Not much to report on the fleet front. My attempt to replace the exhaust front section on the Swift was aborted when one of the manifold-to-downpipe bolts snapped whilst I was trying to undo it. It's an M8 bolt and I was just using a ratchet so it must have been pretty fucked. I didn't dare attempt the second bolt as if that let go I would then have nothing to hold the pipe onto the manifold. There's no nut, the bolt screws into a threaded hole in the manifold, so it's not going to be easy to get the stuck remains out. In theory it could be drilled out but there's a heat shield in the way, and the bolts holding that on have disintegrated into little blobs of rust. So I've trowelled vast quantities of Gun Gum onto the area where the exhaust was blowing, and I've just resigned myself to the fact that I'm going to have to get back under the car every so often to redo it.
Other than that I did a bit more pottering around on the Volvo, digging out bits of trim and generally trying to make it look a bit more presentable. It now has an LED bulb in the nearside rear indicator - the contacts in the light cluster are a bit dodgy and the LED bulb seems to be more tolerant of a slightly weak flow of current. The flasher unit is electronic and so unaffected by the reduced wattage. Annoyingly I have so far only been able to find three out of the four bolts that hold the hub caps on, but I'm sure the remaining bolt will turn up at some point.
The Merc and the Ypsilon have now been collected and gone off to start their new lives, so the fleet is officially back into single figures for the first time in a very long while. I'm still debating what to do with the Caliber - I do quite enjoy driving it but it needs a fair bit spending on it to get through a test. It's guzzling diesel at the moment but that's probably due to the MAF being unplugged - I've ordered a secondhand-but-genuine MAF and will see if that helps.
I'm also trying to pluck up the courage to book the Innocenti in for an MOT. The garage that MOT'd it last time, which tends to be, shall we say, very sympathetic towards older cars, has now been subject to a slap on the wrist from VOSA and is consequently now strict AF. My usual place I use in the village is fair and doesn't go looking for failures but doesn't overlook obvious issues either. With all the money I've spent on the car so far I would be most irritated if it fails on some small but NLA suspension bush or something. I'm going to have to do it at some point though - at the moment I can't use it anyway and it's taking up a space in the garage that will be needed this winter to stop the Renault 6 deteriorating any further.