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#1 Chris494rep

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 07:04 PM

Hi all, this is quite a complicated story so please bear with me. Five years ago i purchased a T reg tddi panther black, which i loved untill one day an injector tip came off and ruined the engine. 700 later and a new engine was in, but a diesel/electro specialist (my dads mate) couldnt get the ECU to recognise the injection pump! It was left in his yard for two years untill he had enough and asked what we wanted to do with it, my dad never got back to him. About a year later, the serious organised crime squad came knocking at my door saying they had recoverd my car from a premises in Swansea! not only this but it was running! I was not allowed to see the car untill forensics had taken a look (which involved taking nearly every panel off the car) They concluded that most of the car was off an 02 plate mk2 stolen from trade center wales, which included the new tdci engine, interior, heated front screen, rear discs (previously drums) alloys and all plastic interior panels dated 01/02! Norwich union accepted a toked jesture of 100 for the parts which i was landed with! Problem is, all the exterior panels are mk1, would they go to this much trouble to change all the body panels and heated front screen and rear discs? Also there are wiring looms dissconnected under the seats that i can only imagine are for heated seats. The dash used to be black but is now silver and a keyfob is taped under the steering column! I have been allocated a new vin n.o to be stamped by a garage, and then it needs to have a sva check by VOSA, then it can go on a Q plate. Do you think its worth me changing the headlights/bumpers to the mk 2's and will i be allowed to put a customised plate on to hide the Q plate? By the way, the engine runs sweet as a nut with no amateur wiring and the mounting nuts are unmarked making me think it is the 02 model! All numbers have been ground off. Cheers, Chris.

Forgot to mention, when the ignition is switched on the rev counter/speedo shoot up to max then rest back down (with engine off). I also have a passat tdi 130 sport which is quicker, but this tdci engine is so quiet and refined, you would think its a petrol! Looking forward to getting back into the Ford club!!

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#2 vinnyvangough

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 07:13 PM

Welcome to the club.
Sounds a very strange one.
Not sure what the best way about it is really.

#3 Chris494rep

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 07:25 PM

Welcome to the club.
Sounds a very strange one.
Not sure what the best way about it is really.


Thanks for the quick reply Vinny. Looking forward to frequenting the forum. I know theres lots of questions there but im sure some of you will be able to shine some light. Apparently, the police said that Daghanhem said it was physically imposible to put a tdci engine in a tddi? Gods knows why tho? It looks like they thought my car was legit and transfered the mk 2 bits on. Seems like a lot of bother to go to tho? If anyone is from SouthWales/Swansea/Port talbot way, would you mind coming down to take a look. Its outside my dads pub at the mo, so would sort you out ;)

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 09:10 PM

Sorted mate at least they found it and whoever had it got it to work result i say and just keep it running for a bit wish someone would come steal my car and fix me squeek and ratlle exhaust

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 11:34 AM

That is a very strange result. I cant see the logic behind it!!

I'd be very careful with the car and also the resale value will be low as i know i wouldnt by a car that had that history no matter how nice it was running!

#6 Chris494rep

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 05:35 PM

That is a very strange result. I cant see the logic behind it!!

I'd be very careful with the car and also the resale value will be low as i know i wouldnt by a car that had that history no matter how nice it was running!



Yeah, i thought that. What i think has happened is that my dads mate either scrapped it or sold it cheap and the purchasers had a stolen 52 plate so got one working car with my legit number plate (or so they thought as i still had the log book) I feel a bit sorry for them really, as i told the police in my statement that maybe they payed for my (t reg) car, although they must have stolen the 52 plate one so sod them! Anywat im not too worried about the resale value, as i would never rip someone off like that. Ive just bought an 03 passat tdi sport as a tidy car, and ive got a Rover 600 td for back and fore work, which id love to replace with the Focus. Does anyone know if i could replace the front/rear bumpers and headlights to make it look like a mk2 (complete vanity reasons) And by the way, ive found today that you cant put a customised (cherished) plate on a Q plate as the whole point of the Q plate is that the vehicles year is unknown.

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 10:21 AM

Any more sujestions, ive had the vin numbers stampped, just waiting for the VOSA sva test now, anyone know what this involves? Also, what bhp is my new tdci? is it quickier than my old di? Cant wait to by new parts from motorfactors! No numberplate, changed vin, half 1998 half 2002! He's just going to laugh at me isnt he!

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 01:42 PM

the sva test is basically a mot/road wortheyness test as form the tdci engin it depends which one is fitted

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 05:29 PM

the sva test is basically a mot/road wortheyness test as form the tdci engin it depends which one is fitted


Havent a clue mate, no numbers, no engine cover, no amateur wiring. The header tank is full of pink antifreeze/anticorosent so it looks like a proffessional job. Drives superb, all be-it brakes clunk (siezed) when pulling off as its been left on the beachfront for two years. What i really want to know is will the bumpers, headlights, etc fit off the mk2, without messing about.? cheers chris.


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