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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:28 pm 
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Hi everyone your probably wondering why ive bought a ka, well i about 3 months ago i split with my fiancee after a long relationship :( so to help me get through it i decided to buy this ka luxury to keep me busy just over a month ago from a mates gf for a project to buy and sell but i kinda like it :lol: its a 2003 plate only covered 61k and being the luxury model it has some bits on it with black leather aircon, heated front screen and remote locking :)

I only paid £150 for it but it does need a fair bit of work, it came with 3 months tax but no mot

the headgasket is gone and done internal damage
wishbones are split and have play
top mounts have play
aircon pipe damaged
discs and pads pasts there best
has a small amount of rust above the petrol filler flap
new glovebox
fit new genuine front arch clips
heater control valve
and a few bits of missing trim
and replaced missing alloy wheel cap
and adjust the handbrake

i dont think its been well looked after it was in a sorry state when i got it


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Then i gave it a wheels off clean under the rear arches was very muddy indeed, but the car scrubbed up very well no parking dents its just the scab of rust above the petrol flap that lets it down


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Also added a new exhaust trim and replacement ka badge as it was missing
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Brand new centre cap bought off ebay for £9.20

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A few bits from the scrap yard to replace the broken and missing items on mine

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Time to get the engine out as its dead

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Bought myself a crane as well which really helped



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Dirty bay

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Cleaned the gearbox up so its nice and clean for when i source a good replacement engine
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I couldnt resist but give the engine bay a big clean

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also treated and hammerited some of the surface rust on the sills although there was very little :)
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Then bought a new oil filter, oil, fuel filter, pollen filter, sump washer, wiper blades and antifreeze
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Now i just gotta make the space in the garage for another engine as atm the projects on hold till ive sold the rest of my fiesta spares basically

im also looking at a dark grey 2003 ford mustang gt 4.6 v8 5 speed manual with just 6,000 miles on the clock in a couple of weeks time as now im free to do what i want its time to live my dream and get one :D :D

thats it for now :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:32 am 
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Nice little project you've got there!!
Certainly looks like it'll keep you busy and be very rewarding when done.
Are you putting a standard engine back in or does anything bigger slot in place?

As for the 'stang..... Nice! :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:41 am 
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Sorry to here this news mate :(

Hope things work out for the best.

'stang sounds good :thumbsup:
Surely you won't be keeping this as a runaround?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:03 pm 
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elPaulio wrote:
Nice little project you've got there!!
Certainly looks like it'll keep you busy and be very rewarding when done.
Are you putting a standard engine back in or does anything bigger slot in place?

As for the 'stang..... Nice! :)


Just going for another 1.3 duratec keeping it standard but clean ive looked into doing the petrol cap rust but think i might just try and prevent spreading any further by protecting it from the inside

really hope i get this mustang gt :)
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Sorry to here this news mate :(

Hope things work out for the best.

'stang sounds good :thumbsup:
Surely you won't be keeping this as a runaround?


cheers mate i do as well got to go mediation next week to sort the money side of things out hopefully it will be fair and we can both move on :look:

this mustang has barely been used its basically in as new condition and is the shape that first got me into mustangs when i was 12 years old :lol:

i do like the ka just going to use it as a cheap runabout for a while and the si can have a couple of years rest in the garage :)

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:49 pm 
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Update here :

Been down the garage tonight and after a bit of research into the weird clip things for the airconditioning pipes i bought a set of spring locking tools for around £5 on ebay and they done the job perfectly so i could replace the damaged aircon pipe easily in total cost of replacing the pipe including the tool only came to like £15 or there abouts so a real result as fords want around £90 for the pipe and aircon specialists would want around £40 to changed the pipes over :D


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Replacement aircon pipe fitted

also when i was investigating how to remove the aircon matrix i had to remove the heater control valve pipes to gain access and i took one off no problem but the other snapped inside the hose meaning the heater control valve needed to be replaced

another ebay job £9.30


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tomorrow i plan on getting the heater control valve fitted and assemble the wiper motor ajd washer bottle etc back on so its all back together then its time to underseal the car and give it a mop and then find a replacement engine :)

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:40 am 
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Nice work fella, after my LEGOLAND trip car is a bit of a mess, may need your valeting skills again :-P lol

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Sad news about your relationship phil :cry: , I'm sure a stang will cheer you up :thumbsup:

Good work on the ka though :thumbsup:


