MARCH RIDE OF THE MONTH
Member name: SVT3658
Location: Orange Park, Florida
Model: SVT (3 door
Color: CD Silver
Why he loves his Focus:
"My SVT was not my first car, but it is the first car I put a considerable amount of work and money into. I have been through ups and downs with the car, but overall it has been a very fun experience.
The car has been through many looks/stages, and has been on the chopping block more than once. But every time I tell myself "I'm going to fix whatever is wrong and sell it" I end up fixing it then driving it, and it all starts over again. Driving it again after not driving it for weeks makes me realize how fun of a car it is, and I get back into modding it and set out to find new parts that are better than the ones I took of of it and sold.
Probably the best part of owning the car is all the people I have met. I know some awesome people today through the car that I never would have met otherwise. The get togethers are always fun, and the big shows are a blast."
His future plans:
"I am graduating in April with my Mechanical Engineering degree. Hopefully that leads me to a solid career, and I will have more money to spend on the car. I will likely be moving to Detroit, Michigan as I want a job in the automotive field of engineering.
The current plan is to just keep up with maintenance. The car has 221k miles on it as of today, so I have already spent a good deal of time and money on maintenance...and the end is nowhere near I'm sure. It's a constant battle, but I enjoy working on the car.
Immediate maintenance plans are to find and fix the vacuum leak it has developed recently, replace the power steering pump (again) because it's making some noise, and to either pull apart and fix or buy a replacement IMRC box. After those, the car will be back in tip-top shape.
Immediate modification plans are to get my Sportmax wheels powdercoated and one the car, then set the ride height to exactly where I want it, roll the fenders appropriately, and get an alignment. Other than that, plans are pretty much non-existent, if I see something I would like to have on the car and it's a good deal, I'll jump on it. That's not really likely to happen any time soon though.
A more long-term plan is to get a new hood off of a lower-mileage silver Focus because mine has seen better days (has a fair amount of rock chips from 221k miles, most of them highway miles) and get the roof touched up. There are also a few kinks in the body that need some PDR love to get the little dings and dents from parking lots, flying objects, people leaning on my car and slightly denting a panel, etc.
A long-term, money-willing plan is a full rebuild of the engine and a refresh of the trans. Built bottom end, ported and polished head, Top Speed turbo kit, etc. Also, I would love a set (or more) of custom-ordered wheels. First on the list would be a set of custom width and offset TeamDynamics ProRace 1.3 wheels, and from there who knows what...."
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98 Euro rear bumper (and crash bar) with two reverse lights tinted with a Panther Black (metallic black paint from European Focus) paint/clear mix
Hella DynaBeam headlights (upgraded to 50W Morimoto ballasts and 4300K Morimoto bulbs)
2002 Euro grille
Chrome hatch strip
RS rear spoiler
Hoen foglight bulbs
EAP Recaro seats (front and rear set)
ST170 center console
2012 Mustang GT Shift Knob
FocusCentral short throw shifter
Black Euro AC/defrost vents
European headlight switch
Ford All-Weather floor mats
Much newer SVT steering wheel (thanks to Owen!)
6 disk Audiophile radio
Valve cover and intake powdercoated high metallic burgundy
Massive Massacre strut tower bar
Dominant Eng ORP and 2.5" flex pipe (v-banded instead of flanged)
Borla SVT Exhaust
Custom Braided Stainless Power Steering high pressure line (tucked)
Poly dogbone bushings
Dominant Eng toe arms
WHEELS, TIRES & BRAKES
MOMO Corse RPM wheels -- 17x7 ET42
Sportmaxx 050 wheels -- 17x8 ET38
EBC Green pads