Sunday, September 30, 2012

Rear Seatbelts

Never really considered that there would  not be any seatbelts in the rear, but they were optional back in 1987 and would you believe it, whoever bought this car, opted not to have them fitted.

Having two small children, this is something of a problem as we bought the car for fun family days out. While it is perfectly legal to have the kids sitting in the back unstrapped, It is just not a risk worth taking.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Inner Bonnet Release

Was a bit worried about the fact the the bonnet release was on the front and anyone could help themselves to the engine bay. Had a look on Ebay and bought an Inner Bonnet release kit.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Repair hole in drivers side floor

Great! Found a hole on the drivers side of the car in the floor pan where the back foot of the seat meets the floor. Looking at the hole, it looks like someone had attempted a fix in the past, but to be honest, it was a fairly poor effort.

As I don't have a welder, I had to get my good friend Hue at 'Inspect A Car' to do the work. It is always handy to have a good relationship with a local mechanic you trust.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Passenger Sill

Looking at the passenger sill, I decided to have a go at repainting it to tidy it up a little. I sanded the old paint back and applied some Hammerite Rust Beater. Big mistake, as many people already know, Hammerite and rattle can paint do not go well together. The reacting is instant and very severe.

Hammerite - useless on bodywork!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Repainted the worst of the allow wheels

Inspecting the allow wheel, it was obvious that one was far worse that the others. In fact 2 were pretty bad. I decided to strip one of the wheels and repaint it. The stripping turned out to be a very laborious job as there was a plastic coating that needed to be removed and the paint stripper was only marginally effective on it.