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    Daviemck2006 reacted to Zelandeth in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroen, Mercs, AC Model 70 & A Sinclair C5...25/09 - Cavalier Decisions...   
    Why do I do this to myself?
    I'm currently two cars above capacity, and three out of the five are broken/have issues.
    [] Jag: Intermittent charging fault.  I keep putting off fixing it...because Jaguar.  I know I'll remove the alternator and somehow that will break the rear suspension or something like that... It's also technically sold, though the new keeper doesn't move into their new house until mid November, at which point they'll have room to take it on.
    [] BX: Hasn't been on the road for at least 11 years.  It's getting closer to an MOT, but still needs a fair bit of work done.
    [] Merc: Currently lacking a camshaft because it's eaten it and the camshaft has then proceeded to eat it's way through the head.
    This leaves me with the van and the Invacar.  Neither of which are exactly the most practical all purpose daily transport! 
    So why the hell was I out looking at another car today?
    As far as I can tell it's basically because I'm an idiot.  That and because people insist on putting things I have fond memories of up for sale.
    Of course this went predictably and I've basically decided that it needs to be mine.  Which means I need to make space for it. 
    My current thinking is that it will probably be the the Merc.  Much though it is a nice way to waft around, getting it tidied up to a point I'll really be happy with it is going to cost a small fortune.  I knew going in that trim and the like was expensive for these cars, but I guess I hadn't appreciated quite *how* expensive.  Which is probably partly my own fault...last time I'd really looked was probably over ten years ago when I was helping a friend back up north with the odd job on theirs...and it was a saloon, for which things are generally easier to find.
    Current plan I think is to swap the cylinder head over (I'm already half way to having it off, may as well at this stage) and see if that resolves the issues I've been having.  If it does, excellent.  If not, at least I've tried and I can give a more definitive diagnosis than "it *might* need a new engine." Will all have been an interesting learning experience anyway, whatever the outcome.
    The BX is a little bit of an unknown as I've yet to drive it more than fifty feet.  However it is such a comfy thing that I can see myself very much liking it.  We should be *relatively* close to at least being able to throw it in for an MOT and see how long a fail list we end up with.  A lot of people on here have put a lot of work into saving this car so I would really like to justify those efforts by getting it back actually onto the road.
    Obviously neither the van nor Invacar are going anywhere.  Despite the market meaning that it would be a good time to sell the van if I were being strictly sensible about it.
    Being sensible I definitely wouldn't be looking at possible project cars either.
    Like this one.

    I made a very specific point of *not* looking too closely at this car when I was over there a month or so back as I knew I'd be drawn to it and end up asking "how much?"
    Then it popped up in the classifieds. 
    So I went to have a look.
    Overall observation... basically that for a 70s Vauxhall it is astonishingly solid.







    There are a couple of bits of rust though, would be incredible if there weren't.
    The first I found was the inner sill just ahead of the offside rear wheel.

    Sorry, not the best photo as I was taking it blind.
    Oddly the *nearside* which is the side I usually expect to be rustier is solid there.

    That'll be fun to weld up from underneath the car with spatter going in my ear.
    The other bit I immediately spotted was on the nearside front chassis leg.  There was a repair  done there for the last MOT the car had, but being 10 years ago it's really in need of cutting out and doing properly as it looks like the rust has got into the seam.

    On the plus side, the whole area feels solid and for a change access looks to be fine.  Only thing that needs to be moved out the way is the wheel and one plastic fuel line.

    I was kind of braced for the whole area going "scrunch" when I poked it but it didn't.
    The other one is a bit of a potential can of worms - sill covers can hide all sort of sins.

    This one looks to have separated a little at the rear.

    However the sill wasn't crunchy behind it, so hoping a localised repair will be all that's needed.  It's likely a vain hope...but I'm going to hold on to it for now!
    No horrors hiding in the door shuts.



    Apparently I totally forgot to take a wider angle photo of the nearside rear.
    The nearside rear is probably the worst of the arches.  Might need some TLC on the leading edge at the bottom.


    Rest are all in good shape.


