I have also been chopping and changing my daily cars....
A while back I purchased a 306 2.0 16v cabriolet as an engine donor for the 405. With a few tweaks this will basically be the equivalent of an Mi16 engine for half the price. Then in December I managed to crack the sump on the 405 when I hit a log on a single track road which I didn't see until it was too late.... So I took the 405 off the road ready to begin the swap. The engine is now out of the 306 (which has now been stripped and weighed in) and I have just finished buying all the necessary parts to do the swap. I will also be getting some of the bodywork sorted and eventually it will be yet another weekend car rather than a daily drive.
With the 405 off the road I needed a new daily car that weekend to get to work the following week. I looked around for the cheapest car I could find locally and ended up with a Vauxhall Astra 'Montana' (Hannah). It was a truly awful car and when I managed to flip it two weeks later (Police reckoned it was a diesel spill) I was quite glad to see the back of the miserable turd.
Fortunately I was off for Christmas which meant a bit more time to find a replacement car. My partner (who has a bad back) was saying she fancied a 306 with power steering. So we set out and ended up with a Y reg 1.6 Meridian with all the toys, she bought that and I bought her M reg 1.4 Mardi Gras (no PAS). I have been using the Mardi Gras for the past month or so, it's a great little car and only has about 50k on the clock. However I was then chatting with a mate of mine who asked me if I saved the door mirror covers from the 306 cabrio, as he wanted to tidy a few bits on his PH2 D-Turbo before selling it. Naturally I ended up buying it off him, so we currently have three 306s on the driveway. The Mardi Gras will be up for sale soon. The plan with the D-Turbo is to keep it for a while, tidy it up etc. but eventually find another 405 to use everyday.
When we picked up the D-Turbo I also bumped into an old flame- my old 309 turbo diesel. Sadly it has now popped it's head gasket in true XUD style and as it has never been in the best state bodywork wise it is now going to be chopped up for spares. RIP.
1971 Morris Marina 1.3 DL Coupe- Earliest known
1971 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL Saloon- Very crusty
1971 Morris Marina 1.3 SDL Coupe- Nearly back on the road
1971 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL Coupe- Luscious Limeflower
1972 Morris Marina 1.3 DL Saloon- For sale soon...
1994 Peugeot 306 1.4 Mardi Gras- For sale soon...
1995 Peugeot 405 1.8 GLX- Engine being swapped
1997 Peugeot 306 1.9 D-Turbo- Daily