OK, so, sorry for the lateness of follow up, but have been run off my feet since collection. Am afraid there is no pez shot either, as the (very lovely) Raymond had left half a tank in it for me, and trust me - it was hardly dented after the drive home!
THE DRIVE HOME. Well, to be honest, after recent bad luck, I was fearful and expecting the worst. But wow. I had a great drive home.
In all honesty it sits much nicer on the road than the Golf did. A real motorway muncher. No knocks, rattles or bangs. There's no doubt though - it needs an intensive service and a timing belt/water pump kit.
Which costs 14 billion pounds.
I'm defo playing TB roulette already, and I think it's been that way for a LARGE amount of miles.
CRUISE - I've never had it on a motor before (my my, I AM the future), and it's dead good tbh. Works very well and totally added to the smooth ride home.
FILTH. I have never had such a dirty car in my wee life. Years of pure, concentrated London ming. Proper clean up operation begins today - gonna go over it with an old toothbrush - round all the channels and nooks and crannies etc before I even start on the main bulk of it. And wow - the interior was much the same! I mean nae harm to Raymond here of course, as they just used it for 'no frills' to-and-fro transport in London and not much else. But aye. Have been de-crusting the dash and centre console etc non-stop since getting it.
PINEAPPLES. As I say, clean up operation has begun in earnest. But, filth, coupled with the fact that the tyres were only minimally legal, I decided upon an 'upgrade' and easy fix.
There is no doubt in my mind that it suits the Golf alloys better anyway. So shut UP.
I have also already started fitting the black leather interior from the Golf - back seats have gone in perfectly - a lovely fit and perfectly working fold-down etc. Front seats are going in later today. I agree that this is all rather pineappley, but the thing is, the seats - whilst comfy - are showing their age. Also rather minging after years of London life.
I think the black leather looks good in it too.
And I love the smell of old leather seats in old shitey cars.
Am assuming that the wiring will be there for the heat, but switchgear would be an issue? I'm already considering some aftermarket on off switches on the dash. And I'm talking:
But let's face it. I probably won't get round to it.
DOOR. Another issue of course, is the rear passenger door being stuck shut. This, and the footwell is rather moistened. Will probably take the central locking motor out of the Golf for this. But, getting the door open or the card off whilst it's shut is probably going to be rather taxing. Any hints or tips will be well received!
SHITE. Am afraid that whilst swapping over the seats, all I came up with was 21p and a broken plastic pen. No Kinder Surprise toys! No sticky sweets! Rather gutted tbh. I do love new car freebies...
Looking much more betterer after a good wash. Ye shouldha' seen the shite that came off it!
So that's about it for now. Gonna take some more pics in a while and update this post.
It's booked in for a full service and timing belt etc this week. Which is (after Golf-gate and much borrowage) gonna financially bury me. But I have no time or place to do any of it, so gonna just have to suck it up.
If the gearbox shites itself after all that, I will be found at the top of a very high place, drinking bottles of Jamesons and listening to Britney Spears. In a state of undress and armed with a shillelagh.
I'm counting on this shapely bitch being worth it.
That'll be all fer now you freaks.