    Inner wings are in really good shape under the bonnet.


    The battery tray has a couple of tiny pin holes in, but that's something even I should be able to patch up.

    Unlike a lot of cars I won't need to dismantle the entire interior to sort that.
    The bonnet needs drowning in Vactan and Dinitrol to catch it but it's not rusted through anywhere.

    The interior is in really good shape, the seats just needing a deep clean.




    The choke cable hanging out of the dash is because of the currently fitted carb having an automatic choke.

    I do like that dash. 
    Someone in the past has cut holes in the parcel shelf for a set of 6x9 speakers... though to be honest that's fine by me as it makes me feel fine about installing some.
    Only had it running for a couple of minutes before we ran out of fuel, but she started up without any complaints and sounded really smooth albeit a bit tappety - though if I'm remembering right that tended to be the case with these engines anyway.  I know the previous previous keeper had been chasing around a running issue for quite a long while, but we don't know if it was ever resolved... hasn't presented itself so far though.  Kinda hoping they did as they were quite an expert in the field I believe and it was giving them a right runaround.
    So... banking on needing the following in addition to the aforementioned welding and a good service.
    [] Tyres.  They're all 10+ years old and one has a huge bulge in the sidewall.
    [] Brake calipers.  One of them is known to be seized, don't imagine either are going to be in great shape.
    [] Brake discs.  In addition to being rusty they've both got quite a big lip on.
    [] All fuel lines.
    [] Battery...I stole one from one of my cars for the test today.
    [] Rear silencer.  It's missing.
    The paintwork is very, very thin throughout.  It's not hard to see why these cars tended to rust badly basically everywhere when they were ten years or so old in their day.

    Given this and the dents and scrapes which have happened while the car's been in storage bodywork tidying is going to be an ongoing job for a while.  Worst looking issues there are the nearside doors, though I reckon with the right leverage (or one of those fancy air bag panel jacks) they would at least mostly pop out.

    Is this even vaguely sensible?  No.  Do I care?  Not really.  It's a car I never would have expected a chance at...and it's local which makes life a lot less difficult compared to quite a few cars I've bought over the years.
    Also, you only live once.  Following your heart rather than your head now and then is okay.
     
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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from 4wheeledstool in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    I owned a b plate 1.6gl 4 door in a lighter blue than that, and my brother had a 1.8sri hatch in gold on an a plate. He crashed it and replaced it with a d plate 1.8gli hatch in the same colour as this one. To be honest I preferred my own one over his 2, as I prefer the 4 door, and mine was pre facelift, which I also prefer. Out of his two I preferred his sri, also because it was pre facelift. However this one is some restoration and going to be better than new.

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in Vauxhall VX 4/90 (FD)   
    I remember my dad having one brand new back in the day, it was also k reg. I thought it was a sad day when he traded it in at 3 years old for a victor fe 1800.

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    Daviemck2006 reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.gumtree.com/p/vauxhall/1976-mk1-vauxhall-cavalier-/1404358225
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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Mismatched panel colour thread.   
    Its registered in NE Scotland and it's a golf. Every panel would have been resprayed due to rust, probably at different times. So it might not be due a write off marker!

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from Burnside in Cavalier mk2 - another blue giffermobile.   
    This is going to make a better car than if you walked into a vauxhall dealer in 1985 and bought a brand new one! I bought a 1985 1.6gl at two years old with 20000 miles on it and loved it. Had to sell it 6 months later due to an unexpected huge bill for the house. I would love another.

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from Zelandeth in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroen, Mercs, AC Model 70 & A Sinclair C5...25/09 - Cavalier Decisions...   
    Welcome home Zel

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from LightBulbFun in FOAD's fleet   
    A bus firm I once worked for had a fleet of 505 estates for using as feeder cars picking school pupils up in country areas to meet the busses on the main roads. I liked driving them. I would bet that Zel would know which bus firm it was, as they would have been in his area.

