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dohboy78

Mondeo Titanium X Sport Build Thread!

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thanks, thats the first job on my estate,i was going to try with a hair drier !!!!!, to soften the sticky stuff but tar remover it is.

pete

Hairdryer will probably work too. But Tardis is great... especially for melting Tar off your paintwork!

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Tiger Seal... its the Daddy! Just use a few splodges... one on each end and then 3 down the length... not too much. Then use some low tack masking tape to hold in place for 24hrs. This stuff really sticks! I used loads on my Focus ST Carbon bonnet trim... it would not come off when I sold it!

What colour you going for?

I have gone for ford radiant red.

Gonna get some bonding stuff now, thanks for that.

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Heard a bit of a squeel t'other day and did a bit of googling and thought it may be the dreaded steering rack issue...

Now not actually sure it is the steering rack.

When stationary and putting full lock on - No noise. Checked fluid and no bubbles or froth.

When moving at a slow speed and turning the wheel not quite full lock I get a squeel... sometimes. Not sure if it's a brake issue??

Did Fraud change the steering rack for later vehicles?

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Ok... Squeeky squeely sorted!!

It was the tin protecter shield thing on the ball joint rubbing against the disk. DOH!!

At least I got it sorted before changing the wheels back to standard and stripping off the spacers. Would of looked a right plonker!

Cheers John ST-3 for the advice! :lol:

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Ok... operation black-eye headlights is a go.

Found a pair of brand new MK4 Xenons of ebay for £20!!

The guy had not listed what MK they were for... I bid on each one for £10 each.

Recieved today... one is a bit broken... but defo fixable.

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Tried parting the lens from the back using a hairdryer... It aint budging. So buying a heat gun tomorrow to give it a go.

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20/03/13 - Jesus... Black eye project is not going well. Burnt out a heat gun .. Yup you read it right.

Then it would appear that the lens has a kind of S shaped edge. Going to be nearly impossible to get out intact.

Going to have a rethink tomorrow.

Plus I scorched the carpet a bit!

21/03/13
- Had another look today at the lights. Trimmed off the very outer lip
with my Dremmel and have parted a small section. There is so much
sealant... I have bruised and shredded hands and arms now.

I
think with a bit of tidying and a fresh bead of sealant all the way
round they will look good. Even if they don't you wont be able to tell
unless the bonnet is open! Will get some pics up tomorrow.

Off for nightshift again!

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So after 4 days of scraping, heating and cutting I have seperated both headlights.

The
second one came apart a bit easier. Used the heatgun, two kithen knives
and a stanley knife to seperate the lens from the back.

Light with outer lip trimmed off:

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Part way through seperation:

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Seperated:

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Now all keyed up ready for primer and paint.

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Can't wait to see final results.

Me too bud. Got some black tigerseal on its way to seal them back up again.

Also got a load of paint for the plastics, going to do both grills, foglights and side indicator bits black. Also custom making a lower grill from a Focus ST lower grill to match the top one.

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Primered...

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Here is a little device I bought off ebay to assist with my spraying projects.

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Reconstructing...

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Sealing...

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Now completed... Just need TigerSeal to set for 24hrs!

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Looking pretty good... Even if I do say so myself!

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Old lights...

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New lights...

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Also recieved paint for all my plastics too!

Will pull them all off, create my custom lower grill and paint the lot next week.

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Looks awesome. Loving the new lights.

Cheers dude!

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Top Class mate,

Can't believe I've not saw this thread until today,

Fair play with the win on the second set of headlights and the outcome is fantastic results.

I'm very interested to see the mechanical operations of the Mondeo as id be interested to see if it would be a straight fit in the focus,

Id love to remove the key latch and fit a badgless grill.

Also your engine is TDCi

How do you keep the chrome exhaust tips so clean?

I've got a piper T304 stainless duplex with oval chrome tips, very difficult to keep them clean like yours.

Keep up the work mate I look forward to it

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Top Class mate,

Can't believe I've not saw this thread until today,

Fair play with the win on the second set of headlights and the outcome is fantastic results.

I'm very interested to see the mechanical operations of the Mondeo as id be interested to see if it would be a straight fit in the focus,

Id love to remove the key latch and fit a badgless grill.

Also your engine is TDCi

How do you keep the chrome exhaust tips so clean?

I've got a piper T304 stainless duplex with oval chrome tips, very difficult to keep them clean like yours.

Keep up the work mate I look forward to it

To fit a badge less grill to a focus you would have the re-locate the key hole to release the bonnet. I know people have done it.

As for the exhaust trims... Autosol once a week will keep them shiney!!

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Been following your progress and I must say the car looks really slick with the new headlights. It makes a big difference. Plus, the lowered stance and the black rims, definite win.
Keep up the good work and will be looking forward to the next mod

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Lights look great you have done a very nice job on them

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Been following your progress and I must say the car looks really slick with the new headlights. It makes a big difference. Plus, the lowered stance and the black rims, definite win.

Keep up the good work and will be looking forward to the next mod

.

You won't have to wait long. Grilles and fogs will be coming oot next week. Custom lower grill will be constructed... Then all sprayed black!

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wow beautiful mate

Cheers dude!

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Lights look great you have done a very nice job on them

Thanks!

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The next episode begins...

Today I decided to pull my foglights out and try and get the lower grill out.

So
I read up on here and decided to take the undertray completely off to
gain access to the retaining screws. Took about 20 mins to get all the
screws and bolts out.. there must of been 20 holding it on!!

Unscrewed the retainer screws and slipped a paint scraper along the top of the lights and popped out. Unclipped the cables and jobs a good un.

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Moved
on to the lower grill. I had read that you just need to give it a good
tug and work your way around. This worked for the bottom section. But
the top half did not budge. Had a good look and it appears that the top
section has been bonded to the bumper. Bugger!

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So
I have left it in place for now with the bottom hanging out and will
have a think. Might have to spray it on the car? Not a problem if the
weather stays good?!

I did manage to pull the lower
grill mesh out. I had bought a Focus ST lower grill to try and create a
custom lower grill. This idea has been binned as the parking sensors
wont fit the ST grill and it is actually a different mesh pattern from
the upper grill. So I have decided to put the original grills back on
but painted black and have ordered some Black and silver Gel overlays
from DMB. I will also paint the chrome bit the badge sits on to "stealth" it up a bit.

I have keyed up all the bits and washed down for primer and paint tomorrow. Just hope the weather holds out!!

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