The Estate was picked up by the ever helpful @worldofceri - with some clever movement of some timbers we had it off the drive even with it stuck on the lowest suspension setting due to the LHM leak. Not after I'd attempted to get it off without that the previous day and grounded it out like a melon and left a nice scrape at the top of the drive but still..
Raining when it was delivered, raining when it was collected. Made some pretty colours on the road / drive as it left in typical BX fashion.
Now sitting happily in @Marshall2810's garage:
Glad to see it with someone with more time and focus for it. Hopefully will be in a better state soon. Thanks to @Marshall2810 for a painless transaction. Still think it's a super cool thing and looking at it makes me sort of regret it - but I know it wasn't for me!
Moving it on really did give me a shot of motivation and general happiness with the mental energy that was free'd up. So I set to work on mine!
With 3/4 fuel lines from the pump and across the injectors either pinholed, seeping or failing in some way causing diesel to spray out, I figure I'd just replace them all. £4 later and some cutting of halfords finest fuel hose, all of the old perished ones were removed and replaced
Which sorted all of the leaks and I once again had a dry engine bay, and didn't have to worry about causing a small natural disaster whenever I moved it!
Also fitted the new battery that I bought for the green one.
Started it and it rose (literally) from it's slumber with gusto - rising up very quickly totally free of any leaks and sounding sweet. Beauty.
Reversed it out of the garage into the sun
It's crooked face really makes me happy.
With the leaks fixed, it was time to tackle the next task......the interior.
Being SORN since November 2021, and a year and a bit of that being outside in all weathers combined with not being totally water tight resulted in the interior becoming a bit more...cultured.
It smelt as musty as it looked.
Not to be deterred, I donned some rubber gloves and a mask and got to work.
Sprayed the entire interior down with ample amounts of white vinegar spray (750ML~ when all was said and done) and gave it a light scrub and left it for half hour to kill off the nasty.
Then it was time to bring out the big guns.
fast forward an hour and a half and I had obtained the Ｆｏｒｂｉｄｄｅｎ ｃｈｏｃｏｌａｔｅ ｍｉｌｋ
Neighbours rather flashy BMW M4 photobombing.
This is the first time I've used the SpotWash in anger on anything more than a carpet spill or cat hairball stain and it's fantastic. Highly recommend anyone who is on the fence or needs to do some interior cleansing gets one. Was £100 or so - and well worth it. Left the interior pretty much dry which was very impressive and it now smells and looks a hell of a lot better.
Very satisfying and well overdue. Really nice to be giving it some TLC. Watching all the crap horrible dirt being sucked out of the seats with the Vac was awesome too. Scrubbed, white vinegar spray'd and cleaned all interior plastics and door cards of the mould - even did the roof lining and boot while I was there. Was probably closer to 2 hours total of graft but worth it.
Left it overnight with the windows open in the garage and some vanilla dehumidifer....box...thingies (79p from home bargains) to get some of the residual vinegar smell out.
Got to it this afternoon and smelt a fair bit better, seats smell fine. Fantastic. Still an air of vinegar which isn't surprising given the amount I had to use so I gave it a good dose of Febreze for good measure.
Checked the LHM, fine with no drop since it was left in 2021, same for the water. Good little thing. Trustworthy.
Backed it fully out of the garage, up the drive and onto the road.
What a sight. Overjoyed, genuinely.
Time to check out the sills...
Not great. Crispy and soft at the same time - will certainly need cutting out and welding. Good thing I have a welder in the garage I got from Facebook a year or so ago - now I have a reason to learn!
Took it on a shakedown run around the block and it was faultless. Comfy as always. The feeling was certainly still there when driving it, reinforcing I made the right choice.
Cleared the clag out (stupidly on the drive), but it'll wash...
Did make a fair ol' cloud of diesel smoke (which my partner really appreciated as she was pruning the front garden at the time) but once it was cleared it didn't do it again. Stretching it's legs after a long nap.
All in all a very productive few days with some things that were overwhelming in my head fully sorted with not much hassle. Now it's in a place where I know what I need to do to get it MOT'd (most likely just welding - might take it for a test just to see what it fails on as well beforehand), the interior is no longer festering & I don't have to worry about moving it and it leaking everywhere.
I leave you with a visual of how a the average BX owners driveway looks after simply driving two BX's on and off.
(All apart from the coal mark is LHM from the green one)