As some of you guys may have known, Doug (SPHELL) and I have been looking in to buying a wrecked EA Fairmont Ghia for a while now. Well, we have finally been able to put our plan in to practise.
The way we planned it, Doug was to come over to my place so we could head out and get the wrecked car with his dad's Fairmont as it had a tow bar. First problem struck when his dad's car wasn't available. The only option available was to take a tired old VL Wagon I had been given for the long weekend to fix up.
As expected, the VL almost died trying to tow the wrecked car up the hill where the wrecked car had been living. We decided to give the VL a break and let the person we bought the car off tow the wrecked car up the hill, and the VL would take it the rest of the way. The NA did it with ease.
The VL being prepared for take off at the top of the hill
Going, but for how long?
Next up was to try and start it. We decided to pull the smashed side of the car back out so that we could pull the wrecked fan and head light out. We tied the tow rope to it, hit the brakes hard and let the VL do the piss easy work, and it did, like a dream. We then put my car's battery in it and it started on gas easy. For the next few minutes we had some fun trying to do burnouts :s6:
After this, Scott (EvilEA) and I started at removing the MPI manifold and all related bits out. Most went like a dream, but when the going got tough, I got going and let Scott do the work
While this was all happening my brother and AJ (EB-Phoenix) got the interior out for Doug and I, James (Juarez) stripped the engine bay bare single handedly and Doug decided to get his cam in. At the same time the MPI was out, Doug's new cam was in. He got in to give her a burl, but all that was heard was "crank, crank, run a little, bang!".
I had to take photos in the VL using the cigarette lighter as a power source
After eating some indian food kindly supplied by my mum, we called Simon (Bass_Crazy) numerous times to determine what had happened. After pulling out the number 6 spark plug, which was completely chewed, we knew something had gone wrong . Some persistence and a lot of cursing later, Doug decided to leave his car at my place, and take mine for the weekend.
Mini e-series meet at my house
But that wasn't it. My beautiful car decided to run out of petrol. Scott came to the rescue and after a while we got it going again.
In the end, it was a pretty good day and a lot of fun was had. I've got a big weekend ahead of me though, stripping Doug's car
and the other one.
Sorry for the picture quality guys, camera had no batteries and I was forced to use the VL's dodgy cigarette lighter for power. Sorry for the post quality too, in a rush.