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georgen

My Mk2 Focus Estate

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Well I bought this as a stop gap and to try out estate cars so I can carry my two dogs about, but once I drove it I fell in love with it so its stopping for the time being. My last 5 cars have being Vag and its a long time since I have owned a ford, the last was a immaculate sierra 2.8 4x4 which i still regret selling. before that mk5 escort, couple of basic sierra's couple of capri's one a 3.0L the other a 1.6 laser, a couple of mk4 cortina,s and the second car I ever owned was a mk1 Granada 3.0L ghia, my God what a car that was.

Anyway enough of memory lane here she is.

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The first thing I did was Clean the car and the engine bay, anyone who knows me will agree I hate dirty engines sorry I never took a before pic (fail on my behalf)

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I then serviced the car, with new oil, air and fuel filters, a good quality fully synthetic oil was put in after a oil flush additive was put in old oil and ran.

Since then as I was looking into cambelt change times I noticed that at 108000 miles it had not been done and couldn't believe it wasn't due till 125000 miles so had that changed genuine belt and tensioner kit.

I also debadged the remains of the Ocus badge and the tdci badge and opted to only fit a newer tdci badge back on.

A little mod I got from here was the windscreen nozzle change to mist type this this was also done.

To keep the dogs at Bay I sourced a factory fit type dog guard on preloved for £30 so was well happy as after all this was the reason behind getting a estate.

Another little mod also found on here was the new interior light with the mood lights in, I have this fitted but still have the wire to install for the lights to work so pics will come then.

Todays job was the EGR blank, another mod taken from this site and thanks a lot to Lenny for his top how to do it write up. I tried fitting it without moving my fuel filter but all i did was drop gasket and blank plate lol, so give in and removed the stupid cage around it and moved filter.

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Looking at the blank plate its not a mirror image of itself so after looking at the egr and the blank decided to install it this way.

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Here is the cage from around the fuel filter.

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And finally the fuel filter moved to one side.

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Car seems smoother now and a little more torque y.

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Car looks great , nice and clean as well.

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Well thanks to Clive the postman brought me a prezzie :)

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that looks a nice tidy focus you got there and looks like it has cleaned up a treat.

liking what you have done so far what other plans you got if any?

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Not going daft so clean paintwork up, three spoke steering wheel, mudflaps, front fog lights, pos chrome front grill, If i found some leather seats at the right price <_< and might look at wheels after winter after all its a work horse and to carry my two dogs about.

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Well was having a dig around my box i keep car bits in and came up with this, its a volt meter mounted in battery cover, first pic hard to see with camara, 2nd engine not running 3rd engine running, took 30 minutes from finding to pics :D

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Found this in my box of tricks too but might be overkill :P :D

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Found this in my box of tricks too but might be overkill :P :D

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I was only joking about using this lads :lol:, anyway the silicone joiners are the wrong colour for my car :P

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Looking good George!

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Well went and got some wire and wired up the ambient lighting on the interior light I bought.wired it to the light switch so once lights on they are on as well, wired to orange and blue wire going to switch, there was two and either can be used.

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Well our lass has returned home so I put both cars in back lane and taxed the fog lights out of hers for mine :ph34r:

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And here's one of both and a neighbors escort estate in the background :)

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both focus are looking good fella and imo they look better with the fogs

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both focus are looking good fella and imo they look better with the fogs

Ill keep an eye out for some going cheap as I agree, hence why there now on my car not hers LOL.

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if my missus had a car (or could drive for that matter) and I told her I was going to nick something for mine, so mine looked better. I can guarantee I would be kicked square in the ghoolies!

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if my missus had a car (or could drive for that matter) and I told her I was going to nick something for mine, so mine looked better. I can guarantee I would be kicked square in the ghoolies!

:o Well its either the Men are tougher up North and dont care what our other halves say Or we are completely Stupid :P

Ps our lass is out so can type a reply like this :ph34r:

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I am originally a northerner, the problem is, so is the wife! lol - I think braver and stupidity though (most certainly in my cicumstances) have a brave = 1 : 2 = Stupid ratio :p

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Well this afternoon I tackled the bad key mark down the passenger side, from front wing through to rear door, I ordered some touch up paint off ebay and suprise suprise the shades miles out, but when the scratch is white anything darker going to look better :lol: . Well this is what I started with.

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Well started off filling the scratch with paint, I used a very fine brush but it always looks crap when it goes on, I built it up with two layers.

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Now the leap of faith when you dont have anything to measure paint thickness, and dont know the history of the car, you take 1200 wet and dry abrasive paper and rub it down using wet soapy water.

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I then repeated this again using 2000 grit wet and dry again with soapy water.

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I then used G3 cutting compound with the polisher and gave the wing, front door and rear door a going over, then to protect the cut paint I applied a coat of Harly's Wax to protect.

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Here is what I have you can still see the scratches as the colour wasnt a good match but it looks a lot better, and to the naked eye you arnt drawn towards them now, the camara as always picks them out well.

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This is my car and I wouldn't suggest you attack your cars with paint or sandpaper. :P

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Once again mate,

You have done a fantastic job, looks like it never happend,

Nice shine off the paint work too,

Would ya not wave at the camera ?

:)

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Once again mate,

You have done a fantastic job, looks like it never happend,

Nice shine off the paint work too,

Would ya not wave at the camera ?

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LOL, Ill wave next time Lenny, it would of looked a lot better if it was the right blooming colour, but it looks better by the naked eye hopefully this weekend get it all polished up and shiny weather permitting, not too hot or cold or wet :wacko:

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LOL, Ill wave next time Lenny, it would of looked a lot better if it was the right blooming colour, but it looks better by the naked eye hopefully this weekend get it all polished up and shiny weather permitting, not too hot or cold or wet :wacko:

Speaking of the naked eye, could always be worse ;)

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On a serious note though mate I think the carlooks great,

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great job you have done on the scratch fella looks a lot better then it did

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Fantastic looking estate mate. Love the colour and you've done a cracking job on that scratch.

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Thanks Lads, your estate looks like its had some work Highwayman :)

missed a delivery today but an collect after 4 so I wonder what it is. :blink:

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Yeah mate only alittle bit. LoL As with any car enthusiast the project is never finished so still a fair bit to do!

Looking forward to watching the progress on yours!

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