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PostPost by: nwbaxter66 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:40 am

Jon
- I relate to your experiences, my first Plus 2 (owned back in the 80s in the UK) required a minimum of a couple of hours TLC/Preventative Maintenance every weekend in order to guarantee its reliable performance as a daily driver for the following week.
- The new one isn't expected to perform at the same level of reliability, so it's not getting the level of TLC, plus we are in Nebraska with an unheated garage!
However, the end result is the same, great satisfaction and enjoyment !

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PostPost by: pauljones » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:12 am

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If your worried about your paint you should see mine. I have no sagging door cards because i have no door cards. Seats are ok tho i think. My dash is almost falling out and waiting for TLC to put right. Im happy that in 10 years of ownership its dry, honestly doesnt leak any oil.
But good news is nights will be lighter and as summer aproaches us i may get to do some work on her. Engine sounds great tho which always reminds me of how much fun it is to drive.

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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:44 am

No, I'm not worried by the paintwork. It's a pity that whoever resprayed it didn't do a better job, and it's a pity the PO didn't insist a better job was done, but it is just good enough to buff up well - if you don't look too closely at it.

Maybe I'm a perfectionist... but I expect once it is in regular use on some sunny days, the paint won't matter so much. You'll no doubt be aware that I'm more interested in the mechanical aspects of the car, anyway. I've said before that my priorities are a) sort the handling out, b) sort the oil leaks out, c) sort the interior out, d) improve the electrics. All while having it driveable, so a "rolling restoration" sort of thing.

One day I will have a hoist and the time to restore it properly!
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PostPost by: pauljones » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:58 am

Same as mine, just not as good condition. If your in need of an engine crane i have a couple. You can borrow one if you like. I have a few jobs to do soon but ill not hijack your thread, ill continue mine.
9am and almost 10° in sunny Gosport. Running out of excuses.
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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:17 am

Thanks Paul, I have a crane already. Haven't got a load leveller, though.. but I won't be tackling the engine for a while, I think. I need a nice summer with the car first.

Gosport? Just along the coast from me.
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PostPost by: pauljones » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:27 am

Yeah im not far..just realised..hoist..

As in not for engine but for body.

Must be the sun getting to my only retired brain cell.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:00 pm

RichC wrote:BUT it's even greater to be on the inside looking out driving the thing.. 8)


I can't wait to find out someday!
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:53 am

The Veg wrote:
RichC wrote:BUT it's even greater to be on the inside looking out driving the thing.. 8)


I can't wait to find out someday!


A well sorted Plus2 will put a grin on your face whenever you drive it.... ( no matter what speed ).

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PostPost by: JonB » Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:34 am

Well, thanks to the torrential rain encountered on the Peterborough trip, she's filthy again. Sigh. :lol:
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