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Re: Punto HGT-V (van)

That blue HGT is a beauty! Is that green 1 you had the other year still around?
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That blue HGT is a beauty! Is that green 1 you had the other year still around?
She was in the classifieds. I get tempted to buy her back periodically.

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Well the last few weeks have been challenging and depressing.

I sold the rally car to pay my bills.
Took a Meriva automatic as a part exchange. Here's a top tip, when trying to sell a car describing it as the Automotive Antichrist can put potential buyers off.

Lucky I had the Meriva to fall back on because I finally got the cam'cover gasket for my HGT.





Looked good but leaked worse than ever. So Driveway CSI mode I took the cover back off...





...and discovered the new gasket was cracked.



Sent a message to the seller (eBay) and they accused me of cutting it or stabbing it with a screw driver. I could have argued about it but from the sentence structure and punctuation my guess was English wasn't their first language and urinating into the wind would have been too much effort.

So old gasket, new silicone and she's now leak free and looking reasonably good.

In other lock down news, we're allowed to wear masks in public now...



I'm not sharing photos of the Meriva as it's too traumatic. Needless to say the previous owner was a heavy smoker and after a three hour long interior valet it was okay-ish. A surgeon came along and cut the turquoise cancer from my drive (I sold it).

I'm back at work-ish but not allowed to use the works van. I used my HGT and bought a cheap Punto Van from a social media market place for £350



Interior from a 2001 model and the back seat had to go. Luckily I had the floor and other bits in my shed for the HGT van project.



The stereo sounded like History Today...



https://youtu.be/4ExnZY5fniU

A quick raid in the shed for some old Pioneers and for the back...



I've taken some 4mm polycarbonate too scratched for windows (I don't have any MDF and not going out unless essential)...



...painted red in case you were worried I was going full WCC and put LED's on the trim...



...draft excluder tape to reduce vibration...



...doesn't look half bad...



They sound pretty good to considering the overall cost is £0.00 as it was all stuff from the shed. Certainly enough to drown out the cement mixer Multijet under the bonnet.

After a week driving around in the van I can honestly say that driving my HGT today was like a Rolls Royce in comparison. But I'm getting 60mpg and can do my work stuff without ruining my car. The van is basic, but basically doing its job.

As for the van project. That's on permanent hold and I'm rethinking the whole idea. HGT's are too rare to faff about and the yellow car could replace my rally car once the track season reopens.
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Re: Punto HGT-V (van)

Cam cover and new van looking good.
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nice car
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You should buy it back, waxoyl it, and put it in storage, lol!
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You should buy it back, waxoyl it, and put it in storage, lol!
...and waste a car?
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Recycling tomorrow so...



...as we can't do track days we may as well do trash days.

On the topic of trash the power steering went on the van so instead of stealing more parts from the HGT I'm going old school.



Naturally aspirated steering is a damn sight better than trying to turn a dead motor and gears.
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...and waste a car?
Nah, you're not wasting a car, you're saving it! That 1 looked in excellent condition, plus they're very rare, so it needs to be prevented from going to the scrapyard, lol!
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Re: Punto HGT-V (van)

Well. The van can go now. I only got it because I needed it for work and that has been canceled. While I'm at it I'm thinking of getting rid of all my HGT stuff as well.

£400 for the van.
£1,500 for the car.
£500 for the van project.

£2,000 for the car, van project and all parts.

With no respite from the Covid19 situation I have all the time in the world to work on stuff but no money for parts or motivation to do it.

Missed another track day last Friday and just can not be arsed.
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Re: Punto HGT-V (van)

The van is on the forum classified and Fiat page on Facebook.

What to do with the HGT's.

I have a pair of Abarth bumpers, Abarth wheels, and the blue car needs lacquer and minor paint repairs.

New plan.

Restomod the blue car. Use the money from the van to buy paint for the bumpers, break the rest pf the yellow project for spares, use the best bits on the blue car and sell/scrap the rest of old yellah.

Not ideal but the best I can do until I can get back to work properly and earn real money again.

Part of me wanted to sell the blue and yellow HGT's so I could buy my rally car back but that's a pipe dream right now and even though tracks are opening I still can't afford to blow £100 in petrol.
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Sold the van for £300 meh.

Still undecided what to do with the blue HGT and yellow HGT van project. As tempting as it is to use the good parts from the yellow to make the blue even better, the blue car is original and cars are only original once. As much as I like the lower springs, stiffer bushes and other useful upgrades from the yellow HGT it could devalue the blue car.
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I'd definitely leave the blue car in standard spec, especially given how incredibly rare HGTs are nowadays.
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Quote Originally Posted by puntofan01 View Post
I'd definitely leave the blue car in standard spec, especially given how incredibly rare HGTs are nowadays.
I prefer a car standard, but as rare as HGT’s are they just don’t hold any value and you can bet even if John doesn’t modify it the next person or the next one will. They’re sadly not a car that people hold in particularly high reguarding.

They’re not a bad car by any means but they were only 130bhp at a time when that was a not far of the normal power levels of a Ford Focus or Vauxhall’s Astra.
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Re: Punto HGT-V (van)

It's sad, you look at the prices of similar era Fiesta Zetac S (100bhp) or ST (150bhp) they go for 3 or 4 times the money that HGTs do.
I do like a classic Fiat and would love a HGT, I don't think they'll go down in value but they aren't going to go up too much either.
Same with the Uno Turbo i.e, they're going for hardly anything (comparatively) against what an XR2 goes for.
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