Being two of the resident American-auto lickers on here, danthecapriman and I have been having some PM chatter about possibly going abroad and bringing one back. Here's one that we fancied quite strongly until Dan realised his passport had expired...
So you see the sort of thing we like!
Well... then this one appeared in the ebay thread...
Dan and I discussed it at length (when was the last time you had a PM conversation run to 8 pages?) and decided I should bid on it. We set a ceiling, because neither of us wanted to be involved in a bidding war even though we would be watching when it ended.
And we were outbid. Fair enough.
Then I got a Second Chance Offer. Winning bidder turned up, declared it wasn't for him, and scarpered. The seller liked the car so much he almost didn't send me the Offer, and when it took me a while to reply (consulting with Dan) he almost wanted me to turn it down so he could keep it. But I didn't. Consultation showed that we both still thought it was a good buy, so I accepted. Arrangements had to be made, money drawn, directions printed, etc etc.
So yesterday my friend Roger arrived, a mere three hours later than we had arranged. Immediately he declared his 2006 Fabia wasn't well and he didn't fancy it all the way to Derby and, crucially, back. So ok, we went in my Saab. He liked that, a lot. Derby is almost 200 miles from Barrow, in case you wanted to know. You know what my Saab looks like so you don't need pics of that stage of the trip.
So, here we are at the seller's farm.
Let's take a minute to explore some of his other toys...
...and believe me, these are only highlights!
So, now let's look at the Cadillac in a bit more detail...
Don't worry, I do have the bonnet mascot! Seller removed it at my suggestion, because the car will live outside on the street. I don't want to lose the ornament!
So, we set off to drive home, after one of the compulsory-element pics...
Seller directed us to a gas station and a chippy...
(I might cross-post that one to Cars AndGirls...) The girl in the white shirt is one of the chippy staff, she just couldn't get enough of the car! I took a load of pics on her phone of her sitting in it, admiring it from outside... then finally we could have our tea and get back on the road. We stopped at a couple of services, not least because driving at night with no instrument lighting is pretty stressful! Especially when you have motorway roadworks for mile after mile, with a 50 limit and cameras.
So we finally arrived in Barrow at 1.00am, having listened to Ken Bruce covering the Eurovision most of the way up. Yes, the Cadillac has its original factory AM/FM radio, and it works!
This morning I thought I'd better do something about the lack of door-locking, that the seller pointed out to me. The car has 4 keys, all slightly different! One for trunk, one for ignition... er...
A little consultation with Dan brought forth the suggestion that the power-lock actuators might be at fault, and upon dismantling the driver's door, this was indeed the case.
I disconnected the actuator from the lock and all was well. One of the "other" keys was found to fit the doors, so now I can lock and unlock them manually. Good enough. When I took my dog out, I couldn't resist grabbing this shot...
And then I decided it needed a clean, so I swept it out, found a carpet offcut for the trunk, and washed the thing. It does look better.
Several of my neighbours have come to have a look, and gone away impressed.
What happens now? Well the immediate plan is just that I should (and will!) drive it, as much as possible given that I don't have anywhere off-road to keep it. This is at least partly why we went for a mechanically-sound car (which it certainly seems to be) with cosmetic issues. One worries less about a fresh ding, you know.... To this end I'll be going to work in it tomorrow, and stopping at the Post Office on the way home to get the tax in my name. This car is the right side of 40 years old, so I get free tax. Lovely!
What happens in the further-distance remains to be seen.
By Fabergé Greggs
Lads, lads, lads. Its been ages since I bought a thing, and I LOVE BUYING THINGS. I couldn’t sleep last night, for instance.
I feel great because buying vehicles SOLVES ALL OF LIFE’S PROBLEMS (apart from parking permits).
Anyway, I just agreed to buy a thing, with collection commencing today or tomorrow.
In the meantime, let’s spy on the vendors house on street view shall we? My little bundle of joy is tucked in behind that rather tasty 164.
1998 SUBARU IMPREZA NON-TURBO AWD MANUAL ESTATE WITH ROOF BARS AND MASSIVE FOGLIGHTS FOR DOOM SCENARIOS
Bought this off Bramz last month, done a few hundred miles in it. Perfectly reliable, school run kaos etc
But had some sudden and big household bills loom, so having a big sell-off
MOT is only to end of this month though. But everything works - all windows, no dash warnings; it's been a handy and hunky dory motor car. Interior tidy. Exterior pretty clean, bar the odd knock and scuff and arch bubble. It's not a shed by any means.
History file though up to a point, recent bills for service items, but cambelt roulette. 132k. Tyres are about 18 months old, but they are budget ditchfinders. I intended to keep it, wanted this exact spec for years, but will have to let it go after all.
