Episode: 11 & 12
Vehicle: 1969 Predator Beach Buggy
Work Completed: Stripped car to bare chassis and installed beach buggy kit including a new custom fibreglass body with sidepods, new battery box, new steering column support, new petrol tank and filler cap, new custom windscreen, new steering wheel, new seats, new chrome headlight pods, new indicators, new taillights, engine cleaned up and cylinder rockers adjusted, dynamo replaced with alternator, new exhaust system and chrome engine parts installed including a protective bar, retro air filter and protective fan belt housing, rusted chassis replaced with a newer, shorter wheelbase unit, front drum brakes swapped with disc brakes, new tyres with chrome wheels.
Notes: Original plan was to purchase and restore a Volkswagen Beetle. Purchased 1971 Beetle 1300, which was a barn find derelict beyond restoration, was custom converted to mark the 40th anniversary of the Beach Buggy. First non-runner purchase. Cheapest purchase since the show started.
Episode: 9 & 10
Vehicle: 1977 MGB GT
Work Completed: Numerous rust areas treated before full body respray from orange to Flame Red. Fabric and bottom foam of seats replaced with stylish black refurbish kit. Rusted wheels replaced with refurbished units. Chrome brightwork polished.
Notes: Previous owner replaced the rubber bumpers with a chrome bumper set, a popular modification among MGB enthusiasts.
Episode: 7 & 8
Vehicle: 1989 BMW 325i Touring
Work Completed: Painted new bonnet. New exhaust, performance air filter, clutch slave cylinder, fog lights and power steering fluid. Cosmetics: bumper capings, gear-shift gaiter, badge, wheel hub caps, clear front indicator lenses with orange bulbs and new numberplates.
Notes: First car bought at an auction instead of a private seller. Lowest profit in the series. A tear in the drivers seat was not repaired, and used to negotiate the seller price down.
Episode: 5 & 6
Vehicle: 1985 Suzuki SJ410
Work Completed: Repainted vehicle from white to black, modified suspension and oversized wheels for 8″ extra ride height, new disc brakes all round, new larger wheelarch extensions, fitted removable, plastic seat covers, replaced busted engine and fitted a roll cage kit.
Notes: First vehicle to be acquired through eBay. Converted to mini monster truck. Failed MOT test due to rust holes. The second loss since the show started.
Episode: 3 & 4
Vehicle: 1990 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9
Work Completed: Replaced gear linkage, entire exhaust system, carpets, body trim including the wheel arches, side skirts and front and rear bumpers, front indicator and taillight lenses, cam belt, water pump, cold start valve, fan belt, petrol cap, parcel shelf, new front and rear numberplates, reset the height of the rear suspension back to stock setting, replaced the after-market steering wheel with an original GTI unit and fitted a CD player.
Notes: Bought through a newspaper advertisement, and Mike gave tips on what to say and do and what not to say when advertising a used car on the classified ads.
Episode: 1 & 2
Vehicle: 1988 Toyota MR2
Work Completed: Replaced ignition barrel and boot lock, alternator and fan belt, nearside front wing, windscreen, exhaust back box, door trim, removed rust and repainted nearside rear wing, polished body work; replaced the non original offside front wheel and refurbished rims with new tyres; full engine service including changing the oil, replacing the oil filter, replacing the air filter and replacing the spark plugs.
Notes: First Japanese car in the series.