Ownership Verified: My Summer Car - a 1993 Ford Sierra 2.0 DOHC Saphir

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It stinks that the car was backed into, but I'm glad you fixed it.

On those wheels, what are the specs on them? 15x? Do you know the offset or backspacing? Better question is, would you ship them to some fat bloke in America?
 

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CraigB;n3552608 said:
It stinks that the car was backed into, but I'm glad you fixed it.

On those wheels, what are the specs on them? 15x? Do you know the offset or backspacing? Better question is, would you ship them to some fat bloke in America?
Here, this is imprinted on them:

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I guess I could do that. :) I need to check how and how much it would cost. I'll come back to ya!
 

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Awesome! If it helps my zip is 64832 or if it's cheaper 64801 is the zip for the trophy shop.
 

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Ahh, how nice it is to have a working car again. I hope it stays that way for quite some time. I mean, it would be a shame if something where to break right now, wouldn't it?



Yesterday evening my cooling failed. Still not entirely sure what it was; will go to my mechanic today. But lesson to my future self: never have a radiator repaired, always wait for a new part.

...which isn't so easy in this case, because the radiator is still being specially made for the car. Could easily take a month. sigh
 
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Okay so... where do I start. Let's do it somewhat chronologically.



First of all, because of a misaligned front number plate (this is for you, D-fence) I ordered the one must-have mod for every car person who likes to pose with their cars.

Onwards, to a small site anecdote of me visiting a friend who lives in Bavaria. While driving around the town, he told me there's a Sierra somewhere in his city with a Cosworth spoiler on it. Half an hour later, we did find it - and, as it turns out, I actually knew the car, and it even was for sale. It's a '91 "Stufe" with a 2.9 24V BOA swap, an ex-hill climb race car. I've known about the car since 2012, iirc.

Here is when we found it live...










I texted the number and arranged a test drive a couple of weeks later, in minus Celsius degrees, with semi slicks, when it was starting to snow. And of course with a welded diff. Sadly I don't have pictures of it, only videos (links: 1, 2, 3), but it drove really well. It's actually fully TÜV legal, it even says in the papers that the car can run with what is basically a near-straight pipe with just a rear muffler installed. Fully fucking road legal ex race car. This makes me moist. This is only possible because it was built and TÜV-approved like this in the 90s. Modern day TÜV would say fuckkkk nooo to you but since it's all in the papers, you could also say fuckkkk yeahhh to modern day police patrols.

This is a pic of the car when I found it for sale in 2012:


Sad looking, neglected, paint coming off...

Luckily, someone restored it, then sold it to the guy who was selling it now then. Fun fact... he's a driving school owner, who likes to go drifting on his weekends off. Now that is a cool driving school teacher. He actually send me some of the restauration and original 90s build photos, but I can't find them anymore.

That guy then posted this...



...picture last summer in a Ford Sierra facebook group, just casually asking about an MT75 V6 gearbox to fit to his BOA because he broke his T9 V6 gearbox... doing a burnout. Lol. Quite a lot of people commented under the picture, asking what was done to the car, and people wanting to buy the wing off him (one guy even saying he'd easily give him a grand for it, because it is VERY rare).

I instantly recognized the car back from 2012 and was very happy to see that someone has restored it to original condition. I didn't even think about the numberplate being from the same city where that friend of mine lives...
Then finding it by pure luck in said city and being able to test drive and potentially buy it was amazing. In the end, I didn't purchase it because he wouldn't budge with the price in the slightest (mostly because of having had that new MT75 V6 gearbox fitted recently), and ... well, he only told me when I took it for a test drive that the whole wiring loom of the car isn't fully connected, partly fucked and that no dials (except the external rev counter) works. That means quite a lot of work, especially for me, being not very good at electrics and electronics.

Anyway, that's the end of that story, and I am really sad that I didn't buy it in the end... but I do approve it massively and... LAUTly!



Bonus points for those spotting the GT86 of my friend in the background which was wrapped around the tree in snow a month later. R.I.P. in fucking R.I.P. ...

Well, going forward in the story with my Sierra now.

TÜV was running out on march, and I needed to fix the sills, which were getting more and more rusty, for TÜV - albeit it being only visually. But hey, if that gets you to pass...

I don't have the exact pictures how it looked like before, but you can find some of them one or two pages down the thread, and just imagine it being quite a bit worse with the sills rusting from the inside out.

So, on I went with trying to somewhat sandpaper down the old paint, putting some kind of anti-rust-fluid on it, a little bit of zink spray, paint (was quite tough to find Nordic Green Metallic) and clearcoat. I think, for a sunday morning excercise on the parking lot and having never done this before, this came out really nicely.







See above how bodged the rear right sill is. This was done by the previous-previous owner.





And in this pic, you can see how the lower sill line is actually kind of pressed into the car, probably because someone tried to jack up the car there. And yes, it's way too soft for that now. It's really just crust with paint on top of it, to make it look nice to easily pass TÜV. Oh, and to get the lowering springs in the papers, which were installed before I bought the car, and apparently the last TÜV guy didn't even notice them. Well... I don't wanna push my luck, as they are bright red, even with the dirt on it.

