Persuade me that restoring a 156 V6 is a stupid idea.
I've been offered a 156 V6 for scrap value. I don't need another car, I have several, and most of them work. I could persuade myself that as this car is the same colour as my 156 I could use it as a spares car, but I know that if I get it, it won't be a spares car.
As one would expect with a cheap car, it has existing faults:
- it is chewing though coolant at an alarming rate, so presumably the headgaskets are gone
- cambelt is indeterminate
- usual front brake pipe problem needs urgent attention.
Other than that it is OK.
Looks like about £400 on parts to get the engine fixed properly - top end gasket set, full cambelt set (inc water pump). Call it £500 because something else will be broken. If the heads are warped, then they will need skimming....
Brakes - will cost nothing, got a reel of copper in the garage, and the right tools.
Floorpans - will inevitably be knackered, but I can cut and weld metal.
Suspension, will inevitably be knackered, budget £400 on parts here.
So, at the end of the day, I will have shelled out about £1100 on a car that I don't need and is worth at best, £1000.
Why do I feel an overwhelming urge to do this?