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Old 09-17-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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My new fofo, meet Ari Pangolin

Good afternoon guys,

I just wanted to introduce myself and car to the forum. I bought her roughly a week or so ago and have been enjoying her ever since! She was quite dirty when I received her and still needs a couple things done for me to be completely satisfied but like all good things, it shall come slow which I have no problem with. I honestly have NEVER been a fan of any beige color always labeling it as a grandma car but it has grown on me just as the car has and I'm enjoying her for what the car is, a great nimble, economical which will hopefully save me some $ on the long run! (Switching over from a 4.6liter V-8 Mark VIII is a big difference! Can we say, MGP?!).

So onto the car, immediately as soon as I got her I tried diagnosing any and all problems, what I found is it needs some kind of front suspension work and that's literally about it (besides your average maintenance of course). I went to Advance Auto Parts and spent a pretty penny on some parts (Fuel filter, Cabin & Air filter, Oil drain plug, Sea Foam and some good ol' Lucas Oil Stabilizer). After I did all the labor on the car I took her to get her oil & oil filter changed to finish up the small tune-up. She is now running like a CHAMP! I enjoy driving her on my commute to work (30miles each way) w/ the sunroof open, wow, what a rich feature to enjoy in Miami.

So below are a couple of pictures I took of it before & after the tune-up & clean, the PO was a freaking pig...

Exterior wasn't too bad...


But the interior...






I didn't know chocolate could turn to ash until I cleaned this car...


Some of the still dirty engine. (btw what ways do you guys clean your engines? I'm just curious but I usually degrease/soap the bay and dirty parts and wash her down spraying her with air pressure to try and keep the engine bay from staying wet for too long)


I busted the damn EGR sensor while trying to find a hose to suck the SeaFoam through... Not that one! lol (part already on it's way)


"The tools"


& results...




*Still haven't taken pics of how the interior turned out but don't worry, I wouldn't be driving in that pig pen so you can rest assured its A LOT cleaner.

Bitter sweet seeing her go... but man that V8 hurts with my commute


Now for the future I plan on completely restoring my headlights and converting them to HIDs, but the thing is I would really hate to go through all that work for them to be in this housing


I'm going to sand them down and buff em out but what can I do about the condensation??

Also, I've read that the SVT suspension is probably the best bang for your buck suspension upgrade you can do; I don't plan on modding the cars performance by any means (well, depending, if there's a MPG increase that helps with performance and is at the right price.... why not right?!) but since I need to redo my suspension, or at least fix a couple things under there why not? Can anyone let me know what else besides this kit do I need?

Thanks for looking and I look forward to "foruming" (is that even a word) with you all!

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Old 09-17-2013, 10:19 PM   #2
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Buy this: http://parts.autonationfordwhitebear...catalogid=5684

And you will be quite happy, suspension wise.

See if you can find a set of Machs (OEM HIDs) for sale. All the retrofits in that housing look crappy IMO. Your housings have a lot of condensation though, so you might wanna open them up and reseal them in the meantime.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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SVT suspension would be a great compromise, excellent handling and improved looks. That kit is all you need. But get it from a forum sponsor if you go that route. Also toss those headlights. You can get new ones for a good price, about $100 shipped for a pair of black housing ones on ebay, get Depo brand.
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Welcome! You will like that SVT suspension a lot. I love mine, but I want to go lower. You may not be concerned with going low though. And you say you aren't concerned with performance upgrades, but just wait, you will be. About that dirty interior... mine was almost as bad and I spent my first weekend cleaning it to be able to stand being in the car lol. Took me a week or 2 to get it where I want it. Some people.....
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Buy this: http://parts.autonationfordwhitebear...catalogid=5684

And you will be quite happy, suspension wise.

See if you can find a set of Machs (OEM HIDs) for sale. All the retrofits in that housing look crappy IMO. Your housings have a lot of condensation though, so you might wanna open them up and reseal them in the meantime.
So is there any procedures you know of in regards to resealing them? I'm a DIY kinda guy but have never tried something like that, what tools does one need?

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SVT suspension would be a great compromise, excellent handling and improved looks. That kit is all you need. But get it from a forum sponsor if you go that route. Also toss those headlights. You can get new ones for a good price, about $100 shipped for a pair of black housing ones on ebay, get Depo brand.
That's exactly what I'm going for! A lil lower and moar handling!!>.< lol, and about those headlights, mind throwing me a link via pm or reply? I only found some that go for $185 and would rather invest in some elbow grease getting these headlights back to their former glory lol

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Welcome! You will like that SVT suspension a lot. I love mine, but I want to go lower. You may not be concerned with going low though. And you say you aren't concerned with performance upgrades, but just wait, you will be. About that dirty interior... mine was almost as bad and I spent my first weekend cleaning it to be able to stand being in the car lol. Took me a week or 2 to get it where I want it. Some people.....
Yeah I hear ya! It took me 2 days to get the car somewhat clean, by my standards this car is still going to take me a bit, I have to retint her, clay bar/buff her, redo the carpet (it's beyond repairable, as you can see in one of the pix she dropped what seems to be an acid like chlorine in the backseat, for now I have some universal mats but maybe with due time the carpet and OEM floor mats will come=)).

In regards to performance, don't get me wrong I think we all have some passion for car performance but in reality, an automatic 140k Focus isn't exactly a "sports car", now a stick ZX3 that is done right imo is more of a performer but that's the least I'd have before investing into parts for performance. IMO I like my car for what it is, a comfy nimble commuter that has great MPG while still being able to hold it's own on the highway and city. I honestly never thought I'd like this car much but WOW, the first 2 days I drove Pangolin I fell in love w/ her!! An open sunroof racing down the highway lanes is great, even coming home @ 5am in the morning from a graveyard shitft! lol

Thanks all for the compliments and suggestions!

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So is there any procedures you know of in regards to resealing them? I'm a DIY kinda guy but have never tried something like that, what tools does one need?
Generally, you'd bake them in the oven to loosen the silicone holding the housings together. Then you can open them up, clean, and reseal with new silicone. But for ~$50 each...I'd just get new housings. Here's a link on Amazon, you might get them cheaper on ebay. http://www.amazon.com/Depo-330-1110L...eadlights+depo

Stick with Depo replacements, the others are generally crap.
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