Thanks a lot for the advice guys.
Find something better! - If you were closer I could give you a Subaru Lancaster in decent condition with a blown head gasket
In fact I know of three of them locally available
Thanks for the offer Duncan, but even if I lived closer, my wife has spoken and no more cars are allowed!
You guys are 100% correct that I should ship this thing out. I know how ridiculous it seems to use this car, but I will share a few more details as to why I plan to go ahead (for now) with the meltdown. I tried to avoid rambling on all night with further details, but I suppose that is as inevitable for me as rust is in my province.
For perspective, here is an example of my current daily drivers:
79 toyota pickup floorboards:
I had originally planned to convert the truck first, partially due to how far gone it was. I am now glad I didnt start this thread with that one haha, I may have gotten myself banned. I have no shortage of good vehicles for conversions, and I have 90% of the parts on hand to do at least 2 of them.
Wife's 1982 Rabbit, and pristine 86 MR2 not running:
So why the F am I doing the Mk1 Scirocco? ...
-I loved driving this car, the interior is great, its a rare trim package, and I still have never seen another mk1 on the road. There aren't any for sale in Canada that I can find, so my chances of replacing it with another one are slim to nil. #sentimentallyill
-Its not actually as bad as it looks, maybe I was being dramatic. Or maybe its worse than it looks. Either way, these days I have a hard time getting started on body work jobs that would have been fairly easy for me in the past. Now that it has been so long, you could almost say I am 'rusty'
and I need a good hard dive back into it. I have piled up parts for a few years and spent so much time trying to keep this car around that if I ditched it now, I would have a lot of explaining to do to all the gracious friends that have let me park it in their yards for 7 odd years. I said I would fix it and I dont plan on 'flaking' out that promise (ok enough puns).
-This is a prototype/test/make your mistakes here/ project. I don't feel like hacking up a "good" car for my first sloppy conversion. My budget is in the $100s for this one, not $1000s. Laugh, but I have REALLLLLY scavenged to make this possible. I am being very thoughtful on building my drive system to be adaptable to other vehicles, and if it fits into this car then it will drop right into my wife's Rabbit.
-Standing next to a Tesla roadster the other day, I realized that the mk1 Toyota MR2 is still my
#1 car for a conversion. Close to the same size and layout of the roadster. I would pull my red mr2 in the garage and spend my time on it, but I am leaving cars like that for after I have cut my teeth on something else.
I think have "dibs" on this 1949 Hillman Minx, last driven 30 years ago, and only 2000lbs with a syncromesh 4spd:
... But again, I really need to polish my skills for a while before taking on a project that I want to be perfect when done.
I have to get something on the road for June, as we have advertised that we will be delivering veggies for our CSA in an electric vehicle.
I am going to close the laptop for a bit and get to work. I'm not here to prove anyone wrong... unless proving people wrong is a foundation of EV conversions...
But again, thanks a lot for the input everyone.