Those of you who know me/ my family know we favour oddities.
Rare vehicles, not necessarily valuable, but in limited or non existent numbers. Circumstances mean that if such a vehicle appears, I will try to get someone else to save it, but if that fails, we’ll step in. That is what happened here.
Some of you may know of young Jude Currie, from Surrey who has an interest in similar, predominantly Asiatic, motors.
He had been hunting this car for some considerable time, and a bit of joint sleuthing narrowed the area, little by little. We knew it existed, or had done until recently, someplace in Poole or possibly Bournemouth.
A little luck was had, when it was spotted on a street hunt. I helped Jude approach the Owner, who was surprised at the interest. Youthful exuberance raised the asking - but we all need to learn, eh!
At least it stopped it being scrapped, which had seemed probable.
The initial finder had first dibs, but turned it down.
Jude went down, and spent some considerable time looking at it, but decided it was too much work for him. Although it was running well when he started, it now wouldn’t run evenly or tick over, and didn’t sound well. I had warned him about the pitfalls of running a long term layup, but - again youthful exuberance!
So, I contacted the vendor, who was a little pissed off now. A Property Developer,( it came free with Bereavement purchase.)He drove it back to his, taken with the clean condition & low mileage (22,000) but unaware of its rarity. We chatted - I bought it unseen, based on Jude’s pics.
A week or so later we headed down with the A frame,
By now, it wouldn’t run, at all. We tried the usual, but it barely hiccupped. . But look at it! Funds changed hands, and the car was hitched up, returning to my barn without event.
A few hours fettling had it running reasonably well. It’s principal problem was / is cold starts. Neat fuel dribbled into the carb gets it running, and gentle feathering gets it warm at which point it’ll drive,nreasonably.
So, an MOT was booked as it’s first road trip -( we weren’t prepared to risk DVLA shenanigans for an unlicensed 25 yr gap) with no real idea how good the brakes were.
Straight pass, first time. It’s near immaculate, aside from a few small blemishes on the bottom of the drivers door, exacerbated by by being taped over by the previous owner. I drove it home, parked up
The next day I tried to start it - the cam belt failed! Instantly.
Research said it’s non interference, so we stripped it off, replacing the water pump at the same time. Fingers crossed, it fired up fine-& that’s really the story to date. I’ve not taxed it, as I’m not up to using it right now, but it is dry/ safe-& and ready to go.
Family concern for those irreplaceable wheel trims means they’re coming off. We’ve tracked a set of turbovecs which we’ll get tyres up & trial fit, for now - although this is one car I’d prefer to keep standard, where possible.
It needs snagging. About 2 tankfuls, or 5-600 miles should sort the fuel system and settle the car down.Then the door bottom, and that’s it
We’ll update, infrequently, when We’ve something to add.