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changed the battery

hope it gives me the fix to the issues i've had

the battery in the car is showing 12.3v with everything off

not enough to start

give it a jump and it starts on the button, then it's showing 14.19v and with a little bit of throttle it's showing 14.26v

the fiesta i jumped it with is showing 14.46v when running

is this a small enough issue to make you think it's not the battery?

if it is then great, but if not, i can jump it on the morning when i go to ford fair :)
 

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i moved the fiesta because the mrs parked it too close to themondeo, now i can open the door and take some pictures of stuff that's broken lol

actually, not technically broken, just not working because i used the wrong switch
 

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Today's 'work' on the car involved rummaging through boxes of spare parts just to see what was in them as I'd forgotten :)
i've got some boxes like that

i'm currently rummaging through the garages looking for those boxes in order to rummage through them to look for stuff i'm not sure i've got lol!!!!!!!!!!
 

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i rode m bike carefully past the car today as i'm currently woring int he gaarage with sparks and things removing and refurning the front wishobones with ne bushes and bll joints, needs a grinder so the car is fasfer in the sun that anywhere near the spraking stuff
 

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and this afternoon i've broken the replacement front wishbone, and a hacksaw, and possibly my wrist

a friendly reminder folks to not drink and car
 

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i'll get the boy to get some once he's home from school

but i took the brave decision to give up and order some new ones from ebay that i an then professionally have the bushes removed from

that way they can have the headache of all that utter <bleep> of a job
 

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and this afternoon i've broken the replacement front wishbone, and a hacksaw, and possibly my wrist

a friendly reminder folks to not drink and car
Pictures if you please!

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broke the weld pushing the bush out

so annoyed

but at least i found a brand new one online so i'll get that professionally removed at a later date
 

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difficult solution to a non-problem
A clever idea, but something that could be an annoyance at MOT time. I keep a spare grill for MOTs as my badgeless grill seemed to leave testers just staring at it the year it left it on for the MOT :)
true - else they'd probably break the thing in an attempt to open the bonnet...
The time I forgot to fit the standard grill I was sat in the MOT viewing area and saw a mechanic looking at the front end. At first I thought they were checking the lights worked or something, then another one went over and they were both staring at the front end.
Then one of them came over and explained they couldn't figure out how to open the bonnet :)
i'm sure there's a thread somewhere in regards to using the mk4 bonnet lock and latch along with the mk3 focus cable to do away with all this key nonsense in the first place

i've seen the thread but can't remember where it was, might have been bookface
 

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drove it to get a new driveshaft fitted

along with fancy bushes in the wishbones

turns out the cv was seized into the hub

eventually it came out

only to find that the shaft is buggered

and that the replacement was the wrong one

shorter

thinner

wrong cv on the gearbox end

all in all, lots of time spent on waiting around and being cross

tomorrow i might set it on fire
 

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Tried to change the lower gearbox mount, what a nightmare :(

undertray off, bolt in the small bush side of the mount came out no problem, bolt in the bigger bush wont budge, now completely rounded off :( tried the irwin sockets on it, wont grip it at all, tried knocking it round with a chisel, still wont budge, short of welding a nut onto it i dont have a clue how to get this thing out, whoever torqued this up certainly done it well. so might be off to the garage to get them to get it out and replace the bolt for me.
swapped this recently on the fiesta

i found that if the socket wasn't perfectly aligned with the head of the bolt it would slip and subsequently round abit of the bolt head off as they aren't as tall as you would expect

then used a longer breaker bar after i'd lifted the car up higher to allow for the extra swing it needed

might also be a case of the metal of the bolt corroding into the aluminum of the casing of the hole it's going onto
 

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poly hangers are only a fiver, well, at least they were when i bought 4 for mine, i think iv'e still got one spare as a "just in case back up" :)

although you have to sort of wonder where they went to school when you see pics like this
 

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Regarding the caliper, I bought a pair and even though they fit, the lug for the locating pin on the pads was in the wrong place so I couldn't fit the brake pads
They sit further up for some reason than normal and there is an extra slot cut into the piston to locate them
Strange
Can you post a pic so that I can confirm
Either that or I've got the wrong pads
 

