No here is where I need your help so I can decide if I'll go ahead and repair the car or cut my losses...
First of all, the car was a 1.8 ltr and someone has transformed it into a 2 ltr engine with carbs.
This is the engine that's now on:
First of all I was wondering if someone can help me identify this engine and let me know which car was this engine taken from
Then its the matter of those two stuts that are below the cams on the engine head.
What on earth are those for ?
Then its the matter of what I was told about the car and what I found and didnt find later on.
I was told that the propshaft of the car needed repairs and someone took it off the car and never put it back on. They were supposed to give me the details of the mechanic who had the car so I could go there and ask for the propshaft.
As it turns out, the propshaft was in the boot:
All it needs is new donuts and a mount.
Then I found a gearbox round mount in the boot as well !
Laying underneath the car, I found that the gearbox mount was missing, and that the gearbox itself was hanging from a bolt that was passed through where the mount should be.
What I didnt find
, was the exhaust system, from the manifold flanges to the back box.
The manifolds are on, and the back box is on, but everything in between is missing.
The handbrake cables are also disconnected and there is no fluid in the brake fluid container.
Apart from that, I found that it also has a cracked windscreen that I failed to see before, and its engine hasnt been started yet.
On the plus side:
It has no rust at all, very minimal surface rust as big as my thumb in a couple of places.
Sills and floor panels and wheel arches are totally rust free.
It has all legal documents and no delayed road tax (which we are forced to pay in Cyprus), which will save me more than 2000 Euros to get it re-registered. (our government's fees for registering a car
I already found a front windscreen, and possibly the exhausts manifolds (if they are the same to the 1.8 IE model )
Conflicts between seller , previous owner and mechanic:
Now I finally got a hold of the previous owner, a retired man who has now sold the car to the scrap yard.
He said that the car was fine, drove it to the mechanic himself who took it apart and after he found out how much they wanted to fix the propshaft mounts, he decided not to fix it and sold it to the scrap yard.
The mechanic who was fixing the car said that he doenst have any parts for the car, and he said that he told the owner how much they would need to fix it, and that the owner then took it somewhere else to fix and they couldnt find the parts to repair it.
He also said that the car had many many problems with the engine and gearbox.
The scrap yard owner said that the car starts up and the engine works great, and so does the gearbox !
I wish things would not get so complicated, but given that I havent paid the full amount to the scrap yard yet, I can still back off.
On the other hand, 75's are extremely rare to find in Cyprus, especially with a solid body.
Bringing one from UK is going to cost me a fortune both in registration fees, transportation fees and restoration as it will definately need rust attending.
Engine wise, I've got a 2.5Ltr 24V V6 engine which I was planning on puting on, and I now also found a 2.0ltr T-Spark engine which has been converted to Carbs !
Any ideas, thoughts, comments would be highly appreciated