So it's been roughly 6 months and 5000kms, I thought I would do a situation report;
It's fucking amazeballs.
It's not stupidly big so I can use it as a daily no problem, although I do need to choose my parking spots a bit carefully.
It's still big enough and industrial enough to make sure that merging like a zip is a given.
It's actually really comfortable to drive, plus it's rock solid on the road. It will happily sit at 100 or so no problem.
I'm getting on average 12.5l/100km, not amazing but not bad either. It is pretty lively off the mark so a reasonable balance.
It takes a shitload of stuff. I put 45 sheets of 12mm ply on it the other day, 750 or 800kg, no problem.
The deck is also big enough to take sizable items, it's way better than the townace for that.
It's still quite noisy, I must find some vinyl and redo the floor with some deadening.
I put some extra speakers on the dash that I got from the dump shop for $6, this helps me hear my audiobooks a bit better. Last night I installed a wee powered sub, now music is pretty listenable too.
The wiring situation under the dash is getting stupid, I actually bought some distribution blocks today so I can remove the splice upon splice of power wires that power the stereo/sub/egt/cb/etc etc. It's got to the point even I don't know what's powering what.
The engine rattle is still there but seems not to be an issue, I'll run it till it blows up I guess.
But overall I am super happy with it, it is so incredibly practical. Its probably the best thing I have ever built.
PFT, here it tonight loaded up with shite;