We went and picked it up today. Full photo writeup will be started in the image lounge, but the initial view is:
- With the exception of the boot lid (lacquer gone) the bodywork is perfectly good. There is visible crustiness on the sills, but easily fixed and all within the area that would be covered by a s/h pair of Veloce skirts.
- Floor pans do not appear to be a catastrophe based on a quick poke with a screwdriver from the outside.
- The squeak which was suspected to be the water pump is in fact the aux belt (WD-40 on Aux quietened it instantly). Not sure if it is the belt itself, or one of the pulleys it turns. Not a hard job.
- A visual inspection of the cambelt suggests it is fine, but the tippex on the cam pulleys, and matching tippex on the housing would indicate that cam locks were probably not used.... Needs doing.
- Clutch and gearbox seem fine (lack of brakes prevent proper testing)
- The only evidence of headgasket failure is the fact that the car is not running antifreeze. Ran it up to temperature, fans kicked in fine, did not overheat. There was a lot of steam coming out of the exhaust, but it has been standing for several weeks, so expected. No water in oil, no visible oil in water
- 4 good conti tyres as an unexpected bonus
- The interior is damp. There is something going on at the back - suspect the bonded rear screen as the "roof" of the boot is very wet. Needs fixing before it does real damage
So far the boys have:
- cleaned up the engine bay with degreaser and a load of rags. Not up to the standard we often see here, but passable!
- fixed the rear number plate lights (both bulbs gone)
- washed it, waxed it and put sealer on. Looks quite smart!
- tried to fix the sidelight but the holder is very jammed, we will probably need to take the whole light unit out.