500+bhp Mk3 Fiesta Project

500+bhp Mk3 Fiesta Project

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mwstewart

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5,093 posts

118 months

Thursday 19th April 2012
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Thanks gents!

This will be the last car project I do for a while. I have been lusting after an E-Type restoration project but my next priority is learning to fly next and getting a license.

In terms of suspension set up my starting point will be a full geometry and corner weighting session based on some safe and conservative settings. I'm going for KW Variant 3 Coilovers, so those combined with the custom suspension parts equals way more adjustment than I have experienced before in a car. I'm looking forward to getting to grips with it and dialling it all to my taste, but when the time comes I will be asking for professional advice in that area.

Cheers,
Mark

P I Staker

3,307 posts

86 months

Thursday 19th April 2012
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Awesome.

This is quite a different way of modifying a car that I haven't really seen before, usually a car is modified for a sole purpose. This is like turning a Fiesta in to an upmarket car which can be used every day, it can comfortably and quietly take you down the shops or for a flat out hoon over the nearest back roads. Very cool. thumbup

aww999

1,918 posts

191 months

Friday 20th April 2012
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Given how many extra bits you've bought (eg how little of the original car is left apart from the shell), would it have been any more expensive to start with an old E-type, 240Z, E30 M3, MkII Escort etc in the first place? I know Mk3 Fiestas are your "thing" and I'm not trying to knock that, but I guess that the cost of the base car is about 5% of the project budget!

mwstewart

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5,093 posts

118 months

Friday 20th April 2012
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aww999 said:
Given how many extra bits you've bought (eg how little of the original car is left apart from the shell), would it have been any more expensive to start with an old E-type, 240Z, E30 M3, MkII Escort etc in the first place? I know Mk3 Fiestas are your "thing" and I'm not trying to knock that, but I guess that the cost of the base car is about 5% of the project budget!
I just did a quick calculation, and the base car is 1.35% of the project cost to date hehe

Financially this project makes no sense, the whole thing is probably British eccentricity at its best, but I simply can't put a price on the amount of satisfaction it's giving me to build and undoubtedly will do to drive. I think I take more pleasure from transforming/improving/integrating, so starting with a Fiesta gives more scope than say an E-Type or E30, both of which I'd feel inclined to keep standard. The project isn't completely senseless however as I know there is great potential in there despite the models humble beginnings.

Ultimately I hope the car will be be a breath of fresh air, and almost a novelty compared to my daily cars. Whenever I finish it that is biggrin

Janosh

1,459 posts

97 months

Friday 20th April 2012
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mwstewart said:
I just did a quick calculation, and the base car is 1.35% of the project cost to date hehe

Financially this project makes no sense, the whole thing is probably British eccentricity at its best, but I simply can't put a price on the amount of satisfaction it's giving me to build and undoubtedly will do to drive. I think I take more pleasure from transforming/improving/integrating, so starting with a Fiesta gives more scope than say an E-Type or E30, both of which I'd feel inclined to keep standard. The project isn't completely senseless however as I know there is great potential in there despite the models humble beginnings.

Ultimately I hope the car will be be a breath of fresh air, and almost a novelty compared to my daily cars. Whenever I finish it that is biggrin
With each update I love this project more & more bow
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Greg_D

5,776 posts

176 months

Friday 20th April 2012
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didn't you say at the beginning of the thread that this car is for the missus - Yeah right, whatever.........biggrin

Vilhelm

406 posts

79 months

Friday 20th April 2012
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Back in the day, I used to read Fast Ford and Performance Ford. All the feature cars I can remember (including the Cosworths) are, well, a bit st compared to this. I look forward to the next update.

mwstewart

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5,093 posts

118 months

Friday 20th April 2012
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Thanks chaps. This will no longer be passed on to my girlfriend biggrin

The sheet of Alcantara I ordered from Aldridge has arrived, so today I set about trimming the front interior light bezel. I used some heavy duty fabric adhesive adhesive from Dunelm and some Loctite 401 to secure the edges. It was a bit of a fiddly job to ensure there weren't any creases around the corners, but I achieved an acceptable result in time.

It's now obvious why I left a flat face at the front of the light: I've mounted the A4's 3rd sun visor.



The light unit fits snugly.


I'm really pleased with the result, it's definitely been one of the more satisfying jobs so far.


gobuddygo

516 posts

115 months

Friday 20th April 2012
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Mark,

Amazing work.

I served my time as an Auto Electrician and the job you are doing on the electrics is first class.

