this will be a very slow and steady thing (thank you caterham parts for not having stuff in stock) but it thought it would be good to track the progress of my new toy from its journey of being in a friends garage for 2+ years not doing anything to whatever it ends up as with me, the intention being a weekend car, do a few track days & some summer commuting in itHistory
its a 1999 car built by an employee of the caterham factory (they can buy them at special rates, build them and then sell them at 1000 miles or 12 months), my friend bought it and ran it as a weekend car and at points a daily driver until 2009/10 when it put a hole in the radiator shortly before its mot so it got taken off the road the radiator got fixed eventually but never quite got mot'd until I got it in may this year. it initially failed the mot on a front damper and ball joint gaiter so they were replaced and it sailed through. at the time the other side had siezed & needs cutting out so couldn't be changed as a pair, that side will be finished off when a wishbone comes into stock .
I think its a roadsport model, its fitted with a 1.6 K series engine with a de dion rear axle set up
first pic (after initial wash)Main Plans
refurb the wheels (over winter)
replace/fix rear wheel arches
engine tune up
touch up/respray paintworkFirst bits
first off I started on the little cosmetic bits;
- it got washed, it did look green when i got it but let me tell you there were several buckets of black black water coming off it (& thats just the top side)!
- took some megs metal polish to all the metal work which badly needed it, its brought up the exhaust guard fairly well considering but there is still a long way to go on that & the windscreen surround
- cleaned up the roof, doors and boot cover with trim cleaner
- got some new wing mirrors, the old ones didn't take too kindly to being removed and sheared in several places
I also thought about possibly having a draft excluder type arrangement behind the seats but object to paying £50 for the 'official' one so have put together my own version so see how it goes using a £5 rear window sun shade which just happened to fit the roll bar perfectly
i've also bought a motorcycle tax disk holder to use on it (safer than having it on the windscreen) but can't mount it till I free off some of the windscreen screws, and a high level brake light which means taking the wheel off & finding the wiring loom to plug it into.