Well a couple of weeks with no update so here is the business end of the Escort Cab I brought.
At the moment a mate is using it to prove its a good one as his car is broken and the Escort has MOT until the end of July, so it will only cost a couple of months tax to test it. So far it is running fine.
I have been cleaning the fiesta up slightly after the paintwork. The door shuts were in a right state and have obviously never been cleaned since I sold it in 2008. I had not cleaned them before paint so any over spray would come off better. Some from before work started.
A couple of after.
You will spot here that there is primer in the corner that needs some paint on.
Over spray and dirty door shuts are a pet hate of mine. The overspray situation is good and there is hardlly any and it was the main reason I painted myself as body shops have little reguard and ruin you car with careless masking.
Then I thought I would have a go at the runs on the boot. Epic fail I forgot the before pics. I have not mopped it as it makes a right mess, I will do that when it is all flatted off and for now it is just hand polished.
I also had a nasty paint line where the paint on the roof meets the quarter panel, unavoidable painting it in sections as I did but looks good after some flatting and polishing.
6 weeks and no updates. I have had very little time for this during the last month but this is where I am at. The MOT has now expired on the escort cabriolet and is at my house, I have made a small start on removing what is worth anything before the bits that I want come off it.
The main reason for no updates is getting to a few events in the Sierra. I managed to get on the 30th photo shoot for the 3dr Cosworth that Fastford did and is printed in the current issue of the mag. I am not a regular reader of any car related mags but brought this one, mags just don't seem worth the money in the world today with all the content available on the forums such as this. Anyway here are a couple of pics that I took, I am waiting for a copy of the real ones to arrive in the post.
last of all I did manage a few hours on the Passat but it still needs lowering. I need an isofix child seat bracket for the passat if anyone reading this knows to one?
I have got my old shelf back that was fitted in this last time to solve the speaker issue. It was looking a little tired, this acoustic type botch job was taken from the original XR2 I broke for the engine about 13 years ago. I thought I could make it look better so off came the red. This revealed the wood supports for the speakers that annoyingly were visible through my new acoustic material. So the solution is a quick spray of matt black and screw the speakers in. Finally recovered. Looks much better. I could do with a 150w 2 channel amp now to boost the sound a bit but such things seem to be in short supply now unless you deal with Chinese items off ebay.
just spent the last hour reading through this, some top work gone into it bud, looks very smart!
the 1.8 zetec will be a bit of a handful in such a light fiesta - which is all good in my eyes !
the parcel shelf is quite a nice touch too
those starmags looked epic on there!
Thanks, It still needs mopping and generally finishing off but is getting there. I will get it all finished when the engine goes in. The tax is up at the end of the month so I could get started on it but I have got myself entangled in a Toyota yaris which is trying my patience. I love starmags but not if I have to ruin the arches to run them. Shame they are not available in a fwd friendly offset.
A little update. For the last couple of months I have been having trouble with the rear drivers side tyre going down. Every time I open the garage there is no pressure in it at all and at best it's lasting a day. So with this is mind and the fact old ford spares are going up in price faster than the immigration count I nabbed these xr2 pepperpots off facebook for £60. I am not a huge facebook user but the activity on car related pages looks to be a lot busier than forums are these days. Forums were great 10 years ago! Anyway my worst fears were confirmed when I put the wheel in a wheel barrow full of water and the air was leaking out of the rim. This is not the one that was previously repaired and I was not holding my breath for saving this one. Unfotunatly the attempted repair was a waste of time which leaves me with only 3 useable steels which is no use at all. So £60 for the pepperpot wheels and £175 for media blasting and powder coating brings me to this. Then £25 worth of tyre changes and here we are. I still have the centre caps to paint but I am out of stock of silver.
I must admit I am not a huge fan as the car looked kind of standard on steels but at least these hold air while I look for a couple of steels which is not going to be easy. There were never many XR2's wearing steels 20 years ago so there cannot be many odd pairs lying around. I think the reason I have 2 steels that have gone like this is the guy that I brought it back from had I belive left them in his garden for years and the water has got into the seam of the wheel and that is causing the rim to bulge with the rust which results in cracks appearing, the crack me and my mate attempted to repair was the only one leaking but there are others that would be leaking in the near future.
Well thanks to the thread on this very forum my Fiesta was in the readers resto section of Retro Cars magazine last month. Thanks to Dan who sorted out.
