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Old 14-02-2018, 03:53 PM   #31
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Another day, another purchase. Can't wait to try this out and see if it lives up to the hype.



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Old 16-02-2018, 06:56 PM   #32
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Decided to go with the WD40 option, its getting there slowly.

Before


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Just needs the finer nits tidied up, will hopefully get them sorted over the weekend

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Old 16-02-2018, 08:05 PM   #33
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Have you tried Solution Finish on them? Davy @ Procar stocks it from memory, not cheap at about £15 for 50ml from memory, but I know I could justify the next size up bottle for £40ish !!
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Old 26-03-2018, 10:41 AM   #34
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I’ve let the updates lapse a little or late, so this is going to be quite a big one.

I’m still using the BiltHamber SnowFoam, just playing around with the dilution rations to try and find what works best.









This was my first outing for the Fecks Philosophy H2O drying towel, and to say I was blow away with how good it is would be an understatement.



























Hanging out with Frenchie, my coupe franche 208 GTI 30th Anniversary





With a brief break from the rain and having just cleaned the car I decided I would treat the glass with some Angel Wax H2Go.





Being just my luck, I was only to get one application applied before it started raining again, so I’ll need to get back to this when the weather picks up again.







The water on the car doesn’t seem to be beading too badly at the moment, I can’t wait till I can spend a bit of time on it when the weather improves.

After reading a few reviews about trim dresser I purchased some Gyeon Trim as it got great write-ups about longevity and easy of application.



Another purchase, this time in the form of foam dental swabs to apply the Gyeon Trim to the rear diffuser.



I decided to treat Monty to some dressy valve caps for the summer and if I decide to go to any shows.



Having had cheap metal valve caps in the past I know not to be leaving htem on the car for any length of time as they’ll basically weld themselves in place, so they’re going to be an on and off in the same day kind of thing.

I really like this tire dressing and have been using it for a couple of years now, so I decided to top up my stock of it.

I finally got around to applying the logo inlays purchased from DMB Graphics.









I’m happy with how they look, but maybe over the summer I might try either a different colour, of the gel inlay, as they aren’t overly expensive.

While the car was clean I decided to try a test area (the rear spoiler) and see how the Fusso Coat Light I had purchased for my Peugeot worked on the Fiesta.



I’ll just have to wait for a wet day to see what the results are like.

Time to dress the black plastic fins on the rear wheel arch…



The weapon of choice Auto Finesse Revive





I think you’ll agree it does the job nicely, plus it should last between a month or two before needing done again.









I think the next two shots show off the colour of the car perfectly and how it changes when the sun hits it.





Finally some rain to see how the Fusso has worked on the spoiler.





I’m more than happy with the beading, I’ll just have to wait till the weather picks up again and I can find a few days where the car won’t be needed so I can get it off the road and get it cleaned, sealed and waxed.

Even in the rain I love the look of the Fiesta.



Also, I noticed the beading on the windscreen from the Angel Wax H2Go is still working well.



Still using away at the Fecks Philosophy H2O drying towel, it continues to impress me every time I use it.











As luck would have it, just as I’m starting to enjoy ownership of the car, the first batch of snow hits us and the car is parked up until it passes.

















Instead of it passing, it just seems to get heavier. It looks like the cars going to be parked up for a lot longer than first expected.















































Of course, what do you do when you’re not wanting to take your pride and joy out in the snow? You’ve got it, surf the net for things to buy…

First up, I purchased the ST front mats that were missing from the car when I got it. I’m definitely going to save these for when the weather improves and keep using the rubber mats that came in the car.



Next up are some mist washers, because I hate the washers that came on the car. They look like a weak stream of ****, so can’t wait to get them off.



During the snowy spell, I spent a fair bit of time looking through the forums and Instagram looking at what other people had done to their cars modification/tuning wise and one thing that kept popping up was the MP215 upgrade.



[img]http://www.jmax.co.uk/montyst2/194.png/img]



After reading a lot of the reviews I had pretty much decided that I wanted to get it done, I just couldn’t decide if I wanted to get it dealer fitted or go for the kit with the handset and do it myself.

In the end, I decided to go for the dealer fitted option as I couldn’t justify the extra money for a handset I would hardly ever use again after the initial install of the software.




To compliment the MP215 upgrade I also decided to have the Billet Quick Shift fitted when the airbox was going to be out of the car.



After driving the car for a couple of days I decided it was struggling to get the new-found power down cleanly, so after a bit of research I found people suggesting upgrading the lower gearbox mount would sort this problem out.

After a bit of research and pricing around I decided to go for the Collins Performance mount, as the reviews were all pretty good and it was by far the best priced out there.



I gave a friend who owns a ramp a call, to ask if I could use it to fit the mount and he was more than happy to help.



While the car was up on the ramp I took the opportunity to make sure the breather pipe for the induction kit was ideally placed.



The old Ford gearbox mount



Old vs. New



It didn’t take long for me to get the new mount in place.







The best form of security/deterrent for the Fiesta.



Another Mountune goodie…



A clue as to what is it.



The first sunny spell after the end of the cold weather, time for another clean.







Time to fit the Mountune Lower Spoiler.





When fitting the spoiler, I did feel the supplied screws were just a bit too short, so I opted to go for ones about 5mm longer, just to make sure the spoiler was fixed in place nicely.









