Thought it might be a good time to do a quick stocktake and state of affairs for the record. So currently cluttering up the church car park there's this trio:
Pug is the runner, with a rusty hole underneath at the OSF jacking point that's going to need attention, plus a wee snagging list before it's really going to be ready to re-MOT in December. Useable as is in the meantime though and pretty pokey when the mood takes👍
Panda ran out of MOT in April. Runs and drives the nicest of anything really - obviously not as swift or B road hustly as the Pug but feels pretty fresh and well screwed together with no old age creaks and rattles going on. However, shortly before the MOT was due it decided the ABS wasn't going to work any more and put a light on, then some of the other lights got jealous and joined in so now the dash looks like this (no the brake light doesn't go off with the handbrake🙁😞
New battery has not put anything out (Pandas are prone to random errors with a weak battery). Now I'm a bit stuck. Not going to MOT like that.
The Silver Seicento is now relegated to spares car - the lowest mileage of the lot but too much brown crispy round the edge of the floorpan to be a long term prospect. Currently up on 3 wheels as I've scavenged the OSF hub and caliper for this one:
Which has north of 100k on instead of the 60k or so of the silver one, but is just a better shell to put the work into. Just had front lower arms which I'm going to have to break the balljoint on on the OSF to change the hub as the bearing is away. Got rear arms to go on with nice new bushes and brakes on but I've been putting it off due to having to break the crusty brake pipe unions and thus potentially opening a can of worms I don't really fancy.
Then there's Grumbleweed peeking forlornly out of the garage there... One day...
Need to reduce the numbers a bit really - ideally it's going to have to be Yellow Sei Plus either Pug or Panda, and Grumbleweed lurking in the long term project slot. Running the Pug at the minute just to get a feel for it before I make the decision on those 2, need to get the jobs out the way on the yellow Sei so I can scrap the silver one once I'm happy I don't need to scavenge anything more major off it. Then either spend the money on the Pug or the Panda for a fresh ticket and move on the other one.