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fezzy-si wrote:
Nice work fella, after my LEGOLAND trip car is a bit of a mess, may need your valeting skills again :-P lol

Cheers mate :)

Haha i love cleaning cars so any time mate :thumbsup:

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Sad news about your relationship phil :cry: , I'm sure a stang will cheer you up :thumbsup:

Good work on the ka though :thumbsup:


yeh im pretty gutted mate :| but onwards and upwards i wont let it get to me there's a big world out there :)

a stang will defo cheer me up ive found the perfect one hoping to look at it in 2 weeks time as its been unused for years will keep you updated on it :)

Ive started to like the ka a fair bit ordering a few more new bits for it this week :)

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Nice work fella, after my LEGOLAND trip car is a bit of a mess, may need your valeting skills again :-P lol

Cheers mate :)

Haha i love cleaning cars so any time mate :thumbsup:

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Sad news about your relationship phil :cry: , I'm sure a stang will cheer you up :thumbsup:

Good work on the ka though :thumbsup:


yeh im pretty gutted mate :| but onwards and upwards i wont let it get to me there's a big world out there :)

a stang will defo cheer me up ive found the perfect one hoping to look at it in 2 weeks time as its been unused for years will keep you updated on it :)

Ive started to like the ka a fair bit ordering a few more new bits for it this week :)

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as said via text phil sorry about the relationship

stang sounds mental :D

Ka runaround will be cheap for you!

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No update on the ka recently sort of forgotten about it but i kinda need it sorted as using the mustang everyday is draining my wallet :lol:

ive got this thursday off work so going to underseal the floor pan and go down the scrappy and try and get a rear spolier for it in silver and a new glovebox or if i can find a low mileage engine might try and get the later spec dash with the proper glovebox in a deal with the engine

ive also bought a new grill for the ka as i noticed it had the wrong one as its the luxurry model and is meant to have a silver grill rather than the black

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Well i done some work to the ka on thursday, and it now has the proper luxury ka grill


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Painted under both rear arches silver
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Got a spoiler in silver so fitted that


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And replaced the glovebox lid and catch which now opens slowly and closes nicely was a bit fiddly but i done it :)
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Ive decided im going to grit my teeth and fork out £500 for a brand spanking new engine for it and fit a new clutch to it, seems mad to spend that kinda money on a car that only cost me techincally £95 after the tax refund but its a real solid ka except the bubble above the petrol flap and the duratec 1.3s are known for water leaks and headgasket issues so a buying a secondhand engine for say £200 will probably go wrong and as im keeping the ka for a couple of years a fresh engine shouldnt give me any major issues :)

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Sounds like a good plan with the engine mate. And £595 for a solid car with a solid engine is a no brainer really when you weigh it all up!

Better get that bubble sorted before the winter so it doesn't get worse under the paint and then turn in to a major job :)

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elPaulio wrote:
Sounds like a good plan with the engine mate. And £595 for a solid car with a solid engine is a no brainer really when you weigh it all up!

Better get that bubble sorted before the winter so it doesn't get worse under the paint and then turn in to a major job :)

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yeh im hoping to possibly get it done next year im going to try amd protect it from the inside the best i can to try and hold it back for now :)

Another update :)

i replaced both wishbones as the bushes where badly split
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Waxoyld the floor pan front the back and treated any scabs i saw

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Cleaned the interior again and scrubbed all the carpets

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Bought a new thermostat housing with new sensor and thermostat

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New duratec engine arrived a fiesta mk6 one turned up so has different mounts and cam cover the seller kindly refunded me £30 as it wasnt as described

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Flywheel, gearbox, clutch, and slave cylinder fitted

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Im hoping to build the rest up this saturday evening and drop it in on sunday all being well, also want to paint a few bits like the driveshafts as i had to replace one as i damaged the cv joint end where the nut goes on and it was cheaper to buy another shaft down the scrappy so has white paint on it, i was going to paint the gearbox but i thought its taking it too far :lol:


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nice one mate!

you can clean my car :lolz:

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nice work Phil.
Shit news but this will keep you busy!

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Big update here :)

Painted the gearbox and put the new engine in the car :)


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Pic of the stang :)
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Also bought a brand new inlet as i noticed a piece of black plastic in cylinder inlet port 1 of the old engine so thought i best put a new one on it


spent all day yesterday on it, finishing it off, but a bit stuck atm as the engine turns over and is getting a spark and fuel but not starting, should be a easy fix im hoping :)

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