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500+bhp Mk3 Fiesta Project

500+bhp Mk3 Fiesta Project

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Megaflow

6,335 posts

144 months

Wednesday 14th March 2012
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pistonpie said:
what is the car going to look like from the outside? is it going to be a stock look but with a modern twist? or is it going to look like a 1990s fiesta? this build is amazing!
I'm hoping it's going to look totally standard to the untrained eye, but with the odd clue, such as twin exhausts.

8bit

2,033 posts

74 months

Wednesday 14th March 2012
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This is my favourite build thread on any forum, love reading this smile

mwstewart

Original Poster:

4,657 posts

107 months

Wednesday 14th March 2012
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Thanks everyone! With the exception of larger wheels which are required to clear the brakes, and twin tail pipes, it will look like a standard Fiesta RS from the outside. I'm concious that it would be very easy to make this kind of car look extremely undesirable. The plan is to keep it as standard as possible but completely transform the way it drives.

Megaflow

6,335 posts

144 months

Wednesday 14th March 2012
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woohoo

Then when your done can we have some video of you showing up the chavs at the local traffic light grand prix. Cos me 1.2 Clio got K&N like... innit...

hehe

BigTom85

1,597 posts

90 months

Wednesday 14th March 2012
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I love your attention to detail on this, right up my street!

I do think you might be going a bit OTT on the power though, surely 280bhp or similar would be more than enough to be obscenely fast??
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mwstewart

Original Poster:

4,657 posts

107 months

Wednesday 14th March 2012
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280 wouldn't be enough for me biggrin

The management system I'm using (Pectel T6) supports multiple maps, so I can switch between say 200, 350 and 500 from the cabin. Obviously 500 will be a more optimised setting as the engine is built around that figure, but it's a quick way to limit things.

3000GT ANT

346 posts

75 months

Thursday 15th March 2012
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Absolutely top class work!bow cant wait to see the finished car!:

drab

366 posts

71 months

Thursday 15th March 2012
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Along with some seriously stretchy young ladies, this has to be one of the most impressive things i've ever seen on the internet.

Amazing dedication.

richtea78

5,573 posts

77 months

Thursday 15th March 2012
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With all that sound deadening and chrome it will need 300bhp to even move biggrin

mwstewart

Original Poster:

4,657 posts

107 months

Tuesday 27th March 2012
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The interior is back from Aldridge and Karen has done a fantastic job. I'm very pleased.


I'm glad I paid extra for the premium Nappa hide, it's very nice.


I'm really pleased with the seats, they are a real classic. I won't fit CS now as I'm happy with these.


The door cards were a struggle due to the shape, and the fact there is only a shallow groove for the leather to sit in. This is fine for cheaper, thinner leather, but the leather I've chosen is quite thick. The result is perfect though.


I asked for these padded arm rests to be stitched in:


I've rear headrests which were from a later Fiesta. I also had a set of Recaro emblems added the stitching details changed to emulate the front seats.




I asked for the rear to be trimmed in black carpet.


The Alcantara work is perfect. Headlining:


Seat runner covers:


A pillar trims:


B pillar trims:


C pillar trims:


I've converted to sun visors from a Mk4 Astra and had them covered in Alcantara too. They fit the Fiesta headlining perfectly, have integral illuminated vanity mirrors and the plastic parts are a dark grey which matches the rest of my trim.


Now I need a free weekend to fit it!


'Fir Tree' trim clips are used by just about all car brands to fit the door cards to the body, and the premium manufacturers like Range Rover and BMW fit a foam ring behind the clips to prevent vibration, so I've bought this type of clip for when my trim goes back in.


New rear wiper motor, wiper arm and wiper fitted.


My new Amplifier arrived which is a Sinfoni 120.4x. It has just been serviced and tweaked for even better SQ. Sinfoni are apparently the highest sound quality amplifiers available for a car.


Mk3 Mondeo auto dim rear view mirror, rain/light sensor and auto headlamp/wiper module ready for fitment.

k-ink

9,070 posts

98 months

Tuesday 27th March 2012
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Seats are looking good.

I do hope you put the correct dash back in there. The curvy dash is hideous and just not right in an Si.

mwstewart

Original Poster:

4,657 posts

107 months

Tuesday 27th March 2012
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k-ink said:
Seats are looking good.

I do hope you put the correct dash back in there. The curvy dash is hideous and just not right in an Si.
Thanks. I like the earlier dash too but it's very flimsy: the later dash is constructed like most modern dash boards with a structural reinforcement piece that actually stiffens the scuttle. The earlier dash suffers badly from rattles and it would be harder for me to the integrate A/C system and amount of extra wiring I now have.

I may look in to it later on but I've actually grown to like the later dash now smile

T.K

458 posts

97 months

Tuesday 27th March 2012
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Awesome. Simply awesome.

k-ink

9,070 posts

98 months

Tuesday 27th March 2012
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I see. Maybe cover it in matching alcantara? Or reinforce the old one. To my mind I think it needs to be the correct one. You have already changed a fair bit inside and that is one element which should remain correct imho. Otherwise it just wont look like an Si anymore.

pistonpie

175 posts

78 months

Tuesday 27th March 2012
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keep the new dash! i think it makes it a much more interesting build with a different interior to the original in it! amazing seats and headlining btw!

k-ink

9,070 posts

98 months

Tuesday 27th March 2012
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I'd think about the resale aspect. Someone may want to make you an offer for it at some point. More than likely someone who used to own an Si and are reminiscing. If it looks too different then it may not appeal as much. Just my 2p smile

Muf90

34 posts

64 months

Tuesday 27th March 2012
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Amazing attention to detail, this is going to be superb.

Chunkychucky

4,452 posts

88 months

Tuesday 27th March 2012
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Oh my, that interior... cloud9 I love that model of Recaro, supremely comfortable and yet provide awesome support in the corners, wonderful seat. All that trim looks like it's out of an Aston Martin, quite amusing thinking it's going in a Fiesta! hehe

Greg_D

5,606 posts

165 months

Tuesday 27th March 2012
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Chunkychucky said:
All that trim looks like it's out of an Aston Martin, quite amusing thinking it's going in a Fiesta! hehe
that's what i love about this whole project, it is all so incongruous.

is this car still for the missus???????? yeah right, whatever.

BigTom85

1,597 posts

90 months

Tuesday 27th March 2012
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I think I'd go for the newer dash for sure.

I can hardly see it being a deal breaker at resale time (as if thats ever going to happen!).

ETA I had a standard 1995 1.6 Si, and there's little to reminisce IMHO rofl The most significant feature was the butterfly back seats which were great, but the OP has binned those too.

Edited by BigTom85 on Tuesday 27th March 16:24