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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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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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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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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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