As previously reported I knew the car had been involved in some sort of shunt and a new rear end had been fitted. With the paint removed a scar that would make Frankenstein's monster recoil in revulsion revealed exactly what had been done. And Dave and I agreed it was weird. A repair like this would have been a big undertaking, both in terms of skill and cost. And yet it had been done in a slightly half-arsed manner, leaving an ugly seam on the join. This had been visible through the paint but was now revealed in its full horror. Oddly the floor pan and rest of the underside was original, suggesting perhaps whatever had caused the damage had been higher than the bumper. Front of a truck perhaps? Who knows. Dave said the proper repair would have been whole new rear quarter skins, expensive and involved but not THAT much more of a job than what was done. Money no object that would be the answer now. Money is an object though and the solution will be to braze in to fill the seam and then fill and smooth it over before painting.
But the little Mazda isn't looking at its best right now. Indeed, it was a little upsetting seeing it as-was! Next time I pop by it'll be properly in bits too. And thankfully the "bit of an issue" was just that. "We always find something!" I was told. Thankfully this isn't beyond the skills of Dave and his team to put right.
Car: 1993 Eunos Roadster (JDM import model)
Run by: Dan Trent
Bought: January 2011
Purchase price: £1,250
Last month at a glance: It's only money (part two)
The answer to everything?
More exhaust noise? Don't mind if I do...
Skidfoolery at Silverstone on the eco tyres
Er, more skidfoolery at Silverstone on the eco tyres!
Hibernation? Not for this Eunos!
Sell it? Nah, I'll just drive it, ta
Spring comes along and heating mechanism packs up
Skids on hold as LSD bites the dust
Eunos out of hiding and expenditure looms
To the paint shop!