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Old 31-05-2016, 01:27 PM   #1
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The Focus Bangernomics Project

Hi All,

Well hot off the heels of the C4 thread. I have happened upon another car. If you thought the C4 was a bargain at £150, wait until you hear the price of this one.

2005 '55 Ford Focus Zetec 1.8TDCi, 125k miles.

Price......£0.

Story: I helped a friend buy a newer car, (BMW 118d) from a friend of mine who owns a used car dealership. I got him a great discount. This Focus needs work and he was just going to scrap it as he wanted rid. He spent a lot on this car, services, a couple of repairs including new front springs, one snapped on him.

The reason he just thought 'stuff it, I'll buy something new' is because there is an issue with the gearbox/clutch.

Which, I have narrowed down to a common issue on these, the slave cylinder. As it's in the actual bell housing, I will be putting in a new clutch kit and slave cylinder.

Here it is! (The slave cylinder gave up whilst reversing onto the in-laws drive, what are the chances!! (I haven't insured or taxed it yet so can't keep it at mine) so this is where she sits until repair time ha).





The Mrs didn't like the C4 from day one, slow 1.4, thought it was ugly, it's scruffy down one side, only 3 door, hated the interior.

Thankfully she likes this. So this will become our main car which means...I might finally be able to get a weekend V8 play thing!

Jobs to do:

- New clutch and slave cylinder (Think this is going to cost circa £200 thanks to proper mechanic friends with a proper LuK clutch kit).
- 1 tyre has a chunk cut into the sidewall but they're all like new, unsure if to fit a new pair or just get the one.
- 2 Alloys are peeling, always wanted to try a diy alloy repair so that's what I'll do.
- Scuff on front passenger wing, I 'think' will polish out nicely.
- Scuff on front bumper, think I can paint and polish back.
- Rear bumper has been reversed into something and made a hole, it's at the bottom so isn't noticeable but I will tidy it up.
- Going to find out if the timing belt has been done, if not I'll do it for peace of mind.
- Will service it as I know he's had it done but again, I want to do it just so it's 100% fresh and change the cabin filter as I bet that's not been done.

This has done 125k where as the c4 has now done 69k but this focus has been much better looked after, is 5 door, doesn't look scruffy (once the alloys are done) and is straight on every panel, no bumps or dents in any metal.

I promise to keep you updated on this one, I'm a bit more enthusiastic about getting this 100% unlike the C4 as because of the bodywork, it could never be 100% and the mrs hated it haha.

What do you think?
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I do just want too add. I will be giving him some cash for the car even though he doesn't want any, I thought I had written that in my first post but haven't.
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Looks good, you should make a bit on the other one when you move it on. Looking forward to the diy wheel refurb.
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This could be a good read and i think you've got a decent car and bargain there
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Can't be bad to that! Wee car looks clean and should serve your needs very well! I'll be interested in seeing where this goes!

Oh and talk about luck!

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Woo hoo. Result chum. I haven't seen a good alloy refurb thread on here on a while, so looking forward to this. What about putting it on air, and a nice set of 19s, limo tints etc etc.

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Edit - what about an ST replica with dark grey shelby stripes B-)

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Nice, I also had a £0 car once. Ford Escort XR3i
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Woo hoo. Result chum. I haven't seen a good alloy refurb thread on here on a while, so looking forward to this. What about putting it on air, and a nice set of 19s, limo tints etc etc.

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Edit - what about an ST replica with dark grey shelby stripes B-)
haha, I'll get my GasMonkey T-Shirt out and get to work!
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Nothing new to report but just for the continuity of the thread.

I've purchase the clutch kit which comes with the slave cylinder now, I'm going to insure and tax the car and tow it over to my friends who will fit it for me then hopefully, it'll be good to go!

So hopefully this time next week, might have it all ready to start doing the cosmetic bits on it.
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