Exferes

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  • Birthday 10/18/1988

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    Jean-Claude

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    Fiesta
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    2005
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  1. Hi all :) wow havnt been here forever. So sadly i have bad news... the project has come to a end... a complete end :( Had some small things to tend too to finally make the project complete but a friend needed a car and i sold it to him at a good price as he sold me my first car at a good price. so i returned the favor. he was very proud of owning the car as he knew how far it has come and all the hard work put into it and we were still going to finish off the small things. Sadly there were in an accident and the car took a beating in front from a side impact on the nose. lucky no one got hurt. i have added the pictures from when we fetched it from the holding grounds :( Poor car :( it doesnt look like much so i decided to start taking panels and parts off in the front. saw that the arms were bent as well as a broken starter (it fell out in pieces) the engine was pushed back against the firewall. but where everything was shifted too it still rolled freely on the wheels, had breaks, lights and car sound worked. just never started the motor to see if it could drive. but for me work was getting to much and didnt have time to bring her back to life again. so sadly the car was sold as is :( It was a great project and wish i could have seen it to the end :) it taught me alot :) also what to look for when buying a new car wether it is brand new or 2nd hand or even accident damaged and repaired really well. Thank you all for the support! :) In memory of my project :D
  2. Hey guys. wow been long since i was here :D but before i start.. here are some up to date pics of the car completed and on the road :D ok took those just now :) so they are recent. still havnt hud luck with the airbag covers yet so iv given up on them.bought an aftermarket steering wheel for the drivers side and i just need to neaten up the passanger airbag cover. it is missing for now as iv had friends try find a weird rattling noise from under the dash. had no luck yet and its the last rattle i need to get rid of. i have sorted the scraping noise. took it to a new mechanic and he said they tightened the shocks and the bottom plate that mounts under the car. said some bolts were loose. and he tightened the drive shafts. cant believe the last guy loosened stuff and still told be he heard nothing. well the noise is gone. it was that scraping noise when accelerating. i also got some mags from the new fiesta. sadly one is bent and 2 are black and 2 are silver but they beat the old bent mags. also got speakers from the doors. yay car sound!!! i was singing along to rattles :P things still left which im getting too slowly :D the power steering bottle started leaking. my make shift planlooks like it has failed. lol there is power steering fluid all over the engine bay and all over the garage floor. need to connect the spot lights in the bumper need to find out why the doors light on the consol stays on when doors are closed(it keeps the light in the car on) need to sort out the petrol leaking out the tank. hmmm i think that was it so far.. oh still need to do the aircon in the car. found a guy who can do the pipes for cheap but i got to get in there and get them out.dam gonna be a hard job but so far im happy with the ride. wow its been a long project :P
  3. Thanks. Yes it’s been a good project :) well almost but not that bad yet :D but it’s nice to know the car, had a few rattles but a really annoying one behind the dash. So I quickly stripped the dash (could never have done that back in the day) and found I forgot to tighten one of the bolts that holds the heater box :) silly me. Sorry for no new picks yet. Promise they are still coming. I’m almost there. So far got a new badge so front grill is complete, got the bonnet nozzle things to spray the windscreen and got the globes for the spots in the bumper. Damn ford were cleaver when they did those globes. Tried every spare shop I could find and no one could help me. So I had to go to ford. I got them for roughly 30 Euros each (385 rand) it’s this globe with the plastic clip piece moulded onto the globe. So it’s a ford only item. No wonder I see so many fiesta's that haven’t replaced the globes. I am still struggling with the Air bags. found non second hand yet or even just the covers. Was thinking of maybe putting an aftermarket steering wheel on the drivers side if i still cant get lucky. It about 800 Euros (10200 rand) for the Air bags at Ford and sadly we have guys that repair air bags