So, decided not to start a new thread as it's really about the car and not about me and I might just as well just continue it here...
Since I got it I only changed the switch for the radiator fan as it would get hot in stop-and-go traffic. After that we took it on a road trip to the UK.
We had to catch the ferry the next morning in Le Havre and since it was too hot to sit at home we decided to drive across France off the motorways.
Beautiful empty roads in the Ardennes department.
Getting off the ferry in Southampton.
We had a quick fish & chips next to the "terminal" for the hovercraft service to the Isle of Wight
Drove over to a campsite in Porlock we've been to before
On the way to the next campsite in Cornwall we came along a bridge construction site in Tintagel. Instead of a crane they installed a temporary cable car to transport the prefabricated pieces
Weather was 15° cooler in the UK than back in Germany/France
Next day was a trip to St. Michael's Mount (just like Mont Saint Michel used to be you can reach it on foot when the tide is low)
They had an amphobious vehicle on cinder blocks
My girlfriend got me a test drive in a Caterham 270S for my birthday and we took it from the factory in Crawley to the roads in the area. Fun but way to competent for the roads and the possible speeds with all the traffic.
It was fresh from the factory with about 4000 miles on it but had the same nice home made feel to it as MXM's, nice gearbox grind and odd vibrations, nice loose cables under the dashboard. I'm guessing they use modern engine management but it still felt and smelled a bit like a carburetted car, the cold car would die if you didn't keep the revs up a bit.
The next day we went north to the Yorkshire Dales which are really very very beautiful
Tan Hill, the hightest inn in the British Isles at an impressive 1,732 feet (528 m) above sea level! Amazing that people and animals can live at such an altitude.
Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle railyway
Buttertubs Pass from Swaledale to Wensleydale...once declared by Jeremy Clarkson to be his all-time favourite road (it's just a bumpy 5-minute drive over a hill with random sheep and cattle grids). On the southern side sits the hotel where he punched that guy in the face.
Here's Jeremy on Buttertubs in a Escort RS Cosworth, which is really a shortened Sierra with a new body anyways:
And then it was back south again. Stopping at some salt-marshes in Norfolk
And the old Ford plant in Genk/Belgium where this Sierra was made back in the 90s
Some buildings have new owners, others are being torn down
That was the UK trip, I have little over a week to prepare for the finalgear Ukraine road trip now. The bad roads in the UK made me realise I need to change the lowered springs for standard ones before even worse roads. The wedgy stance doesn't really help the handling anyways.
Apart from that the front axle needs some new bushings, I'll change them and the springs before the Ukraine and then swap the dampers afterwards, even if that means doing some extra work.
Other than that the car was perfectly fine, it lost a little bit of coolant which I'll investigate tomorrow and the original Ford radio sometimes doesn't auto-search for stations and at other times doesn't hold on to them. Cassettes work fine though.