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A rare outing meant I had to grab a couple of random photos (sorry their not more scenic lol)

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Thankfully it didn't take DMB Graphics too long to get the delivery to me.

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I think you'll agree these look to be of a far higher standard than the previous ones…

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Fitted to the center caps and looking great, I can't wait to get them fitted now.

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The one down side of getting to the oil catch can is that the headlight has to come out…

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Good good, it appears to be doing what it should.

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Grubby and in need of a wash again. I thought it was supposed to be easier to keep the car clean in this time of year than in the winter lol

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I decided to strip the reflective tape off the inside of the bonnet because I wasn't 100% in love with it.

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Back looking to its best

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Oh, those tips…

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New center caps finally fitted…

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That's ALOT better

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Unfortunately, the recently fitted rear discs have already started to rust and weather…
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Time for a cuppa in my nice new Gtechniq mug
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With the sun out and being at a loose end again I had to get the SLR out again for a few shots
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I've said it many times before, you can be guaranteed when the car is spotless, a bird will either s**t on it, or it will rain lol
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The amount of dirt just falling out of the atmosphere
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Ohhh more deliveries lol
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This time it was some Autobeam Full and Dip Beam Led bulbs from eBay
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Measuring the standard cap width to see what I need to suit the led bulbs when their installed
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You're all bound to be getting tired of my deliveries by now…
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The new light caps
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Standard bulbs…
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New bulbs fitted. It'll be interesting to see what their like compared to the bulbs I had in previously.
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After the hubs rusting so badly so quickly, I decided to give them a quick coat of paint.
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The Paintmodz key cover has definitely seen better days
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A quick outing to test how the bulbs perform at night
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I wasn't completely happy with how the driver side light was scattering so I decided to go and get them set properly. It turns out the driver side was set extremely low, so it's a good job I went to get it set correctly.
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Wash time
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While washing the car I also decided to give the old front calipers a quick clean.
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Spotless…
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Another quick night outing. The lights are definitely performing better now.
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I do have to say I love an ass shot…
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Thanks for reading everyone.
Next up October…
 

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With the weather starting to turn I decided it was time to take of my nice titanium exhaust tips and put back on the chrome ones. Yes, I know what you're thinking, chrome and winter weather don't mix, I know that, but I'd rather the road salt etc destroy them than the titanium tips.

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The titanium tips have been protected well by the Gtechniq C5, but they could still do with a good clean. I'll get around to that shortly.

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It won't be long until these are coming off the car too.

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Spraying my white stuff everywhere (sorry childish moment there)

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On to the wheels…

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Some engine bay shots

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Isn't it nice when the sun is out when you finish cleaning the car…

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Time for some detail shots etc for Instagram

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Of course, I had to jinx it…
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The only plus side of it raining is beading shots…
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Thankfully it wasn't wet for long and the sun came out again. So I decided that with not many chances left to get some nice shots of the car before the weather changes I had a quick road trip and brought the SLR with me.
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The things you have to do for photos
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Finally hitting the 17000 miles mark on the car, its hardly been driven since the start of the year.
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Time for the wheels to be changed and winter mode initiated
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Some nice new center caps to replace the old weathered ones
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Also another delivery
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This time its a new key cover to replace the pretty battered Paintmodz one. This looks like it will wear A LOT better than the painted one.
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That definitely looks better, although Id have preferred an orange rubber insert than the red one, but unfortunately that wasnt available.
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Time to give the wheels a clean before tucking them away for the winter
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See you guys in the Spring
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I still love the look of the car, even with the standard wheels. I think the colour of them is perfect against the molten orange paintwork of the car.
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Thanks for reading everyone.
Next up November
 

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There really wasn't a lot planned for November with the weather having taken a turn for the worse. Mainly just maintaining the work I had put in through the year…
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A rare outing of the car during a pretty awful month.
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Shamless selfie with a nice facemask sent to me by one of my sponsors.
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Thanks for reading everyone.
Next up December…
 

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Looks good :thumbsup: and good to see i'm not the only mentalist that even cleans his boot hinges (though I also wax all this unseen paint too along with the under bonnet and inner wing areas so I may be worse!!) As for the rear brake discs, did you not think about going for the thermic type coated disks like the mountune or EBC as you obviously care about the looks of your car? I bought these for the rear of my old Mk8 for this very purpose as I could not stand rusty brakes, the only rust areas I got where the contact areas which where easily cleaned up with an "adventurous" drive!
 

