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Old 30-05-17, 06:27 AM
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Viva HC SL estate YBM100L

I picked up this little beauty on saturday, after winning it on ebay.
I was actually surprised it didn't go for more as its a pretty solid old thing, with, as far as I can see, not much welding to do. The interior is really good, and complete by the looks of things, without the usual wear and tear and cracks etc.
I got a bit of information on it's history over the past few years from the seller. Apparently, sometime around 1986 it was laid up, for whatever reason he didn't know, In a domestic garage and pretty much forgotten about. It was brought to the sellers attention via a contact he knew (he has a restoration business, and a HB he is rebuilding) so he went to have a look. When they opened the garage, there it was, suspended on two scissor jacks. Yes two, one under the center of the diff and one in the middle of the front crossmember, how it didn't fall over I don't know. But the reason for this was to keep the wheels off the floor, which i guess saved them because I towed it home on an A frame on those same wheels without issue. The rockers were also taken off, presumably to close the valves and protect the cylinders, valve seats, etc from corrosion, I will find out if that worked later today . And that's about it, It shows up on the DVLA database, so all is good there.
There is rust, it does need welding, and from initial inspection, a complete brake and suspension overhaul, but that is to be expected, but from what i can see it's 520 well spent .
OK here are a few (?) pics
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Had a good old dig around when I got it back, didn't get the chance to get it up on axle stands so my poking was only on what i could reach but here's what i can see so far...

Front valence - small repair to edges where it meets the wings and the awkward bit around the indicators.

Wings- fairly solid, apart from the tops where the wing mirrors were fitted, the leading edge and trailing edge of the passenger side need some work too, they are 'high-tops' too, which is nice. I may have to remove them to repair them properly.

Inner wings - hinge panels and a bit on the drivers side top edge.

sills- drivers side surprisingly solid once i'd scraped off the underseal, rusty but solid, the rear end needs doing, and the rivet holes for the trim. passenger side has had a 'gash-job' repair, so i'll need a sill or repair panel for that side.

inner sills - solid, except both rear ends need a small repair.

rear arches - pretty shot as expected, needs a pair of those, plus inner arch repair so that looks to be the most expensive part of the job, (the wife will have to wait for her new hairdressers chair, have you seen the price of those things????)

Spare wheel well - obviously needs doing as always.

so, on initial inspection no real surprises on the body work so i'm happy. Oh and the engine is seized, not un-expected either, i removed the head and number 3 and 4 combustion chambers are rusty, due to condensation I guess, and the tops of both pistons are covered in rusty flakes and such like. not terminal, but needing a strip down. I have another engine to go in it's place for now, and i'll rebuild it's original one on the bench at my leisure
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Old 30-05-17, 06:48 AM
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Re: Viva HC SL estate YBM100L

Mean green vivaghini. Nice to see it has its spare wheel cover
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Old 30-05-17, 07:52 AM
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Re: Viva HC SL estate YBM100L

Look forward to seeing your progress on this one
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Old 30-05-17, 09:30 AM
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Re: Viva HC SL estate YBM100L

Very nice, always had a soft spot for the HC estate because my dad had one back in the day.
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Old 30-05-17, 05:50 PM
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Re: Viva HC SL estate YBM100L

You missing a dizzy? centre drive or offset?
So many options, some much choice mmmmmm, taking things off a viva lol. Was trying to work out how many viva`s ive had, the easy ones were one HA and one HB but lost count after 18 HC`s
Unremovable indicator bulbs, splits dash tops, metric to imperial, filler, filler and more filler.......................must stop now or I`ll start to touch the underside of my desk, without using my hands
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Old 30-05-17, 11:00 PM
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Re: Viva HC SL estate YBM100L

I got 2 dizzys in the shed, I not looked if it's offset, it should be but if it don't match I'll use a different oil pump that does. Ahhh the days of viva-ing.... It all comes back to me as I strip this one down to repair, we had a fair old few between us didn't we
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Old 03-06-17, 07:06 AM
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Re: Viva HC SL estate YBM100L

Engine out today, so will be giving the bay and the subframe a good clean.




although this little xxxxxx wouldn't come out, the bolt just spun in the bush, so i'll have to get my nut splitter or grinder out to remove it. I have a replacement one so all is well
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Old 03-06-17, 07:11 PM
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Re: Viva HC SL estate YBM100L

nice purchase ! Will this be at the new billing ??
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Old 04-06-17, 06:37 AM
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Re: Viva HC SL estate YBM100L

That is the plan at the moment i'm going full speed at it to get a mot then i'll slow down a bit and concentrate on the tidying and sorting out the cosmetics
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Old 13-06-17, 06:42 AM
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Re: Viva HC SL estate YBM100L

Seen this on retro rides. Good work so far.
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