Coming towards TÜV, turns out I would pass if only I didn't have the following faults in my car:

  • missing safety jackets
  • missing warning triangle
  • missing first aid kit
  • rear left handbrake without any function at all.
Well, the first three things are easy. Actually, I didn't fail them. I put all of those CLEARLY visible in the back pockets of the driver's and co-driver's seats but... he didn't see them. Ouch!

The handbrake... well, I knew it was not in the best working order. So that wasn't really kind of a bummer, I just hoped it might, just might pass with it. Oh and yeah, the guy also didn't notice my leaking radiator, but he showed me how I baaaarely passed emissions. I took the car for a nice 200-kph-on-the-speedo-Autobahn-run beforehand, otherwise the catalytic converter would have easily made me fail. A new one is 1000+ euros. nope.jpg.

So, last weeks tuesday I finally had the chance of getting a new brake caliper at the rear left fitted and the handbrake fixed. The car was, by then, now ready for TÜV re-examination. Well, two days later, on thursday, I set off towards Spa in Belgium for a nice racing weekend when suddenly...




Yeah. When I set off, the exhaust was intact and not louder than it should be. Some couple of hundreds of kilometers into the journey, the middle silencer broke off due to rusting from inside out. As if the exhaust was ten years old... which it infact isn't. It's around two years old, with all the stickers still on it. HOW CHEAP do you car parts have to be when replacing them that this exhaust was only good for such a short period before fully rusting away?! Boggles my mind how bad the quality of this exhaust is.

That pipe with the screw in it is already from when the very friendly (and former Sierra V6 owner, as he told me) ADAC-guy tried to hackjob-repair the car on the spot next to the Autobahn on a shady parking lot.



This is the end result, having held together for more than 1000 kilometers, having driven a basically not-inspected and non-road-legal car over countries borders, while also being so loud from the inside... my ears weren't ringing because of the action on Spa circuit, but because of the middle silencer being fully broken. I must have looked like an absolute idiot. But best ghettofix I've ever used.

Well, what to do now? This would be needed to be fixed until the end of may, otherwise a re-examination at TÜV is not possible and I have to do a full inspection (all those moneyz...) again. I am already more into it money-wise than the car is worth without TÜV - and repairing this (if I can find someone local who's skilled enough to weld this, which might be tough) will result in costs for making this shitbox road worthy which are higher than it the car is worth freshly TÜVed.

I am so fed up with this and unsure what to do. At least since april I finally managed to rent a little parking spot for myself, so in the event of having this being declared off the road, I can still park it legally there. It's not possible to park a car legally without plates on the open street.

Anyone wanna buy a Sierra with LSD? It's yours for very cheap. Antti told me, he found a Sierra-free like to be quite a good life. I can't wait to finally join that life (again). Owning a beater-level car that needs stuff done without time, space, readily available parts, will to spend money, and in the year 2019, where this car feels so out of place, is such a pain in the arse. My goal for this year has been just to TÜV and sell it, and that's now taking five and a half months so far... and yesterday I even picked some wheels up from a friend who bought them for me in january, and was holding onto them for me for so long. I've basically now bought wheels for a car (the same ones as before, 15 inch, but painted in grey) that I want to get rid off anyway. I also do have a spare radiator with fans lying around in the basement, but no one wants to buy that off me so far.
 
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WELDED DIFF LIFE YO... uhm wait, what?

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And the car might actually change hands soon!
 

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ALL THE WELD! :ROFLMAO:
 

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Rumor has it, in my massive update post above I totally forgot to tell you guys and girls about the fact that after a stonechip in january I have had the windscreen replaced in february. Of course things like this happen right before TÜV, and the windscreen needed to be replaced as the stonechip was within the driver's field of view straight ahead. But I was told there is no rust on the windscreen mounting, which is really, really cool.

And, speaking of TÜV, on the day I had it welded, I also spontaneously drove to the TÜV station some two kilometers down the road, as the workshop's secretary told me I should just try my luck there. They were about to close the shop, but the guy still said we could do the re-examination as it only takes like 10 minutes. He was glad to see one of these and asked me if they are rare. Yes, I replied, stating that there are only 8 left within my county.
He said the rubber mounts for the front anti roll bar were quite worn, but not yet harmful. Always interesting how spontanous the inspection guys find stuff like this - when I went to TÜV at the beginning of the month, he didn't say anything about that. Maybe he just hasn't had a proper look at it.

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Oh and ... well, another rumor has it, the car is now sold. And you know what, I think it even stays within the forums - how cool is that? :)
 
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One day we will find out who bought it... one day...
 

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So I bought the Sierra...and it's lovely!

Mitchi was so kind to deliver it to Berlin where we had the chance to watch Dr Grip drain some fluids out of his transmission and have dinner later.

Today the car travelled south after a long life in the north of Germany. With crowded roads and boiling temperatures it wasn't the most enjoyable drive but the Sierra tried it's best to make it fun and ran at 160 - 200 kph easily where it was possible...and still only drank 8.4 l/100km (33.6 mpg uk). Just dropped off the extra set of wheels and spare parts at the workshop and tomorrow I'll have a closer look at the few little issues it has :)

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I'll continue it's story in another thread...
 
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