G'day all. Something sad to report that I thought would never happen. I've been agonising over the figures for completeing the EA project, factoring in the space for storage, the time and the sheer volume of work (both working on the car and working to fund it) required to reach my goals is just not going to happen.I still have a fascination with turbocharged motoring, so have decided to cut my losses and buy a nice VL Turbo I've found with VT SS mags. I took it for a test drive today and thought it was really sik and stuff.
Now that I have your attention
here's the real story without the bullshit.
The EA is currently in the garage without a bonnet. Rawlinna and I have been working on removing the engine, and the new item from Joe (gm dstroya) is still on its way pretty soon. The thing is that now I appreciate what a bastard of a job this all is and I've now made the decision that I am going to get this set-up right first time. That now means new EF V8 radiator, new AU accessories and serpentine belts. I've decided I'm willing to wait if it means doing it right, but unfortunately it will all take time.
Meanwhile I have
bought a new car to replace my faithful Laser. I don't know if you'll like it but I'm on top of the moon myself :s5. I've stepped outside of my blue oval comfort zone and bought a Mazda. However, it does have some Ford blood in it - the base model version shares its 2.5 litre V6 with the Probe/Telstar.
Meet the Eunos 800M. In 1994 it was the new $78,000 top model of Mazda's premium 'Eunos' range. The Eunos badge went the way of the dodo a few years later, though the 800M in facelifted form was known as the Mazda Millenia before its demise in 2003. The innovative technology and depth of quality is outstanding, yet due to the orphan status of the Eunos badge, I've bought a lovely example for just over 12 grand.
In a nutshell, it's powered by a 2.3 litre supercharged "Miller Cycle" V6, with an unorthodox combustion process, which gives similar performance to a standard auto 4.0-5.0 Aussie car of the time, with the fuel economy of a much smaller vehicle. It's equipped with 4 wheel steering to give a smaller turning circle than most small cars (this was a priority given it's replacing a Laser). Other highlights include the Bose six-stack CD audio, some of the highest paintwork standards in the world at the time, loads of safety features (switchable traction control, dual airbags, ABS) and styling which still turns heads. In all honesty, the sheer individuality of the car is the best thing of all.
It's a supremely serene, sweet and smooth thing to drive and I struck a deal on the spot. I take delivery within a couple of days. Wheels and lowering will be necessary at some stage, but no performance mods that will compromise refinement... that's what the EA is for.
Below is a pic of the car, that admittedly doesn't do it justice.