I've just bought this. Came up on FB marketplace just down the road from my unit, couldn't say no! Do I need it? No. Will it cause me grief? Almost certainly yes. Is it a big majestic bastard? Absolutely. It needs a few bits and pieces doing, including spheres all round and some warning lights supposedly caused by an ABS sensor. My Lexia won't talk to it, so that's the first order of business. Wish me luck!
Copied over from Shite In Miniature...
Note for future reference... I've decided most of my Matchbox (-sized) cars can go. It's a vast collection, Most have been repainted at least once - by me, obviously. My eyes and hand aren't good enough to do them again. I've got way too many to list so ask if there's something you want and if I've got it, we can do a deal. Most will be 50p each plus postage, so it'll make sense to build up a parcel.
I thought it best to do this, then I'm not clogging up the main thread. This could well go on for months.
***** AUTOSHITE DEALERSHIP STICKER ORDER THREAD ***** LAST OF THE PREVIOUS BATCH @ £1.75 EACH 29.04.22By ruffgeezer
Ok I'm going to see if we've enough interest in the Autoshite Dealership stickers to run off another batch.
I will need to pre-sell a minimum of 120 before I will place another order, and I have contacted the company that made them to recheck the run price.
I am also considering a new design with the url in it, but done so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb (and I corrected the boobies for this run!):
Please state your interest by copying the following and adding your name below:
I now own this.
Yes, I put a big scrape down the door loading it. It'll hammer out though.
All being well it should be at the house tomorrow.
I've got the car loaded up with parts, heading back home tonight, the seller offered to haul it down with his truck for the price of fuel so I jumped at that.
So, a bit of backstory. Guy bought the car back in 2010, running (ish), smoked about in it for a while then realized the original engine was toast. So, be bought a complete beater of a Fury which he broke for parts.
He rebuilt the engine a bit bigger, it's a 327 (5356cc) now, not a 318 (5211cc), tubular dual exhausts, few other ninaks. Gearbox was gone through he says.
Then the sad part. He's originally from California, posted in the navy police. He was serving back there for a while and while he was away he found a guy who was all about restoring old cars and sent the car to him to be rebuilt.
So, the guy chopped out a fair bit of rust, replaced it with metal, did a bit of bondo work then painted it. The car was originally white, and was chosen to be repainted by the seller in mauve.
He said "Whatever parts you need, let me know if I'll send it you", so was ordering parts.
He arrived back in Mississippi, stopped in at the place... The guy has skipped town, done an epically poor job of painting the car (though he did hang the doors and trunk well, I'll give him that), and applied a random sheet of steel with some pigeon-poop in the trunk where the trunk floor had rusted out.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but I think I may actually get the car back down to metal, straighten it out and paint it. I've done better paint with aerosol cans.
So, he gets left with the car as you see it. Sad, but he got gypped out of a five-figure sum for essentially what comes down to a $200 paint job and a bit of crummy welding.
There's a spare block (might do something fun with that) and some trim, dash, odds and ends in boxes, some new lights, but there's a bunch of stuff I'm going to have to source. Looks like the car might have been in a hail storm at some point too, so that needs straightening up.
So, yes. Work, but should be fun.
This is my project vehicle. A bunch of y'all here will know it.
Bought for $150 back in 2008. That's actually less than scrap value here. Saved it from being pushed backwards into the bayou by the previous owner.
It looks like a Renault 9. It kinda is, in a way. It's the bottom of a R11 with the top of a R9 with the back that they came up with over here ad-hoc. The engine's about the same, it's an Espace block, bored out with a crank specific to the engine, and a 1.7 turbo head- to give a capacity of 2.0 litres. Makes the car shift like a scalded cat.
It's been a slow progression to this point. It's a low budget, low speed rebuild. Rebuilding it to mechanical factory spec. Bodywork is staying factory spec apart from the paint.
Currently almost ready to go on the road- just have the brakes to rebuild. If y'all want, I have the last five years I can condense with a few pictures