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Old 11-15-2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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The Story of a Car

Once upon a time, there was a guy. He had a car. His wife had a car. Everything was good, until one day, when the wife went away, and took the practical car (which was hers to start with) with her. This left the guy with a nice, but relatively useless car. So one day, he decided that, after selling off a project he could no longer work on, he'd buy another one, but this time, he'd buy one he could use every day. So here we are.

This is the chronicle of my 2002 Ford Focus SVT. I bought it with just over 78k, and I've poured a bit of heart, soul, swears, and money into her. My goal is to bring back some of the car's original charm, with most of the work that I keep or do remaining subtle, so as to not look out of place. And so it begins.


The day I brought her home. She was looking kinda rough...


I thought I might start with the little things. Like taking all of the poorly cut vinyl tape wrap stuff off of the turn signals, marker lights, and badges. And mechanical stuff. I think it looks nice without it.


After her first bath. Had to put down some pretty heavy chemicals to get some of it off.


One of the things I immediately didn't like was that the upper and lower grille didn't match. So I fixed it. That was hard to get..


Steeda plate, brace, and intake were all in place when I got it. The plate fell off, but I cleaned it up, along with the fuse box cover, and put it back. Plenty left to do under here...but a little cleaning doesn't hurt.


I experimented with some rubbing compound on the turn signal lenses. Before and after:



Finally, I got to give her a good bath. this was the result.




New Motorcraft timing belt coming Monday, and plenty more to come after that.


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Old 11-15-2014, 05:24 PM   #2
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:05 AM   #3
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Looks great man! How you like driving it around?
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:37 PM   #4
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Looks great man! How you like driving it around?
I absolutely love it. Its less abusive as a DD than my Saturn, easier on gas (if I keep my foot out of it) and significantly more practical. I've got a long way to go with it, but I'm loving it. If i had one bad thing to say, its that the seats lack proper support for mountain driving. I would love to do an EAP interior swap, but that whole money thing..
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:24 PM   #5
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:29 AM   #6
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clean svt! love these cars
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nice svt, you may wanna try the rubbing compound on the headlights
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Good for building upper body strength, yeah? lol

I have wet sanded and buffed them once, so I'm wary of trying to spend too much more time on them. First things first, though. Still waiting on it to come back from our local ford dealership with a new timing belt.
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Whelp, the local ford dealership has my Focus in captivity. Anyone who has had experience with the timing belt on these things, how much play is the intake cam gear supposed to have? Mine seems to be going about ninety degrees before it engages the camshaft. Frustrating when the techs can't figure it out. Still, while its apart, the valve cover is off for cleaning and paint. Cant wait to see it bright, shiny and silver again!

On this subject, I've been talking back and forth with Tom (1turbofocus) on the subject of doing a VCT delete, and getting adjustable cams. I've seen people do them before, and it seems like a better long term option than replacing the VCT cam gear if it is shot, but I don't know the who's who as far as quality in that regard.
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