Frank.

mwstewart

Original Poster:

5,093 posts

118 months

Friday 20th April 2012
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gobuddygo said:
Mark,

Amazing work.

I served my time as an Auto Electrician and the job you are doing on the electrics is first class.

Frank.
Cheers!

richtea78

5,573 posts

88 months

Friday 20th April 2012
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mwstewart said:
Cheers!
Go do more work on it, I want to see the next update!

BriC175

918 posts

110 months

Friday 20th April 2012
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This car is absolutely mental, in all the best possible ways. When the car is done, will you be taking it to shows? I'd absolutely love to see it in the skin!

Ug_lee

899 posts

141 months

Saturday 21st April 2012
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This really is a stunning project, attention to detail is way above what I have the time and money for!

Just a note about the Alcantara, I'm not sure how you have got in with the gluing aspect of it, but try to avoid gluing to vinyl/very bendy plastic without some sort of barrier layer on the vinyl. I had my dash Alcantara lined and was fine for a month or two, then bits started to sag. Apparently called 'plasticiser migration' and what keeps the vinyl/plastic bendy seeps into the glue making it wet again. Seems hot/cold cycles in the cabin accelerated this process.

I'm having mine redone FOC soon, but I thought it's a hassle you might well want to do without. smile

Keep up thegood work, it's just up my street this, old car with completely updated internals. Best of both worlds!

95 fiesta si

316 posts

82 months

Sunday 22nd April 2012
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Wow.....loving this thread and loving all the recent interior touches, like the seats and the stuff nicked from an Audi.

Love the mk3's. Sold my 2.0 Fiesta Si last year frown




mwstewart

Original Poster:

5,093 posts

118 months

Sunday 22nd April 2012
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Ug_lee - Thank you. That's really interesting, I guess that's the compound that comes to the surface of some plastic trim when it gets really hot. I think I should be OK as the only place that would have bitten me was the softer vinyl type sun visors, but Aldridge made covers for those rather than gluing them on. Good luck with the retrim.

95 fiesta si - Cheers. Yours looks clean, I bet you got noticed in that smile.


Time to fit the rear view mirror. The Mondeo mirror base surround has a large footprint in order to hide the rain/light sensor, my Fiesta obviously pre-dates any of that technology so lacks the corresponding area of black ceramic coating: it just has a small rectangle to hide a small self adhesive pad. I've mimicked the Mondeo windscreen by making a template from sign writers vinyl, which has strong adhesive and should be UV resistant for the life of the screen. I also made a card template to help accurately locate the mirror mounting button.


Vinyl applied and mirror button bonded on. The button is actually from an E46, but is the same as the Ford item which I didn't have.


Mirror mounted.


Next I turned to the wiring in preparation for fitting the carpet. It soon became obvious that the new power calbes would not fit in the standard cable management along the sills, so I re-routed them along the floor pan. I cut a channel in the new sound deadening so they sat flush.


I re-taped the rest of the loom in fleece tape and fitted new cable clips everywhere.


The Audison Sonus RCA cables run along the left hand sill and across the passenger foot well, and up the centre of the dashboard.


I covered the new floor pan cable runs with Duct Tape.



Again Sound Absorber 15 pads were added to the rear of new trim, this time the C Pillar trims.


C Pillar trims fitted.

BigTom85

1,729 posts

101 months

Sunday 22nd April 2012
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So the interior is nearly there, suspension and brakes won't take long...

When's the engine going in? biggrin

mwstewart

Original Poster:

5,093 posts

118 months

Sunday 22nd April 2012
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BigTom85 said:
So the interior is nearly there, suspension and brakes won't take long...

When's the engine going in? biggrin
Rear suspension is next smile

I need to get some engine photos organised. Current status is that a CNC adapter plate is being machined for the WRC inlet manifold, and my engine builder is figuring out how to mount a dry sump pump and keep A/C - the two don't usually go together biggrin The engine itself has been built since March, but I'm not really pushing for the engine because of the slow pace of the project, but it should be on the Dyno in August smile




Rollcage

11,322 posts

122 months

Sunday 22nd April 2012
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In for nearly £30k so far then!

That's dedication for you. hehe

BigTom85

1,729 posts

101 months

Monday 23rd April 2012
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Rollcage said:
In for nearly £30k so far then!

That's dedication for you. hehe
Indeed! Even when finished its value will be a fraction of that on the open market, but I wouldn't grudge the build one penny, I love it!!

Max M4X WW

3,966 posts

112 months

Monday 23rd April 2012
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Mark, Have you fitted the Mondeo mirror without fitting auto wipers? I'm actually shocked. tongue out