It will need that dicky front caliper replacing as the stickiness comes back after a few days after freeing it off. Discs look to have little time left on them too. Bonus is being the non-Turbo it has drums on the rear. Synchromesh scratchy when cold, clutch feels a bit crunchy action but plenty of meat there
Bonuses are: it's green, it's the estate, excellent heater, it's AWD for snowzombievirus kaos, got insurance cover it on classic multicar policy (Hagerty) as now it's old enough 1998
I just need to get my money back. It owes me 400 notes. Can go today
Yes, the number plate is now fixed properly
Located M1 corridor Watford <> Luton
£7 a ticket or 3 for £20
I'm keeping the Alfa 156 Wagon for now
Before wasting anyone's time this car is not roadworthy, and just outside Edinburgh - it is however very cheap. If this sounds of interest then read on....
This is your chance to save my project Bini from the scrappy, or worse still, Facebook Marketplace.
Kind of testing the water really (I hate when people say that in an advert!) but an impending house move and requiring the garage for other stuff during renovations of said new house plus general lack of time and enthusiasm means the sensible thing to do is get shot of it, and in so doing I am admitting failure that I've not been able to rescue this fine little car.
This is roughly what it looks like:
I say roughly because the stripes are gone and replaced with racing roundels on the bonnet and doors and a single stripe on the bonnet - which in my opinion looks awesome.
Bodily it's in excellent condition with no rust or dings however have a look at the MOT fail sheet, scroll down if you can't be bothered looking it up - this all still needs doing however I do have new trackrod ends, ball joints, top mounts plus discs and pads which can be thrown in for a fair offer (cost me £200 from ECP)
Now the catch is that the lower nearside suspension bolt has sheared in-situ and the lower ball joint nut is butchered in a failed attempt to remove, this is the primary reason for me throwing in the towel.
As far as I can tell the engine is good as is the gearbox however I've only driven it 10miles since I bought it last April so absolutely no guarantees offered or implied - it has been garaged all that time and occasionally run up and down the drive.
Comes with a good wad of history including receipts for recon gearbox and new PAS pump around 40k miles ago.
The eagle-eyed among you will also spot a mileage discrepancy in the MOT history this is due to a change in speedo unit which has now been changed once more to one with roughly the correct mileage which is somewhere around 130k, of course no guarantees can be offered or implied.
It starts, drives and stops but would obviously need trailered away.
I'm just outside Edinburgh which I know limits my market on here for a non-roadworthy car but I'd rather it went to a good home and went back on the road than face the pain of trying to flog it elsewhere.
If anyone is seriously interested in giving this poor little Bini a good home give me a shout, any offers of 'some money' will be considered to get it out of my way. Obviously I'd like to recover some of my 'investment' if possible but I also appreciate that MOT'd Binis are dirt cheap at the moment.
Not sure if there is an appetite for Roffl-ing a non-roadworthy car but that may be an option if there is enough interest.
Date tested14 August 2019
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MOT test number5303 5053 5799
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Do not drive until repaired (dangerous defects):
Nearside Front Upper Macpherson strut mounting likely to fail top mount and bearing (5.3.3 (b) (ii)) -have parts Repair immediately (major defects):
Nearside Front Headlamp aim too low (4.1.2 (a)) Offside Front Headlamp aim too high (4.1.2 (a)) Nearside Front Suspension arm ball joint excessively worn (5.3.4 (a) (i)) -have parts Offside Front Suspension arm ball joint excessively worn (5.3.4 (a) (i)) -have parts Nearside Front Track rod end ball joint has excessive play (2.1.3 (b) (i)) -have parts Offside Front Track rod end ball joint has excessive play (2.1.3 (b) (i)) -have parts Repair as soon as possible (minor defects):
Front Suspension arm ball joint dust cover severely deteriorated o/s and n/s (5.3.4 (b) (i)) -have parts Front Track rod end ball joint dust cover damaged or deteriorated, but preventing the ingress of dirt o/s and n/s (2.1.3 (g) (i)) -have parts Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories):
Nearside Rear Tyre worn close to legal limit/worn on edge 175-65-15 (5.2.3 (e)) Front Coil spring corroded o/s and n/s (5.3.1 (b) (i)) Rear Coil spring corroded o/s and n/s (5.3.1 (b) (i)) Nearside Rear brake sticking slightly Rear exhaust rubbers slightly deteriorated Nearside Front drive shaft seal leaking sligfhtly Front Suspension arm pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement o/s and n/s positioned at rear of front arm (5.3.4 (a) (i)) Nearside Rear number plate lamp dull - done fuel cap seal slightly deteriorated- done clutch pedal rubber missing- done Front Suspension arm corroded but not seriously weakened o/s and n/s (5.3.3 (b) (i)) Front Brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened o/s and n/s (1.1.14 (a) (ii)) -have parts Rear Brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened o/s and n/s (1.1.14 (a) (ii)) Front Sub-frame corroded but not seriously weakened (5.3.3 (b) (i)) Rear Sub-frame corroded but not seriously weakened (5.3.3 (b) (i)) signs of coolant leak around thermostat housing area -no drips on garage floor after being sat for 10mths Oil leak, but not excessive (8.4.1 (a) (i)) -no drips on garage floor after being sat for 10mths Power steering pipe/hose slightly corroded (2.1.5 (g) (i)) Power steering pipe/hose has slight seepage (2.1.5 (a)) -no drips on garage floor after being sat for 10mths