So, today is, as always, Buyers' Remorse Day. Yes, the 24 hours after you've bought your exciting new* car and have had time to look at it somewhere other than the back of an AA truck/side of the motorway/pissing rain driveway in the dark with someone's dog trying to hump your leg.
Except, of course, this is a Sera. And it wasn't too expensive. Admittedly, I might have haggled harder if I'd anticipated the explosion of coolant in my face on the drive home, or the rattly CV joint, but this are things that happen randomly anyway.
On inspection above, I'm pretty happy with it. The speedometer is in KM so it's under 100,000 miles and to be fair it drove like that - if the water pump bearing hadn't been howling it would even have been quiet. There are a lot of worn out bits, but it's cleaning up slowly - one headlight bracket is broken, which points to why there's a gap on the bumper - it's the bumper bar. I have aligned these in the past with success, so I'll get onto that when I can be bothered. One headlight has a broken bracket. Standard.
Right now, though, the wonders of Amazon mean that a water pump is on the way - hope a blueprint one is okay in this regard as it's a little weird for me not buying German OEM/genuine bits. I wanted an iPod lead and Amazon helpfully shows me what I've been thinking about buying - the pump was only £33 so it seemed worth grabbing and then I can just throw it onto the car and the only big mechanical issue I've found is done.
Liking the foglight - it's been done in a reversing light - so that won't be changed for the usual Celica one. The SLSS radio will be removed for a Pioneer 2-DIN Apple CarPlay compatible unit once the car has done a month of driving about without upsetting me. The passenger side gas strut is getting binned off ASAFP - it's overgassed and is putting strain on the rest of the system, even if it does hold the door up. The critical door strut pivots have been drenched in WD40, and I'll strip the driver door first and reattach the window mechanism properly (it rattles if you shut the door with the window down - I'm used to that.
Most annoying thing is the usual *I am going to go back in time and strangle you with your own seatbelt" lack of awareness of "how things break" - the windscreen has had bad wipers left on it and has the inevitable scratch. I cannot describe how much I hate people wrecking a windscreen for the sake of a fucking wiper blade. Like everything I've got, the wiper blades will be replaced with those aero ones that don't have metal parts, but I need to find out how to reduce these scratches. At least it's the passenger side.
Some trim needs to be plasti-dipped in black, and there are a few small rust spots, but it's not looking too shabby. Instrument bulbs need to be replaced, A/C and heater fan need investigating, as does a lot of lateral movement on the front end - could be shit tyres but I think worn bushes, it understeers more than I remember but I have just been driving an RX8 about.
In the meantime, Six-Cylinder's Volvo is proving to be wonderful transport and has earned some small repairs - straightening the headlight bracket/grille mount so it's no longer crosseyed, and tidying and refitting the horrible mess of wiring under the dashboard (I'm guessing Alarm, but maybe management for the aftermarket AC, whatever it is they hadn't heard of cable clips, steering columns or "rubbing through wires"). I can see the appeal of the 7/9 series over W124s, they're a nicer thing to drive in 4-pot form - though I think the Mercedes would have the edge in actual scary handling moments, at least with 7-series rear suspension. The towbar electrics will be checked (no indicators) and the sunroof is getting adjusted as it works, but catches on the deflector part when closing. And yes, the dashboard is getting resoldered.