Did I mention that the front tyres were like slicks?
Another trip to my local breakers (I should really have my own parking space!) and I have two "part worns" (obviously never used spares from a salvage car's boot, as they both still have the nobbly bits on them) for £50, fitted and balanced...
So I'm desperately trying to fit the radiator panel, without disconnecting the rads, as I didn't want to have to fork out for an air con regas unnecessarily.
After several hours and numerous skinned knuckles, I decide it can't be done and take both rads off, fit the panel, and put the rads back on.
Fill up with water/antifreeze and start the engine to find....
a MASSIVE hole in the bottom of the radiator (and all my antifreeze on the driveway)
So I'm thinking... "If the water rad has gone, maybe the aircon one has too? Although the nice chap that sold it to me said the air con was nice and cold"
SO I checked... and guess what?
Yup. No refrigerant. Maybe it was nice and cold because he was sitting in the car with the fan on cold with the windows open in his chuffing underpants.
So where do I go?
Yup, you guessed it; back to Silverlake (thought they deserve a mention seeing as they've been so helpful to me!)
£120 for the rad pack (both rads and the fan housing) - a bit steep, but cheaper than new, and a new fan housing, in case mine is cracked/bent/broken (as everything else seems to be)
Fitting tomorrow, as I've run out of light. The bonnet, bumper and wheel arch trims are all off at the paintshop waiting for a few coats of pepper white to be applied (painting is something I cannot do