I know these cars leave people with a wide range of thoughts. However generally speaking it seems to be:
- Older than 50yrs with little knowledge of cars: great first classics and lovely things.
- Everyone else older than 40: hated, loathed and a utter joke of a car.
- Less than 20: Boring ...it's what my dad has in the garage. Nissan (translation: Datsun) GT-R ARE WHAT IS AWESOME MAN.
- Older than 20 and younger than 40: A cool old car. Yes we know its shit to drive, but anything older than a Nissan Skyline R32/Peugeot 205 is going to be shit to drive anyway.
I unashamedly love my moderns, but I do fancy something older and more mechanical. My day job (Software Engineer for Electronic devices) involves cutting edge stuff and understanding fairly advanced concepts. Ive been lacking a buzz in my cars for a while and been searching for something to engage me. So for a change, I like the idea of something that can be fixed on the side of the road with a hammer and an imperial socket set.
Mostly this thread is the continuation on my post in News 24 from falling in love* with what looks like a shit, blown over example of a quick profit generator by a local classic specialist. Link to the post here: http://autoshite.com...28#entry1254787
The thought of owning one has given me a huge buzz - which surely is a good thing? I also can't resist, especially after wanting one for a good while. So I'm going to have a look at the car tomorrow, mostly as a view of the first example I'm going to properly look at.
Reading around it appears the sills are a big rot problem. It also appears pretty much every one would have had them done, or need them urgently.
How can you tell it needs its sills doing and how do you know when it's been done properly?
What other rust related issues do I need to look out for? (Rust is my one fear/dread on cars).
* Part of this is probably my love of mechanical things and never have owned or driven a carb car - always something controlled by a computer. Infact I've never driven a car with a choke!