So, I've been a bit quiet the last week or so as I have been doing a bit of car juggling!
I finally have my 156 ready for NCT after the maladies I suffered at the hands of an inept garage.
The passat has been relegated to the back of the garden until someone with a penchant for coil overs and BBS alloys takes it away to mutilate it.
The 33 parts car was dragged out of the garage and its husk dumped at the scrapyard.
The red 33 has gone to a madman from Wexford.
The reason for this flurry of activity? One, I'm moving with my expanding family back to the UK next year and two, I had a chance to acquire a car I never thought I would get the chance to own again.
An Alfasud. Franks (Fluffyduff) Alfasud to be precise, it was a deal to good to refuse and I have to thank Frank once again for the car and the impressive spares package that came with it. A lot of work had already been done to the car by frank to re commission it and halt the worst of the rust. Fair play man, you saved me a job and a half!
The car came with the engine and box removed as the had been some problems with various gearboxes. Because of this it was decided that the best way to go with it was to convert to outboard brakes to enable the use of 33 bits. I have refurbed my old 33 struts and put them on the sud and its now back on 4 wheels. I still need to paint the calipers and get them plumbed in, after that a rear handbrake will be needed. This will be done either with 33 drums on the sud axle or with use of the 145 calipers/discs with handbrake function. Not sure yet, it will more than likely be the easiest way though!
Once the stoppers are plumbed in a 1.7 8v engine converted to run on carbs will be going in along with the 33 'box. I'm not sure how to get the speedo working with this configuration as the sud is mechanical drive and the 33 is electronic apparently. After that get it insured and get a bit of use out of it before I return to the UK hopefully!
Down the line it is going to need a proper restoration with a fair bit of welding but that is a way off yet, for now the plan is just to get it driving sweetly and give Frank a drive of it before it sets sail