and they want even more to repair them than for does brand new. I sorted th exhaust finally. The rattling from front to back was killing me. So its a much quieter ride now. I have to look into the drive shafts. when you accelerate to a point it makes a scrapping noise. think its around 40KM/ 25miles. if you put the clutch in it stops and if you relase the clutch the noise comes back. So maybe the gear box is putting tension on something. Going to have to look into it, cant be a good thing. also noticed when you accelerate the car pulls heavily to the right. you driving like normal and let go of the steering it drives straight but as you give it some gas it pulls right. im really not sure why it is doing that. also noticed when idling the car shakes alot from the engine like i have a old v8 in there. think maybe engine mountings. but not sure as i replaced those. i also have a leaking fuel tank. filled it up full and out came all the petrol. so going to have to sort that out aswell. so just some minor big things to do still and it should be complete :D but ill try get those pictures up of the outside so long :)
  4. we got the car jacked up again and removed the wheel hubs and all the other bits down to the drive shafts or tripod looking things. decided to replace those as the one bearing was bent on one of them. that was a really a hard job to do. getting them out is really hard. had to get a old cv joint and attach it to the end and hit it with a rubber hammer till it came out of the innver cv joint. yet when you pop the new one in there is no effort at all. so did all of that and put everything back together and tried another test drive around the block. still the same noise :( im really confused now. it cant be the new engine and gear box as it was in perfect condition. so i decided to take the car to a cv joint place in town just incase i was missing something. they called me later on to let me know there is nothing they can do. they assume it might be the gear box. so had to take the car back home. what a nightmare afternoon that was. was alone and had my friends corsa utility and the trailer. had to load it on myself. funny enough no one helped guide me at all they were all impatient as i blocked the drive way to load the car. i sort of got it on a hill so it was a flat surface but as i drove up the ramp the back of the corsa lifted up and went forward. so i tried again with a bit less speed and got the car on. went out to look and how i made it on the lord alone knows. the car was almost off the side of the trailer. but it was on and had to head off home. so got back home offloaded the car took the trailer back and then decided im going to jack the car up and put it in gear and see what happens. maybe i can find the noise. wow what a bad idea :D the whole engine was shaking the inner cv joint was pulling out of the gearbox i turned it off and went back to check and all the gearbox fluid was pouring on the ground. something was really not right.so i decided to call our mechanic friend across the road and ask if he can take a look. he has the better working invironment to work on cars. so i dropped it off and waiting for results. he called and let me know the inner cv joint was bent and they replaced it. they also had to put spacers somewhere to stop the tripod looking shafts from popping out. i went to collect and took it for a drive and wow much better. just a knocking noise and the exhaust scraping on the heat shield. but it drives!!! yay i decided since its working let me get it looking all nice and painted. i didnt have the setup to do the spray painting so i sent it to some people we know over christmas to new year. least the car was out of the way and locked up and they had plenty time to work on it. i fetched it in the new year as they had finished up. they did somehow manage to crack the windscreen but it was a small crack so i decided to leave it and collec the car. i just needed to clean it up and make it look all new :D i only have this photo of the car that i managed to take wow it looks so alive i took it home to show everyone how good it looks :)
