Do you know what’s better than getting car parts delivered? Nothing? Normally I’d agree, but this week my new old car was delivered, and that was even better!

After a false start where the vehicle mover turned up for the car without calling first, Rusty was collected this Tuesday morning. I started clearing out my garage at the weekend, and it suddenly dawned on me how much stuff I had put to one side for later, filling most of the available storage space! So I booked a couple of days off work to finish the job, finally getting it all sorted out and taking a very full trailer to the tip on Wednesday morning.

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The vehicle movers told me 3-4 working days to get the car down to me, so I wasn’t too optimistic so I called them and asked for an ETA. The Wellington depot manager said “The black Quattro? I’m looking at it now, it’ll be with you in a couple of hours.” Result.

I sat down, had a cuppa and tried not to keep glancing out of the window every two minutes. I was like a kid staying up watching for Santa. After an interminably long two hours and 20 minutes the transporter arrived, and there she was!

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The transport guy was really enthusiastic about my car as he had owned one once years ago. I’m getting this from a lot of people, it’s certainly an iconic car!

My car was slowly and carefully reversed off the transporter, making a weird whistling noise from the engine and sounding a bit like Chewbacca when steering, but it was finally on my drive!

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I gave it a quick introduction to its granddaughter, then reversed it into my garage, unable to wipe the silly grin off my face.

After a while I plucked up the courage to pull off the duct tape that was covering the worst of the rust. Well…Audi-UR-Quattro-9938 Audi-UR-Quattro-9942

 

So there is is, after years of wanting one I finally have an Audi Quattro in my garage. I’m still grinning.

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I’ve just started going over the car and I’ve discovered it has a couple of aftermarket options such as this fetching boot stay:

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And this small portable swimming pool:

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My next job is to start stripping the car and see what else I find and how bad the rust really is.

 

Follow the full Project Rusty build here.

My build thread is on our forums here.

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