Do you know, I have absolutely no idea what i'm going to do with it.
I could use it as an a-frame dragger, but it would be less capable in that role than my Volvo due to its lighter weight so that would be a backward step. I might be able to get it on my classic car policy and drive it about a bit, but it doesnt get any cheap tax or owt, and I dont expect it to be significantly less thirsty than the volvo so theres no real financial incentive to drive it. I could stick it on eBay, but i'd be surprised if it made more than about £500 max so i'm not sure what I will do with it TBH.
One option is that I am off to France in early Nov, I could take it with me and store it in the barn actually, I am giving this option serious thought.
I would like to clock up a few miles with it mind you, just to give it a shakedown and that.
You can probably get any hoses that are too long for the job, as long as they have the right types of ends on them. An engineering firm who deal with hydraulic hoses can remove the ends, shorten the hose and re-use the ends. Shouldn't cost much. Try places that cater for HGVs as they are normally used to dealing with suzie hoses.
The Subaru has had some final titivations this week and gone in for an MOT, which it failed due to emissions and the stupid hill holder thing locking the brakes on on the rollers. I disconnected it and the MOT shop tweaked the carburettor, result - MOT SUCCESS! I have also fitted some new reg plates and decals and cleaned out the interior.
I had a little blezz around in it and it drives very nicely, gearchange and brakes are very positive, engine sounds great - pretty chuffed really. Only gripe is the front CV's click a bit on tight 3-point turns, and the headlinign, which I tried to glue up, is already sagging. It needs a new piece of fabric glued to the backboard, as the existing one has shrunk and just peels itself off for a laugh. So its not perfect, but this car is now defo free of rot, smart looking, the doors shut beautifully and the engine sounds great so overall its an appealing machine i think. PLus its got loads of waxoyl in it so ought to last reasonably well.
Not sure what to do with it now, would any sympathetic OJC'ers like to take it on? I can't give it away as i have spent a hefty sum on it myself, about £800 or so I think, so i'd need to get that back really plus £100 for the 6 months of work i've put into it!!! I realise thats quite a lot for one of these, but thats just how it is. If no-one fancies it i reckon it will be going over the channel and into the bo11ox museum in about a fortnights time so it won't disappear into the ether.
Today, someone crashed into one of the last five surviving Leone EA82 in Graz.
It was a silver 1986 Leone 1.8 GL SuperStation PushButton4WD Automatic in rustfree condition with very low miles. The right side is smashed, the indicator, the right headlight, the right front fender, the bumper etc. are damaged, so it is not worth rebuilding it. It will be exported to Poland.
Now there are only four left, two white SuperStation and two Turismo, one in beige and one in dark red mica. The beige Turismo wont be able to pass the road safety inspection in spring, so soon there will only be three of them...