  5. so... the above happened a long time ago now that i think about it :D so between late october and late june what has happened to the ford so far?? let me see if i can remember all the updates and details. sadly pictures are not available :( i have no clue why but ya missed loads of pics. i dont have exact times and dates so ill sum it all up in a long story :) After we got the car started and driving and heard all that noise from underneath i decided to go get a new crossmember (googled the name of the part he he :D ) i found that the fiesta i was getting parts from had it lying in its boot. was still in perfect condition. i checked that it was flush all round when i put it on a flat surface. so off i went home to install the new part. my step dad gave me a hand to speed things up. i see the plate is supported by the chassis with some big bolts. we also had to remove the bolts on the hubs and steering so we could drop it. i see the sway bar is attached to the unit so had to move that over to the new unit. i only have a pic of the old unit off of the car (i took it today :D still have it lying around) the dog ran in to investigate as i took the picture this is the new addition to our family :D the plate is very big. doesnt look that big on the car :) ok so got the new plate installed.was a bit of a mission getting the front right wishbone back in but with a bit of brute force all was back together took it out for another drive and that noise was still there. not sure what it could be :(
  6. wow great news!!! so i fitted the unit and turned the key... all the dials lit up like normal but the kilometers changed from about 70000 odd to 50000 odd which must be the original millage of the 1.6 engine now to start the car and hope for the best :D so exciting !!!! started 1st time!!! woohoo... oh yes!! below is the video clip. its black i know, my sister forgot to open the lense of her video camera before passing it on to my girlfriend. you can hear it start and there is also a whistling noise. no clue what could be causing that. but yay it starts :D http://s1238.photobucket.com/user/exferes/media/Ford%20Fiesta%20Project/Repair%20Work%20Day%2029/20121022052024_zps11d574f0.mp4.html decided since it starts might aswell take it round the block for a test drive. i have visual footage of this moment. the lense cover was off but the camera was out of focus for a little while and then came right :D can hear mom giving some support in the back ground. got my sister to take some pictures too :D http://s1238.photobucket.com/user/exferes/media/Ford%20Fiesta%20Project/Repair%20Work%20Day%2029/20121022052052_zps55948aca.mp4.html http://s1238.photobucket.com/user/exferes/media/Ford%20Fiesta%20Project/Repair%20Work%20Day%2029/20121022052113_zps4b1cb4d6.mp4.html it is a bit loud as i havnt put the exhaust back properly where the branches meet the piece under the car. will get to it soon :) ok so took it round the block.. wow doesnt sound good.. some terrible scraping noise form the front. sort of got it on video. and the idling is still up down up down. hmmm wander why. maybe the air flow meter isnt set right. http://s1238.photobucket.com/user/exferes/media/Ford%20Fiesta%20Project/Repair%20Work%20Day%2029/20121022052434_zps09e4738d.mp4.html here are the photo's from starting till we came back incase the vids dont work :) My step dad joined with for the 1st drive around the block :D I assume this was left behind when i decided to take it around the block. didnt know till i got back. and off we go (gotta love the back of a fiesta ) just short a nice bumper kit and twin pipes :P and we made it back all in one piece. the girlfriend got us on camera coming back in :) and we have landed. wow that tape around the windscreen looks bad. should never have used it in the 1st place OK so that noise was really a killer so i jacked the car up and checked underneath by the drive shafts and yip there was issues... glorious who knows what liquid pouring from somewhere something isnt right. looks like the shaft is catching on the plate that goes under the car to hold the wishbone in place. its squished the cv boot and pushed it off of its markings and broke the metal clamp that holds the boot in place i think it must have gotten bent from the accident. must have been from a pavement before the car hit a pole of some sort. if i look at this photo from a while back it looks bent and i struggled to get that wishbone in easy. looks like im going to have to go look for a new plate that goes under the car. hopefully a straight non bent one :) so far its been a good day. the car started and it drives. cant believe its come this far :D and taken so long
  7. hey guys. sorry iv been so scarce. Been busy with work, pc games, family, friends he he bad excuses to not update my progress :) wow its been so long. hmmm to think where i left off... :D so i got the car back from ford. they said im probably missing the fuse box and the spedometer unit. so the next day i decided to go back to the scrap yard where i got the engine from in hope to find either still there. sadly i got there and the car was missing the whole front right section and the inside was completely stripped. oh no what to do now :( so whilei was there i looked inside the heap of broken stuff inside the car to see if there was anything i can use. to my luck i found the spedometer unit. it was completely brown inside and out. i took it anyway in the hope it might still work from all the weather damage. couldnt find the fuse box but i dont really see how it could effect the car starting. so i stripped the spedometer unit to clean out all the sand and dirt. it looked brand new again :D i was still at work so i will only try fit it in the next day. wish me luck hope it gives good results :D
