May be time to let my Aronde Wagon go
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    Default May be time to let my Aronde Wagon go

    As sad as it is to say I think it may be time to sell my Aronde wagon. I don't have the space where I currently live to undertake such a large project and don't want to see it rot away. I have realised I need a larger ute/van/wagon for work which would mean even if I did complete the Simca I would have to sell my Volvo Amazon to have a use for the Simca.

    I started building this as a daily driver, somthing that would be reliable and keep up with modern traffic but with excellent 60's looks.

    The Car is solid, it has rust in the tailgate and a couple of other small spots but was dry stored a long time. I have cut out the rear floor (behind the back seats) to suit a different fueltank system.

    The car comes with an original engine and gearbox (no starter motor so I have never started it in the time I've had it), and suspension that would be suitable for parts only as I have cut brackets from it.

    I have started to convert the vehicle to take a complete Piazza driveline. The Piazza front subframe is in place and needs only upper shock mounts to complete. Steering rack is in there with steering column just sitting in place, rear suspension is in position but needs new brackets made as I'm not quite happy with the way I narrowed the mounting points (4 bar with panhard suspension) but a second axle comes with it with the original mounting points.

    Engine and gearbox are sitting in the car with engine mounts partially fabbed and gearbox mount completely fabbed. The engine was rebuilt about 2000km ago (I have the receipt somewhere for the engine install into the Piazza I stripped for parts but no details on the rebuild itself) supposedly to a very high spec by a Piazza racer. It was fitted with a Garrett turbo which had blown seals when I bought it.

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    I chose the driveline as it is almost as narrow as the original (with the correct wheels the track width could pass as looking stock) and the wheelbase was within a couple of mm of the original (As it is mounted up now the original Piazza tailshaft is fitted with no modifications). I stripped a complete running Piazza for the parts (It was running when purchased, I drove it on and off the trailer but the oilly turbo prevented me from driving any further) so all wiring, computers, switches etc are available. I started to convert some switches across to older looking ones that could blend better with the Simca dash. Because the Piazza is part of the Isuzu/Holden family it would be very easy to fit a Rodeo/Jackeroo 2.4 petrol or diesel or a smaller Gemini unit (I forget the codes but there are many engines built from the same basic block) to turn this into a simpler cruiser or super economy classic.

    The car also comes with stacks of original spares, plenty of headlight trims, taillights, grills, a spare windscreen...

    I am in no rush to get rid of it but if someone has an interest in the car and would do something with it (restore to original or continue the upgrades, I don't mind, I would just like to see it on the road rather than wasting away) I am happy to sell to them.

    Here it is as I purchased it:





    And as it stands now:




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    Yep, sadly the decision has to be made and it's time to go. If anyone has an unusual ute or van I would definitely consider a swap.
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    That is so cool and worth saving and i hope it finds a good home.

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    I would love to find someone willing to continue the conversion as the driveline is such a good fit (the piazza is 1mm longer in wheelbase and I think something around 10-15mm wider in track!) but it is such a rare car I just hope it can be returned to the road in whatever form a new owner feels.
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    Willing to separate the Piazza engine and gearbox from the car and sell it rolling with pretty well all the parts to put it back together to original and many spares.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melburgorbust View Post
    Willing to separate the Piazza engine and gearbox from the car and sell it rolling with pretty well all the parts to put it back together to original and many spares.

    melburg,
    Although your conversion,albeit ambitious, is admirable.
    Because of its perceived rarity I feel you would have a greater prospect of a sale if the Aronde Wagon was original.
    Oh and yes, hang on to your Volvo Amazon.

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    I know of a source of Simca Aronde (I think) bodies and parts at Ballarat if anyone is interested.
    Could be some bits to round out the above restoration.

    Paul.

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    Thanks Wildebeest, I figure it could go either way. If someone wants to use the car regularly the Piazza conversion is hands down the way to go. Easy access to replacement parts for engine/gearbox/suspension/brakes, possibility of easily dropping in a small diesel, reliability, power and safe braking, but if someone doesn't want to use it much and wants it to live mostly in the shed and come out for shows as a rarity the original driveline is obviously the go, which is why I kept all the parts and absolutely minimised cutting of anything. I could do with the space and want the car to go before it deteriorates, but I want it to go somewhere that it will end up back on the road.
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    I've got some interest in the Piazza engine and gearbox, if anyone is interested in the Simca rolling on Piazza suspension, with all the necessary bits to convert it back to original (other than a starter motor and 1 flat glass side window) let me know, I am open to very reasonable offers if it is going to a good home.
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    Separated out a lot of the Piazza parts and added some new pictures after having a clean up today, would love to see it go to a good home:
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    Open to offers on the car or if anyone needs some of the spares.
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