So, buying the RS500 and getting it back to my storage place, I had to decide how to proceed…….full strip and rebuild, or sympathetic recommission. As much as I admire the spotless cars, I wanted to actually be able to use it, and not be too scared about where I leave it. So it was a sympathetic effort. It needed quite a few bits doing to get it both roadworthy and reliable, consisting of: Cambelt, Clutch, Fuel tank and filter, Brake seal service and new fluid etc, Oil/filter of course, Air filter, Plugs, Leads, Dizzy Cap/rotor arm, 4 x toyo proxes, various hoses, complete exhaust (it came with a brand new downpipe and I sourced a replacement system from Germany). I managed to get it running well enough for it to pass the MOT no problem, but it was never quite right. So, I took it to Rich at Tremona in Southampton, where he worked his magic and found a few perished vacuum hoses and fuel diaphragms, etc. I was considering getting the wheels stripped and refinished, but, I thought then I would have spangly new wheels and the bodywork is still original. Plus, I kinda like the patina they bring, it shows the car has been used. So that’s it, pretty much. Here are some more (bad) pics taken yesterday. Yes, I had it out in the rain!!