thought it was a bout time to start a project thread so here goes.
originally had around 6k to spend on a 14a, and i thought id easily get a mint one with a few mods fairly quickly. i was wrong, i religiously searched pistonheads and sxoc for 9-10 months every day. nothing came up for sale that i really liked, and the ones i did, sold really quickly. the one good thing about waiting this long was that the whole time i was looking i was saving more money, so by the time i found one i had around 9k to spend. wasn't really to keen on spending that much really but when s14 dave on here put his up for sale, i just had to have it.
so within a few days and numerous pm`s to dave i was on my way to view it. this was the first 200 i was viewing so wasn't really sure what to expect, but judging by the pics in the for sale thread it looked a minter. one thing id say to anyone looking for the right 200 is that you've got to be prepared to travel. its a 520mile round trip for me but was totally worth it imo (oh and thanks for abbott for borrowing his dad`s car to go view the car).
anyway got up to whitby and pulled into the car park where dave and his 200 were sittin, and i instantly new id buy it. the car was immaculate and i couldn't fault it.
pics from when i viewed it.
took it for a test drive with dave (who`s a top bloke btw) and fell in love with it even more.
so instantly said id buy it and left a deposit with dave.
a week later i was doing the 520mile round trip again, this time id be coming back in a 200 met up with dave, done the deeds and it was mine, i could tell dave was properly gutted to see it go and i actually felt a bit guilty taking it off his hands considering the amount of money and time he had put into it, but i knew he was moving onto bigger and better things. the drive home was awesome although it was in low boost the whole time. this was my first rwd car and with 375bhp i wasn't keen on just jumping in at the deep end, so low boost it was. was still quick enough though (estimated around the 300bhp mark in low boost) got the car home and still had fuel in the tank i was surprised how fuel efficient it was. a testament of apt`s mapping i suppose.
the next day it was time for a wash and some piccys
i bought it in october 2008 and tried to drive as least as possible over winter for obvious reasons and the times i did, it still mostly stayed in low boost what with getting used to rwd and all.
november i took myself along to the sxoc surrey rolling road day. wanted to get the car dyno`d, wasn't really bothered what it made just wanted to make sure it was running ok.
previous dyno was at apt when it got mapped and made 375bhp and 350ftlb
at SRR it made 374bhp and 350ftlb. spot on, charlie at SRR said she was running spot on
2009 i wasn't too worried about modding it as in all fairness it didnt need to be imo.i just wanted to enjoy it and get to some shows/meets.
various pics from show`s etc.