Well, I know its been a while but I guess I should give a little update on the lack of progress on my car, stupid GFC and architecture industry
I nearly have the funds back up to finish the bodywork and have given my retired mechanic father-in-law a nudge to get back to my engine
He did ask me the other night when the bottom end of my engine was rebuilt. I have receipts back to 1982 and the only receipt I have for the bottom end is for new rings in 1994. Bear in mind that the PO reckons he has put about 500000km on this engine! He definitely wasnt a big fan of replacing seals and gaskets though.
The reason my FIL asked was because he reckons the pistons and liners look as new and because he can still see the original honing marks. How can this be? I will still replace the bottom end bearings and full gasket set but it looks like the pistons and liners are good.
In my usual style I am still buying other bits and pieces, and now pretty much have all NOS shiny bits such as door handles, indicators etc, so that will be nice putting them back on the shiny paint.
I also bought a set of widened 15" steelies as I love the original caps but am not a big fan of the 4.5" wide look and as we all know a pain in the posterior to get tyres for.
The widened steelies have 205/50 continentals on them and apparently fitted his Ti with no body modification or rubbing but I think I will put 195/65s on them for a while. I figure the offset must be pretty spot on. Hell, I'm still young so indulge me on this little sway from originality for a while. I still have original steelies I can go back to. I will have koni reds, new springs and adjustable arms as my only other mods.
Below is a picture of his car with wheels fitted sans-hubcaps