So after my epic road trip collection and faultless drive home, I thought I would post up a thread.
Upon purchase Rob advised me that she was losing a small amount of coolant so sent me on my way with a 5 litre bottle of the stuff. Turns out she only needed 1 top-up about halfway through the journey.
After driving her around for a couple of weeks, her coolant loss has become more pronounced so she is currently waiting at my local (see 25 miles away) retro Ford garage. The proprietor has a lovely 1990 Escort XR3i to be investigated. The brake pad warning light flashes up occasionally as does the ABS light so that will be looked at while she is there.
She had her 1st FTP yesterday evening when I jumped in and turned the key to be greeted with a whining from the starter motor as it failed to engage. On the 3rd attempt she fired into life. She did it again today as I went to take her to the garage so there is another thing to be looked at.
On the plus side, I have managed to source:
a Ford FX3000 single DIN CD player
a pair of doorcards (as the current ones are peeling at the top)
a replacement info display unit (as the current one the LCD has bled)
a replacement gear gaitor so I don't keep hurting my hand on the cable tie round the top of the current one
a replacement indicator stalk as the rubber on the current one is split and looks tatty
Current spend before garage bill Ã‚Â£70
Pictures to follow when the car is back and I have fitted the new bits