Hey, off-topic but Chas, it's time we had an update on your Uno (I probably missed it!) - maybe a big new thread on what you're doing to it... and what it looks like now - that picture is about two years' old isn't it?
I missed your comment in the ecomometer thread Alex, so apologies for not replying sooner.
Well, there hasn't been an update on my Uno because there really isn't much to update
My 45 still looks pretty much the same, about the only thing that has changed is that I fitted mk2 UT seats simply because I could! Picked them up off Ebay a couple of months back for £20 to go along with the other UT interior I have sitting in the loft. They're a bit more firm than my 45 seats that were starting to fall apart.
I was planning on giving the old girl a makeover during the summer, but what with it raining almost every day (I only have an exposed driveway to work on) plus my Cinq deciding to eat its gearbox precisely nothing happend. Spent my time fixing the Cinq then before I knew it I started my work placements as part of my University training.
Now I'm on my work placements 5 days a week starting work at 7am if I'm on an early shift and 1pm if I'm on a late. I also have to work weekends so my days off are all over the place. Not much chance of getting things done unfortunately.
I have quietly been collecting parts though and finding bargains on Ebay. Body panels, lowering springs, shocks, alloy wheels, brake calipers and other Uno bits etc. I will also be scrapping my Punto 75SX and keeping the engine along with the fuel injection system with the plan being to swap it into the Uno. It will be something different to the usual turbo conversion and a nice power hike from the 999cc's 45bhp to the 1242cc 's 75bhp. Bear in mind the weight advantage of the FIRE over the sohc turbo lump and the power to weight ratio shouldn't be that far off a mk1 UT. It won't have the turbo kick of course but at least I can go to the local scrappies and find engine parts if needed unlike the rare as rocking horse poo UT
The Cinq still needs some bits doing to it and as the Uno still has MOT until the end of the year I'm driving that until I re-MOT the Cinq. I also want to get the Uno to hit 100K miles as it's currently at 99.1K! Then I'll take it off the road, strip it down and do the engine conversion.
The pic I posted on a previous thread was taken last year and it still looks much the same. Only difference now is that it has 2x front alloy wheels because the steelies needed new tyres and I had a good pair on the X1/9 alloys I bought.
I also nearly bought a mk1 70SX recently and probably would have done had my PC not died on my in the last minute of the auction just as I was about to put a snipe bid in :bang:
So the upshot of my Uno is 'no change' for the moment. Once it comes off the road THEN it will finally get a good seeing to!
For the moment all I can offer is a bad picture of one of the X1/9 alloys fitted!