Brought the car home today. And spent about 5 hours driving it. It all feels pretty solid, and even though the LSD doesn't hold on tarmac (It does hold brilliantly on gravel though ), it's a load of fun. The engine is very perky and the gearbox feels good, if a bit "inaccurate" at times.
Going to wash it and give it a small service tomorrow, also might buy some new front speakers, since the current ones are shot.
I took some better pictures, but I can't get them off the camera since I don't have the lead which connects it to the pc.
EDIT: Oh yeah, the end-part of the exhaust is rusted through and full of holes, will need to replace it
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Also swapped the stereo today for a Denver unit I've had laying around. THe old one was held in place by a very intricate setup of double sided tape. Took me like 1/2 hour to take it off without damaging anything.
So far, so good.
Hammered&and rust treated the front right wing today. I have to say that that Ford used some quality steel on the car, it just wouldn't bend back, really strong stuff.
The close up shot of the front wing makes it look very bumpy and uneven, but it's the lighting and rust treatment stuff messing with the camera(phone). It's not silky smooth, but good enough for some filler & paint. Also bought a full exhaust from a friend for a grand price of 1.20€ It's rusted in two, but luckily the parts that are blown in my car are in really nice condition
I'll most likely proceed with the filler/primer tomorrow, will post pics.
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You need some BBS wheels!
Car looks great though. The Euro body looks so much better than the US market version..
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In the past few days, the gearbox has developed a rattle at 5.5k rpm+.
It's only apparent under heavy acceleration/ powersliding, but the noise is quite sudden and VERY annoying. It sounded like somethingwas loose around the gearstick under all the rubber gaskets/covers, etc. Well, I took it off and found that one of the previous owners had made a short shift kit alá angle grinder Then, after finishing and realizing the mistake he made, he made an extension to bring it back to stock.
I removed the extension, thinking it might be the cause of the rattle, but no cigar. Still, I'm going to leave it as a "short shifter" for a while to see how it feels. I'm going to remove the gearlever altogether tomorrow and see if there is something loose inside the final rubber gasket. I'm just hoping it's not a broken bearing/seal/etc. inside the gearbox, since I have no tools/place to work on it.
EDIT: I think I know where the problem is. I think there is something wrong with the vibration dampener/etc. where the gear stick meets the casing. Easy fix, eh? Just bolt out the gear stick and see what's wrong?
No. The previous owner also most likely had a little rattling, since one of the Torx headed bolts which holds the gear stick assembly to the gearbox casing was shot. I mean how the HELL do you wear out a torx bolt?!?! I'm going to have to very carefully drill the old bolt out and find a new one from the breakers/hardware store..
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Nice car. I have a fondness for Sierras had a few most notable was XR4x4. Great fun to drive didn't give good MPG though..
Atm 120kph is deafening, and I can just FEEL the petrol flowing out of the tank
Took the spare wheel out today, and cleaned the spare wheel well. The previous owner had FILLED it with that rust proofing coating (underseal), and it hadn't hardened/stuck properly, since it was all moist and gooey. Good news is that the whole trunk area is pristine with no rust whatsoever.
Going to pick up new headlights, bumpers and a Cosworth grille tomorrow, will update with pics.
I'll probably have the bits in a couple of weeks time, besides, I still need to sand the front wing a bit more, and buff the whole car up. I found a paint that matches pretty much perfectly with the Ford Diamond white
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