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I couldn’t resist making a start. Albeit not very much. The tyres don’t hold air, so I’ve taken the rear wheels off to take to work tomorrow. If I can stop them leaking air for the time being, I’m happy. It runs so it can be moved, there’s nothing worse than having a lump of iron on the drive with 4 flat tyres. Looks like both rear springs have snapped. I remember YP06 CXC had both rear springs broken. It’s a good job I’m buying lowering springs soon! Lol. Both hand brake mechanisms have come off with a large pry bar, so the tears are free for now. 




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I recently found someone up in Leyland who breaks STs for a living. Nice bloke. Bought a full Powerflow exhaust (most genuine ford systems rot and fall off, including the one on this car) so it was a good plan to buy it, right? I also picked up some new boot plastics, a full jack kit (which was missing) another boot carpet etc. 

so today while the sun was out* I started pulling the old exhaust off. Two nuts on the flanges rounded off and two came off easy.... haven’t got my rounded but removers on me so that was game over on that count. With the front end up in the air I checked a few things over. It appears both crank seals (front and rear) are leaking (common V6 problem) along with a leak from the oil filter housing and evidence of a water leak at the front. Plus, with the motor running there is a little excess travel in the clutch.... and on that bomb shell I’ve decided to take the motor out complete with box attached. That way I can address all the jobs in one hit as the V6 engines are shit to work on while in situ. Spending currently sits around the £700 mark and I recon another 700 to get it anywhere near. The front crash bar is toast, tow eye threads have been ripped out and it’s bent. I did have one spare somewhere but I can’t find it, probably binned it years ago. 





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In this episode we strip the front suspension down. 

A fairly simple job,  with it being a Mondeo. The front struts are removed. Despite looking crusty nothing was seized and fell apart beautifully. More parts added to the list - Top mounts, ARB links, lower arms. 

the front crank seal looks easy enough to do in situ. So I’ve got a question. Is it easier to remove the gearbox on its own, or do I continue with removing the whole lump? I can’t see much from the top, it’s a mess of pipes and bullshit. Will I have to drop the subframe? Etc etc 








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The grenade got thrown in today and parts started to come off. There’s a mixed opinion on the best way to get this lump out. Some say it goes up, some say it goes down. I’ve removed the front slam panel, Radiators and most of the pipework etc. Gear linkages disconnected, air con pipes removed and started disconnected. Apart from a few stubborn pipes and the drive shafts, it’s all pretty much off. Parts added to list - Driveshafts, water pump and belt, aux belt, plugs n leads, rocker cover gaskets. List getting bigger by the day! 

if anyone knows how that silver pipe disconnects I’d be grateful to know, there was a clip round it, but it’s in there.......





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