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#61 OFFLINE   DaveAspley

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 08:10 PM

I have a small workshop based on a farm that has a few enthusiast types storing odd chod and coming up for a weekend fettle away from the wife. If I'm there, it needs the ramp and it's usually a hurry to get it done due to the distance out of town. Just pulled a Toyota in when a chap 3 units down comes wandering up with a bit of metal in his hands "cor... I've had a right game putting this patch in, even on the lowest setting it's blowing holes"

51 plate Ka, arc welder.

Like trying to refloat the titanic with a party balloon
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#62 OFFLINE   Aston Martin

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 08:14 PM

That sportka has been gobbed, the filler cap is wrong and there's no hinges from the old one.

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 08:15 PM

^^^ Yes, the car (and myself) are in Ireland!

 

Co. Down plate, so it hasn't travelled all that far.

 

Premises are a kind of performance garage and shiny shiny bodyshop kinda place (Automanic Carnoisseur) with a lot of older, unsual vehicles coming in and out, so not just your run-of-the-mill demolition site cheap car chancer. They have a handful of cars off to the side with handwritten For Sale signs.

 

Quick search online brings up the word 'fussy' when referring to the owner's take on detailing and paintwork... though that may or may not mean he's an Isopon genius.

 

 

 

I may* be interested in giving it another casual glance when it's dry.

 

I will be bringing a magnet.


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#64 OFFLINE   warninglight

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 08:29 PM

Edit: in a flashback / rain man moment I remembered the reg.
MOT checker says it has never been tested.
Shirley she didn't do enough damage to write it off?
Maybe another careless owner bought it and smashed it up.

 

I think MOT history online only goes back to 2005 - so it could have been scrapped at 7 years old and nothing would come up. Wonder what the average life expectancy of the mk1 Ka was...


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#65 OFFLINE   hairymel

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 04:57 PM

KA, Streetka and SportKAs are all dying, along with the the same chassied Puma and it's paper back-arches.

 

puma is mk4/5 fiesta based not ka.

 

not that that stops them rotting  :-D



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Posted 20 June 2018 - 04:59 PM

puma is mk4/5 fiesta based not ka.
 
not that that stops them rotting  :-D


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Posted 20 June 2018 - 05:26 PM

^^^^ Yeah, see that's not helping.


He’s right though
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#68 OFFLINE   320touring

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 06:31 PM

As if by magic.

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 06:50 PM

An early Ka was my first ‘proper’ car once I passed my test. I had started out with a mk2 Fiesta L which never saw the road as it was properly rotten. I sold it on for the same £50 I paid for it to a mechanic who was going to XR2 it or something.

Since then I’ve had a SportKa, which was everything good about the original magnified. Sublime handling, sweet gear change and good low down torque. It didn’t deal with any of the drawbacks mind, wheezy at high revs, rust prone and not particularly good on fuel for the size of car.

I love ‘em though. I have a Y-plate Ka ‘Collection’ squirrelled away. 44k on the clock. A family heirloom that now lives in South West France away from the rain and salt.
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Posted 20 June 2018 - 07:58 PM

I have a small workshop based on a farm that has a few enthusiast types storing odd chod and coming up for a weekend fettle away from the wife. If I'm there, it needs the ramp and it's usually a hurry to get it done due to the distance out of town. Just pulled a Toyota in when a chap 3 units down comes wandering up with a bit of metal in his hands "cor... I've had a right game putting this patch in, even on the lowest setting it's blowing holes"

51 plate Ka, arc welder.

Like trying to refloat the titanic with a party balloon

Off topic thread drift YO - is there any spare space at this farm Mr Aspley? I have need for room to store something for occasional fettling and weekend jaunts. And you're not massively far away....

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 12:48 PM

We have a WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

For just £150 you too can get the genuine Ford Cornflakes experience..

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 12:58 PM

As an aside, I went back on Saturday and had another look at that blue SportKa 'RS' in the dry.

 

First I looked at the scratched paint along with various scuffs.

 

Then I looked at the bubbles on the rear quarters, above the bumpers, and around the boot latch.

 

Then I looked at the bubbles appearing on the rear quarter 9" from the fuel filler, where a repair panel has clearly been welded in at some point.

 

Then I looked at the split inner wing at the rear n/s.

 

Then I looked at the thick black underseal that had been recently gobbed onto the sills using a fence brush.

 

Then I looked at the £725 price tag, and considered the fact the MOT runs out in six weeks.

 

Then I walked away.

 

 

And that, kids, is why we don't buy cars in the rain.

 

;)

 

 

That said, if it were £200 and I had a barn needing filled, I totally would have gone for it.


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 12:43 PM

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Just took a walk past yesterday and that SportKa's still hanging around, with the MOT now expired and sat on SORN.

 

Not sure if the dealer realises it's fucked and hence no point putting it in for a test, and whether they're planning on either fixing it or stripping it for spares.

 

One thing's for sure, if they want to keep it they'd be best putting it away in the dry, as I doubt there'll be much left of this 'un come the spring...


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 01:17 PM

I need a Streetka.
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Posted 05 December 2018 - 01:47 PM

I need a Streetka.

What was your crime?

I still admire Ford’s effort in keeping the 1970’s alive.
Just a shame that when the design board meeting concluded that the Ka needed ‘a retro element’, that the YTS student who must have been left in charge assumed they wished for it to be reflected in build and rustproofing quality.

Here are a few of the little ginger infested shitters for the fan club’s delectation.

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 06:40 PM

I like em

Kind of trying to steer the lad towards buying one so I can piss about with it.


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#77 OFFLINE   They_all_do_that_sir

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:21 PM

I love them. The Mrs had one when she passed her test. Great car, bar the rot.....

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:25 PM

I loved mine.  First car.  Great first car to bomb around in, especially given that mine had no power steering.

 

It died of rot but only after we part-exchanged it for a Fiesta.

 

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:27 PM

My SportKa was the most rotten, neglected, thrashed piece of shit I have ever driven.

... I would love to try a good one.
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 09:24 AM

I suspect in 5 years time the only place you will see a KA is in one of those massive tanks that museums preserve raised shipwrecks in,constantly being sprayed in a rust stabilising solution.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:02 PM

That white one has different rear lights to normal. They go higher up. Never seen that before.



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:11 PM

That white one has different rear lights to normal. They go higher up. Never seen that before.


That’s a Brazilian market model! Then they absolutely ruined it with the bulbous Novo Ka in 2008


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Posted 08 December 2018 - 07:58 PM

My eyes hurt is that lad the offspring of Harry Hewitt and Megan Merkel or is he the son of Ronald McDonald.




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