I must confess that most of the faults have come thanks to the life this car’s lived. It’s spent thousands of miles on track (see picture above) and countless more thrashing along B-roads. I can trace almost all of the problems back to a moment or period in the car’s life – the cracked spring was likely due to me clouting a kerb at Rockingham a couple of years back, and the dodgy brakes are most probably due to air in the system after long abuse.
Yet it’s taken me until now to build up the funds (and courage) to get working on the car. The target is to have it both MOT'd and taxed by April. Then I intend on turning what is a half-hearted attempt at a track car into a properly fast road weapon.
Right now it has a Sparco Sprint bucket seat, Eibach Proline springs, Ferodo DS2500 brake pads, a Yozzasport exhaust and an induction kit and custom remap from K-Tec Racing - a setup that proved to be great for the year before things started to go wrong. At its last rolling road session, the engine was producing a healthy 186bhp.
So, the plan from here will go like this: once the misfiring is cured, I want to add slightly lower Eibach Sportline springs, a racing steering wheel, harnesses, new tyres and a half roll cage. I also want to get the wheels painted silver - but by a professional this time.
Of course, first on the agenda is getting the engine running properly. The plugs are fairly new, so I guess a good place to start is by changing the ignition leads. My wallet is already trembling.
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Who else went for a drive over the weekend?