About 7 years ago I bought what in my eyes was the finest, and newest FD that I had ever seen.
A bold statement to say the least I'm sure your thinking, what with the extremely high standard of FD often seen at MRC gatherings around the country.
After owning an FB and 2 FC's, the itch for an FD became too strong and the hunt soon began for the right car.
I wasn't too sure exactly what I wanted, single turbo? Street/bridge port? Body kit? Definitely high power.
Well one day when looking through classifieds I spot an FD that turned my thinking totally around. A phone call later, a few hundred miles later, under a week later I was in possession of my first FD.
So what did I buy? An absolutely immaculate 2000( x reg) mica blue FD in completely factory original condition. You have to remember that 7 or so years ago a series 8, 99 spec FD, was a thing rarely seen for sale. I know, much easier to find nowadays. Completely the opposite to what I was looking for, but in amazing condition.
Buying this car was a bittersweet experience. I got myself into big financial debt to acquire the car, but as time passed and with it the debt, I know I made the right choice to buy.
I would have regretted letting it pass me by. Since owning the car I have loved every minute of it. Every year from buying it I have taken it to MRC gatherings, Rotorstock, Japfest, Brooklands.
Great times such as the Japfest anniversary parade lap at Castle Coombe a few years back. My first ever outing as a driver on track. Big thanks to Clive for the support before and after the session as I was papping it! Parking up on the Brooklands banking while trying not to set off, was it the Concorde's safety alarms on the way past? Oh and having a ridiculously long conversation with many of you as to the differences between pre and facelift abs control units. Yes, great times.
Anyway I have drifted far from the original point of this post. A couple of years back I was made redundant and the last MRC outing the FD went to was Japfest 2015. This also happened to coincide with my mother being diagnosed with cancer. The decision was made that I would take time out to care for her and not look for work immediately. She is now thankfully on the road to recovery.
As a final kick in the a** the owner of the garage unit I kept the FD in decided to sell up and move to Australia.
At the end of 2016 the FD was sorned for the first time in its entire life. The mot was due in late December and due to costs it would take to pass, being skint meant it was my only course of action. The previous mot at the end of 2015 had for the first time in my ownership advisorys. These were "tyre tread area cracking", all 4, they will now need replacing.
"inner sill section corroded but not excessive" near and offside. I would say that in the last year this has gotten worse although it's not right through into the car. It's certainly not falling apart. The whole underside would benefit from a going over and re-underseal. It's amazing the difference not being garaged has affected the car, and we all know how Mazda metal rusts don't we?
During 2016 the total mileage I covered was no more than 20-30 miles just making sure everything was sill running ok.
So the main point of this post is to get an outsiders view on what happens next to my FD. I may have missed some other options.
As I see it these are my options.
1: Get the rust repaired, underseal, new tyres, mot and drive it. No spare cash so this would have to wait.
2: Put up for sale as is on MRC. Cheaper option although again no cash to get compression tested.
3: Put up for sale as is on eBay etc. Probably the cheapest option although I find selling cars on eBay to be a painfull experience.
4: Keep sorned and wait until cash flow improves, then back to option 1. Cheap at first but what state could the FD be in another 6 months if left untouched?
I wouldn't want the FD to deteriorate to the point it falls apart and becomes too expensive to repair.
I may end up working tomorrow, it could be months. Nothing is for certain these days.
As I write this eating my second tomato sauce sandwich of the day, (yeah that skint) and look out the window on a rainy day at my beautiful "drive ornament", I can't help but think the money from a car sale would be really usefull in other areas of life. I just don't want to panic sell and end up regretting letting my FD go.
Your thoughts and contributions are greatly appreciated, and thanks for reading this far.