Thanks rsfruitbat. Checked out your pics, that looks like a hella fun time.
I should also point out, as I didn't before, the rally I'll be doing is not a competitive rally, it's basically just a drive from one point to another, but through really tough outback roads, basically as a bit of fun to see if really s#!t cars can make it through some of the toughest roads in Australia (and of course, raising lots of money for cancer research). All cars have to be worth less than $1000, including rego and insurance, so what's that, about 700 Quid? That said, as some of the roads have no towns for over 500km, you can pretty much go as hard as you want, and we certainly did this year. We flogged the guts out of that poor Alfetta, and it was feeling a bit tired by the last day. We bashed the 4mm steel sumpguard about an inch upwards, so it was rubbing on the exhaust. The roads are generally well maintained, but there are often patches with rocks about the size of your fist, which can easily kill a car at 150km/h or so, and usually a few washouts which can come up on you pretty quickly at speed.
After this years rally, I would definitely spend a lot of time protecting the underneath of the car. Those exhausts on the sud look pretty vulnerable. Also, we managed to break a fuel line on the Alfetta this year, so I'd be considering protecting fuel lines and brake lines too. I'd actually consider putting in a hydraulic handbrake and routing the brake lines and fuel lines through the car.
I've been wondering whether to lift the car, but the last two years we've found that just putting rally tyres on the standard wheels has lifted the car by about an inch or so, which has been enough, hopefully that's the same case with the 'sud.
As for whether my sud is too nice to rally, it's not as good as it may look from those pics, and I've still gotta see just how bad the rust is. From a quick look around, it may need a fair bit of bodywork done, and the interior is pretty ratty.
Thanks kevjtd, yes the seats are unusual. I'm thinking that a PO had them recovered, and decided to go with a cheap alternative rather than genuine Ti material. I'm also surmising that the original red carpets were pretty knackered and that it was easier and cheaper to redo it with the black carpets? The most unusual thing is that the car was originally red, but was resprayed in the silver. The interior bodywork is still red under the carpets. Seems like a strange thing to do, but the respray of the exterior is a really excellent job, and can't really be faulted.