I had a bit of time this evening so I though I’d make a start on stripping the 2500M or Doris as she is now know.
I wasn’t going to start until October but I’m itching to see what I’ve really got so I put her up on stands and removed the wheels, bonnet and wheel arch liners.
I had a good look round the underside and the chassis don’t seem too bad, but there are some rather clunky repairs and some iffy looking welding. The centre part of the chassis and the rear seem pretty good. The front out riggers have suffered a bit though.
Bloody bonnet is massive and heavy. Not sure if I’m going to get that in the van and off to the storage unit very easily 😐
Anyway, feels good to make a start. Now where can I buy WD40 in bulk!
A lot has happened since the last post. The M3 has gone and I’ve replaced it with an M240 Cabriolet.
I’ve had an other Westfield, the T4 is going well, clio is in storage and the Zed is running fine. Biggest news however is that after looking for some time, admittedly not very hard, I have purchased a TVR 2500M. After a discussion in the pub a week or so back I mentioned that I’d like one and you never see them, only to check eBay and there is a 1972 2500M in black 🙂
I had to have it. WKY450K
I’m going to resurrect this blog to track the progress on what will be a project over the coming year or two. Hate to commit it in writing but I would love to do a road trip in WKY (needs a name, that is not w@nky) for my 50th in just under 2 years time!
You read it here (if anyone reads this) so there is no going back now.
Thanks to robotrobot, I spent several hours on my knees on the garage last weekend. He planted the idea in my head and I hold him fully responsible for my lack of knuckles and stiff knees. For the past 5+ years I’ve put up with a concrete floor in the garage. Seemed like a good idea to paint it last weekend after the TVR went, however half way through it now I’m seriously regretting it!
After having the TVR advertised for a couple of months, I’ve eventually sold it. I had mixed feelings about the sale once it finally looked like it was going ahead and the reality of waving it goodbye dawned. I was fortunate enough to have some great weather last week so that I could use the car for a couple of days. It was great to be out in it when the weather was good and it was running so well but I have to admit I’d think long and hard about getting another one. After struggling to put my finger on why, I think it’s just down to the fact that there are few places where you can really enjoy these cars without endangering others, yourself, your license or wallet.
There are few roads smooth enough to really enjoy the power and when you do come across one more often than not there is a mobile speed hump in front of you doing 40 mph and no opportunity to pass. I couldn’t even contemplate using the car on a track, since the standard brakes fade rapidly after 2 good applications; the cooling is not up to extended periods of thrashing and consequently the oil pressure falls rapidly due to the excessive temperature in the engine bay. To rectify these problems would cost far more money than I could afford.
Coupled this with the fact that they are fragile, despite what anyone may tell you, take it from me they break frequently. Mine spent a lot of time on stands in my garage in the four years I had it. I only did 7000 miles in 4 years and probably spent more time under the car than in it driving.
All that said, it is a beautiful car with “character” and I really enjoyed owning it but now that I’ve got half my garage back, a wedge of cash and some spare time I’m looking forward to starting work on the [tag]MK Indy[/tag] again.
Ok so the blog has been quiet for a month or so now and it’s time I caught up. So since the last post I’ve change my blog software to WordPress and have changed it’s name and URL to reflect a slightly wider scope. The kit car isn’t the only 4 wheeled project on the go at the moment so I though I’d include some of the others on here.
First up, I now have a nice shinny new MIG welder. I still need to sort out gas and few other odds and ends like a mask but this is going to help me progress the kit car again.
Next up the TVR is for sale and has been for a month now with no takers. To be honest I don’t want to get rid of it but I’m running out of time, space and dosh.
Last but not least I have a new addition to the garage (well neighbors drive). The scumball teams carriage has been purchased and she is a stunner.
2 tonne of pure scumball luxury. 2.8L V6 Auto with straight though exhaust, rear spoiler, bonnet scoop, strobe light and interior neon mood lighting :D. Comes with MOT and TAX + some odd smells in the back.