funny you should say that mate!
she's got her 147 now, ready or not, so she stands better chance than i do!
as for Matts P4,
yesterday MAtt came all the way up from Wolves' so we could have aday unvestigating the cars potential, so we got it on some ramps and stands, and set about it.
firstly, the wire wheel and grinder was taken to the sills, arch ends, floor/sill joins and seams etc etc, and sure enough, yes, there is work to do, namely the cavities left by the rear jacking points hijacking a ride on the tin worm as it passed by!
and the fuel filler area is as expected, the inner skin is poor in a concentrated area, so could do with addressing now along with this renovation effort in my opinion.
essentially though the car is good, as the wings, doors, rear valance, bulkheads, 90% of the floor, inner rails, strut tops, etc etc are very strong indeed, just a case removing the lose, treating, sealing, re-painting, Good News!
yes some of the outer facing panels are going to require some laquer and/or paint, but not sure which yet as the very first bit of investigation with the polish/mop machine, whilst very encouraging for the NSF wing, the finish was returning with vigour, and then the machine just stopped, and despite my efforts, was never to work again!
along with my Breaker Bar, err, breaking! yesterday proved to be an expensive day toolwise, and i hope i don't have many of them in the near future, times are hard enough!
anyway, at least i have a new welder to tackle the P4 with, so fingers crossed on that one, but structurally and with regards to the bodywork, i think this P4 will make a good road car with limited attention, and possibly the basis of a fine car when budgets and/or time allows all round.
Mechanically, still a few questions unanswered, mainly surrounding the drivetrain, but until we can actually drive it under its own steam, we are just guessing at what might be a potential fault, or what is a result of long standing and long overdue servicing, so we'll try to remain optimistic at least until we know anything different eh Matt?
Now some 100% good news for the project, and that is that having sourced the fuel line leak to the flexi pipe that turns 90 degree to the inlet spout of the fuel filter within the offside inner wing, i did have some rubber fuel line that would do the trick for now, not permanently sadly.
why on earth would you design the usage of parts, i.e. the feeding fuel line and then fuel filter housing, with different size OD's, so the connecting hose should have different size ends? stupid italians!
anyway, with the very little remains of the fuel from Matts purchase last weekend, a fresh battery that he brought with him yesterday, she burst into life and song as soon as she was leak free, and not an all wheel drive pink pyrotecnic waiting to happen!
it would have been great to have some more fuel standing by, as we were running dry almost as soon as we'd started, but it was enough to get the oil round and slightly warmed, tappets quiet, and a bit of soot out the pipework too!
before long, she's be purring like kitten i'm sure!
so a good day's investigating, some questions answered, a few more raised, but most importantly a plan for the most needed work has been made between us, and i am contracted to undertake the essential rennovations and mechanical repairs towards and god willing achieving an mot and the car being recommissioned for road use again,
but more importantly, actually by the far most importantly for Matt, is that he has got rid of the Cobra Stripes! Ha Ha!
He couldn't wait to get rid of those decals, but for some reason he just looked at me oddly when i offered the use of my own hair dryer to soften the adhesive? can't think why?...................
Oh!, and, a set of 15" alloys should be on their way to sit inside some of my stock 195/50/15 NS2 tyres soon too, and they should be a nice addition and the ideal size for the car in my opinion,
that all from me for now,