Bringing an old Lada Niva back from the brink of death.
Monday, November 15, 2010
In the beginning
Ever since I was first aware of Lada Nivas, I have wanted one. I'm not sure exactly why I was so enthused with them, however I had to have one. Perhaps it was the boxy lines, or the utilitarian design without bells and whistles. Whenever one drove by, I would make a point of making sure everyone I knew was aware of it. In October 2006 my prayers where answered. One of the several Lada Nivas I kept tabs on in the city came up for sale. I had to have it. I have been driving it daily ever since. Mechanically, it works great. However, from day one I have talked about how it needs body work. Well the time has come for me to put the old girl away and rebuild her from the ground up. I am a licensed auto mechanic, so hopefully this will go pretty well. Over the next few months, I will be disassembling my Lada. I will keep posting regularly, with updates on the tear down. For now, here are some pics I took in the fall of 07.