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Old 03-06-2015, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hi all!

Well, I used to own a 2004 ZTW wagon. Pretty meh. Buuuuuuut. It had the unicorn 2.3L in it. You just don't find that in Wisconsin!

Buuuuuut. On January 6th... This happened....

Tasha, as I had dubbed her, was so clean and practical. But some good things can't last. Sooooooo....

I started looking on Craigslist. And I found Matt, the owner of Speedway Recyclers. Speedway is a Focus-specialized salvage yard and part seller in Maribel, WI, practically in my backyard. He was selling a black 2003 3 door SVT Focus. After texting and talking in person for a while, we finally worked a deal: my wrecked wagon and $2500 for this car. Here she is!

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Old 03-06-2015, 12:19 PM   #2
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Nice! I love it when one gets saved!
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:28 PM   #3
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He's also saving my old wagon. Stretching the frame back out and selling it or making a project out of it. Win-win!
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Old 03-14-2015, 11:23 AM   #4
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Welp. She's sitting in the garage not running for now. Clunked out on me and can't target the problem, so I'm having our family friend who's a Ford tech come look at it this weekend.
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I've noticed the SVT focus badge on a few focuses. I have an '03 as well, but I have the EAP. My badge is only svt. Why is that? Does the EAP not say svt focus or is this not an original emblem?
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I've noticed the SVT focus badge on a few focuses. I have an '03 as well, but I have the EAP. My badge is only svt. Why is that? Does the EAP not say svt focus or is this not an original emblem?
One of the previous owners might have removed it.
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So I found the problem.
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:44 AM   #8
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Alright. Time for a decision. I think I have decided to keep the car. My conundrum is whether to rebuild the engine or swap in a newly rebuilt one. I'm leaning toward swapping, but I am going to remove the valve cover, oil pan, and head tonight and tomorrow to look and see the damage. Opinions? I don't think I could manage either by myself, so mechanical help is needed.

Also, any simple instructions on how to remove the valve cover and head? Links to another thread? Thanks!
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Oh I know.
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