Michael Booth discovers the cost of reviving an old British banger
Saturday 13 March 1999
The make-over Fill holes in body work with David's P40 glass fibre, pounds 6.99; cover scratches and dents with P38, pounds 7.99; sand with wet-and-dry paper, pounds 1.99; spray with primer, pounds 5.99; paint, pounds 6.99; and finish with T-Cut, pounds 6.49 (T-Cut also restores paintwork). For stone chips, use a touch-in brush, pounds 2.99. Underneath the car, remove rust with wire brush, and coat with Hammerite Rust Primer, pounds 5.19 and Underbody Seal, pounds 2.99. Use Armor All, pounds 3.69, to refresh interior vinyl, wheels and rubber trim.
Intensive engine care Wynn's Stop Smoke, pounds 3.99, seals worn engine parts; Wynn's Engine Stop Leak, pounds 4.99, stops oil leaks; a tin of Gun Gum, pounds 5.99, will seal a holed exhaust (be warned: none of these lasts too long).
Starting Holts Cold Start, pounds 2.99, is the car equivalent of an espresso in the morning; also replace points, pounds 4; distributor cap, pounds 10; spark plugs, pounds 20; and battery, pounds 25, as a precaution.
Running Use higher-grade 15w/50 oil for engines which have done more than 70,000 miles, pounds 8.99 for five litres; wiper blades pounds 15.
Just in case Haynes Manual, pounds 12.99; footpump, pounds 8.99; trolley jack, pounds 24.99; jump leads, pounds 6.99; petrol can, pounds 3; Green Flag breakdown cover, pounds 38; fire extinguisher, pounds 11.99.
Total: pounds 259.20
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