I'm hoping the collective experience of those on AO can give me a few pointers with my car. I basically want some advice to decide whether to keep it or get rid of it from those who have been there, done it, got the skinned knuckles and the smelly t-shirt.
It's a Y-reg '82 Sud Sprint 1.5 Veloce - twin carbs, 95bhp + chrome bumpers. I bought it years ago as an MOT failure to play around with, taking apart, putting back together to see what I could tackle and what I couldn't. I never intended keeping it long, but once I moved house it went into a lock-up and has been pretty much untouched since as marriage and kids took over. I have now moved again and have an opportunity to move it to my garage at home that has space and power.
So is it worth keeping? I appreciate that no-one can tell for sure without a good inspection, but what are the main points on the Sprint which determine whether it's terminal or not? There's an amount of rust - which panels can/can't you get anymore? Briefly, the floor appears solid from underneath, apart from one jacking point, as far as I remember, though I'll have the carpets up soon and have a poke around. The lower front valance has minor accident damage but is sound. Strangely, the offside of the car is in much worse condition than the nearside - the front wing is rotten at the bottom and along the top, but the drivers door is mostly OK. The rear 3/4 panel has some small holes just below the rear side window and has been part resprayed in matt grey for some reason
The rear wheelarch is a goner too - packed with filler and falling apart again, and the rear panel and rear valance are beyond repair. The whole of the nearside, roof and scuttle appear to be OK, though I've not looked too closely at the inner panels. Are any of these killers, or could they be put right?
Mechanically, it had a leaking front caliper and a rotten exhaust when I got it but otherwise ran well. I don't yet know whether the engine is still free or seized but I guess I'll find out when I connect a battery to it.
If it's worth saving, I'm half-tempted to go on a welding evening class so I can ge the skills and do some repairs myself. I can appreciate the satisfaction in that - if I'm gonna pay someone else £££s to do it, I'm sure I'd be better buying a £2000 Sprint that's already in good nick instead! Has anyone done this? And do they provide you with sufficient skills to tackle a repair job like this?
Any advice gratefully received, whether it be on assessing it or repairing it or binning it!!