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Looks good :thumbsup: and good to see i'm not the only mentalist that even cleans his boot hinges (though I also wax all this unseen paint too along with the under bonnet and inner wing areas so I may be worse!!) As for the rear brake discs, did you not think about going for the thermic type coated disks like the mountune or EBC as you obviously care about the looks of your car? I bought these for the rear of my old Mk8 for this very purpose as I could not stand rusty brakes, the only rust areas I got where the contact areas which where easily cleaned up with an "adventurous" drive!
To be honest I never even knew about the thermic coated discs. I might look into them if I ever need to change them again, but for now a cleanup and a coat of paint will do the job to tidy them up. Yea I can be a bit OCD when it comes to cleaning. I have even more planned for when the warmer weather comes in lol.

Really enjoyable photo essay/s on your really lovely MO ST. Photos are superb quality too: I look forward to seeing more!! :thumbsup:
Glad you enjoyed the read, theres plenty more to come :nice:
 

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Making a change to the normal I'm starting the month with the car the dirtiest it's ever been. The joys of being sent on a detour because of closed roads and ending up driving down roads with grass up the middle of them…

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First stage on the wheels was hitting them with some wheel cleaner and leaving it to dwell…

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Then a quick rinse off…

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Already looking better…

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Next up snow foam time with Gtechniq W4 Citrus Foam and again left to dwell

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A couple of quick 50/50 shots

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Then I completed washing the bodywork with the 2-bucket method

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I also decided I would I would tackle the arches as the trip down the backroads at the start of the month would have done them no favours
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I had been talking to a local car photographer about doing some shots of the car and he random contacted me with a free slot, so I had to put the summer rims, exhaust tips back on
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Just my luck the morning of the shoot I woke up to find the car frozen solid.
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I managed to give the car a quick wash to get all of the ice etc off, but it was a struggle with the temperatures hardly rising above freezing.
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A couple of behind the scenes shots from the photoshoot…
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A couple of cheeky shots I took on my phone during the shoot…
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Shoot done it time for a quick pit stop for coffee before heading for home
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I'll post the finished shots from the shoot in the new year for you all to see, they'll be worth the wait….
The post photoshoot change over back to winter mode took a few days as it was tough getting motivated because of the rubbish weather so the car needed a wash before I did anything…
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Tackled with the Gtechniq W4 Citrus Foam again
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As you can see the car is still beading perfectly and should be able to withstand the winter weather…
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Yet again the cleaning got interrupted by the postie…
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I've been waiting for this part for ages. I had ordered it months ago when I still had the standard MK7 gear **** in the car. I'm not sure if I should put the mk7 gear **** back in just so I can use this as I like the extra weight the mk8 gear **** offers.
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Time to reinitiate winter mode lol
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First up the wheels…
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Then the exhaust tips…
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Then last up the interior mats…
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That's everything good to go until the Spring again.
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Time to give the exhaust tips a quick clean before packing them away again…
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The proper winter weather is finally here with the below freezing mornings becoming a more regular thing. I'm sure the snow isn't far away now…
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Of course, I had to jinx it again, woke up this morning to be greeted by this. Such a lovely way to end what's been a pretty rubbish year for most.
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That's it for the 2020 posts, hope you've enjoyed the story of the car so far as much as I've enjoyed doing it.
 

