As mentioned in the BeEP's Motors thread the 1997 Fiat Punto I saved from being scrapped last month went straight through its MOT yesterday. Just two advisories for a light misting of oil on one shock absorber and one tyre close to the limit.
Very solid underneath, never welded with just a few patches which could do with a bit of attention from a wire brush and paint/underseal/old oil etc.
Bodywork presentable, although the photos do flatter it. There are a number of parking type dents, scratches and scrapes.
Interior nice; just one stain on the driver's seat which I have improved but not yet eradicated. I'll keep trying. S is base spec, so no electric windows, no power steering, no central locking, no temperature gauge, no rev counter etc. In other words less to go wrong so has to be worth more!
The only issue is that the clutch release bearing needs changing. The clutch drags very slightly, meaning a bit of force is needed to engage first and reverse. Still perfectly driveable though. And before anyone suggests it no, it's not the clutch hydraulics. I thought that, I was wrong!
So here's the (current) deal. A friend has offered to help me do the release bearing on 4th March, However, with other incoming cars and a preference for a lazy life if anyone wants it for what it owes me (£295 - yes, I probably paid too much) it can go as is (release bearing supplied but not fitted).
Alternatively, if there's an appetite for a £5 per ticket roffle that could also work, but only if all tickets are sold in time for the 2nd March draw.
Obviously afer March 4th the price will increase to reflect the release bearing having (hopefully) been changed.
Anyway, enough waffle, have some photos. it really is quite a nice little thing.