So I've been toying with the idea for a while now as to whether I should be a sort of blog or not, well here goes, however while I will be working on my car one of my main ambitions is to see how far I can take the car (mileage wise). Which I know to some people is crazy, but why not enjoy something for yourself rather than a future investment!
I might as well start back at the beginning, i'd been previously saving money in the hope to purchase an ST220, with the main goal to get one of the rarer ones a saloon or estate. Well only a month before xmas 2019 saw what could turn out to be a great partnership.
Below is the 1st picture I ever saw of who has now become known to me and the family as Stan, he instantly had me hooked. My friend who I also work with came along for the purchase just to see what he though as he is a mechanic in his spare time. The 1st time I went out sat in the passenger, he hit a slip road, applied the right boot and that was that, he had to come home with me.
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A little back ground from the guy who had owned it revealed he had pretty much stored the car for 3/4 year at his place of work indoors. Ford services up to around 105k with the car sitting at 120k was good in my eyes too. His misses had pushed him to sell as they needed to get a newer family car, I was a little worried about the fact it had only covered something like 400 mile in the last 3 year, but I've now covered nearly 6k in the last 10 month, of which probably 4k in the lasy 3 month alone.
One of the 1st jobs I carried out was an oil and filter change along with adding some good quality anti freeze to the water system as this looked like it was just straight water. An inspection underneath showed the front subframe was rusted, along with the arms and shockers which I planned get to get changed in the future. However the main chassis was in great order with all the rust protection still in place, including the jacking points.
Over the spring I have carried out changing both rear wheel bearings including tidying up the area, removing the arches, painting and wax oiling the metal, painting up the brake protection plates.
Painting my brake calipers in a nice gold.
Replacing the RS copy wheels with originals powder coated in flat silver
Freshen up the KN air filter with a clean and re oil
New EVAP valve
Painting of the main strut and the top mounts to prevent any rusting/corrosion starting
New reverse sensor, now thats made life easier
All new bulbs in the dash
Second hand denso unit (What a relief to play music)
Removing and painting a rust patch at the base of the drivers door, quite happy with how it went
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New regulator in the drivers door not too long ago as this had only just broke
Adding of wind deflectors
Gave the lenses a freshen up
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After, apologies for the splatting everywhere
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I know the above isn't massive in turns of mechanics work, but I had never previously worked on a vehicle, but enjoying doing bits and bats all the same
I think I have covered pretty much up to where I am and below is what we look like now
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The next in line for Stan is an update on the rocker covers, new spark plugs and manifold gaskets, at the same time I'll have the camshaft beaing caps re torqued as i can notice a faint tick which I am hoping to resolve. With another oil and filter change prior to winter kicking in.
Further jobs for the future
Tidy up the front and rear sub frames
Paint and wax oil the front arches
See how the exhaust goes in MOT, alot of rust around and hoping to update to a possible Milltek
Couple of areas need paint work mainly rear OS passenger door and bonnet
Pick up a 2nd hand front bumper as mine is cracked
I hope you have enjoyed the above, I think I have covered everything and I'll try and keep a monthly log of where I am and how the mileage is progressing