Well here it is. Most people go look at a car first and assess the general condition, work that needs to be done, cost and time it'll take. Being someone who nearly always ends up doing things arse upwards a bloke phoned me up out of the blue and i agreed to do it and take delivery of it a week later and I didn't even have somewhere to do it, or a driveway to dump it in. The idea concept is to build it on a budget. These cars can swallow 20 grand easily and to me thats way too much to be lobbing at old metal, about twice too much.... at least...
So armed with some emailed salesman pictures of the car I got to finding a unit. This proved harder that it seemed, my contacts drew a blank and I was just about to resort to cruising the countryside knocking on farmers doors when a little place came up on the net. Two days before I was taking delivery. Turns out that this place is more than suitable, where I can make as much noise and fire as I like. I took this as a good sign.
There were of course a couple more pictures of white bits and chrome but I ignored these. Now all I had to do was turn that into this...
So delivery day came, a chance to see this motor in real life and sort of have a think about what I am up against. I knew the car run and from the pictures I had, it seemed complete. I was in for a shock.
Most of the front bits are missing, so is the interior, which I later found 60% of in the boot, a grinder maniac has followed a hammer maniac about over the body and I was left there on my own holding jump leads looking for the battery which was missing too. I found some old batteries laying about the yard and tried those with a jump from my motor but they were slaughtered. Well, thats the first purchase sorted... a new battery.
The next day and 60 sheets lighter I stuck in the new battery and had to make a call to the owner to find out where all the loose non bmw wires that were laying over the engine went on the ignition. That solved, it fired up with some fuel in it and run at about 3000rpm. At least now I could drive it to my unit, having to slip the clutch as the ground was solid ice and wanted to take less than two seconds to get there and stop. It made it and I was still not dead.