Thanks Richard ! I would be happy to shell over 30 quid for a RHD (i.e. drives on the left) 155 mirror + p&p...and get a passenger side one for luck
We did get the Tempra/Tipo in NZ, but I am having a devil of a time getting hold of spares....
Thanks for the email address, will be sending you an email shortly.
The mirror os not then of my woes...the momo alloy paint near the hubs as cracked on every wheel (grinding of teeth), and so I am going to be getting handy with filler, primer and silver pain plus a lot of sanding paper over the weekend, to correct that fault. And the steering wheel is going to need some tlc - the varnish/paint at thetop of it has been worn off - the solution ? model aeroplane gloss black enamel, and I am going to get really ambitious and pick out the momo logo on the wheel in white enamel as well....make it look cool. And even more ambitiously pick out the threads of the wheel in red gloss paint.....I have al the tool for this job so it should look great.
Other jobs include glueing a lot of panels that have loosened over the years - there's a really great shop called Partmaster owned by a friend (a very rich friend), and they have automotive tacking glues and silicones, which should allow me to secre all the lose panel work. The previous owner also fitted rear electric windows, not a bad job, but not a good one either cos the driver's side winder mechanism gear is exposed. The solution ? a cheap and god looking plastic bottle cap bought from Plastic Box, a local plasticwares company for 30c, glued in place with automotive clear tacking glue.
This is not the end of course (is it ever ?). I am going to also get a full sized spare from somewhere.....and thereafter the engine bay needs some tlc as far as the water tank ounts are concerned cos they were once taken out and put in wih incorrect mounts, so going to have to swap them.
The windscreen has a chip but this is not a biggie as the full cover insurance for the car means that it going to be repaired gratis this week, and thereaftr be invisble. There is also a micro-ding on the pssengr rear door frame, but it is cheap to repair - $50 from a mobile company that does it anytime, comes to your door.
Last niggle is the fuel door, which has lost a rubber grommet to keep it at the proper angle in relation to the rear flank when closed. The NZ company Para Rubber can get a new one for the princely sum of 50c, or else will just buy a near-equivalent.
so all up (assuming that I will with all your kind help) find a new mirror for about 30 quid, the entire repair and tee-ing up of this rather tight (it has new shocks) 155 widebody is going to be aroung NZ$500....which is really great !
Angus of Ruspers has let me know he is hitting Auckland at the end of this month - so I am wondering is the aforementioned 'killed' 155 is about to recieve the unkindest cut of all, though it does depend on how much he wants for the part.
Otherwise cutting a deal is really easy - my max budget for a mirror is NZ$200 = 75 quid, and I am skilled in fibreglass so can easily make one too....but DEFINITELY would prefer to buy original.
Aside from all these cosmetic things which surely irritate me as much as they would you, this 155 16v 2.0 super is surely the greatest car I have had the pleasure to drive and enjoy.....