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While i'm still looking for a Qubo daily driver, in the back of mind i have had a wish to get an 80's car. Not for work, but to drive into the sunset on the weekend, between 2 rows of palm trees

You gotta be careful with what you wish for - because you might just get it

 

Spotted while looking for a Qubo online. It was somewhere in the center of the country (and very far from here), so i went on a single trip to check out both it and other 2 Qubo's (that's in another thread)

The moment i got in, i was impressed. Figured here is my 80's, well 1995 Fiat Tempra 1.6 i.e.

Driving started with a second of grinding the gear - I came to put it in reverse to get out of the parking, and haven't expected that the clutch goes THAT far down - It's definitely more down than in the instruction car or any Qubo's

The rest of the test drive was great. The car goes well and really does give the feel of "a real car", which is kinda missing in everything modern

 

Mechanically the car appears to be in great condition

The chassis is in great shape and completely rust free. The previous owner have kept it in an enclosed garage. I don't have one, but plan to put a hoodie on it when not in use during winter

Body work does have bends, former repairs and fill-ins. Some panels aren't aligned too well, in particular the engine hood door does have significant gap on one side as the wing is a bit out of place. The front turn signal lenses are smashed. The headlights are intact, but a bit misaligned due to the wing. In short, the car did have some impacts over its life, but none of them impacted the chassis in any way (and i looked very throughly on the underside to check this)

 

That day took me a few rides by train to get through all the cars to check out. After the test drive, some vague check up on the mechanical condition, and inspection of the underside - chassis, I bought it on the spot

(With the Qubos, which are more modern and i'm looking into using one as daily driver, i am much more picky tho)

 

Taking the car home was a problem. The car had been insured by the seller, but the insurance doesn't cover me driving (being a new driver)

The seller, who (as i got to know him on this day) is into vintage cars. He noticed that i showed unusual passion for the car, and agreed to drive it all the way from the center to my house, a journey over 120 km. He arranged with some friend of his, who came with a 2nd car following us, and the two set off for their way back once the Tempra was at the destination

 

The night ride in the Tempra was exactly as i could imagine a night ride in an 80s car. Everything was incredible, all the way to the awesome purr of the engine (the seller was driving)

(The lighting was bad, as the headlights are not aligned, but that's it)

 

I'm very happy to have caught the Tempra. I have the impression that the car is great - It definitely is in rarely good condition for its age

It needs some things, which i will address one at a time. For a start, i'd like a checklist of possible required maintenance (as i dont know when exactly it had been last serviced)

Things currently i think of :

  • Oil replacement
  • Coolant replacement (does it need some flushing or just drain the old & fill new ?)
  • Any belts ?
  • Any filters ?
  • Spark plugs ?
  • HV (spark) wiring condition ?
  • Brake wear level ?
  • Tire wear level ?

Anything else that might be required if the car have been standing unmoved for a few months straight ?

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If I had just bought that, first I would have a good look at all of the tyres, take off the wheels and check brake discs and pads. Spend some time underneath just looking for broken, bent or leaking. Push, pull and poke anything that might be loose or week. Then I would change filters - (air, oil, cabin air), change engine oil, coolant, belts and spark plugs.  Battery voltage, connections, charging voltage: always worth a check.

I wouldn’t do it all at once, but the more I check, the more confidence in the car I have.

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Leak in the trunk

I have a leak through old and dried up caulking in the seam between the wing and the other part that the trunk gasket is on (not the gasket itself)

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I'd like to replace the caulking there, however there are few issues :

  • I'm concerned that taking out the old caulking would do more damage
  • The left wing had been damaged by a crash in the past and repaired, but the repair is not great, in particular, it fits badly with the light, making the trunk door hit or nearly hit the light. I might consider to take the wing off at some point in the future to try to reseat it

So my current plan is to put new caulk right over the old, making the band wide enough to cover plain surface on both sides (to seal it)

Would like advice

 

Full story

After the first significant rain i checked out whether the car is dry inside. Found that the trunk lining is soaked (all 3 of them, the one that covers the spare tire and the sides)

Under them i found quite pools of water

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In the latter corner i found a plastic plug in the corner, apparently for laying in wiring for fog lights or something like that. Removing the plug enabled draining the water, the rest i wiped dry

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Took the liners to dry at home

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There is some rust under the gasket, but not near the top (where i suspect standing water might be present), but on the sides. Overall it looks like the main leak is not from the gasket, allthough there is a rust issue under the gasket as well, mostly at the bottom

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The latter bend is indeed a place where the gasket doesn't close tightly, but it still isnt what filled the trunk

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After some more heavy rain i got into the trunk from inside the car, trying to pinpoint where the leak is

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Top is dry

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Sides - and it looks like at the wing seam (not at the gasket) are leaking and dripping. Right is dripping massively, left is not dripping much but there is water flow on the wall

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I put some pans for the night, to prevent pools again (as much as possible....)

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By tomorrow night the right side was full like this, left allmost dry, and wet floor on the left side only (from the leak that flows on the wall)

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To dry the interior for now i rigged a fan, that will blow into the breath hole under the left wing. Hopefully it can dissipate most of the moisture away

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Rust under the trunk gasket

In addition to the leak

The edges of the trunk opening on the bottom have been apparently standing in water trapped in the gasket, and have rusted significantly

I would like advice on how to stop the damage and repair this properly

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