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Evening guys and girls!
ive not long got back from paying for my breadvan I won on eBay for the princely sun of £56! It's going to be a restoration project for me and my 6 year old son. She needs a fair bit of love after being stored in a barn for the past 10 years!
Its due to be collected next weekend so I'll post some better pics when she arrives but here are a few from the eBay ad...
look forward to picking your collective brains when the time comes and posting regular updates of what's been going on (may be a long resto as I'll be trying to "teach" my son along the way)
but anyway...just thought I'd say hello!
On a snowy day back in 2009 I managed to crash my wifes 6N into a raised bus stop curb, as you can imagine the results were impressive. Passenger side wheel at 45 degrees to the drivers and the steering wheel was upside down, we scrapped the car as a result. This wasn't a rash decision, lots of advisories on the previous MOT....oh and it was Cat C'ed a couple of years earlier when we were in a 4 car shunt in standing traffic. Boot lip pushed in 3 - 4 inches and front serverely deformed....we patched it up for £20 and kept driving! Car was brought for £1500 and we got £1100 payout, plus sold some parts....not bad for a car we had owned for 4 years at the time with 100k on the clock.
So we ended up getting a sensible car, an 06 Honda Accord diesel...was the sport edition!
And while we drove that around I picked up this....
And turned it into this...(Build thread here)
At the start of the month I decided that the car had cost more than enough and that I should probably think about replacing my wifes Polo 6 years later.....especially since Mini parts are so expensive and you can still find a Polo at a scrap yard! In the 5 years I owned the car it had been driven 1500 miles and cost me half a years salary, which is a sobering thought as I am far from being on minimum wage.
For the grand total of £200 I brought a 149k mile 1997 R reg 999cc Polo L
Currently I am stripping down the car, seeing what work needs doing and parts i need to source
So far it needs...
Both rear arches repaired New rear valance underseal stripping off, rusty treating and reapplying Various rust patches repairing A full respray replacement carpets and retrimmed front seats Engine reconditioning (probably gearbox too) And probably a whole host of other things....but its a project.
My plan is to keep the car pretty much standard, yes there will be a few modifications and fancys details added to the car along the way. I am a man I like shiny things and power, but at a glance i want it to appear standard.
I will add photos and updates as I make progress.....which will be slow as I work away from home. I am giving myself a year to get it MOT'ed.