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Old 01-16-2014, 12:29 PM   #1
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FocusRush Build Thread #6 - '03 ZX3 2.3



I am the proud owner of a new-to-me 2003 Pitch Black ZX3 with a 2.3L Duratec and 5-speed transmission. I found it on craigslist in an ad that said nothing about it and had incredibly blurry photos. It was listed for $2450.00 and I figured I'd go take a look at it.

Good thing I did. I had to contain myself and keep my poker face on when I opened the hood and say that beautifully hideous motor. Just walking around hte car, I could tell it wasn't maintained. I was able to find all of the problems and issues with the car and pointed them out to the seller. I took it out for a test drive, and was able to pinpoint the rest of the issues to the seller.

I was ready to walk away because the list of needed repairs (mostly maintenance, and some body work) exceeded the amount I was willing to invest into the car with the original price included.

Long story short, I was able to get the car for only $1100. I think that was a steal of a price.

Here is the list of issues I know about on the car

Accident Damage:
- Passenger Fender
- Passenger door

Mechanical Issues:
- Suspension is shot
- Need to replace passenger front wheel bearing
- Passenger side motor mount broken
- Needs basic tune up
- Rear brakes are non-existent other than some rusty drums
- Both window regulators are broken
- Reverse lights don't come on
- Door dinger/chime doesn't work
- Cruise control doesn't work
- Air bag light is on

Cosmetic Issues:
- The original owner literally cut large portions of the carpet out....#tweaker
- paint is...umm...5 out 10, but I think I can buff the majority out

I've already taken a trip to the local junkyard and I was able to pick up:
- 2 new doors (complete) in white, just need to get them painted
- Black carpet in good condition. Filthy, but in good condition. On the way home, I stopped off at a DIY car wash and pressure washed it. I've never seen so much brown water lol.
- a new center console w/o the arm rest since mine is broke and I hate having the armrest there
- passenger side fender
- motor mount
- reverse switch

I'll be taking photos this afternoon of the progress.

After the repairs are done, I plan on lowering it, getting some 17" wheels, getting an intake for it, and calling it done. It's just a DD build....

although... the thought of a black WRC wide body sounds very tempting...


A quick review of my other foci:

2013 Focus ST2


2007 Focus ZX3 SE SAP


2003 Focus ZX3 2.0 Zetec


2002 SVT


2002 Pitch Black ZX3
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:33 PM   #2
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Holy crap! Nice job. I've seen your ST around town in Camarillo.
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:23 AM   #3
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Thats a lot of FoFo's! lol, nice lineup. I like your pizza hut dorsal fin on the 07...
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:13 AM   #4
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Sweet! Get to turning them bolts! Can't wait to see pics of your score!
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:08 PM   #5
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Damn! I love the Tarmac look on you '13. I am going to order mine in silver with the stripes and hopefully throw some Tarmacs on it. Nice rides.
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:41 AM   #6
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Just installed the new black carpet, black no-armrest center console, Complete SVT suspension, and some new Black DEPO headlights. I forgot how much a PITA that lower headlight bolt is to get to.

Ordered all 3 new motor mounts, ST shift knob, SVT pedals, Reverse sensor, Edge Rear Wiper, LED 3rd Brake light.

Still need to get rear brakes, a new clock spring (which I hope will help with the OBDII connection error and cruise control and horn not working and the airbag light.....

Still haven't had the chance to get the camera out yet. I have a photography homework assignment that I need to do tomorrow, so I'll snap a few shots of the car.
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I've had it for a week and have done quite a bit of work to it. Still a long way to go.

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Today I completed the following:
- Replaced both window regulators
- Replaced both front windows
- Replaced both front door interior trim covers
- Installed LED 3rd Brake light
- Replaced Passenger Door Hinges
- Replaced Passenger Fender and plastidipped it black (temporary paint. It's silver and from a junkyard)
- Installed DEPO Black headlights
- Buffed out MASSIVE scratch on passenger rear 1/4 panel
- Ran Seafoam through the motor (So much smoke lol)
- Added Marvel Mystery Oil to the motor
- Installed SVT Springs, Struts and Shocks
- Ate a burger
- Pooped
- Diagnosed the Cruise Control problem - Needs new brake switch
- Diagnosed suspension clunk in front passenger side - Bad/Failing CV Axel
- Wrote this
- Going to bed
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- Ate a burger
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I believe this is the most productive part of your day! Jk lol, i would definitely say you've accomplished alot so far
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- Diagnosed suspension clunk in front passenger side - Bad/Failing CV Axel
make sure u check ur Inner AND outer tierod ends, as well as the swaybar endlinks while you are there to confirm your findings. keep it up

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