Sold the limo on eBay last weekend. Got a winning bit of £360 which was OK considering we paid £371 for it. Dad drove the car from the yard where it was stored to his house in Evesham on Friday morning and I arranged to collect it Friday evening. Then the buyer could collect from my house on Sat morning – Plan! So I thought. I over looked one thing “SODS LAW!”
This manifested it’s self as spontaneous wiring loom combustion on Sunday morning.
We tried to start the car on Friday night to drive it home and it was dead, no ignition lights, nothing. After putting the battery on charge over night and reconnecting it in the morning the wiring from the +ve battery terminal started smoking. Not only did we have flames painted down the side we also now had smoke coming from the bonnet and a burning smell from the dash.
In the end I contacted the buyer and explained the situation, much to my surprise he came over to look at it. After a few attempts to hot wire the car we came to an agreement on a figure for a sale and her toed it away to join his hearse; apparently complete with flames. So that is that. Never again!
…and now I don’t feel so alone.
The limo is up for sale on eBay with nearly 5 days to run it has reached £350 ! What’s more astounding is there are 32 fellow nutters out there watching the auction and it seems to be growing daily.
If you’re a nutter then join the fun HERE
After what seemed like an ages we finally, well my Dad finally found the correct gearbox gasket for the Limo. I met my Dad at the yard where he works and where the Limo is currently parked up and we fitted the gasket and refilled the gearbox. This was a real pain in the ass, since the only filler on the gearbox is the dip stick hole! Putting 7Ltrs of ATF down a hole with a bore size no bigger than a pencil in high winds is a time consuming operation. With a combination of plastic hose, a horse syringe and a funnel we got there. Which incidentally reminds me that I must clear out the boot of the Subaru because it currently has a set of overalls, a pair of steel toe cap boots, a load of plastic tubing, horse syringes and rubber cloves in it and I really don’t want to have to try and explain why if I get stopped by the law.
Finally with the gearbox now driving the rear wheels for a change and all four wheels actually being bolted to the car we ventured out on to the road to test we could get 3rd gear. We drove through the nearest village at a very funereal pace, both in our overalls, which felt a bit weird and must have looked a bit weird, to a nearby disused airfield. Once on the air field we gave it the beans and yep the old beast slipped into 3rd at about 50 which was hailed with simultaneous whooping and jumping up and down in the seat from both of us.
After a little fettling with the screen washer and rear plate light we tentatively booked an MOT, after questioning the station on the size of his ramp! Surprise is not the word to describe my reaction when I got a text from Dad telling me it had passed!
Question now has to be what the hell am I going to do with the old gall. She is now Tax’d, MOT’d and insured and I really feel like I should use it for something before trying to fine some nutter on eBay to buy it off me.
OK So the wheel nuts fit the Limo and this means the wheels from eBay also fit. Good News!
Now for the bad news, the gearbox sump gasket don’t fit ! Still no drive and now no ATF in the box at all 😦
Ah well, on a slightly more +ve note, I think I’ve come up with a plan to track the limo through europe using, a bluetooth GPS, Nokia 6310i via bluetooth, SMS to twitter, some hacking and google maps. Bit ugly but i think it will work.
First and last time I buy anything from eBay in Germany. I ordered some wheel nuts for the Limo back on the 4th of Feb and after a number of garbled emails with some German chappy I finally get a set of nuts on the 22nd. There is still a set somewhere in the post that have disappeared between Germany and the Uk, so much for German efficiency!
Nice nuts thou’ if you like that sort of thing …. I’m off to play with me nuts 😉
Since I started painting the garage floor back in November! I thought it was time I got round to finishing it. So I’ve now done 95% of it. Just a bit round the work bench to do now.
Plan is to sort out some storage next. Once the garage is tidy I’ll be able to crack on with the Indy again.
I’ve just taxed the Limo for 6 months too. This will cover us for the Scumball event and has kicked me up the jacksie to organize some work on the Limo. Plan is to pay a visit to the Limo this weekend and if she runs OK, bring her back home to sort out what is required for a MOT.
We’ll need some new tyres at least and if I can find a set of suitable wheels I’d like to change the current ones since I think they are too small for the car. The indicated speed on the speedo is higher than the actual. This won’t help fuel economy but would explain why it seem fairly quick off the mark for a 2 tonne barge. If anyone has a set of Granada wheels that will fit a mk2 granny please drop me a line.
Whilst driving Miss Daisy home on Tuesday I was slowly growing accustomed to her strange smell from the rear. But when I had a closer look at the weekend I really had to find the source of that stink! It was pretty obvious where it was coming from after kneeling down in the rear to find the knees of my trousers slowly getting damp. Seems the previous owner couldn’t hold his beer and the rear footwell was soaked on one side with what I hope was beer and not kidney cider.
So I ripped the rear carpet out and put it in the garage to dry off. Now my garage, trousers and the Miss Daisy stink.
Thankfully I got to the source before it could take hold and rot out the rear floor. I think the previous owner may have been Italian judging my the mass of spagetti in the passenger foot well! (note furry dice have been taken down -well they were attached to the rear view mirror which fell off)
Check out the neon mood lighting
All the machanicals seem strong, engine starts and runs well and the auto box is smooth if a little noisy at 70ish. So all things considered I’m very pleased with our find and am looking forward to breathing some new life into her.