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First post of the new year and with things having been relatively quiet with the first lockdown of the year I thought now was as good a time as any to start sharing the images from my recent photoshoot.

Hope you all like them.

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Maybe post a few more of my favourite images from the shoot soon.

Thanks for reading as always,
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@JmaxPiccy 1854 is a nice looking shot (third from bottom of last lot) personally not overly fond of clear rear high brake light on MO/Red cars as I like it to blend in (think it suits white, grey and black cars better. your BBK looks so nice behind those multi spokes and am so jealous as if I still had my MR230 this was the next mod planned after the MR285 which would have all been done by well below now. (assuming Mountune stock availability of course!!). Are you planning on getting the paintmodz rear painted diffuser or keeping it OE?
 

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@JmaxPiccy 1854 is a nice looking shot (third from bottom of last lot) personally not overly fond of clear rear high brake light on MO/Red cars as I like it to blend in (think it suits white, grey and black cars better. your BBK looks so nice behind those multi spokes and am so jealous as if I still had my MR230 this was the next mod planned after the MR285 which would have all been done by well below now. (assuming Mountune stock availability of course!!). Are you planning on getting the paintmodz rear painted diffuser or keeping it OE?
Funny enough the reason I got the clear light was the same as putting the coloured badges on, I felt it got a bit lost against the molten paint. The big brake kit was a great upgrade, not that I ever leave my braking late, but it just gives you that bit more confidence that you'll be able to stop the car when needs be, especially with the power upgrades. Nah going to keep the rear diffuser standard, I'd have loved a painted one, but I'd have to paint the rest of the plastics then and I just can't justify the money on it.

Some great information and fantastic photos although it took some getting through all in one go :lol:
Lol yea there's a good bit of reading :laughing: glad you enjoyed it though.
 

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First update post of the new year...

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Didn't have to wait long for the first purchase of the new year to arrive, it was a ELM 327 lead for using Forscan (a software reader for the fiesta).

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The cars definitely been cleaner...

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The joys of the winter roads. At least the Gtechniq ceramic coating should make it easy to maintain.

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More purchases…

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This one looks random, but has been purchased in preparation for later mods to come…

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Even more goodies…

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Again, purchases with future mods in mind.

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While purchasing the above items I stumbled across this aluminum Shifter Bush Kit and after doing a bit of reading it's supposed to tighten up the movement of the gearbox cables, literally connecting your hand to the gears. When changing gear the OE rubber bushings flex causing a delay when trying to engage the gearbox into gear. The Pumaspeed bushings eliminate this delay and provide a precision shift simply by replacing the rubber parts with aluminium.

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Finally, I was able to get around to fiving the car a much-needed wash…

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Due to more impending cold weather coming in I didn't worry too much about drying the car, but it definitely looks A LOT better than it did pre-wash lol.

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Yet another delivery, this time something I've felt the car has always been lacking since I decided to increase the power…

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A BlackLine Pro-Series ATB Limited Slip Differential. I had put lots of research into buying the diff, and after reading lots of reviews and talking to a lot of people I decided to go with the Blackline as general sense of opinion was there was very little difference between it and the Quaife equivalent, apart from the price (the Blackline being significantly cheaper).

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One of the few tips out for the car during the month was for it first MOT, I had a bit of time to kill on my way to the test center, so stopped to grab a couple of photos along the way.

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With the car heading into the mechanics too to get work done I thought it was time to strip all the painted dressy bits off the engine bay, hopefully to save the risk of any damage when the cars in the garage.

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One of the coldest days of the winter so far…

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On the plus side, frozen beads lol.

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More goodies, it's just like Christmas lol

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To match the aluminum Shifter Bush Kit I bought some Boomba Aluminum Shifter Base Bushings. This time they are a direct replacement for the OEM rubber bushings at the base of the shifter assembly. Once installed, they completely eliminate excess movement in the shifter assembly, creating a much more precise and exact shifting experience

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It's a pain in the ass with Brexit going on and trying to get parts delivered from the mainland to Northern Ireland at the moment but I'm still finding ways to get the odd package through.