  8. Bad news guys.... Ford phoned... said i must come collect the ford. they cant get it started. asked the guy what was missing, he said i need the speedomete unit and the fuse box and the interior cable harness. so i told him ill collect. i shot off quick to the scrap yard to go look for the missing bits but all i found was the speedometer unit. the scrapyard ford was already being cut up so im lucky the unit was still there. it was so brown you couldnt even see the digits on the unit. had to strip it and clean every where. took forever but it looked good as new. then collected the car at ford.. shame it had to come back on a trailer. wish it started :( And off it went back home. Yes it is on the Chana again :) poor thing went flying forward as the guys pushed the car on. it had the hand break up but the weight of the ford lifted the chana's rear up and it wasnt in gear so it went shooting forward :D but we got the ford on the trailer. we had to use a dodgy trailer. was the cheapest alternative. you must all be wandering where are the wheel ramps. well.. .the trailer was designed for a dune buggy and the ramp piece folded over the car and was tied down, problem for the ford it would have scratched the boot lid broken. so the ramp had to be grinded after we got the car on. everyone was like WTF?? there at ford :) he he :( hope i can get some thing right. good news is ford didnt charge me. they said just get every thing back in and bring it back so they can finish and get it running. oh well.. let me not give up now. there is still hope :D
  9. Repair Work Day 28 Went out today and got a car trailer. was a dam big one but its all they had and i really wanted the car to go to ford so i took the big trailer :D We had to tow the trailer with a chana /channa (how ever you spell it) cause the hilux my stepdad has is too high and would have forced the trailer to scrape on the ground, and even if we did use it non of us could lift it onto the towbar cause the trailer was so heavy. well anyway the poor chana struggled but pulled the trailer home. then we had to get it in the driveway. that took forever cause we couldnt push it as it was too heavy so it was a case of in out till it finally made it in. after all the reversing we used the pulling thing on the trailer to pull the car up. problem we had now is we couldnt tow it. the trailer was almost 600kg and with the ford on it was over a ton and the chana could only handle so much and the hilux's are too high so we would end up destroying the trailer. sadly.. yes i know opel is hated... but i had only one friend that could help me at that time of the morning and had a code 10 drivers license to tow over 750kg's without getting a fine and his bakkie was a 1.8 so it was atleast gonna be a smooth trip to ford. so he arrived and we got the trailer setup on his vehicle so in the morning we could just head off. we decided to do a little inspecting before it went as the ford dealership would be driving it and i didnt want any hick-ups or an accident. thank goodness we checked as 2 of the wheel hub bolts were loose and the tires nuts were still loose. we checked the lights and i forgot the bulbs so had to put those in. the filled it with about 20 liters of fuel and as we poured it fell out the bottom. we check and the tow truck guys pulled the fuel pipe off of the tank to siphon the petrol. the anti siphon filter must have gotten in their way so they went straight to the source. that fuel pipe on the tank was a mission to get back. its so solid and doesnt have much room to bend but we finally got it on. i also forgot to mount the exhaust to the manifold but there was no time left for that so ford is gonna have one noisy car on their hands :D well it was already 12pm and we needed some rest for a early trip to beat traffic so that was it for the night. next morning we got up early. got some food in the system. fastend the ford down. now to get the trailer out. the way we got the trailer in it somehow got wedged behind the wall so now the mission started to get the trailer out so it was backwards forwards till no progress was showing. so we decided get the car at another angle. then we tried again. no progress. ok next idea. jack the trailer up with the highlift then pull it sideways away from the wall and then attach the trailer on the bakkie and try again. woohoo that actually worked. so we had it out the driveway. next issue. the way we got it out it was heading straight towards a tree. this