Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 22:34:04 +0100 From: "Mike P" <privacynospamacy.net> Subject: Re: 1984 900 Saloon vs C900 Hatch? Which is better..
"MeatballTurbo" <carl.robsonnospamcing-czechs.com> wrote in message news:MPG.1b702c0af1a75fde98a3c3nospam.individual.net... > In article <2ml3ncFo6leeU1nospamberlin.de>, privacynospamacy.net says... > > Just picked up a cheapo 84 T16 Saloon at first just for the recon gearbox it > > has. Then I thought about the possibility of an engine/box swap, to turn > > my 89 900S into a T16, because the donor is a good runner and will also have > > all the APC bits to do the job right. > > Bugger, so you don't want mine then ;) Probably not :-( For £69 this one was too good to miss. I went and picked it up just now, 60 miles away. Luckily it still as T&T for another couple of days, so I drove it back. In the last 12 months it's had..... A recon gearbox at a cost of £600 A recon turbo £350 2 new calipers on the front end, with pads and discs. New radiator 2 new tyres 13 (yes 13!) miles ago. It's the pale interior, and the headlining is still up!! It's needs a damn good clean though. Paintwork is generally tidy with a rust spot in the usual place on the wing, other than that it's spot on. It drove well, better and as you say, more solid than the 3 door hatch. It boosts all the way up to the red/orange line and pulls well - well, it kept pace with my mate's mint 1991 T16 up the M40 at *ahem* mph :-) It's got a few problems - loose exhaust is one, and the other main one I will detail in a fresh post, because I reckon it's going to be the stuff of nightmares to sort out - heater vac hose in the dash!! > 2 door T8's are pretty rare, 2 door T16's are very rare, and very sought > after, if you can sort it, do it. Might even make some money on it if > you decide you need a 3 door after all. > > Nowt wrong with a flat nose. Has character. If you can find the bumper, > lights, indicators, and grille, and washer motors/arms you can swap on > later front end, just need to splice in the indicator wiring and the > rest just bolts on. I prefer the flat nose TBH. I've just parked it up outside next to the 89 900S and it looks "better" < In what way I do not know :-), it just does! I'll take it for an MOT, get the alloys refurbed, give it a good clean and T-cut and see how we go from there. Thanks for the advice everyone, much appreciated as usual!! Mike