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Old 08-04-2018, 10:37 PM   #1
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Ford Focus STate 170

I thought I'd start a thread on my Ford Focus ST170 Estate.

Turns out, it's a car that hardly anyone realised existed.
If you believe the interwebs, there's rumored to be between 150 and 300 built.

In essence - it's a Focus estate - with all of the engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes, interior... everything you get with a ST170 hatch

My previous car was very impractical.
A super low saloon... every year it had an oil and filter change, along with a subframe and wishbones.
It was lovely to drive and got a lot of nice comments.

20171129_135251 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

So onto the focus.

I looked at a few and found one in Staines with barely any rust
****** Grey, 130k miles... but it was just ued for carting a big fluffy dog around.

20171015_110450 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20171015_161824 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20171015_162002 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

I'll update this during the week of the little changes I'll be making.
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Looking forward to seeing the updates and what you’re planning
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Subscribed. Never knew these existed.

Very cool. Looking forward to the updates.

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will be watching this with intrest to see the changes you make
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Subscribed! Love these focus st estates. I thought about one as there’s a blue one on the bay, but for a daily with a fair commute the mpg scares me. Lol
Looking forward to why you do to it.
Ps love the bora!!
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I got the car back in October but it just sat in a corner for a while.

I pulled it outside and gave it a wash to see what I was getting into.

The passenger side had been keyed in the past and bodged terribly with a touch up kit.
The roof and bonnet were etched beyond the realms of machine polishing from bird bombs.

The regular full wash and chemical decon process.

20171015_164338 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20171015_164542 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20171015_164722 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

The rear badge was faded so I'm hoping to restore it before I have to buy a new one.

20171017_134703 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

I decided to make a start on the interior.
It looked like it had never been cleaned. I threw out the floor mats and boot carpet and ordered new items.

The seats and carpet were given a good scrub and wet-vac.

20171015_183957 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20171016_082253 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20171015_200929 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

I may change the driver's seat at some point.

20171017_083415 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20171017_083428 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

The engine bay was cleaned up and the plastics dressed.
The cam cover and heat shield will be painted eventually.

20171017_111704 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

And that's how it stayed for around 6 months, just used as a run around.

20171017_134648 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

The key marks down the passenger side - every panel

20171108_090101 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20171108_090109 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

The brake calipers will be painted - the colour of the Brembo Brakes on the new Focus RS

20171108_085140 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

Some more purposeful looking discs (these have been fitted now).

20171108_085135 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

You can just about make them out here.

20180330_094611 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

After that little bath, things got a bit more serious...

It went to the body shop where I thought the passenger side and bonnet were going to be painted.

20180330_115131 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

Lots of parts were removed.

20180330_175447 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

At the end of the first day.

20180330_180859 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

Day two.
Lots of sanding.

20180331_115105 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

Some filler.

20180331_120148 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

And more sanding.

20180331_142821 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

Some plastic welding.

20180331_143329 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180331_143834 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

More parts removed.

20180331_185351 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

And it was ready for primer.
2 coats were applied.

20180401_121151 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180401_171608 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180401_214639 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180401_214615 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

The primer was sanded with 500g Mirka discs before the base coat.

20180401_214704 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

The the base coat was applied.

1x base layer
2x 3/4 layer
1x drop coat
3x clear coat - we put and extra coat so it could be flatted to perfection

20180402_113642 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180402_114006 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180402_141110 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180402_141102 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180402_125942 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

The I got to have a go

I painted and cleared the bumpers and the rear of the doors.

20180402_153447 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180402_184203 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

Not so bad for a first attempt

20180402_184225 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

One of the two little crusty bits on the car. The other part was on the front wing but it was cut out and a new piece welded in before I even knew!

20180402_193943 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

I'm super happy with the colour choice.
It's Ford Magnetic Grey - as seen on the new Focus RS

20180402_141119 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180402_165716 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180402_165937 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

20180402_192609 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

And that's how it sits for now.

20180405_102553 by Richard Lewin, on Flickr

Next steps,
  1. Paint door handles, bump strips and mirrors.
  2. Flat and polish everything
  3. Probably be fussy and flat and polish everything a second time.
  4. Paint brake calipers.
  5. Decide if I want it super low on coilovers or some nice Eibach springs.
  6. After the paint has settled in - polishing, ceramic coatings and PPF.
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Very nice! Those wheels suit the car so nicely, you may have convinced me to get a set for mine!

I don't think it'd suit being slammed though, some nice springs should do it nicely though.

Looking forward to seeing how this goes!
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Very nice! Those wheels suit the car so nicely, you may have convinced me to get a set for mine!

I don't think it'd suit being slammed though, some nice springs should do it nicely though.

Looking forward to seeing how this goes!
Thanks Steve

They're the standard ST170 wheels.
They corrode very badly and the center caps are always wobbly where they've been levered off instead of using the tool for them

I need to have mine refurbished but I have another set of wheels that may end up on the car
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