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Old 07-18-2014, 09:59 PM   #1
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BluePanda's Blue Machine (aka Mr. PITA)

Alright, figured I should have a build thread on here, even if the build is mostly been done at this point. There's future work I can always add to it...

My build thread while building was on another hobby site of mine, not so car related ironically enough.

I do have a name for it, I call it Mr. PITA (as a Ford it is) and often my Ferd us.

But anyway, PICTARS!!

Here's a couple original, just brought home pics:






Bought her off Craigslist -- 2003 Ford Focus ZX3 with 134k on her. Ironically on the three hour drive home the rad fan blew apart. At first I didn't know what it was -- I thought I just bought a dud.






Besides a wash and wax, my first want was full exhasut...remove the cat and a bit of sexy sound. I will point out I did not keep the tip on this kit:







But then I wanted sound inside the car:






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Old 10-19-2014, 06:56 PM   #2
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She had some basic needs for fix...mounts were a bit beat, and there was never a filter in her for the cabin







Had to have a button start...




Then the headlights REALLY needed replaced. No amount of toothpaste or headlight kit could fix those poor things.









Toyed with the carbon fiber -- ignore the window crank.







Had some other fixes along the way:






CAI for a bit:




Did some body work (more to come, did the rear bumper too):





And then I went RICE.

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Yea, I rode green for a while. Really liked the dip to be honest...




Then I thought she road a bit too high...dropped her down 2 inches.






Had more repairs along the way and some fun with it too...









Looked A LOT better dropped (before settling completely, but most of the way there):




Then I got the OBX 4-2-1 on here, and recently just sold it here too:



Loved that sound...

Eventually toned it down with a twister, and eventually the header was replaced with something better.


Finally dipped the hood -- had terrible paint anyway, and lots of highway driving with salted roads + wanted new look:




Skipping some pictures, the dip eventually was peeled, got a balance and an alignment after eating up some tire, replaced the blower fan, and thermostat housing and some other ford parts that weren't meant to last forever...

THEN the real bug...
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Old 10-19-2014, 06:57 PM   #4
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YEA. I had to go there next...TURBOOOOO YOOOOOOODAAAAA...

Dug up my old stock header and cleaned it up, new gasket, and homemade poly mounts.









While waiting on parts, I painted the wheels black (actual paint):




THEN PARTS!!!!












AND TWO LONG DAYS OF ASSEMBLY (some assembly required):








MUCH Use of the FERD WRENCH (says it on the other side):



Then it started coming together:




AND THEN IT LIVED:














Screw GAUGE pods (ROFL)




AND then came the new wheels (and tires):







That's about where she sits today...




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Woo you made one! That is some dumb luck on the ride home though, bet you were wondering what you got yourself into with this car. Cant wait to see more pictures.
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Woo you made one! That is some dumb luck on the ride home though, bet you were wondering what you got yourself into with this car. Cant wait to see more pictures.
Yea, figured it was easier if I didn't have to talk about what I once did all the time...

It was a real panic when I had just gotten her -- had no idea what else to expect with luck like that.
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Nice build... loving the parts on the bed... hopefully u slept comfortable that night.. can't wait to see updates
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Now that was a good read. Didn't realize you went turbo. Got any videos? I'm wondering how fast it is...
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Nice build... loving the parts on the bed... hopefully u slept comfortable that night.. can't wait to see updates
haha. Thankfully that's the "extra" bed. So didn't have to worry. That bed has slept many a car part over humans. lol. Car hoods and all sorts.
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So that past was before I seen Allllllllll the pictures. You do document everything! Lovin the snail. Lots of neat things you did to. Nice work.
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