I love how it looks on the car, and I’m glad I jumped at the opportunity to buy it when Mountune had if briefly in stock again.

















Still playing about with the dilution rates for the BiltHamber Snow Foam. I’m liking how think it’s being applied now, and I’m also finding I’m using a lot less of the bottle to cover the car.









Clean once again…











I love my Lego and my girlfriend was nice enough to track down the Lego Fiesta for me, when everywhere seemed to be out of stock.







I also bumped into a Lego Ford mechanic when searching through eBay.







My new mascot for Monty



I still check on a Clio forum I was a member of from time to time and I saw that they were arranging a meet, so I thought I’d tag along and check on how my old Clio was looking.











My old Renault Clio R27, still looking as good as the day I sold it.



The new owner says he’s only done 1000 miles since buying it from me.













During the meet one of the guys asked me if I would ever see myself back in a Clio, I told him about how I wasn’t overly fussed on the paddle shift in the new Clios and as for my old R27, the nest way I could sum it up was “It’s like an old girlfriend, yes looking at it still makes you smile, but I moved on for a reason”.

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Old 26-03-2018, 05:19 PM   #35
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Great thread. Loved the Fiesta ST. Unfortunately insurance is too high for me. Hope to see it about sometime
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Great thread. Loved the Fiesta ST. Unfortunately insurance is too high for me. Hope to see it about sometime
Glad your liking the threat Ruairi, where about are you from?
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Ok, so I’ve done it again and I’ve let the updates lapse of late, so I’ll do my best to sum up 4 or 5 months of updates as briefly as I can…

First off, I decided to take advantage of the wheel repair package I was sold when I bought the Fiesta.

3 of the 4 wheels were damaged when I bought the car, yes, the sales man that was driving it clearly had no idea how big or where the corners were on the car.







Unfortunately, they couldn’t match the colour, so they’ll have to come back and have another go.*

Next up I gave the seats a quick clean using Autoglym Interior Shampoo.





It’s hard to see the difference in the pictures, bit I was impressed with how much dirt came out.

When cleaning the car, I love to have a good attention to detail…





So, they finally got around to having another go at fixing the wheels (a month after the previous attempt)







As with the previous attempt the colour was still off, I was far from impressed at this point but they insisted they would get it on the next go…

It the mean time I was still washing away at the car trying to keep it as tidy as possible.





I was also throwing in the odd road trip…











I was getting fed up waiting for the wheels to get sorted, and during a bit of time online I did this…



I treated the car to some Team Dynamic Pro Race 1.2s from DemonTweeks, I was lucky that I got the last set they had in stock as there was an 8-12 week wait time for them if not in stock.



While waiting for a few other purchases to arrive before I get the wheels fitted I took the time to coat them with some Poorboys Wheel Sealant.









I also purchased some black TPI wheel and locking bolts for them from DemonTweeks as I think they’ll be a lot more subtle than hideous silver ones against the colour of the wheels.





Then another two purchases arrived over the next couple of days.

Some Eibach lowering springs, to drop the car about 20mmm all around.



And a Triplercomposites splitter, I think this will make the front end look a bit more aggressive, especially when the cars lowered.





I decided to coat the splitter with some Fusso Coat Light.



I had the car booked into Ford in Ballymena pretty much straight away to get the lowering springs fitted. I thought it was best to do these first to minimize risk of damage to the wheels and splitter.





When I arrived to pick the car up I was instantly loving the new ride height…



The very next day I called into Lurgan Tyre Centre to have the wheels fitted.



As you can see the silver nuts just look out of place.



So, as soon as I got home I changed them over to the black ones.



I think you’ll agree they look 100 times better…



Next up on the to do list was to fit the splitter…







The front end is definitely looking a lot more aggressive now.



The side shot shows how nicely everything is sitting now…



The latest update is that I decided to have the cars paint corrected and have a ceramic coating applied. After chatting to a few people and getting some quotes, I decided on PMG Autocare to take care of the work.

Luckily enough they were able to fit me in with about a weeks’ notice.

Here’s a couple of before shots, to show you some of the correction that was needed.









So the car was dropped off with Pete at PMG…



Late the next day I arrived to pick the car up, I think it’s safe to say I was blown away with the finish he and the boys at PMG Autocare had achieved (the phone photos don’t do it justice).











It wasn’t until I got the car home that I was able to capture some images that truly show off the quality of work on the car.



















I wanted to see what the car looked like with another one of my purchases.





I think the valve caps will be saved for show use as I know they can cause issues if left on the car long term.

That brings us up to today, after what seems like forever we finally had some rain. This is how the car is looking with the ceramic coating…









First impressions are really good, but I know it’s when I get around to cleaning it that I’ll really start to notice the difference between the ceramic and a normal polish/wax coating. Unfortunately, I need to wait the guts of a week before I can get stuck into the cleaning again as I want to give the ceramic coating a good opportunity to cure (as I was advised to)

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Quick question, were the calipers painted new,? My Mrs zetec calipers have gone a strange colour, she has owned it from new and no chemical cleaners have been used.
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Quick question, were the calipers painted new,? My Mrs zetec calipers have gone a strange colour, she has owned it from new and no chemical cleaners have been used.
Thats the way mine came. Mine has the style pack which included the red callipers.
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loving the update fella but I cant see the pics?
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