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Old 17-02-2018, 08:35 PM   #1
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New Daily Runner ( Fiesta Mk6 )

Here is the new daily runner I picked up last week. I just needed a cheap run around to dump at the train station or bus stop when commuting to work but being a detailing fan it will still likely be the cleanest car in the street

Just got around to giving it a good clean today fitted a few new bits and bobs as well.




Gave the tyres a good scrub to get the nasty cheap tyre shine off, horrible stuff !





Just a quick wash so decided to use Hydro2 for a little bit of protection



Some decent beading





Dried off



Looks not bad after a decent wash but its in desperate need of a de tar and clay, I just need to try and get hold of some Tardis.



Then got some proper tyre dressing on



Then it was time to sit back and admire..... not quite. Im trying not to go to crazy on this car as it is just a cheap runner but I am tempted. I think the paint would respond very well even to just a single pass with Meguires 105 / Microfibre system, we will see....





The car was reasonably tidy inside so just gave it a quick hover, gave all the plastics a good going over with Megs APC, got all the glass spotless and then put in some new genuine Ford matts that I had ordered. I also treated the glass with G techniq G5, I done the glass when I first picked the car up as thats one thing I can't stand is dirty untreated glass !




The cars headlights were pretty weak and more annoying than that they were both different colours, the photos don't really show it but one of the bulbs had a clear blue tint to it.



I decided to give these a try






The last thing I done today was fit the new battery. The old one looked like the original and the car was flat last Monday morning after sitting unused over the weekend so just decided to pick up a new one this morning




Cracking little car for what it gets used for and for what I paid for it ! Plans are as I said a decent de tar and clay the possibly a quick going over with the Rupes to brighten up the paint, I wouldn't go as far to say paint correction but you know what its like when you get started !
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Old 17-02-2018, 08:44 PM   #2
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Looking good and looking forward to updates...

Don't forget to check your headlight adjustment as you've put the replacement bulbs in
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Thanks mate, do you mean the little adjuster next to the headlight switch inside the car ?

Also I need to try and find out the radio code after fitting the new battery if anyone could point me in the right direction with that it would be much appreciated
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Thanks mate, do you mean the little adjuster next to the headlight switch inside the car ?

Also I need to try and find out the radio code after fitting the new battery if anyone could point me in the right direction with that it would be much appreciated
No, the actual headlights themselves might need a re-adjust using the adjusters on the headlights themselves. If you have a Haines manual, it should give you the height / width settings in there - just pop the car in front o a garage door / flat wall and mark up, switch lights on and adjust them to fit the marks...

Alternately, pop to your local garage / MOT centre and they'll be able to check / adjust them for you

Radio code - if it's a factory fitted unit, the code is sometimes in the handbook / might be on top of the radio if it's been replaced. Sometimes the actual code is store in the ECU and it'll just restart itself okay as nothing has changed (other than the battery) - last option is you could ask Ford dealership if they could check (but don't hold your breath) or have it re-coded by local stereo place - not expensive...
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Oh and how does anyone get inside of the fuel cap that dirty
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Oh and how does anyone get inside of the fuel cap that dirty
God knows

Can’t beat getting stuck in to cleaning some proper grime though love seeing the big difference you are making, it can sometimes get a bit boring doing the weekly wash on an imaculate car like I’m used to doing !
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The mk6 is one of the best cars ever made! Any time someone asks me for a cheap suggestion a mk6 is a no brainer. Nice buy and great colour!
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Today I decided to give the bonnet a polish and just see how it responded I gave it a quick clay and IPA and then started with Megs 105 on a microfibre pad it seemed to get out most of the heavy swirling but left some pretty horrendous clouding I was a little concerned with how bad it looked after compounding, its just not very nice paint to work on however some 205 with a white rupes pad cleared it up no bother

Its by no means perfect but a big improvement I will see if I can be bothered todo the rest but I think it would really make a big difference to the look of the car.

Before



After compounding



After finishing and wipe down with Panel Wipe







Then added some protection with some good old Fusso Coat



I also gave the grill a coat of CarPro Pearl which made a slight improvement

Before



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Without doubt the best shape of Fiesta (in my mind!), and the Ford red is a glorious shade of red. Looking forward to the updates.

I have a 15year old mk6, 166,000 miles on it and still going strong (1.4 TDCi).
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Love these! Auto Lights/Wipers is a rare enough option aswel!

As for the code, Either in the handbook or their may be a sticker in the glove box otherwise it's a friendly Ford dealer.
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