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Old 04-15-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
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Talked about it for years... (photo and story heavy)

Ive talked about doing this for years and finally got the opportunity.

Little past on the car for those who don't know. Bought new in 05 with 300 miles. Was a 05 zx3 ses with a 2.0 and auto trans.

This is what the car looked like at FocusFest 11' where i won best in class "hatch"

hated the wheels after 1 year and went back to eaps and lowered the car a bunch more...
Focus in the fields 12' (best of show and shine)




A few years into ownership i began really regretting not getting the manual. I ignored it for years and years but ultimately, after all of the work i had put into the car it was starting to bore me... I had 2 options, sell it or fix the problem...

In September i bought this:


05 st, minor front end damage... clear title.

Most people would take the perfectly good st and fix it... which i did, after i took its heart... the following photos give you a rough idea of what happened over the next few months.





















Overall this was one of the best, most frustrating, entertaining, time of my life... i have spent countless hours in the garage with my father and brother in law working on both cars. Every bloody knuckle, late night and bit of stress was worth it when both cars fired up right away. After a few weeks of hunting we found every code the st was throwing and have them all fixed. the zx3 fired up and only had 3 codes, all of which are gone now.

Special note and huge thanks to scott (InfraRedSVTF) for driving down to help numerous times when we hit a wall and were ready to call it quits, and the whole focus revolution crew for keeping this a secret until i was done and ready, and being there when i was frustrated to keep me going.

Both cars are up and running at 100%, all i need is paint for the ST.


Now mods list for my zx3 is:
Exterior:
Euro Ghia rear bumper (with proper crash bar and foam)
Euro fuel door
Euro tail lights
SAP (street appearance package) front bumper
Svt mirrors
Svt side skirts
Svt wing
Painted black headlights (silverstar ultra bulbs)
50/20 tint
Shorty antenna Side moldings removed
Mazda3 rear wiper arm


Suspension:
DGR coilovers
FSWerks strut tower bar
Roush rear sway bar
EAP Wheels
SVT rear brake conversion
5mm front, 10mm rear spacers


Motor:
2.3 and 5 speed swap
Cosworth cold air intake
FSWerks "Stealth" exhaust (Trimmed to fit euro rear)
Powder coated valve cover

Interior:
Pioneer Head Unit deh-p4200ub
Tune Trapper antenna booster
Boston Sub (custom built sub box)
JL amp (custom built amp rack)
Everything from the top of the doors up, was pulled out and painted (or dyed) black and headliner wrapped in black micro suede...
Advancetrac interior package rear seat (with 2 headrests in rear, not 3 like svts)
Blue LED swap
Euro center console


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Old 04-15-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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Wow!!!! I was wondering why you were saying that your car was in pieces. Damn nice job!
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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daaaaa!!! awesome
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:47 PM   #4
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oh damn! very nice josh!
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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Nice!

Glad to see the ST is getting fixed too, rather than left as just parts.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:51 PM   #6
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Good job ! I love your car
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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Awesome and congrats.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:01 PM   #8
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Very nice work. Car looks awesome.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:28 PM   #9
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So much win in here. Wish we had the time (and weather) to check out the interior and engine bay in more detail the other weekend!
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nice rides man, both of em look AMAZING. can't wait to see updates on the ST
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