Post by BikeTuna on Dec 6, 2017 11:28:06 GMT
I should have started this build thread a few months back when I got the car, to keep a more accurate record of the absolute hell I've had over the last 2 months with this car, but finally starting it now as I'm sort of at a milestone point.
My mk2.5 blew up at 5fest. A complete failure of both engine and gearbox left me with the decision of replacing everything, or breaking the car and selling all the mods to pay for a new one, and with the itch for a Mk1 in the back of my mind I got out the spanners and started selling parts... no going back.
I raised what I could, borrowed a bit more, stretched by budget and went on the hunt. Fizbne's Mk1 was the top of my shopping list before it sold a week before my payday so I missed it, and then a Mk1 turbo unfinished project comes up on eBay...
The signs were good. The car was running, had some choice parts, and was very cheap for what it was, and I just ran with it. The lure of boost within my budget was strong and with the previous owner being an actual mechanic working at a garage and testing MOTs, I went to view. On arrival the car started with a battery boost, the underside was clean, the signs were good and it came with a 12 month MOT and I went for it. Partly for chooing noises and partly because I desperately needed a car.
Within 2 hours the regret set in.
The car cut out on me an hour from picking it up, leaving me on the side of the M25. I was towed home by my lift. The previous owner basically told me that it was my problem and he wouldn't even help, let alone take it back. The penny drops, I've been done.
Once it was home the spanners are out and I find an alternator failure. Blag on for free from Stiff (on here) and after fitting it tests good. But still not running right or starting right. Days of testing later and I find the real heart of the problem, a loss of compression- the car needs a new engine.
I'm devastated. I pushed my budget, borrowed money and I'm exactly where I was before. The more I look at the car the more I find that the work carried out by the previous owner is shoddy at best, outright dangerous in places, and the car is completely unfit for any kind of use.
So, what was a project of finishing off someone else's project whilst running it to work and back has now turned into a complete nightmare. I'm not in a position financially to bring this back to any former glory, but with ingenuity, planning and luck I'll get it to being a car that I might one day like - at the moment it is the bane of my life.
What a great way to start a project, eh?