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wired up the amp from the other day, drove to work, like a boss, parked up, then stood back and watched all the admiring views from the rest of the staff :)
 

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I decided that I was finally going to figure out why why rear inner arch liners didn't correctly fit the bumper
This lead to the back end being another foot off the ground
And while I was investigating I spotted a rather rusty exhaust hanger
But that meant removing the tow bar
And then I found a rotten exhaust heat shield
But I can't get it out without removing the exhaust
On both sides
And the rear bumper
But at least I could then fix the broken hanger in the middle of the car
From the speed humps
And with the exhaust out of the way I can finally fix the fuel filler spout to tank connection
And remove and replace the rusty rear suspension camber bolts
Which is a good reason to drop the rear suspension completely to give it a refurb
And if the suspension is out of the way, I may as well clean up any little bits of surface rust underneath too
Because I'll have to remove the arch liners anyway
And if they are off, so are the wheels, get them powder coated again as they are nearly as old as my son
And if the back wheels are off, so are the fronts
Which means I can do the front arches too
And sort the peeling lacquer on the wings
Which means removing the front bumper
So I can refit it properly afterwards
 

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I decided that I was finally going to figure out why why rear inner arch liners didn't correctly fit the bumper
This lead to the back end being another foot off the ground
And while I was investigating I spotted a rather rusty exhaust hanger
But that meant removing the tow bar
And then I found a rotten exhaust heat shield
But I can't get it out without removing the exhaust
On both sides
And the rear bumper
But at least I could then fix the broken hanger in the middle of the car
From the speed humps
And with the exhaust out of the way I can finally fix the fuel filler spout to tank connection
And remove and replace the rusty rear suspension camber bolts
Which is a good reason to drop the rear suspension completely to give it a refurb
And if the suspension is out of the way, I may as well clean up any little bits of surface rust underneath too
Because I'll have to remove the arch liners anyway
And if they are off, so are the wheels, get them powder coated again as they are nearly as old as my son
And if the back wheels are off, so are the fronts
Which means I can do the front arches too
And sort the peeling lacquer on the wings
Which means removing the front bumper
So I can refit it properly afterwards
Heat shields are roughly £50 - 100 each depending on size.

I refurbed my shields late last year and got them back to looking like new for very little money. I did buy new clamp washers, but treated them before fitting to cut down on galvanic corrosion.
i used lucozade bottle tops for the time being as there's no thread left on the studs to screw the clips onto :(
 

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i took it off the "ramps" and cleaned it

then parked it back up again

my bits for my stereo install that were supposed to turn up last friday have yet to arrive so i've done nothing

even though i was supposed to fix loads of stuff underneath
 

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8*18 compomotive Mo's
Anthracite powder coated
Needed them to clear the brakes :)
Need to be done again, but this lockdown has put paid to those plans this summer:(
 

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8*18 compomotive Mo's
Anthracite powder coated
Needed them to clear the brakes :)
Need to be done again, but this lockdown has put paid to those plans this summer:(
I love those brakes! What are they from? 4 pots?
6 pot :)
I could have gone bigger and kick myself every day for not adding that extra 16mm :(

8*18 compomotive Mo's
Anthracite powder coated
Needed them to clear the brakes :)
Need to be done again, but this lockdown has put paid to those plans this summer:(
Luv those Compomotive wheels. Popular fitment for Sierra and Escort Cosworth. Dont see to many on Mondeo's at £300 per wheel. Once you factor in cost of decent 225,40,18 tyres and a lowering suspension kit cost would be well over £2000... Ouch.
Yeah, I can see why people would think twice, but I had a fair bit of disposable income then so didn't worry splurging twice what the car was with if a set of wheels and brakes
Couldn't do it now though, no way no how do I guess I'm one of the lucky ones :)

I got the bits for my stereo install this evening too so I may spend tomorrow putting wires together and testing :)
 

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Judging from the level of modification on the exterior, I'm looking forward to seeing the audio installed
working denso in a prefacelift do it for you ?

:)
 
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