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from adw1977 in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The weldathon is finished. 3 and 1/2 days welding by a guy who worked as a fabricator in a body shop for 25 years. Cost £240. Mates rates lol. Had I been paying labour rates at a garage I would say it would have been over a grand. Its getting a covering of red lead primer over all the new steel and welds then it will be left until my hand is in working order until further work will be done. The car was lost for long enough, another month or more wont make any difference!

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from JeeExEll in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The weldathon is finished. 3 and 1/2 days welding by a guy who worked as a fabricator in a body shop for 25 years. Cost £240. Mates rates lol. Had I been paying labour rates at a garage I would say it would have been over a grand. Its getting a covering of red lead primer over all the new steel and welds then it will be left until my hand is in working order until further work will be done. The car was lost for long enough, another month or more wont make any difference!

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    Daviemck2006 reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    Rover went to a new home in Peterhead this morning, got £700 for it so happy with that.

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from puddlethumper in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The weldathon is finished. 3 and 1/2 days welding by a guy who worked as a fabricator in a body shop for 25 years. Cost £240. Mates rates lol. Had I been paying labour rates at a garage I would say it would have been over a grand. Its getting a covering of red lead primer over all the new steel and welds then it will be left until my hand is in working order until further work will be done. The car was lost for long enough, another month or more wont make any difference!

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from Carlosfandango in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    This is a tale of our own pug. My son and I bought this about 6 years ago for a bit of fun. It's a 1990 Hplate 205 1.6gti. After about 6 months the engine gave up, we sourced a good 1.9 engine and fitted it along with a new clutch. Then another few months later if failed MOT on welding and a couple of other things.
     
    I was told of a guy, who was highly recommended, who had built a few 205 race/rally cars who would do the welding for us. We went to see him with the car, and he persuaded us not to do a quick MOT pass weld up but to do it really well with new sills and chassis legs and get it really good. This we agreed to and left the car with him and then bought all the bits we needed.
     
    The guy then did a disappearing trick with our car and a couple of others. This coincided with a really bad spell of my health and the 205 and the guy got forgotten about.
     
    A few months ago I decided to see if I could find this arsehole and our 205. Well a 205gti is now big money. I managed to find him, working in a garage in Perth, and discovered the car was in a farmyard barn beside Huntly, only 25 miles from me. He agreed to come to the farm and give us the car back. There were apparently some other stuff to shift before we could get the car out. I arrived at the farm when agreed and the dickhead did not turn up, but the farmer said there is a red pug in that shed along with some other stuff but I cant let you get it as I dont know who you are. Fair enough by the farmer I suppose.
     
    I then messaged the guy giving an ultimatum, he came and got the car out or I would go to the farm, grind the lock off and get our car out and I would just tow anything that was in the way out and I would not be particularly careful doing it, and certainly wouldnt be putting things back in the shed. So today he eventually turned up with a couple helpers and we got the 205 back.
     
    So how is the car? It is stripped out for welding to the floorplan and the sills are cut off. However all the parts are seemingly in the car including the new parts we had bought. It is now on my trailer at the side of the house until we decide what to do with it. It is solely owned by my son now, he bought my share of it when it was re engined. He is considering selling it as it is as he cant be arsed with it. I want to do it up, but it could be a money pit. It however wouldnt be any use to me once finished and could end up costing more to restore than it would be worth to sell once done.
     
    The final decision is my sons, it is his car now. The bodywork at first look seems good, just the new sills fitted and painted would have it looking ok. What's a knackered 205gti worth to sell? No idea. The thing drove well after the engine swap, but would it even run now? No idea. What would you 205 lickers think it's worth? Answers on a postcard please!
     
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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The welding man was found today. Poked a few more holes in it. The guy seems old skool, he is only going to do e decent job. Doesn't believe in bodgery just to get mot. Do it properly and do it once.

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The weldathon is finished. 3 and 1/2 days welding by a guy who worked as a fabricator in a body shop for 25 years. Cost £240. Mates rates lol. Had I been paying labour rates at a garage I would say it would have been over a grand. Its getting a covering of red lead primer over all the new steel and welds then it will be left until my hand is in working order until further work will be done. The car was lost for long enough, another month or more wont make any difference!

