I'm an 18 year-old apprentice electrician and a car nut. In a fit of madness in April, I decided having a small Japanese car wasn't enough.
I bought this here BX14 RE from A.R Lever of this very group. Here it is when it was delivered.
Here it is hiding when it broke down and needed to get pushed to the carpark at college.
Here it is, after it fixed itself (quite literally), enjoying some space all to itself.
Here it is in a photo I took last week.
Unfortunately, I'm not at my computer at home which has the giant file full of pictures of the work I've done on it since taking delivery of it. I'll give an abridged summary of some of the stuff I've done:
- Changed tyres
- Changed the radio with a spare
- Scrubbed down the rear bumper and made it red again
- Done some cosmetic fixes to the nearside
- Changed the main engine and body earth straps for new
- Removed the scary and ancient Serpi Star alarm system
- Fixed the heater controls
- Filled the holes where the spolier used to be
- Scrubbed the interior and fixed some trim rattles
- Emptied ashtray
Things I have yet to do include refurbishing the wheels, welding the NSF inner wing, replacing the carburettor, investigating the lazy starter when hot, painting the rear notch to remove the marks from the spoiler and many other things on top of that. Those who followed ARLever on Facebook will know the engine required some rebuild work to get the car running again. He was generous enough to load the car to the gunnels with spares which have already been useful. Top bloke, very helpful.
I bought this car to daily(!) during the summer to keep the miles off the '97 Nissan Micra I also own. Two weeks after collecting the BX and getting new tyres, I launched it 178 miles to college in Somerset. In doing these trips, I've nearly put on 1000 miles on it. The M25 has never been more comfortable. Handling, braking and ride comfort on this thing is so good. I really love driving this car. It's still a bit too dependant on the spanner turning but that should, with enough luck, get less and less with the work I have planned on it.
EDIT: It's been a while since I've uploaded imaged on a phpBB forum so I'm a little rusty with the upload limit and embedding issues I'm having.
In BX related edits, however, Howmanyleft states this is 1 of 16 BX14 RE cars IIRC. I wonder how true that is.