I’m looking for some opinion / advice please following a cat theft on a Y-plate Mk2 1.8i. She’s been great to drive over the 20 years, but I’m expecting the insurers to write her off after the theft (of an OEM cat). Only 67k on the clock, cam belt done, but has had welding to pass the MOT last time, and before “all this” would occasionally have a stuck drivers door until you had squeezed yourself in & driven down the road a bit - reminds me of mis-aligned sub frames on an original Mini.
The owner himself is also getting creaky & the clutch is pretty painful at times in traffic. So, a couple of years ago I had the idea of donating the car (which essentially has no real monetary value) to a motoring college or something so that it could be used, as it were, as a cadaver or perhaps also driven. This, for many reasons (although I’ve not looked for such a college to even ask) is unlikely to be an option any longer although in-person teaching does happen for hands on type work like mechanics.
The part with the largest value these days was the cat, followed I guess by the hard top, engine, alloys etc. I have to say over the years I’ve been reluctant to part ways but now it just seems inevitable and OH is quite right in thinking I’m mad considering anything else. If the insurers were to pay up for a new cat then I suspect she would fail the MOT on rust, possibly aggravated by the hard landing off the jack as they stole the cat.
Does anyone have any thoughts please? Thanks in advance.