The car is exceptionally good to drive on those frozen gravel roads. Took a drive to the archipelago, where there's nothing but forest, beaches and bibles and was able to really enjoy the best bits of the car. Shame there'll soon be snow.
New oils (Teboil Silver instead of Total Classic this time around), the ARB link finally done (isn't the steering just a little bit better now?) and a new alternator belt. These should carry the car to 200k, as long as the next MOT doesn't raise any issues.
Inspection passed with a muffler leak marked as a demerit. The Beni-Joe kludge on the cat is still holding well enough to keep the car road legal I guess :lol:
I've asked for replacement panel quotes, and I could get new aftermarket fenders for the car front and rear for less than 450 shipped. I'd have to put at least a grand into the car to fix the sheetmetal rust on it, and none of the repairs would really affect how the car drives... but I guess they're good for its longevity, and fixing its cosmetics would boost its value at least the same amount.
The guy who repainted bits of my 405 quoted ~1200 to get the car right, meaning tackling the rust and repainting both sides. This would help the car a lot, and I'll probably have him do it. He only has time from June on, so I have some time to accumulate a specific bodywork fund...