morning couldnt have gotten any slower. so now some more backwards forwards. it got to the point were we miss the gate but hit the tree which would lead to the trailer driving up the tree or we miss the tree but hit the gate but the wheels would still stay on the ground. so... think... think some more... what the hell. told my friend to give it some gas and bam hit the gate and pulled past and it was out :D will sort the gate out later. but yay the ford was out the yard. so off we went to ford. smooth trip the whole way. got to ford booked it in. off loaded the car. handed over the keys and that was it for us. :D no we await ford's phone call to come say its ready :D the night before. we got the ford on the trailer ready to go and did some checks to make sure its ready then morning comes and we were ready to go and thats the fiesta being dopped off at ford :D i hope ford gives good news. and hope its soon :P
  10. Repair Work Day 27 ok back to that hub. sadly guys I have no pictures of the hub being fitted. I searched all my camera's and phones and not one had a picture. I sadly don't remember taking any. well ill try put all the details in :D so I was definitely on my own today. I knew I could do it. ok checked this high lift out and lying on the floor holding it up wasn't going to happen... really heavy need a plan here... BRICKS!!! :D I went around the yard and grabbed all the bricks I could find and rocks too :D then I strategically placed them the right height for the high lift to reach both wishbones. now to line up the wishbone. ok so I pulled the leaver 1st time and it came close. so I pulled the lever again and over shot it. dam :( no I have to loosen the whole high lift. so I did that and repositioned it and tried again. pulled it once and then on the second time I pulled it till the hole lined up. problem was as soon as I let go with one hand it pulled back and I couldn't get the bolt in :( 1 arm strength was too little. nooooooo :( wait I had an idea. I used my legs to hold it in position and then pushed the bolt in and tapped it with the hammer all the way.. woohoo :D dam i was like .. well i just lay there for a while he he :D ok sweet its on. so got the wheel on just to make sure the inner CV joint turns. and we good to go :D since both hubs were on and good to go i put the brake discs on and brake calipers and wheels. now just to put some odds and ends on to make the car drivable for ford. started with the tray that goes below the windscreen and the windscreen wipers stick through it. the dam thing wouldnt fit no matter how i put it. even put the lip at the bottom of the windscreen 1st then the tray. still no luck. so i was like what ever.. bring on the hacksaw!! :D so i cut a piece out of the windscreen wiper tray so that the wiper would fit nicely and bam it worked and looked ok :D then i decided to fill up all the bottles. got some brake fluid going. then the water bottle and squeezed the pipe to get some water circulating. then filled the wiper bottle and noticed it was leaking.. time to fix :D did the best i can but doesnt look that good and too top it off.. still leaking :D checked the oil and that looks good. didnt put power steering fluid as the pipe is still bust and same for the aircon. put the air filter box back and the only piece i had that goes to the front grill missing another piece by the looks of it. decided to pump the brakes just incase and well it went kinda smooth. hard at first then got easy. but then i had topup some brake fluid. then while infront i saw a puddle under the car.. touched it and it was clear fluid.. hmmm something aint right. decided to investigate looked in the engine bay and didnt see much. needed some help so i asked the neighbour if he can come push the brakes. so he pushed first time and wow.. a fountain of brake fluid. silly me forgot to tighten the dam pipe in the abs unit. there was brake fluid everywhere. what a mess. ok had that tightened so i told him to press a few more times and nothing came out. woohoo... but wait.. there is more.. i went back to the drivers seat and to my surprise more brake fluid. this time from the back of the car. so i got under and looked. the tow truck must have undid the back brake screws to let him tow the car. ok so i tightened those too and all looked ok. so far i think she is ready to go in. just need to organise a trailer and sorted :D so close guys :D
