It's a sad day, but I've decided to sell the coupe... Brand new baby, 2 other kids plus 3 project cars just isn't viable and I've only got room for one 90s hatch and it will be the Metro (I know I know...). The wife says one had to go...
The Fiat is really quick, but it's too civilised. I want drama at 20mph and the Herald and Metro deliver that, the Fiat is comfortable at low speeds but I don't want comfort (got a family car for that).
I'd love it to go to someone on here who will continue to bring her back to her former glory and appreciate it, lots of work done already (and drives great now!). It does need the clutch doing (quoted £425 for it, I'm not brave enough to do it myself).
I'll do a proper ad here before putting it on fleabay. DM me if interested!
Well plans have potentially changed again! I listed it on ebay and 2 days before the auction ended it got a coolant leak somewhere at the rear of the engine. I updated the ebay listing with details but didn't get a chance to fix it.
The car sold for an OK if not great amount but the buyer turned out to be in Italy. Quite why he would want a UK fiat to ship to Italy was beyond me. And beyond him it would seem, after a few messages he just stopped replying and didn't pay the deposit or auction price.
A very nice local chap who got in touch via this forum came to take a look at it. During our test drive it burst it's watery guts, luckily we were close to my house and got back. Classic timing! He kindly made an offer but it wasn't quite where I thought it should be so we didn't do a deal (but thanks for coming, if you see this!).
The metro is now running well and in use, the Herald may well run if I fix the dodgy fuel float, so I'll have garage space.
Now thinking I want to find this irritating leak and sort it, potentially at the same time as doing the cam belt. Fun project and something I've not done before, seem to be some good guides to it and another commenter here gave me optimism.
Not got wife approval yet, but it'll make sense value wise to fix the water leak at least. Surely? We shall see. Maybe if she can't actually see it, she'll hate it less.
The chap off RR who came also got me thinking, he suggested it would make an interesting track car. Its got all the necessary parts, suspension and brake upgrades, strong engine, high miles, bad paint, rust, boost. Needs thought...
Is it going to be reliable enough for the track?
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I was watching it on ebay to see what it went for, was expecting more to be honest - compared to what similar ones have sold for. However, as you have found out a sale on Ebay can mean absolutely nothing!
I say keep it, you've done alot of the important bits by now!
The water leak sounds like the "CHOD" - Coupe Hose Of Death. Do a search and you will find out all about it, its a known weak point. Providing you caught it in time and the engine did not overheat you should be OK - the location of the leak means it can dump its coolant without you seeing a temperature rise on the gauge. The person I bought mine off had this occur twice during the period of his ownership!!