Well folks, i'm still here. So is Vanessa. As of this morning, she's back on the road and fighting fit with both sills now completely, and very professionally repaired to a high quality standard (the offside got attention too, so that it didn't go the same way as the nearside had already gone). Flew through her MOT as soon as the welding was done. Spent some time on her on and off over the last number of weeks (mostly weekends when weather permitted) doing lots of finishing of work around the sills including painting up, waxoyling and undersealing. Very pleased with the results. She'll be good again for another term now. I'm back in her giving her a well deserved driving around to work and back now, since she's sat around since May - not that you can tell, because she still starts perfectly and runs beautifully despite sitting around for a long period of time.
The ebay saga was a sad and pathetic one. The car didn't sell in the end. I had nothing but rude and deceitful people wasting my time, trying to run down the clock so i would be stuck in a position where I had to sell the car for cheap without a valid MOT. They just wanted to buy the car cheap, and rip it apart for the engine etc. That was never gonna happen on my clock. I wouldn't allow it. So they wasted my time, but mostly their own. Ebay saw what was going on too, so in the end they didn't even charge me for the advert i had up for a while. I'll never attempt sell anything on ebay again - especially a car.
So truthful to my word, I got the car repaired and got a new MOT on her (no problems at all, no advisories). It cost me a bit, but the car is worth it in my opinion, and I could afford to have it done, as I said before. It's only money. They print more of it every day. Truth be known, the garage I got the work done on the car at even had two lots of people wanting my details so they could offer me money for the car. My guy asked them for what purpose and how much, but when it came to the point that it was obvious they wanted it cheap, and probably to take apart, like everyone else seems to want to; he told them to jog on, as this car was "too good for that", and considering I was paying out more than they were willing to pay for it, just to get it repaired, there's no way i'd sell it to them. He basically said "this isn't the car for you". Very pleased about that when i heard.
If anyone's interested in seeing pictures of the work carried out, i'd be more than happy to upload what i've taken. Like everything else on this car, i've documented the work carried out.
However, again, true to my word, i'm just completing this thread, not continuing it. So with that in mind, please note that Vanessa is not for sale any more. I committed my time, effort and money into her again, so it doesn't make sense for me to sell her now.......at least for the time-being. So for now, i'm still part of the club!