Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
I'd suggest that someone has been driving their 33 on salted roads in the winter. Not something that would be too likely to happen in either Cyprus or New Zealand, thank heaven.
It is amazing how well these engines do survive in outside storage. One of my racing friends picked up a dirty rusty scruffy looking 1992 16V. It had a fair bit of rust in the rear panel and under the battery, but had only done from memory around 60,000 km ! The owner had stopped driving it for some reason, it had been unregistered for over two years and had to have a (rigorous & costly) re-registration inspection. That never happened, so it sat and rotted !
The car sat for 6 years in the back yard of a house in Auckland. The guy just wanted rid of it and it cost my mate $100 NZ ( GBP 45 approx) and a dozen beer ! Not bad value, even if the car was covered with moss & lichen.
The bores and cams etc were perfect ! The engine now resides in his race car with 45 webers and some rather lumpy AHM cams..... :-) Now that is cost effective !