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  1. Bonus Puma money shot too.
  2. Not read the whole thread but Swift Sport is my vote. Cracking motors, cheap to run, easy to work on. Not fast by other standards but loves to by revved and can carry speed through corners.
  3. I think has been doing the rounds for a while now but not with this seller. Form a queue now
  4. I've genuinely always loved these as they're so utter futile, and an AWD verison is also a lot rarer than you may otherwise think. However I fully undertsand the sentiment too
  5. I know nothing of these but I want it. Now.
  6. Well I went to see the old girl on Sunday armed with a brand new and fully charged battery. Battery popped in connected, turned the key and... ....it still won't turn over. Balls. Tried again and this time realised the fuel pump was not priming. Checked fuse under the bonnet and looked fine, swapped the relay for a known good one (the horn) but still no joy. Balls x2. Plan is now to go down at the weekend remove the rear seat and see if the pump is getting power. Maybe hit it with a mallet or something. I'll also remember to pack my Bluetooth OBD reader just in case. Any ideas on anything else to try? Seems weird for it just to stop even after a couple of years of no use is it not? Do these seize up? TIA
  7. Cor! That's proper lush! My old man ran one or a while, can't recall anything about it though. Two randoms please
  8. Well today I picked up my subby after taking it in to work to have the slightly beefed up supports for the ARB; Same on the other side. Next job to get it blasted and dipped, need to get a quote but hopefully not too expensive. Also took one of the hubs in, I had managed to shear a pinch bolt. Got that sorted, removed the bushes as a bonus and, more importantly, the shock is perfectly fine too. That's a nice saving. Bearings and ABS rings also got a green light and look sorted. Next job is to clean these up, take them back in and get new bushes inserted. Not a bad day at all.
  9. To be honest think they need the spoiler on the arse end (hence me fitting one) but that's just me.
  10. Cheers man. They really get undue stick even by Ford fanbois. I want to get it back on the road sometime this spring / early summer. A combination of the 'vid, a house move and protracted home improvements* have meant I've done nothing on it,I figure I need to pull my finger out and get some small bits done that are off the car to give me some motivation.
  11. Well I've decided to start making some plans to progress with the Cougar after noting for a little under two years. After visiting it the other week the battery, unsurprisingly, is deed and need replacing. All the tricks of trying to get it to hold a charge has failed and I couldn't get it it start even with my booster pack so that'll be ordered shortly. I'm just glad it's still there albeit dusty. It's a small thing but today I dropped the spare subframe off at work to be fettled slightly by getting the ARB mounts to be beefed up a touch (they are known to fracture as Ford skimped on the welds). Hopefully it'll be the lecturer but it may be a student let loose on it! Also gave them a rear strut where the pinch bolt had sheered when I was trying to remove the shock. That'll give them a good challenge to entertain them a while. 😛 I'll probably pick them up next week and then get the subframe off to get galvanised before painting it up. I've decided against getting it powder coated at the same time as I am not sure it'll be durable enough to be under the car? Or am I being a bit over cautious (as it would be easier and more convenient to get them to do it). I was just going to lash it with chassis paint.
  12. I wondered this about the Swift, when I got my Sport I took a test drive the AWD verison too and found it 'adequate'. The chap in the dealership said it would need too much reworking of the AWD, which I assume is a Haldex system, to make it worthwhile. I also imagine the CO2 readings would be off the chart too?
  13. I'll be unavailable for the Feb dates but March or future dates should be better. 👍
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