I bought the car in September 2001. The previous owner was the original buyer of the great car. I bought it from him in New South Wales for $1500. He just wanted to get rid of it because his eye sight was no good. It had been sheltered for about 6 months. So I got it on a truck and sent it home.
Now it's the 23rd of July 2003 and I still have it. I've spent approximately $3000 on it only because I wanted to. I love the look of it. However when I took it for a drive, first thing I noticed was how much smoke blew out the back. The shock absorbers were in definite need of replacing. Over the years, I've slowly done it up.
Only the things that has been let down on it. It used to get very hot sitting it traffic. I got the original radiator cleaned out, new hoses and housings. You name it. I had a mobile mechanic come out and replace the inlet and exhaust manifold. Finally had to replace the starter motor. The alternator is the original, however had to replace the bearings in it a year ago. New radiator fan, new fuel hoses etc. Electric fuel pump is original.
The interior is very immaculate, however I took off the plastic trim along the door pillars because they were peeling and breaking from the sun I imagine. Can anyone tell me if that's normal in the Bluebird range?
A year ago now I put on new rotors and pads, which cost me a total of $300 all up. Being in the trade then was handy. Also 6 months ago just put on a brand new brake master cylinder, which cost me $175 (trade) $480 retail OUCH!
I would like to make the rims look original as well. I've just got hub caps on it at the moment. Where can I get the center caps from? The chrome rings and well I'd have to paint the actual rim as well.
The driver's seat is a little worn, however the passenger feels like a racing car bucket seat!
I had a fellow in a white Audi a while ago back into the side of it on the driver side door, which shed me to tears! I replaced the bumper bar few months ago, which surprisingly bought from Nissan in Blackburn for $150. I got that re-sprayed. Came up OK though. And yes both my bumper bars are full attached, not like some Bluebird's out there, which are missing the side bits.
I'd say it's a comfortable car to drive. Have driven it to Perth once and yes it made it and back. Though the first drive I took it for when I bought it it wouldn't even do one hundred kilometers per hour. I think the old fellow who I bought it off must have only drove it to Cole's and church every week!
She going very well now. Last repair was a brand new carburetor. Goes much better again. I fill her up with Premium Unleaded from Mobil. Anything else like that lead replacement stuff or normal unleaded, she'll let you know she doesn't like it.
Little things I find are small squeaks here and there, but for her 20th birthday in September 2003 she's doing well.
My next project is finding someone who can fit new rings to the engine. Does anyone know who would be really interested and keen in doing something like this to such an old car?