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The weldathon is nearly finished. Just a bit at the front of the drivers side inner wing to do. There was quite a bit more than expected, but then chasing rust on a 31 year old 205 was only ever going to find more. Rain has stopped play for this weekend. He is sitting about 20 hours welding just now, it's good that I'm getting mates rates and paying as we go along. When we found tha car again we were budgeting maybe a grand for welding and a grand for decommissioning everything else but now hoping about a grand in total. Even if it is 2 grand it will be one very cheap 205 gti.

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from dozeydustman in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The weldathon is finished. 3 and 1/2 days welding by a guy who worked as a fabricator in a body shop for 25 years. Cost £240. Mates rates lol. Had I been paying labour rates at a garage I would say it would have been over a grand. Its getting a covering of red lead primer over all the new steel and welds then it will be left until my hand is in working order until further work will be done. The car was lost for long enough, another month or more wont make any difference!

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from junkyarddog in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The weldathon is finished. 3 and 1/2 days welding by a guy who worked as a fabricator in a body shop for 25 years. Cost £240. Mates rates lol. Had I been paying labour rates at a garage I would say it would have been over a grand. Its getting a covering of red lead primer over all the new steel and welds then it will be left until my hand is in working order until further work will be done. The car was lost for long enough, another month or more wont make any difference!

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroen, Mercs, AC Model 70 & A Sinclair C5...25/09 - Cavalier Decisions...   
    Welcome home Zel

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from Datsuncog in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The weldathon is finished. 3 and 1/2 days welding by a guy who worked as a fabricator in a body shop for 25 years. Cost £240. Mates rates lol. Had I been paying labour rates at a garage I would say it would have been over a grand. Its getting a covering of red lead primer over all the new steel and welds then it will be left until my hand is in working order until further work will be done. The car was lost for long enough, another month or more wont make any difference!

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    Daviemck2006 reacted to Zelandeth in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroen, Mercs, AC Model 70 & A Sinclair C5...25/09 - Cavalier Decisions...   
    "Jiggly as all hell and with busted cruise control after less than 500 miles" is about all I know.
    Aka: The company car my housemate has which changes every few months.  This gets points for being merely jiggly rather than absolutely intolerably uncomfortable as many have been.
    The Golf-R estate being the worst - if you sat in the back seat of that you actually regularly got air time while traveling down anything other than a glass smooth road.  It was like being in the back of a Series Land Rover going down a rough track at speed.
     
    Progressing okay...


     
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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from mk2_craig in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The weldathon is finished. 3 and 1/2 days welding by a guy who worked as a fabricator in a body shop for 25 years. Cost £240. Mates rates lol. Had I been paying labour rates at a garage I would say it would have been over a grand. Its getting a covering of red lead primer over all the new steel and welds then it will be left until my hand is in working order until further work will be done. The car was lost for long enough, another month or more wont make any difference!

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from DoctorRetro in FOAD's fleet   
    It will keep getting saved though. That's it saved this year. And the xud will last forever!

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from adw1977 in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The weldathon is nearly finished. Just a bit at the front of the drivers side inner wing to do. There was quite a bit more than expected, but then chasing rust on a 31 year old 205 was only ever going to find more. Rain has stopped play for this weekend. He is sitting about 20 hours welding just now, it's good that I'm getting mates rates and paying as we go along. When we found tha car again we were budgeting maybe a grand for welding and a grand for decommissioning everything else but now hoping about a grand in total. Even if it is 2 grand it will be one very cheap 205 gti.

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    Daviemck2006 got a reaction from Faker in Peugeot 205 GTI found. Now being resurrected.   
    The weldathon is nearly finished. Just a bit at the front of the drivers side inner wing to do. There was quite a bit more than expected, but then chasing rust on a 31 year old 205 was only ever going to find more. Rain has stopped play for this weekend. He is sitting about 20 hours welding just now, it's good that I'm getting mates rates and paying as we go along. When we found tha car again we were budgeting maybe a grand for welding and a grand for decommissioning everything else but now hoping about a grand in total. Even if it is 2 grand it will be one very cheap 205 gti.

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