Looking at buying a Sierra saph cossie here for not too much money. Owner says he has reciepts for a full engine rebuild and a dyno sheet for some serious torque at 19 psi. But what should I be looking for when it comes to inspecting one of these bad boys?
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Sierra Cosworth: what to look for?
Posted 22 September 2016 - 06:58 PM
Proud owner of a 2005 Mondeo ST220. Big upgrade from the tired old 1997 ST24, which went out in a blaze of glory fighting off Hondas and BMWs
If its got tits or tyres, it'll give you trouble......
Have you ever noticed? Anyone going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a moron
Posted 22 September 2016 - 07:56 PM
Posted 23 September 2016 - 08:17 PM
Because of age of this model the first enemy will be corrosion, then because of performance second problem to be aware of is poorly repaired accident damage.
A couple of years ago I sold a rust free 2door Sierra shell with full Cossie body kit to someone wanting to re-shell a Four Wheel Drive Saph.
His car was modified to a pretty high spec but, underneath it was possible to put your fist through the chassis.
Posted 24 September 2016 - 08:08 PM
Engine wise listen for clackety hydraulic tappets on start up indicating they are worn and need replacing, smoke from the exhaust is usually worn turbo seals or piston rings, puff of smoke from the exhaust on the over run after acceleration is worn valve guides.
53 Ink Blue Mondeo ST220 estate
08 Tonic Blue S-Max Titanium
And my other toys are:
1994 Radiant Red Ford Escort RS2000 4x4
1987 Diamond White Ford Capri 2.8i special
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