wiltshire. The rain on the M4 had been so bad that 60mph felt frightening. And it kept up even after crossing the border! Not fair.
The bonnet hinge has rotted away, so we're replacing that with a pair of rubber hooks. It at least makes engine access easy. A battery was installed (I swapped my old BX battery for one that fits the Dyane), fuel lines were replaced and as the ignition switch is knackered, one was borrowed. The little engine soon fired into life. Grand! I knew it ran already, but it was nice that it seemed 'on the button' so to speak. We then bled the brakes and I had my first little drive!
That confirmed knocking driveshafts (both outer gaiters were split and the joints dry) but the brakes seemed remarkably good. I was very pleased.
Next, we focussed on getting the indicators working. Neither front one was, and both had to be replaced. Fortunately, the chap I'm buying it from has amassed a right heap of old cars and parts. It was like scrapheap challenge as we hopped about trying to find bits and trying to avoid having to use anything actually new. While we did that, another chap pulled out the driveshaft, replaced the gaiter and packed the joint with grease. Wonder how long it'll last...
The wheels and tyres were swapped over and a better exhaust fitted - one that spat bits of metal out when we fired it up. That'll be bye bye baffles then! With the engine nice and warm, the oil and filter were changed. I accidentally took my synthetic oil that I was planning to use on the XM. Oh well. Certainly, it's much, much better than the manky black stuff that came out.
The wiper spindles are hopelessly worn, so the blades don't wipe very much. I think I'm going to have to find a replacement, though it should do for the MOT and drive home (dry weather please!).
By 4pm, I really needed to head back home, so the lads kept working while I sauntered back to Wales in the XM. I grabbed some chips and stopped here for a munch.
Later this evening, the chap posted this photo. MOT booked for Thursday!
So, assuming it gains itself an MOT, the plan is to see if the logbook arrives on Tuesday, and if so, go and collect the Dyane. Not actually worked out the logistics yet, but it might mean going in the Nippa - as Mrs DW is not ever so keen on driving the XM. I may look at trains, but it'll be pretty rubbish from here I suspect, and it'd be nice to have a back-up car. Or is that just too boring? If the logbook doesn't arrive on Tuesday, I'll have to postpone collection until the other side of the 2CV 24hr race the following weekend.