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So I have been a long time lurker on here and now I am lucky enough to have taken on my own little retro project to get on the go before I am no longer banned get my license back in a few weeks. After spending months ( literally) watching auctions on ebay, browsing forums and looking at classified listings, I had worked out much I was going to have to spend and could then work out what I could afford against how much work I was comfortable learning/relying on for a car I want to drive as a daily, which given that up until I had bought the car, my experience of mechanics extended to changing a flat and doing an oil change, which was always going to be a bigger problem that my very limited budget, My quest took me to a place on the internet where the refined meets the tight-fisted and found my breadvan - which is a 1.3 ,5 speed, G reg (89) located less than 15 miles from my house - Banging. Advert looked promising - 97K on the clock, bodywork looks not awful ( faded but not great- It is a red car almost 27 years old, so I could overlook this), the engine bay had been neatened up by the previous owner and all red hoses, it even came with the odd cheeky bonus - such as braided brake cables ( this is apparently a good thing) and it was lowered, (I understood that getting coilies all round on a breadvan can be costly as they have to be custom made?) and inspection shows that it sits on springs on the front and coilies at the back. It always came with pressed plate and a rear race strut, which again, sounds all rather lovely. And how much did all this fine automobile set me back - I hear you ask. The car was listed at £250! and as it up for less than I paid for my TV - I was going to get the car either way - get it back home and find out whether I wanted to take on the work ( Which I was happy to do pending half the car being heavily corroded/cloned/bodged) and If I wasnt happy, my mechanically savvy mate was going to take it off my hands for what I paid for it then it would be his problem - Nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that. My apprehension didnt kick in until we went and viewed the car - My friend drove me down so we could view the car and we turned up to this fairly bleak looking council estate ( think film noir meets this is england) and I met the guy who listed the car ( who was in all fairness a really sound bloke) who told me that the car had no service history, only one, non original key and no exhaust and flexi, so it was nice and quiet as you can imagine. I found out the guy had actually bought the car at auction as it was seized for being driven with no tax and thats why it was up for so cheap ( no one wanted to/was stupid enough to buy a car with no history from a rough looking estate - especially when midway through the car inspection - we are essentially interrupted by the sellers neighbours, who are not only travellers, but visbily upset about the altercation between his older brother and the seller a few nights before. To cut a fucking long story long - I wanted to know whether anyone on here has seen my breadvan before at any shows or meets or whether the previous owner was on here? The car was heavily furnished with numerous stickers, one of which was a clubpolo sticker and is actually one of the main reasons I felt comfortable buying it - as I would have thought a bready coming from an owner on here might have been well looked after - which to its credit - it is! Both these photos were taken when I got the head out - having just replaced the head gasket, lower arms and water pump/cambelt, thermostat and a few rubbers Next port of call is going to be to replace the rear brakes and bleed them - It also might want a gear selector rebuild but I wont know that for sure until everything is running as it should and I am going to have to get the carb tuned as this is something I understand to be very delicate and needs a seasoned hand. Once this is done, it will be off to the MOT centre and then to get the awful filler job on the arches sorted and get the whole car mopped and looking fresh - Oh - and some nice new wheels are to be decided on after gathering some inspriation! As I said before, this is my first time posting something like this and I aim to keep it updated as frequently as the car gets worked on - Its going to be on road in the next 2 weeks and I am looking to take it to a show on the weekend of 4th September so for anyone who might be reading this - Maybe you might see me at some shows! Dont be too scathing, but do be honest! Mike