It took me a bit of time to finally start my own thread, but here it is - 2 of my G100 Charades (does it mean I own G200 now?).
So, in December 2017 my daily broke down, and I needed a car BADLY. I was on a tight budget, so didn’t have too much to choose from.
I found this orange guy just a few blocks away from my house, so went to check it out.
It burnt a lot of oil, smoked a bit (didn’t notice it as wasn’t allowed to actually test drive it), looked kinda fine, but was orange, and I knew that sills and rear arches aren’t made of metal.
Previous owner bought it as a first car for his son and painted it orange with a brush to make it more visible on the road.
It was a pretty good deal anyway, I paid around €300, it had insurance and inspection for next 10 months and was actually driving! Also, I got 2 sets of wheels with almost new tyres.
I just drove it for almost a year and had fun with - didn’t have to do much besides filling up with oil + a brake change. I gave it to my gf for a week and got it with no brakes at all…
So I bought a set of new ATE disks and pads, as well as Applesauce calipers with a set of rubbers to refurbish them.
Anyway, this guy made me fall in love with Dais.
In the meanwhile, a wild Cuore appeared for a brief moment:
Then, as Charade ended its life, I bought another daily:
Which didn’t like living with me:
So I was for a hunt for another daily, and I knew I wanted a Charade. I found this little fella few blocks away, again, in the same neighbourhood:
Wasn’t looking the best, but had just passed 75kkms on the clock and was working ‘like a charm’. I got it for around €250 and got mysefl an early Christmas gift in early December 2018.
Fun fact - it was sold from first owner to a pizza place to be a delivery car with 20kkms on the clock. It was in 2010. Then they made around 30kkms in half a year, and they gave it to one of the employees, who delivered pizza with it for a little longer.
Fun fact: It had 3 winter tyres made in 2001, and one factory spare from 1991. It had factory coolant in it, factory brake fluid, tranny fluid etc.
Every part of the interior was ripped, inside smelled awfully, it had no clock, no corner lights, almost no brake pads, no rear wiper, no rear washer, both CVs were dead, tranny had only half the oil needed, even drivers window didn’t roll down. I didn’t know that so many things can be broken in this car!
I changed some plugs, cables, oil, filters - a starter pack and started driving it. I waited around 2 months for welder to take it, but he fixed everything perfectly!
Long story short I made it work - new brakes, all fluids, filters, water pump, new radiator, few coolant flushes, belts, seals - almost everything.
That’s how old spring looked like
I drove it the whole winter on Uniroyal MS plus 77+ 165/65/13 tyres, which was a blast! Very good handling in all conditions.
This is how I drive my daily - transporting e.g. towrope for ‘my other car’ at -25 degrees celsius.
I finally bought some proper wheels for it, but fitted only fronts at first - rear didn’t fit…
What looked very bad:D
I then bent some metal and it fitted:
Then, it was a first time in my life when I had a ‘classic car’ and I made it run so well that I could take care of its looks!
Freshly after first paint correction - it looked so good!
But eventually I had enough time to do one last thing that I wanted to do all this time:
For now, it is my daily driver. It has almost 85kkms on the clock now, and I love all the kilometres that I made in it.
- MTS -40mm springs which were then shortened by 2 coils each
- KYB gas shocks
- Applesauce front brakes
- Soft99 wax on the body
Still got some parts to put on, like new exhaust, (factory one broke in half), cluster with tacho, bucket seats, rear discs etc.
The plan is to race it next weekend and see what will happen:D