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Re: Patch's Cheap Purchase Project [Re: ] #959719
02/01/2010 13:20
02/01/2010 13:20



Last edited by coupedave; 02/01/2010 13:22.
Re: Patch's Cheap Purchase Project [Re: ] #959723
02/01/2010 13:35
02/01/2010 13:35


Why thank you David smile

Re: Patch's Cheap Purchase Project [Re: ] #961619
05/01/2010 22:03
05/01/2010 22:03


5th Jan 2010

Not much happening with the coop this week. Was booked in at CountyCruising to have the mesh fitted to the front bumper and a few other little jobs, but it looks like the weather has prevented this from occuring.

I did manage to fit some chromed front indicator bulbs in the side light assemblies. These do a grand job of taking away the orange tinge to the light units and sort of colour code the front!

Re: Patch's Cheap Purchase Project [Re: ] #963826
09/01/2010 22:20
09/01/2010 22:20


Update - 9th Jan 2010

Immediately having got the coupe up to a standard I was happy with, I began to have thoughts of what next? To this end, I was considering the possibilities selling this one and bagging a LE or Plus and beginning work on a new project.

Having used this model (1998 20VT) to familiarise myself with the coupe again (I have previously owned a coupe - but never modded it or tinkered) and it's quirks I now feel more confident with the model and the things that I like and I don't.

With a New Year underway and all the, what I call 'base' type changes completed, some thinking is required for what the next steps should be. After owning literally 'hundreds' of cars and never really being satisfied after I had 'got them up to scratch', at least with the coop, I know that I will always want (and will) own one. This is progress for me smile

The choices I am left with are....I will figure out which way to go soon, I think?

- Have the engine on my current car forged/rebuilt. Get the suspension rebuilt, get a bigger turbo, source a LE/Plus interior (Front seats) or buy some decent reclining type cobra/recaro's and fit them.

- Sell the current car and get a decent Plus/LE to work on. Saying this, I have had a good discussion with the guy's on the forum regarding this, but the thoughts of getting a Plus or LE are constantly reoccurring!

- Get a basket case Plus or LE and slowly refurb it over a period of a few years. Keeping my current 20VT. I can see sourcing a basket case being a little difficult though.

So, back to reality....

With the weather turning for the worse this winter, I have not been out in the coop as much as I would of liked over the past month. She's looking mighty fine though, I do find myself looking at it on my driveway more and more. It's a funny kind of thing, I find myself staring at it but I don't know what I am thinking about when looking? I think it just mesmerizes me! I do have an excuse for going outside, it's not as if I am wandering out there every 10 minutes like some kind of weirdo .... I do not smoke in the house!

The interesting thing for me is how much would I miss this one if I got rid of it? I sometimes think that this car is totally me, with regard to how she looks and her overall condition. Spending all this time on her, it would be a shame if I were to let her go. Then again, it's just a car? Isn't it?

I think that over the next few months I will...

- Get the mesh fitted and finish of the PIU front bumper - Joe was doing this until the weather turned for the worse
- Source some new front seats
- Get a de-cat (thanks Proccy thumb )
- Cost out an engine rebuild
- Cost out a turbo rebuild for more bhp (I have a knackered turbo in my garage)
- Begin to document my car and post some vids on YouTube (been meaning to do this for a while now - need to get my ass in gear and do it)

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