Not much been happening with it really. I ended up using it daily for about 6 weeks in grit covered roads while I was without a daily. I was running a Passat B6 2.0Tdi but decided to break it as it was worth more in bits and the stand in car lasted about 2 hours leaving me with little choice but drive the fiesta. I was trying not to spend money on another car before I went to Las Vegas for 3 weeks but it was playing on my mind using the Fiesta in such bad weather so splashed out on an old Rover 416 Tourer to take me to work and the problem of getting to Gatwick with the Mrs 2 kids and lots of luggage was solved. It performed brilliantly and got us there without a problem, 3 weeks on a car park resulted in a flat battery but a jump start later and it has been fine since.
It had been about 15 years since I had drove one of these and for there age they are nice drive. It is the Honda engine and although not quick it sits at motorway speeds no problem without taking forever to get there.
Here is a couple of the Fiesta after 6 weeks of daily duties.
I gave it good wash and put it away after the Rover came onboard.
Notice I finished the centre caps with some old paint I found in my stock and the colour match aint bad either.
Cheers. The pepperpots are growing on me, but would still like to find a couple of steels.
It's nice to get a car in a mag but this feature was a self written affair using my pics, a proper feature is better when you get some high res professional pics but I am not moaning the fiesta is not worthy a full feature tbh. I have had full features in the past though with other cars which was good but the cars have long since been sold now. The pics of the cosworth on this thread appeared in FastFord which was cool and I got a cd of the photos.
The zetec does need to go in but I never seem to get the time just recently. Must do better.
Well no updates again for while. I have not done much, I ended up using it daily again for a brief period. It is currently clean and back in the garage.
I was having a look on my facebook news feed a couple of weeks back and I came across a set of steels which turned out to be within striking distance from work but I was due to fly to the south of France the next day for weeks holiday! Not ideal as people were already showing interest within minutes of the post going live so I had to pick them up on the day I broke up putting about 80 miles onto of the journey home. Ideal when you have to be up to go to the airport in the middle of the night.
I couldn't pass on them though as they were only £80 for the 4 and they don't come up for sale to often. I have dug the best of my original 4 to make set of 5.
I will get them in to the powder coaters later in the week. I am going to try a different company to who done the pepperpots as there prices are getting out of control and this other place is charging what I was paying at the original place 10 years ago.
I had a conversation with a guy I know a few weeks back who has put a few Zetec's in Escorts and he said I am best off getting a gearbox out of an Escort GTI as they are better than getting an RS turbo box. He says the ratios are good out of a GTI and the original box will not last if you go above 5000rpm regularly likewise with a turbo box. The escort I did the zetec install in had to have a replacement box in after I had sold it which leads me to think I would be better off with an IB5 but will my XR2 drive shafts fit and will it bolt straight in?
Parts Needed are:
Flywheel 115 bhp escort one(may have one coming my way) Escort GTI gearbox Suitable clutch, (advice says RS turbo one with GTI release if using GTI box) Fuel tank with internal pump and swirl pot. (not keen on making my own) The ones on ebay with a swirl pot were for euro applications and I am advised by a previous authorised dealer for the manufacturer that they are terrible quality. Exhaust I am unsure which way to go, I have the down pipe off the escort so I could mate it to the XR2 system but it may restrict it slightly. I could use the escort down pipe and have a stainless system made for it which would probably work best but would rather have it looking kind of standard as it does now. Last of all you can buy an adaptor plate to use the whole cvh system and just add a sensor whole in my down pipe. see link. Adaptor plate I have heard the studs are welded to a 1mm plate on the back though which sounds poor? Anyone used one? I am not after the cheapest option I am after the most suitable option to achieve the look without sapping power. I am looking at a 40bhp increase hopefully over the cvh setup.
Priority is flywheel, gearbox and clutch so I can get it bolted in as I am right out of space with all these engines dashed all over the garage and shed.
A little progress during the week. My flywheel has found its way to me. Cheers Craig if your reading this.
It is a little rusty but I will clean it up and see what I think but a skim may be the answer especially if I use a turbo clutch as the outer edge will have contact on the area of the flywheel that has never been used so there will be a step in the surface area.
Next up was I had a play with the alternator and the zetec pulley needed 4mm taking off the back to align it with the other pulleys. I had to do the same on the escort when I did that. I have still never read of this being done on other people's threads on various forums I have looked at which makes me wonder weather most people just stick the belt on and hope for the best!
This is after the 4mm had been removed. Thanks to another mate Ken for this one. I will do a bit more tomorrow. The alternator needs a good clean before I put the pulley on and I am tempted to paint the block but we will see.
Last Edit: Sept 30, 2016 21:36:57 GMT by philsford