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Sierra Cosworth: what to look for?

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#1 PRC Ghost Rider

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 06:58 PM

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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Posted 22 September 2016 - 07:56 PM

Best thing to look at mate is a nice clean mirror and think, am I ready for this. Nice car mate but just be careful if you buy one, they pack a really good punch

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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.

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 08:08 PM

I owned one for 8 years, as said above the body is a normal Sierra so look for rot in the usual places, especially the rear chassis legs above the rear beam mounting bushes, the loads here cause the factory Underseal to flex and crack letting the moisture in and the rust to take hold, door bottoms and rear arches need a check too.
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.

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