  11. Repair Work Day 26 Woohoo wheels hubs are back with the new wheel bearings fitted and they sprayed the hubs black.. nice :D Ok I was alone on this one and got my hands dirty fast so I missed a lot of fitting shots :( sorry guys. I do have some fitted shots ... yay :D during fitting it was a bit of a struggle. first I had to get the front right CV joint on and after I hammered the blazers out of it and then filled it down it wasn't perfect so I had to patiently wiggle it on till it was all the way. phew :P Now the wheel hub. Had to put the shock in the wheel hub first.. no other way really as shock has this piece sticking out that makes it right on the wheel hub so you can't fit it skew. I then worked the CV joint into the wheel bearing. wasn't too hard but had to be careful as I didn't want damaged teeth from forcing it in skew. it goes in super smooth without the shock on the hub but once hub is attached to the shock the movement is limited making the CV joint a little harder to fit but it went in ok. thank goodness I wacked the inner in at the angle I did, made the inner fit into the hub ok. ok then mounted the hub to the wish bone and put the bolts in for the shock and wishbone and the big nut for the CV joint. then popped the break sensor thingy into its hole and mounted the steering arm onto the wheel hub then mounted the wishbone back onto the bottom piece of the car. have no idea what that part is called but was a bit of a struggle as I had to push and put the bolt in and my strength just just wasn't there. just my luck my sister's boyfriend arrived and gave me hand.. extra hands make life so much easier :P as he forced the wishbone back a bit and I got the bolt in.. job done :) yay!! ok now I just had to try turn the hub to see if that damn inner CV would turn but ya didn't have the power to turn it so I popped the spare wheel on and then turned it. made a clang sound on first turn then away she went... it was turning... no issues... YAY!!!! ok now for hub number 2. Ok did the same procedure as hub number 1. all was going ok even the CV went in smooth and then the wishbone gave issues. we couldn't get the wishbone back on the piece under the car, it was like a whole 1cm out :( my sister's boyfriend tried pushing like last time and I pop the bolt in but it wouldn't move. he almost pushed the car off the tressel's that's how hard he pushed and nothing. it felt like metal on metal when we hit it with the hammer. ( so we tried wishbone mounted on car first then we attach the wheel hub... no luck. cant at all get the hub to go over this little ball joint thing on the wishbone. then we tried hitting the shock as high up as we can to give us some room to get the hub on the ball joint thing.. still nothing. ball joint thing doesn't bend far enough and the wishbone was that 1cm too far in... wow.. .what now :( .... but wait!!!! the HIGH LIFT JACK!!! B) so we got the jack.. had to use my sister boyfriends one as it was longer than the normal size which is just what we needed. ok so he lied down holding the high lift in one hand and the lever in the other (thank goodness he was there cause that thing I struggle to carry around) and I just held it by the light end (he he :D ) by the front left wishbone that was already on. he positioned his side and then off we went, he pull the lever once and it slipped so we had to try again. 2nd time it slipped again. 3rd time we had it perfect and pulled... BAM!!! the whole thing came loose. the arm with the bolt right at the top of the high lift wasn't tight so it came loose and pulled straight. he said that's it we can try tomorrow as he was dead tired and it was almost midnight. so we left it as is for tonight. I couldn't go on on my own as stuff was getting too heavy :) . but least we made progress. glad he popped around otherwise id still be on hub one :P no for some pictures :) side A fitted popped the wheel on for turning the inner CV the side that gave all the issues inner CV in all the way the whole 1cm out :( tried all we could to get it in and thats it for the night so close ... so close
  12. Got some extra shots of the CV joint If i twisted the CV joint clockwise it stops in this position If i twist it anit-cliockwise it stops here The damage after beating it with a hammer Ill have to get more info on it otherwise i packed her up and let her be for the night :D
  13. Hi all. good news. i got the CV's fitted and they work. i think i was just hammering too far. i got a rubber mallet this time to avoid damaging the teeth on the CV. I mounted the hub and outer CV and then fitted the wheel and turned it and it worked. did the front right as well and it turned even easier. So looks like the 1.4 and 1.6 gearboxes use the same CV joints. Case closed :D
  14. But if i do get others those cv's must differ by worst case like 1mm :( does anyone have a picture of their inner CV joints?? maybe can then compare pictures. maybe i got them in as far as they can go and the extra hammering i did was for no reason as they were in already.. i'm really not sure :(
  15. So far i thought the same. I just gotta find a 1.6 now that they stripping. those inner's are so expensive :(