Just copped on to the fact that I never updated this thread.
Well the car went to the paint shop shortly after the last post and what was expected to be a "few months" developed into a full year before I got it back. Between the painter moving shop, due to neighbor troubles and with life just getting in the way of my hobby, I was under no pressure and that suited him too.
It then took another full year to rebuild the car back to full health.
I have no rush, just tipping away at weekends and very enjoyable it was too.
Everything mechanical was inspected and in most cases replaced for new (excluding engine)
It got lowered, de-badged and fitted with skirts and lips.
Aftermarket alloys were refurbished and it hit the road in October 2018. Its nearly a full year now and "touch wood" no issues to report.
Anyway, here a few images to enjoy, ., . ,.