figured it might be fun to have a thread that follows the car from beginning to end
So i ended up in Germany for a few years and the wife is in love with old cars, and i wanted to bring something uniquely European back as well. Originally the plan was to get a mini, but as time went on the love affair kinda went away. We began looking for something with a good body/motor in our price range. After scrolling through mobile.de and ebay-kleinanzag (whatever its called) we stumbled upon this old open lookin thing, the good news was that it was cheap, nearby and looked relatively straight. After a few messages we drove down to take a look at it, the car was in relatively good shape but had a few problems. 2500 euro was asking far too much, i offered him 1500 but his bottom line was 1800. No can do, I was about to walk away when in a last ditch effort to rid of the car he offered 1800 and we would deliver the car to my front porch. It was good enough for my standards, we shake and the deal is done.
wife with the new car!
once with the car came home with us it was time to really start digging into it to find every issue before it leaves us stranded. only issues were that almost every bushing was shot, a leaky wheel cylinder, cracked windshield and the one thing i was disappointed i missed in the initial inspection. giant rusty spot in the frame
The first order of business was the frame, that HAD to get dealt with first and foremost since I thought that it was rusted through. Once I started cutting away at it I was really relieved that it WASN'T completely rusted away. Metal behind there was pretty solid minus some of the divots in the next few pictures, i hit those all with a dremel and made sure the cancer was gone! After a little welding and a little grinding, I'm all done. I know I'm not the best welder and it's honestly been awhile since I've done any welding but I think that it'll restore the previous strength and repair the damage that was done. since a few parts came out i had the wife sand down and paint one of the sub frame bars.
we noticed in a small drive around the neighborhood that one of the running lights was out, no big deal right? we took it out and replaced it but while we were back there we noticed a fat stack of papers. curious, we unraveled them and noticed some 70's era old school french nudie mag tear outs! LOL wife and i thought it was hilarious and kept them. wont post those up though...
this weekend again another issue arose, we bought the car without a working windshield sprayer! oh well, cant be that hard to figure out right? well im in the process of figuring that for myself. im the worst with electrical so ive determined a few things. first, the motor works, i jerry rigged it to the car battery. the thing spun up and whirred no problem; the second thing is that none of the fuses underneath the dash are blown... except the one i broke by hand LOL
I rigged this up myself since i couldnt find a proper replacement, idea came from all of those old rat rodders; did the overflow bottle the same way!
i was a little bored and knew that the germans would give me tons of shit for having such a greasey oily engine and engine bay, still need to do the underside still... but progress is progress.