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#1 georgen

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 07:52 PM

Ill move this thread over to here, I bought this Focus off ebay, its 55 plate 1.6 petrol lx with 95k on the clock. Its a Repo and the lad must of being miffed as the front has a prang and the rear arch is creased, on top of that it looks like he emptied a industrial bin inside LOL.

 

Well car cost me £745

 

09/08/2013

Well I have picked it up, some things that miffed me a bit other bits a bit happier. I list the bits I need first for deffo:

new front bumper,

Front crash bar

 

Bits that will survive:

Headlight, will 2500 wet and dry then machine polish back up,

Front wing will survive too, will end up with little crease at front but will get a mate with a body shop to sort that later.

Front panel looks like its going to be ok, its pushed back a bit at the point its mounted, the plates have pushed back.

Radiator and air con radiator completely untouched,

Air pick up for air box will re-attach,

 

Iffy bits

Foam soft bit.

 

The engine under-tray is not there so not loosing any sleep over that, the bits I am a bit miffed over is a nice crease in passenger rear arch and touch on door, I wont be doing anything with this at moment but will get done at same time as other bits of bodywork. also the key I have is not the remote key so if someone can tell me best way around this as in getting a remote key setup for it. then there's the petty bits, the glove box handle pulled off and gear gaiter damaged and car is a !Removed! hole inside, we have emptied everything out but its full off gravel as-well, the surprise of the day was the tax disk which covers this month.

 

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11/08/2013

Well, had a bit of a fuzzy head this morning so after I took the dog for a walk, I decided to go down the in-laws and do 1.5 hours on the focus, strip everything off thats bust apart from crash bar, i will wait till new one is here before removing, also realigned wing so line up with bonnet now, well a good start point bound to need tweaking when parts go on, and pass door now opens, also fixed my glovebox  :D

 

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11/08/2013

Well my hangover has gone so went down for the scuffed headlight to polish, took 5 minutes with the machine polisher with G3 cutting compound and then poorboys SSR2.5 antiswirl, its hard to see but first 2 pics are before and last two after.

 

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Parts are ordered so hopefully get them this week and get Mot done too.

 

Costs so far are:

 

Car              £745

Parts so far £111.99 (bumper, crash-bar and bumper drivers side mounting plastic)

 

so total        £856.99

 

We will update this as we go along  :)

 


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#2 Lenny

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:31 PM

Costs so far are:
Car              £745
Parts so far £111.99 (bumper, crash-bar and bumper drivers side mounting plastic)
so total        £856.99
We will update this as we go along  :)
 


Absolute bargain mate,

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#3 Stoney871

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 02:05 AM

A fair bit to do but a total bargain.

When done up you'll have a cracker on your hands.



#4 georgen

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:17 PM

Well a little update and sods law some bad news.

Well the drivers side mounting plastic and the crash bar has arrived, But I received a message last night saying the courier had returned the bumper to the sender damaged so i cant have it and i have being refunded my bargain £45 delivered bumper.

So I had to buy the better but more expensive £150 delivered bumper instead and that will hopefully be with me Thursday or Friday so might push me into next week for MOT. 

 

So what has this done to the costs:

 

Car               £745

Parts so far  £216.99

 

Total now     £ 961.99  :(

 

On the plus side its still a cheap car and its only money  :wacko:



#5 georgen

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 06:54 PM

Well a little update and sods law some bad news.

Well the drivers side mounting plastic and the crash bar has arrived, But I received a message last night saying the courier had returned the bumper to the sender damaged so i cant have it and i have being refunded my bargain £45 delivered bumper.

So I had to buy the better but more expensive £150 delivered bumper instead and that will hopefully be with me Thursday or Friday so might push me into next week for MOT. 

 

So what has this done to the costs:

 

Car               £745

Parts so far  £216.99

 

Total now     £ 961.99  :(

New mirror glass £8.99

 

New Total              £970.98



#6 Preee

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 08:13 PM

Yes you got a bargain and you  will soon im sure having it looking in tip top shape



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 05:44 PM

Done a bit more today as I fitted the parts that came, missed bumper today tho so that's coming back tomorrow. when I was replacing the harness onto the front crash bar I relised that the wiring that was taped back on itself is the front fog wires, so i dropped these down into place so if I want to add them at a later date I can. I also refitted the bottom air pickup of the airbox as it was dislodged from its mounts by the impact.

 

 

then heres a couple of shots of the dirty dirty engine as I will forget to take a pic before i clean it

 

 

Bumper and front end back on tomorrow weather permitting :)  



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 06:35 PM

Well been back down tonight, fitted everything else on, bumper is a few shades out but will do for moment, the side that was hit has lined up quite nice, its the other side I am not happy with but I can mess around with that anytime, the hardest bit was getting the new mirror glass in LOL. 

well here is a few pics starting with the crash bar showing it done what it was supposed too, Crumple. ;)

 

 

 

So sort Bulb out tomorrow and two tyres and its ready for test.



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 11:41 PM

It's brilliant when you see a car transformed like this.

Very well done sir.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:24 AM

Well thank you kind Sir, no we are another day closer to getting shot of our lasses megane  :D



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 08:56 AM

that looks a tidy job you have done there putting the focus back on the road fella.



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:21 PM

Cheers lads, well today after work, I fitted the new bulb, well a working bulb I had lying around off when I've upgraded bulbs in the past and took both front wheels off and got two part worn tyres fitted so costs so far.

 

Car                       £745

Parts                    £225.98

Tyres                   £  40.00

 

Total                  £1010.98

 

Ready for test Monday



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:01 PM

Good luck for monday.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:28 PM

Good luck for monday.

Ill have everything crossed and if i get a list of advisories like that other op my tester will get chinned, Im off next week anyway so will be up a mates garage so if it fails at least I can get stuck into it straight away, just hope it passes so I can give mine a bit TLC and its ERG blank lol. 



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 06:39 PM

Great work dude. Love a good resto job.



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