A new year and a little update for you on the future of this little purple blighter.
I've a house move happening this year, all being well, and that means the fate of the 1100 needs to be decided upon. I didn't particularly want to do all the work just to sell it and wasn't sure if I wanted to take it with me when I move either. Scrapping most definitely not an option. Parting with it, sadly, is. It's the age old problem for me of the driving position being monstrously unsuitable for my back, at best I'm only going to manage 30 miles in this car before being in pain so it can't stay with me.
What to do?
Well, I had a natter with Mike and we looked at his ever expanding collection and what things were worth what and decided on a plan. I would swap the 1100 for one of the cars Mike owns BUT the 1100 needs to be welded up and the clutch problem sorted out to afford it. Basically, I'm using the 1100 as part exchange and making up the shortfall with my labour on putting it right. I get a car I am comfortable in and like, Mike gets a car he likes and if he needs to can sell on easily - because 1100s do seem to be a super easy sell if you're realistic about the price - and everyone is happy.
This plan rolls into action in February when I'll be able to start on the welding. I've done the worst of the work already when the front corner got rebuilt, now it's mostly sticking ready-made panels on so by April/May it should be mostly solid (don't hold me to that!). What I'm not going to divulge yet is what I'm swapping the 1100 for because it relies entirely on me getting this work done first and the swap won't happen at all if I can't. What I can say is that the vehicle in question is a little on the surprising side.