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Old 23-07-2018, 06:07 PM   #31
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Lovely jubbly, my mrs does exactly the same to my mats. I have a 63 plate focus 5,500 miles, got some catching up to do. Strange but I think the MK1 focus has always looked the best to me.
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Old 31-07-2018, 12:54 AM   #32
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Hi bud,

Not sure if you have the dreaded rear wiper problems, but I've fired a thread onto the tuning and maintenance zone as I've managed to finally fix it.


http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=407518

The dreaded Mk1 Ford Focus rear wiper... FIXED

Keep the updates coming.

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Old 28-10-2018, 03:53 PM   #33
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No real updates yet, I've done around 8000 miles in this over the year and it's not once let me down!

I was resigned to scrapping it at the end of the year, as the MOT is a week before christmas and there's no way it'll pass with it's current rust. However I'm not sure I can let it die like that! I'd like something more fun, but the truth is that it does drive very nicely, and has plenty of go as well.

I'm going to look into getting the sills welded on this week and going from there. I've got a full ST170 interior set in my ebay watch list for 100 quid locally so that might be done as well!
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Old 04-11-2018, 12:08 AM   #34
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So I finally decided to act decisively! A friend of mine recommended a local mechanic who'd done welding work previously for him, and after a phone call, the Focus was dropped off. I picked it up this morning (Saturday) and one sill had been done.



It's being dropped off again in the next few days to have the other side done, but I'm already much happier.

Next up was an ST170 half leather interior bought locally for the bargain price of £75! It came out of a 5 door, which I was sure would fit, but there's more on that later....

Couple of before pictures





We then started removing the seats. I set to work on the front, and the other guys made a start on the rears.

Front out!



Fellow DW Member Nick-st cracking on with the rear bench!



And then the rear bench base went in



We then realised the locking mechanism on the rear of the seats don't line up with the bracket on the car, so I need to make a pair of spacers to get it to align properly. Shouldn't be too much work though.

I got the front passenger seat in, followed by the drivers seat.







The new seats are really comfortable, and seem more supportive than before, which is what I was going for. I do have grand plans for this car next year!

Finally to say thanks to the guys, pizza was on me!



Next up will be to get the second sill welded on, and possibly the door cards fitted as well. I like the ones I have, but it would be nice to finish it off.
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Looks like a good upgrade.

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Up the wagon crew!
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Nice updates it's good to see it being saved rather than scrapped for a couple of sills.
I was lucky with the condition of mine.

The ST170 interior must make it feel like a whole new car to drive.
The bolsters are supportive enough without being overly "race car"

Looking forward to seeing where you go with it next year!
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Nice updates it's good to see it being saved rather than scrapped for a couple of sills.
I was lucky with the condition of mine.

The ST170 interior must make it feel like a whole new car to drive.
The bolsters are supportive enough without being overly "race car"

Looking forward to seeing where you go with it next year!
Thank you very much! ST170 wheels are next up, followed by a potential suspension refresh. I'd like to get the rear windows tinted as well but that's not a critical item.

Nurburgring next year hopefully!

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More good news this weekend!

I dropped the car off last weekend after fitting the seats to have the drivers side sill welded on. Picked it up on Friday and the bill was a very reasonable £265 without being painted. I had a few questions at work during the week asking why I'm spending that much on what was called a 'shed' but at the end of the day, the car is now worth something, as opposed to the scrap value it was beforehand!

I didn't mention this in my last update, but after fitting the front seats an airbag warning light came up, which is an instant MOT fail. We spent a couple of hours at the time trying to fix it but came up with nothing. The mechanic who welded the sills ran a code reader over it and it came back as the tensioners for the seatbelts. We swapped one over last week but not the drivers.

Today I took the old one from the previous drivers seat and fitted it to the new ST170 seat and guess what!



No warning lights!

With the drivers seat out of the car I took the time to spray some paint on the mount plate on the seat, as there was a bit of surface rust. I used some of the paint I'll be using on the sills.



Also a mate put a sticker on it to signal my intentions next year....



I got a new phone last week (Huawei P20 Pro) and have been playing with the camera. For a 16 year old car, it still looks good today!



And to celebrate fixing the warning light!

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Looks to be coming along nicely.

The ST bits and bobs always make a nice upgrade and its good to see the car being saved rather than squashed!
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