Erm, nothing whatsoever has happened to the Commodore since the beginning of the year! I've not even cleaned the engine bay, which is one of those to-do jobs that can be slotted in during bouts of free time before the new motor gets installed. On that front, I've not even ordered up a set of V8 engine mounts, despite them being readily available for not very much on Trademe. Basically, aside from a large bout of work this year, I've just been a lazy sod with it. Plans for '18 are to discuss with someone the certification requirements involved in getting it back on the roads all legal eagle, though this shouldn't be too difficult, as I'm hardly re-inventing the wheel, installing an engine in a car that could be specified with this engine. Then simply* get on with the job.
In the meantime though, it became startlingly apparent that 2 non-functioning cars wasn't really enough for the collection and that this needed rectifying forthwith. Those of you who
enjoy read my spotted thread may have seen a clue as to what this new addition would be, in the last-but-one update:
Sherlock certainly needed the help of Watson to solve this mystery, no doubt.
Yes, it's a farm-spec SIIa Land Rover, which hasn't seen the road during most of the 21st Century.
Hark at the chalky grey paint job and awful aftermarket adornments.
Including this! No 2.25 petrol motor here but a straight six 2.8 diesel Nissan LD28, as per the motor my Commodore rocked for many a year.
The interior has seen better days but those seats are quite luxuriously appointed for a Series LR, so I'd like to emulate them later on. Bulkhead is surprisingly rust free, despite appearances, which coupled with this one's availability at a price I could afford was the reason why it sits in the driveway, in lieu of a Series I, which is what I really wanted.
Out back, there's a rear end, too. Again, much of the rust appears to be surface only but there's a little rectification required underneath but not too much; a couple of outriggers to fettle and assess a few patches, plus a general clean and protect. Brake lines are jibbered, so will be put on consumables list alongside other brake and suspension stuff, no doubt.
Sit-rep on other non-working fleet: Commodore in stasis and the Visa is having some head work undertaken once more, as the gasket failed again, which is why it stopped being used by philibusmo about 18 months ago. Hopefully the next time Phil's available to come over, it should be sorted and then it can have a few more jobs done to it for a WOF, then most likely it'll fly the nest, as I've ticked off 'owning a Visa GTi' on my car list.
The 205 GTI is currently lent out to family visiting from overseas and in fact I haven't seen it for a few months now. Got a clutch lined up for replacement over Christmas, as apparently it slips a little when given some beans. Clio 172 is doing its thing and I've modified the bodywork slightly on the Jondeo, so it looks pretty horrendous. Clicked over 348000km the other day but that's only the 4th highest k's on a car we've owned over here.