Well as I'm sure some of you know and others may have guessed, this was indeed my car.
I do feel bad that Roy is having issues with it, but I did make him aware of any problems that I knew of at the time.
The problems with rust were a surprise to me actually. Yes, it did have a little surface rust from being sat for a while, but when it was cleaned up and undersealed last year, I thought it was in fairly decent condition.
The only electrical issue I was aware of (and informed Roy) was the earth strap. I had previously been having issues with the running of the car and in speaking with Smaky had been told that this was almost 100% down to the earth strap.
This was confirmed to me when the car refused to turn on the key one day and was fixed (temporarily) by attaching the jump leads to the gearbox and engine mounts.
The car ran fine and all the lights and other electrical components worked as they should.
Admittedly, the wiring loom had been chopped. The reason for this was that as the engine was being installed, the lambda connectors were crushed between the engine and bulk head (IIRC) and they were therefore hardwired. We did have to do the same to the knock sensors due to the different connectors.
The car was sold as needing work, Roy knew this. However, neither him nor I were quite aware of how much work it needed.
I do feel for Roy. The journey back wasn't a great start, and I can only think that maybe what happened on that trip perhaps caused damage elsewhere on the car to start these new electrical gremlins - I can 100% hand on heart say that they were not there when I owned the car. I was using it up until a few weeks before, on a 100 mile a day commute and not once did I face any of this.
One thing I will say to Roy, if you were unhappy with the car when I brought you to it, I wish you had have said and I would have happily run you back to Norwich train station and advertised the car on eBay as planned.
I didn't rush you into buying the car, I didn't push the sale. I didn't stop you from inspecting it and I didn't knowingly cover anything up - it was there for you to see.
You seemed happy with the purchase at the time, until you called me that evening to tell me what had happened on the journey home (it must have been knocking like mad before the wheel actually came off, surely?)
I have been trying to think of anything that could cause these issues and I really have been racking my brains. I can't think of anything at all! Had any of the electrical issues shown themselves before your abrupt stop?
Hi Phil, after the train journey up and the distance you lived from the station I had pretty much made my mind up that I would be defiantly take the car off you, was a bit silly really, but I didn't want to put you out as you had obviously taken a chunk out of your day to collect me. I had put aside £750 just to get the niggles done after buying it, but I am thinking closer to £1500 needed if Ned and his team can fix it.
I'm putting it down just as one of those things. The drive back as you know was a bloody nightmare. First put it down to the antiroll bar as it was a slight knock or upper wishbones, then when I hit the A14 it started with a rattle, then felt like a flat tyre so slowed down as quickly as traffic let me, and then the wheel came off. The brake disk landed on the inside of the wheel, so very lucky I slowed down when I did, otherwise that could have made the news for the wrong reasons. Luckily for me 3 bolts came to rest just about 1m away from the car and after calling out my father in law to borrow his jack and wheel brace I managed with swapping 2 out from other wheels to get 3 out of the 5 bolts torqued up.
The major electrical gremlins started about 100m from Autolusso. Had a new rad fitted as the old one was letting the engine get really hot and got the guys to fit nice new earthing straps so I could ditch the jump cables. Had new brake disks and pads fitted as after the wheel coming off I didn't want to risk the brake disk as I have had one shatter, which is not an experience I want again. Car drove well over a bit of a bumpy road as it is around the back of Houghton Regis and then lots of random electrical things started to happen. Ten miles later and lights didn't work, indicators didn't work, wipers didn't work, all in all not a fun drive back.