Most of you know i bought scrapper as a parts car , as there was still MOT on it i decided to run it until it run out [about nine months i think ] , when it became due for another i thought i'd take a chance and see if it would pass as it was running so well and i'd grown quite attached to it , well that was ten years ago and she passed the tenth in a row under my ownership this afternoon .
She looked a bit grim upon delivery , it came on the back of a transporter from far away and i'd bought it unseen of ebay , what could possibly go wrong eh ?
I started her up and was immediately aware of a horrendous knocking sound , omg what have i done ? , well it wasn't as bad as i'd feared and a secondhand waterpump was all she needed , the paintwork was dull and there were areas where the lacquer was beginning to go but that didn't worry me as it was only a parts car right ?
As i drove it more it i gradually fixed the little things that didn't work and even fitted a few new parts , front and rear bumpers , a new woodset and a new battery , a few years went by and a couple of new front tyres were needed then i got around to refurbishing the brakes with new discs and pads , as time went by i got braver and had the dash out to fix up the blowers , more recently following a period of not using her she developed a fault with the fan relay which a replacement sorted , she also started to stumble to the point of cutting out and triggering the engine management light , the FF44 code hinted at a fault in the oxygen sensor circuit which after testing the heater circuit and earths led me to conclude it must be the actual sensor , a new one was sourced and normal running was resumed .
I was particularly chuffed today , not only because she passed [ with low emissions no doubt due to the new o2 sensor ] but that the new owner of the garage i took it to asked permission to put pictures of it on his facebook page , you can see it and my Rover SD1 on the Alcock and Vidler page if you are on fb , not a bad 750 quids worth i'd say