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This time it's a replacement mirror for the passenger side of the car. All will become a lot clearer soon (hopefully).

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I do love snow days…

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Thankfully the delivery men are still battling their way through the snow to get to me lol.

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This time with a new R-Sport Pro 350 GEN2 Intercooler for the car. This will allow the car to comfortable run all the stage 2 upgrades I have on the car so far, but also give me the option to go stage 3 or upwards if I ever decide to in the future (although I'm more than happy with where the car is now, so I can't see this ever happening).

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The car showing the usual grubbiness you get from sitting under snow for a few days.
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Time to give it a quick maintenance wash..

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The beadings looking great…

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It looks like more snows not far away.

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Finally, fitting day for the diff. I dropped the car off with a local mechanic who deals day in day out with WRC cars and the likes of the Fiesta R5 pictures in the background. Surprisingly he quoted me nearly half the price of my usual mechanic to do the job.

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It didn't take long for the guys at McKinstry motorsport to turn the car around and the next morning it was back home to freeze its ass off again. I'd only managed a 7-mile drive home on dual carriageway so didn't really get a chance to try out the diff.

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As is always the way in Northern Ireland, you never know what's around the corner weather wise and I woke up to be greeted by yet more snow. So it's time for more snow photos.

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About a week after having the car in to get the diff fitted the car was back in with McKinstrys to get its annual service done.

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Thanks for reading as always,
John
 

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Sorry the updates have been somewhat lacking on the post front I’ve been busy modding any enjoying the car. Anyway, here’s the update for what happened in February with it.

First delivery of the month…



I was able to source another mirror (this time for the driver side) to go along with the passenger side one I got last month.



Another delivery…



This time it’s an angled lance to try and help with cleaning inside the arches and under the car.



The deliveries are still coming in hot and heavy



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Now onto the first clean of the month and although it doesn’t look it (thanks to the ceramic coating) it was long over due



















Definitely looking a bit more presentable now.



And even better once dried…



Also decided to give the exhaust tips a quick polish…

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I never get tired of looking at this car and can’t wait for the sunnier months to arrive so the colour really does itself justice

 

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Damn birds…



The coatings working just as it should, with the beading on point









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Another delivery…



This time it’s some appearance cover studs supplied by a friend, which were machined locally from high corrosion resistant 6082-T6 aluminium and sized as direct replacements for the original plastic studs from Ford.



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The new aluminium replacements fitted…

 

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Some random shots of the car (cause why the hell not?)









Another random eBay purchase…



Some Detail Guardz, to stop the hose getting stuck under the front wheels







We have proper snowwwww…











Thankfully the show didn’t really come too much and soon melted







Yet again, while being indoors through the rubbish weather I’ve been spending too much time on the internet buying random things

 

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This time it’s a Pioneer audio processor that will help allow me to get the most out of the standard sound system, and also add a sub if I decide to go down that route…









Finally with the weather picking up a bit I’m able to install the mirrors I’ve recently purchased…









The string is a must, as it helps get the wiring for the new mirrors pulled back through the door with no issues…



That’s the mirrors installed, just have a bit of computer work to do now to activate them.





I also decided it was the perfect time to install the Boomba Racing Shifter Base Bushings









 

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That’s the bushings fitted, now to put it all back together again now…



While in the notion of fitting bushes I also decided, I’d install the Pumaspeed Aluminium Shifter Bush Kit






This one was a pain in the ass to do as it also requires removing the battery and the cage which holds it in place













Another delivery from PaintModz…





This time it’s another fuse box cover…



To replace the one I already had fitted as I’d managed to damage it



I decided to purchase an under-seat sub to accompany the Pioneer processor, as I didn’t really want to cut down on the space in my boot.



A few more random detail shots of the car…





 
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