Progress on the Saga has been… well, it’s been slow. I’ve been ill and money has been tight, which when combined push the Proton to the back of the list. Shame. But all is not lost, I have done the odd bit here and there, and I’ve let my imagination run wild along with the cardboard, glue and sticky tape. Don’t worry, it’ll make sense in a moment.
So, what I have been up to. Well, as the picture up there would suggest, I’ve fitted some more of the slow-to-arrive-from eBay service parts. This time spark plugs and air filter. Thrilling stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree.
But hey, look how clean and fresh that bulkhead is. Minty.
The car needs an oil change, which I’ll do when the rocker cover is back on it (paint should be dry by now), then it needs a new pair of steering rack gaiters fitting, which should be a fun. After that, we should be ready to throw her in for an MOT and as such, hit the road with all 1.3 litres and 12 valves of Malaysian fury.
Until then, though, my mind has been running wild. This has translated into me going all Blue Peter on the car via glue and card. Why? Well, I have a set of 17 x 9 Rota GTRs that are correct stud pattern for the Saga. but 9in is a bit wide. To make them fit, I’d need to wide arch it…
…but before busting out the grinder and welder, I thought I’d build a mock-up out of cardboard. I’m calling it a proof of concept, and I have to say, I like the results far more than I thought I would. I think there’s potential here.
It’s been a bit of mixed reaction on social, with plenty of people crying over the fact the car is pretty much mint and only has 23k on the clock. And yes, it is and does. But it’s not a 1969 Ferrari, it’s a 1992 Proton. The mintiess of it does mean it’s worth a million pounds. It’s still only worth about £8.56.
Plus, I think it’ll look brilliant if I can pull it off. It’ll certainly be one of a kind. And because the car is so mint and tidy, it’s actually a perfect base for a project. I don’t have to faff about fixing rust and wiring. I can just get it MOTd, and then crack on.
It’ll be a learning experience if nothing else. And at the end of it, I’ll have a car that will hopefully stand out from the crowd and make people smile. And isn’t that what life’s all about? It’s too short to talk about doing things. We should just get out there and do them instead.
Now then, where’s my grinder?