What you can do with 3 days and many extra hands...  
     
         
 

After a couple of weekends and a lot of help (thanks to Gemma, my grand-dad John and my brother Tim) Buttercup's running a little better. A couple of breakdowns in the dark and rain (typical!) proved to be the fault of a dodgy alternator, this should have been an easy job but the power steering pump sits right above it which made life a bit more difficult. The petrol tank has been leaking for a while but replacing it became a bit more urgent when the sender unit packed in. I'd been driving round for a few weeks with a random guess of how much petrol I had left and two cans of petrol in the passenger foot well. After several hours of hammering and drilling we got the old tank out (still 3/4 full) and the new one in. The next Sunday was spent giving all the wheels a coat of paint as the rust was beginning to get a bit bad. Painting in between the rain showers is not a very easy thing to do!

 
         
     
         
     
         
 

It does still have it's little problems mind you, the heater works when it wants to whether it's switched on or not, the speedometer makes the speed up, the temperature gauge says it's permanently overheating, the pipe from the filler pipe to the petrol tanks leaks when you filling it up, the throttle set up it a bit weird and the choke doesn't really work... oh, and it needs new seats, but it's getting there!