So, having done the roof repair, renewed the brakes, replaced the timing chain and resolved all the battery-related shenanigans, you'd expect this thing to have been 100% reliable, right?
Actually yes. I even felt brave enough to take it out in hours of darkness, which revealed it has that customisable "mood lighting" (customisable in five steps from blue to red via purple at least).
Not really getting the full effect in these photos but anyway. The car is gradually clocking up the miles without major issue.
Time then to start sorting out some of the more minor niggles. For some reason it was missing the COOPER S letters from the bootlid:
Note the adhesive from one of the letters serving as a reference point for reinstating them. My wife found these on eBay for a few quid:
Unfortunately the seller made a half-arsed job of applying some fresh double sided sticky foam.
Ripped all that lot off and had another go:
To be fair that's not a whole load better, but it'll do. Lined up the letters by eye:
Ran it around like that for a few days, then finished the job when it stopped raining:
Much better, little by little this thing is starting to look a bit less shite.
Next job was to tackle the rear indicator bulbs. Now with no annual vehicle testing, there's no MoT to tell you that they're flashing the wrong colour.
Doesn't look too bad here, but in reality these were practically white. Dug out a box of bulbs I'd bought a while back (I think these were £2.99 posted for 10 or something, so should be TOP QUALITY):
Whipped out the driver side:
Yeah, that's seen better days. What about the other one?
More or less the same script. I bet these are original to the car.
Getting at these was pretty damn tricky - if I positioned myself where I could see the bulbholders, I couldn't reach them, and if I positioned myself where I could reach the bulbholders, I couldn't see them. The whole endeavour being conducted while kneeling on top of the folded-forward rear seat backrests with my arm tucked under the inner sides of the raised soft-top and hand pushed through a tiny access panel in the tops of the boot trim. This resulted in unintentionally removing sidelamp bulbs about three times before successfully extracting the orange ones, fortunately I somehow managed to get them all back in without dropping any into some inaccessible part of the bodyshell. End result:
You'll have to believe me when I say that this was in fact a decent improvement, even though it looks only marginally less yellow than the "before" picture.
There are plenty of other small tasks to cross off the list, but we're approaching the point now where I think a trip to the bodyshop can be justified, to sort out at least some evidence of the previous owner's years of neglect. Pondering whether to repair and colour-code the existing arches and valances, rather than replace the damaged ones - but this doesn't seem to be a common thing to do, and anxious that it might look a bit strange. Thoughts, anyone?