Post by igotthepoison on Aug 13, 2013 19:12:36 GMT
Took it for mot today and it failed on a brake flexi hose that had just started to leak..bugger.. trying to find one asap but having no luck, think i will have to try and match one up at the local motor factors..
Post by igotthepoison on Sept 15, 2013 22:26:10 GMT
Long overdue an update, finally got its mot the day before its planned maiden voyage the Retro Rides, the leaky hose was not an easy fix as parts for these cars are just not available anymore from the local motor factors, a good buddy helped me out and did a tour of said motor factors with the old hose and matched one up for me, it was from a fiat of some description and only required minimal tweaking to make it fit, mot passed thursday and taxed friday morning before we hit the road.. the journey to RR had a set back in store, the brake hose on the other side decided to collapse half way there, this resulted in the brakes sticking on then overheating then complete failure..! wheels off, calipers off at the side of the road and some new brake fluid and we made it to our destination an hour later than intended, but we did make it and that's all that matters..
As you can tell from the pics i have lowered it lots by turning the front torsion bar round one click and cutting 2 coils off the rear springs, so easily put back to standard ride height if desired, i also fitted a set of 15" fiat barchetta steel wheels with 185 55 15 Tyre's (still puzzled as to why they have a 4x98 stud pattern)
It is still work in progress and i am slowly (weather permitting) bringing the paint work back to its former glory panel by panel, its amazing the dirt and grime that needs cleaning off each panel and takes me an hour or so for each one, but it does make a huge difference in the way it looks..
Since the car has been on the road i have used it every day for work and stuff, it is an absolute hoot to drive and demands attention where ever it goes.. i just love driving it and my modern daily driver has sat on the drive without turning a wheel for the last month..!
It really is a tough decision but this car has to be sold, i will regret it for sure, would love to sell it to an enthusiast that will look after it, and hopefully it wont end up in the crusher after a year or so of being sold, this has got to be the only late Talbot alpine minx still on the road..? if not in existence..?
Post by grantkearney on Sept 16, 2013 17:49:01 GMT
Been waiting for this update !, glad to hear you got the MOT in time and made it to Retro Rides. The flexi hoses seem to collapse internally with age giving the impression that the calliper is at fault. Great to see another Alpine on the road and its possibly one of only two Minx models on the road, unless you know better ?. A shame after all the hard work that you can't keep it and enjoy clocking up the miles. A great job though, we'll done.
Thanks for the positive comments, nice to know my hard work is appreciated, i have clocked up just over 650 miles in the old girl over the past month or so, runs like a dream after i set the carb up on the co machine at work, choke out starts first turn of the key.
Post by igotthepoison on Dec 12, 2013 10:45:49 GMT
yes it is for sale, engine is out and in bits in my shed, needs welding in usual areas, door steps, cab floor, rear quaters are pitted a bit.. not too bad shape really for a unloved 25.. give me your number via pm..