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Hi All,

thought it was time to start my own little project thread. I've not done a lot to my ST. I like to keep it nice, simple and clean (for the time being anyway).

I brought the ST at the start of Feb 2011. At the time Silver was my least favourite colour for an ST but she was in good nic and going for a good price. Here is how she looked on day of purchase.
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The previous owen had fitted a Power Start button and had the wheels painted the same colour as an Aston Martin DBS (so they said). They also left a fiestaSToc.com sticker on the back window. I'm so glad the owner club sticker was left on the window. I have really enjoyed being a member of the club and have meet some awesome people and seen some awesome ST's.​
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They had also fitted a aftermarket all singing all dancing JVC CD, DVD, DAB, USB stereo.​

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I wasn't a big fan of the stereo so it had to go and was replaced with the Sony unit from Switchy2008 ST (I still have the JVC unit at home, if anyone is interested in it send me a PM).​
The first few things I did to the ST were minor cosmetic changes, including an ST bonnet badge, ST Tax disc holder and come custom car mats that I made.​


All that happened in the first month or so of owning the car.​
 

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After going to my first South Central meet I decided my car was far to quiet. It is a quick car but didn't really sound it. Something had to be done and after reading a few posts on here I decided my first performance modification had to be the Mountune CAIS. It arrived a week ago today. Just in time for FITP.

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Before I fitted it, I felt like now was the time to get cleaning under the bonnet. The engine bay went from this,​

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to this. In only a couple of hours (a very rewarding couple of hours).​

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Once she was all clean I got the CAIS fitted. Boy oh boy is the CAIS worth the money. It is perfect for me, drive steadily and it makes no noise at all (perfect for picking up grandparents and driving around work). But put your foot down and the car comes alive. Like may people before me have said I drove 4000 miles without it and wish I had fitted this on day one.​

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FITP came around and the legend that is ICEMAN ST 07 ordered and fitted some airbox vinyl's for me. Think you will agree it looks the nuts under the bonnet now.​

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While I was at FITP I also invested in some dark grey and chrome gel badges from DMB which are a perfect match for the colour of my wheels. I also got some club stickers for the rear windows and the one on the boot is a bit hidden.​

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*Future Plans*
ST 500 (FORD) side stripes in anthracite to match the wheels.​
A vinyl bonnet lip also in anthracite (influenced by Caine's Silver ST).​
Dark Grey and Chrome centre cap gel overlays.​
As a proud South Central member I will be investing in some Team SC window stickers.​
Mountune Cat-back (I'll have to convince the misses first. As I'm meant to be saving for a house)​
And thats it (for now).​
 

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decent start dude. like the boot release re-location.

where'd you get your matts from, i have the same without the ford badge in between the holes where it locks to the car
 

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Sean - nice to see you have started a project thread fella
some nice mods too you have done and already got


Glad we never put you off at your first meet with us too


Keep it up look forward to seeing what you got planned in the future mate
 

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Cracking ST mate. Really starting to come alive!!


I'm lookin forward to seein the new anthrasite sideskirts to match your wheels.


Keep up the good work buddy, great stuff.

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Goatlamb: I found the Ford badges on ebay. They are iron on badges meant to be ironed on to a shirt or jacket. However I stuck some sticky back Velcro on the back of the badge and it grips the mats perfectly.

adam: She is naked for the moment. I have added details of my future plans, which includes some side stripes to dress her up a bit.

james: Thanks for the comments James. I'm so glad the previous owner fitted the Power Start button as I wouldn't have the balls to do it either.

Grandad: I really enjoyed the first meet. Gutted I couldn't stay that long. Look forward to the next one.

ICEMAN: Think I'll be ordering the side stripes in the next couple of weeks after pay day. Might have to get some help fitting them
 

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I'm devastated after some looney driver came raging round a corner forcing me not only on to the wrong side of the road but also right in to the curb. Results of their hooliganism below.

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it was only the lightest touch of the curb and if my wheels weren't painted you would have to be looking really hard to notice it. However, it looks awful where the paint has chipped away.​

What to do?​

Cheap option: Find some paint and touch the wheel up myself. Hoping that nobody notices the slight scratches of the alloy itself.​
One wheel referb: Get this one wheel stripped referbed and hope that the referb people can match the colour.​
Four wheel strip: Get all four wheels stripped back to their naked form and get some new centre caps.​

If anyone has experience with getting wheels referbed and may know the rough costs of my options that would be a great help.​
 

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Firstly, like I said, i'm really sorry to hear this. There are some
drivers out there.


IMO, your wheels are what make your car mate. They look amazing so it has to be a refurb job for me in the same colour buddy.

The best company in the South Coast i've found and use regularly mate are The Wheel Specialist. Not only are their workmanship first class, they are friendly, helpful and reasonably priced.

They do it on a 24 hour turnaround belt system consisting of........

1: Sand blasted,
2: Acid dipped,
3: Re- machined,
4: Powder Coated,
5: Kilned
6: Re-Balanced.

Give them a call or i'll take a trip up there with you at some point and see if I can get you a discounted price!!!


http://www.thewheels...ham-details.php

01329 608311

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FITP came around and the legend that is ICEMAN ST 07 made and fitted some airbox vinyl's for me. Think you will agree it looks the nuts under the bonnet now.

Firstly......... agreed !!! I love how your engine bay looks now buddy, great stuff.


Secondly,.......real shame to hear about your alloy. I've just had to have the same thing done.

I think you should stay with your colour scheme too.....love your wheels. Hope you get it sorted in time for Ford Fair.
 

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Sean - gutted for you mate
i know how that feels simular thing happend to me thats why i got mine refurbed,should be no more than £60 a corner tbh
 

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Lee - Thanks for that buddy. I will be in contact with them very soon. I'll see if they can give me some ball park figures for the work that is needed.

Switchy - Thanks for the comments. I think you are right about the colour scheme. It would be very hard for me to get them back to standard, but I'm aways worried about them being painted. As well as them getting scratched I would be
if one of the centre caps decided to fly off.
 

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Although only one wheel is effected. I have booked my car in for all four wheels to be striped and then powder coated rather then painted.

Will have to think of a way to hide the cost from my girlfriend. Won't be saving any money toward our house this month.
 

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The wheel is all fixed now and the other three wheels were treated to a nice powder coating too.

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Apart from for this photo the centre caps have reminded off the car. As I have the MOT due next month and I may need a new tyre. Once that is all sorted I will follow the advise of many and get some silicon to stick them on.

Got a few small plans for the next couple of months that I want to get done before Ford Fair. I'll keep you posted.
 

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Cheers ICEMAN. Yeah curbs are the sexualy transmitted infection of the wheel world and I will be keeping a good distance from them. Getting a couple colour samples from DMB to try match my wheels. Hopefully will be ordering some bits from them in the next week or two.
 

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Before I fitted it, I felt like now was the time to get cleaning under the bonnet. The engine bay went from this,​


to this. In only a couple of hours (a very rewarding couple of hours).​


Wow, you really cleaned the engine very well! How did you do this? Did you use any special products for it?

Have you used a brush or something?

The car is looking really good btw
 
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