So after doing the sills, I refitted the wheels, got it on the floor, refitted the floor mat and seats
Then washed it as it was a bit grubby.
While cleaning it I found the rear wiper was dead, and needed replacing, so ran into the local village to grab a replacement.
Motor factors is adjacent a fish and chip shop.
That smell is irresistible, especially the smell of vinegar as well.
So I treated myself.
I hate eating in my car and as a rule do not allow it, a lesson learned 30 years ago.
But the smell got me to cheat.
Pensioners portion is a massive pile of chips and a smaller size piece of Cod.
All for £3.50 which to me is still a bargain.
After my fishy dinner, I checked up the car’s ULEZ status.
This is another London Stealth Tax.
If you read what you are paying £14.00 per day to cross a certain road boundary. (I actually drive outside the zone going to one of my hospitals, down the South Circular and technically inside coming back.
The Micra is Exempt from that coat, so saves an owner £280.00 or more per month.
Mate Craig sent a pic this morning at 06.00 when he was about to leave after filling his tow vehicle.
Yesterday he ran 40 miles into Wales to collect this little “gift” and 210 miles coming down to me today, then 35 to load a bunch of industrial shelving, back here again…… followed by a Turkish dinner tonight and headed home early tomorrow morning.
So when Serendipity smiled upon the planets and @craigrk sent me this Marketplace ad for another dubious item I coveted for a long time, while it lined up with the purchase of a load of serious industrial racking and shelving from “Deleted Profile”, plus collecting a load of American and bootfair stuff from my place, I had to take a look.
1994 Westwood 1012 - £100
The actual description read:
Westwood 1012 ride on mower/yard tractor 12.5hp Briggs and Stratton Engine £100
Photos as posted in the ad.
Yup, confidence inspired, so I said to Craig how far from his home, keeping in mind he is 205 miles from here.
Oh, not far, about half an hour, just into Wales.
BUY AND COLLECT IF YOU CAN PLEASE.
That was Tuesday morning..
Sellers reply to Craig: SORRY, SOLD, Collection this afternoon.
Photos from the ad.
Craig was in London for work by this time, till Thursday evening.
Late afternoon he texted to say seller messaged to say “available again”
No, there are no alarm bells here….l move along.
So I repeated……. Yes please, buy and collect it.
Seller agreed to Craig collecting Friday night after work.
I was excited……. At least the odds of me getting something was better than winning the lottery.
So, while Craig made some major business decisions and transactions in the Big Smoke and ate meals worth a small African countries GDP and shared his views…..
I did my day job, got a great email from my agency (about money) and got inquisitive and impatient about this thing I was hoping to buy.
So I messaged Emma, the seller to ask for some better photos.
I was being hopeful here, and did not identify myself as the actual finacier…..
So promptly I got these……
Followed by these.
Much better than the ones in the ad, you will agree.
They confirmed to me mainly that it seemed intact, the body was in really good condition for a 28 year old tractor.
Also, very importantly, in fact most important, that it was a steel bodied tractor.
I have been offered very kindly before, a complete, running lawn tractor by a very good man, but declined because it was modern plastic bodied one.
In retrospect of course, one could make up some body, or add a Dodgem body over it with some supports.
I forwarded the pics to Craig, without explanation and he assumed that I had pulled them off the internet.
When I told him on Thursday that it was the actual tractor, he was pretty chuffed for me.
I had hoped that the small trailer I recently tidied up and put new tyres on, would fit it, but it is longer and wider, so I have popped it onto FB marketplace for a trade or for sale, in order to get something a bit bigger or ideally a flatbed chassis that will take the tractor and on decent sized wheels like the 14” this one has fitted. Behind the Rezin Rockit.
Back home from “Deleted Profile” we packed more stuff into Craigs ML, amd while he rearranged the load on his trailer, I cooked some sausages for lunch.
After which we put the HOPEMOBILE onto some ramps and axle stands.
Battery had changed and trying to start it failed.
Cowl hinge attachment points were partly missing, so just rested in place.
I also removed all the LED’s from the cowl.
Wiring and a switch box will be next, once I figure out how and what needs removing.
Craig had a quick nap……
Removing the flywheel and cooling fin cover as well as the starter motor cover exposed why, despite a screwdriver in the ignition, it would not start.
Having offered Sally, who was working from 6.00am on Sunday, and Craig dinner, we messed around briefly after seeing problem no 1 and then made a hard stop, closed shop and pushed the tractor under cover.
Dinner was very good, and the company great.
I had also moved Scruffy, the Micra up the alley till Craigs son collects it.