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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:42 am 
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Hi guys thought I should post up my current daily.

I will copy some of it from another forum to save writing it all again, and I go back to december 2012:

So I sold the Volvo today:
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After being increasingly fed up with fuel costs I scoured ebay for a suitable alternative, I limited my choices to a mk4 escort dieseasel, citroen ax 1.1 or a mk3 uncle fester.

I chose the fiesta:
Nice clean front valance!
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Bit of rust by windscreen,
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Rust by filler cap,
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Bit of rust on tailgate, but tailgates are easily swapped,
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Retro and basic as hell interior,
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Bullet proof but agricultural,
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She comes with a years ticket, and has had 5 new tyres fitted.

Windscreen and back screen rubbers are knackered but brand new ones were supplied, aswell as a genuine Weber rebuild kit (doesnt need it).

Drives spot on, barely touches the fuel, so I am happy!

She should do me a nice turn anyways, aswell as the benefit of classic insurance [:D]


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:44 am 
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Genuine:
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Tidy floorpan and very solid, strange seeing as though it's not coated in waxoyl!
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Original mint sills:
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:45 am 
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Today I had the fiesta up on a ramp, I was in a good mood after seeing it up there. It has had 1 small patch of welding in its whole lifetime, shown here:
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This will come off and I will redo that to be sure it wont rot out.

The rest of the floor:
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The bit at the front will get rust treated then undersealed, same with the rest of the car.

Only thing I found wrong was slight wear in rear wishbone bushes [:D]


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:48 am 
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Bit of progress with uncle festa. My mate said he had a present for me that he took off his old car. It turned out to be some lowering springs and Koni sport adjustable shocks. Result.

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Next job was fit them. Job jobbed and I think they are a major improvement. Sensible height, I can still go over speedbumps at normal speed and it handles so much nicer, not like a sailing boat...

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Then I turned my attention to the wheel trims. They were in very bad condition, only managed to paint 1 so far, have been spending all my time stripping and prepping them.

From this :

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To this:

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And in between I have bought some RS accessory goodies for very very cheap. This includes RS front and rear underbumpers and rear spoilers for that retro vibe.
Here they are in the 1989 catalogue.

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I have also been given an RS turbo steering wheel, centre console and gearknob, which makes the inside a nicer place to be.

Still not sure on my plans for paint yet. Although I have a tin of Ford Carnival red which looks quite tasty.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:50 am 
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Front RS underbumper fitted..

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Will be staying black,I think it looks better with the original bumpers.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:52 am 
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Following on with RS accessory parts...I found THE most unfashionable set of retro wheels for sale which will fit this car perfectly. 3 spokes FTW

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Also won this for 20 notes, absolute bargain for this.

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Can finally chuck the rotten tailgate in the scrap pile!

Also, today, whilst very bored and unable to do much because of the rain. I decided to prove to my misses how bad the Isle of Sheppey was, so took a drive over. It was as bad as I remembered, a timewarp/boarded up/inbred dive. She believes me now.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:53 am 
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I also found the Ford accessory catalogue with the wheels in! Pure retro, I CANNOT wait for people to tell me how shit and dated and unfashionable they are!

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Nice.

From the same catalogue, I didn't realise how disgustingly disgusting some of the optional bits were!

Here are the external decals [:shock:]

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Look at the seats and floor mats!!! Not to mention the womans awesome shirt*

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*when I say awesome I mean shit.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:54 am 
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So today I bit the bullet and sorted the rust at the bottom corners of the screen, treated the areas heavily, painted with zinc rich primer then top coated with orange temporarily until the car gets fully painted.

All rot ground out and holes filled.

Work in progress..

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After running around for a couple of months with no carpet and fishpond footwells, today was my chance of refitting the lot.

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Ahh now that's better.

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New tailgate being collected Saturday, along with the new wheels [:twisted:]

Getting somewhere at last.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:55 am 
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After braving the face numbing cold today, I fitted the wheels and tailgate. I love em!

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I cannot wait for some better weather so I can lay some paint down on it as it really lets the car down.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:08 am 
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That lot there takes me up to march this year. Since then all i have done really is paint the bonnet black but it was in high temperatures so it came out rubbish!

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I have flatted it back since this pic.

After wanting more power, I have been thinking about a zetec conversion. So I bought an Si on ebay as a donor.

Here she is, doesn't look too bad...

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After some stripping..

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This is what i found!!

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And that's not even all of it!!




After getting it home


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:13 am 
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1 complete car wiring loom removed for the conversion.

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I am also using the rear beam as it has anti roll bar, the fuel tank as it is injection, the front wishbone carriers and anti roll bar, the front brakes and discs as vented.

I will be converting my car to 1.6 while i source all the usual 2.0 parts.

I have also fitted the front and rear Si seats to mine and what an improvement!

Quick question though, does anyone know what this steering wheel is from? It is leather aswell and not plastic.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:01 pm 
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Looking good. Think I've seen this on retro-rides before. I like the old school ness of it, however maybe the standard seats would suit the style more?? Mine has rust in the same place as yours around the windscreen, was it hard to get the screen back in after sorting it??

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:33 pm 
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looks great, love the front rs splitter, just like my old red one, loved that car 8-)

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Gustothebus wrote:
Looking good. Think I've seen this on retro-rides before. I like the old school ness of it, the style more?? Mine has rust in the same place as yours around the windscreen, was it hard to get the screen back in after sorting it??


Yeah that's me. The reason for the change of seats is because of the supportiveness. By that I mean they have none. im leaning around like a drunken pensioner on the slightest corner, and with a 2.0 I'm going to need a more secure seat!
Regarding the windscreen, it was easy, I used silicone spray. And lots of it and help from a friend. Get it done asap, mine got bad very quickly!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:19 pm 
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Nice car mate and great work your doing, nice to see alot of enthusiasm.

That Si is mega rotten, surprised it saw the road long enough to get like that lol, atleast its parys will live on.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:32 pm 
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Looks epic, keep it up!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:43 pm 
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Thanks guys!

So, does anyone know what the steering wheel is from as I need to sell it? Not sure of it's origins though?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 12:07 am 
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I realy dont know, id hazzard a guess from an escort as iv never seen one in a fiesta.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:51 pm 
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Nice project there mate :thumbsup:

The steering wheel was standard on some of the earlier si's, mine included!

They also fitted it to some of the escort cossies, so you might get a good price for it if advertised correctly :thumbsup:

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