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Post by frodo on Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:07 pm

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After some encouragement from Laura I've bought a cheapy to get out on track in! It's a 93 Fiesta with a 2000cc silver top Zetec in it - has been stored on a drive for the last few years so is a bit grim but nothing a little elbow grease won't sort out. Big jobs are to sort out the brakes, which look like they've been stored under the sea, and replace the water pump (not quite broken but the pulley is eccentric as hell and its leaking a smidge) and the timing belt (you have to take it off to get to the water pump so you may as well). A few other tidying jobs and a set of partworns, and we should be ready to test!

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Post by IAN51 on Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:38 pm

Awesome mate that should go really well 170-180bhp even if its standard you should have a blast in that
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Post by billy f on Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:40 am

Hi Frodo

Hope you manage to get it prepped without too much hassle, it looks like a fun car and it will be good to see you back on the circuits again Very Happy

Looks like a really tidy car except for that colour under the bonnet, with the rust spots it makes the engine bay look like a half empty tub of mint choc-chip ice cream Rolling Eyes

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Post by frodo on Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:45 pm

Yeah it is a very unpleasant colour! I'll try to paint it white as and when, but I'll be brush-painting not spraying - this is meant to be a cheap car Smile need to do the sills/underside as a priority before they rust away!
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Post by numbnuts on Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:55 pm

The cam cover looks like a black top zetec (is it plastic?) The covers can be interchanged between the engines but it is posssible that you have a more modern engine than you where led to believe?

If it is a silvertop standard tune on 45's you would be looking at 165bhp.
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Post by frodo on Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:20 pm

Hi Ed,

I wasn't sure, but my engine code is NGA which apparently makes it a Phase 2 silvertop (but with a black cam cover)...
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Post by numbnuts on Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:23 pm

Yep they did make a few of them just to confuse people like me
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Post by frodo on Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:38 pm

Fiesta update - sills derusted, rear coilovers and strut brace fitted, body tidied, rear brakes stripped/rebuilt, better seat fitted, new battery fitted and the box moved... It's all go!

Unfortunately I still can't get the wobble out of the NSF wheel, and I broke a race on the new wheel bearing trying to (brute force and ignorance failed). Inner and outer CV joints (and another wheel bearing kit!) next. Then I'll put the rebuilt front brakes on with some s/h Koni adjustables, and swap timing belt/waterpump before servicing it... Getting there!
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Post by frodo on Sat Jul 25, 2015 5:28 pm

Because pictures are good...



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Post by Jackracing on Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:47 pm


Ooooo an orange theme Smile
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Post by numbnuts on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:30 pm

Must of run out of pink at demon tweeks!
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Post by frodo on Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:35 pm

Have you bought it all Ed?!

I thought about ditching the orange but I'd have had to paint the wingmirrors anyway and it kinda grew on me. Plus stripes add at least 10bhp, everyone knows that Smile
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Post by IAN51 on Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:31 pm

Looking good mate ! When / where you planning on racing it.
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Post by frodo on Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:42 pm

Sometime in August or Sept hopefully, but no plans more than that. I'm off on holiday in ten days, then have a survival course for two weeks in Sept before I go back to Cyprus/Iraq until December (then maybe Plum Pud if Laura doesn't mind!), so time is against me a little bit. I definitely plan on doing an evening trackday at Snett before I enter a race though!
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Post by billy f on Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:30 am

Looks like you've done another signature "Frodo" makeover Very Happy

Its come up really well, looking forward to seeing it out on the racetracks.

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Post by frodo on Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:20 pm

Wheel wobble finally sorted, struts swapped, halfway through the belt service... But not going to make Brands Sad getting there though!
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Post by frodo on Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:35 am

Long time no update (been busy doing 'stuff' over Iraq) - managed to pick up a quality set of 4 secondhand Leda coilovers which Gaz have rebuilt for me. Also sold the Kitten and moved the Fiesta into the garage! Plans for the next two weeks of R&R are to swap the struts for the decent set, swap the wishbones at the same time (the ones on the car have knackered bushes), then get the bugger running and try to do a trackday. Need to get some material milled off my calipers though, anybody know someone near King's Lynn who can do that?

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Post by billy f on Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:13 pm

Hi Frodo

Sad to hear the Kitten has gone, but it will free up space and funding to get you back on track again Very Happy

Not sure on where to get the milling done, other than Workshops.

If you get it ready in time, how about racing it at Snetterton in November (see bargain racing in the events area)?

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Post by frodo on Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:21 pm

I'd love to but I'll be back out on Op Shader on Nov 4th until December - hence Plum Pud (maybe) as my debut in it!
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Post by billy f on Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:23 pm

Regs and entry form for plum pud have not been issued yet, but as soon as they are, they will be posted on here.

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Post by frodo on Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:17 pm

Leda adjustables with rose-jointed top mounts - to be fitted tomorrow.



Plus a new 6pt harness as the current 4pt goes out of date at the end of the year - only £108 delivered from Peter Lloyd Rallying!
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Post by frodo on Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:50 pm

Top mounts on, rear shocks on (after a little fettling), fronts/uprights/calipers off being machined so that (finally!) everything goes together properly. Means no testing and no Plum Pud this year but at least it'll be sorted once and for all. Also picked up an RS Turbo gearbox - which comes with LSD......
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Post by IAN51 on Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:38 pm

Nice one mate look forward to seeing it out
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Post by frodo on Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:04 pm

Finally back in the UK! You may have seen me on the news doing some stuff in the last couple of weeks Wink

Managed to get out into the garage tonight - OSF corner built up, new wishbone fitted along with machined/painted upright, Leda strut, RS500 caliper and Fiesta ST150 Pagid disc. Pads are Mintex M1144 for now as they're cheap!



Also have rebuilt the RS Turbo gearbox:



I'm planning on doing a bit of time with the standard box to see what the ratios are like, then try the RS Turbo box, then probably build a hybrid of the two. We'll see!
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Post by billy f on Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:32 am

Good to hear your back home, hope Santa brings you some more goodies for the car santa

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