In the past few days since purchasing from someone near Reading, i have covered 460 miles in her. 350 miles were done last night driving back home up North near Dumfries.
I honestly think that the first journey in a new (old) car is one of the best experiences in life. It's a finely balanced thing - if the car is really good it is dull, and if the car drops its guts on the motorway, it is frustrating, but assuming you make it, the experience can't be beaten. You're constantly picking up things that are wrong (dash lights, those stains on the passenger seat, the warm glow of the engine warning light, the strange rattle from the back) and assembling a list of what needs to be done. Picking up cars on trailers is cheating! I suppose my GTA SW was a bit of a cheat, as Dan had already driven it 150 miles by the time he got to me, so the chances of it all being OK were fair.
Onto the specifics:
- nice car. Leather interiors are as cheap as chips these days, easy upgrade.
- side skirts - I wouldn't bother if your sills are in good order - enjoy de Silva's original lines.
- air filter - stick with standard. Much cheaper, I've seen zero evidence that the "upgrades" make more power - if the diesel is the same as the petrol filters, then that filter will flow enough for a 3.2 - it isn't a problem!
- transferring the GTA ARBs sounds excellent. I've had very good experiences with Bilstein B4s - not too expensive (depending on the car) and good quality bits of kit.
- 305s - you need the GTA uprights, which are different to yours. About £250 for an S/H set. Don't think they will fit under 16" pepper pots without spacers.