Introduction of the Mk1 Fiesta project car
The car looked suprisingly good when I got it but after 18 months on the road with no garage and an MOT looming I decided on a full inspection to check. I knew there was some rot but what I found meant an MOT was totally out of the question
The car was formerly owned by practical clsssics magazine and when they restored it in about 2001, the owner moved to Revs magazine and took the car with him. Over the next 6 months the car was run as a staff car and recieved a few mods, engine tuning, suspension upgrade, 15 inch alloys etc. Then it was sold off to another guy and I bought it from him about 2 years ago and ran it for 18 months. Just before the MOT I inspected it and immediately laid it up as it was in a bad way.
I have pictures on a card somewhere of it after a polish and it looked really good. It literally is rotten all over, I have fitted a drivers side front and back floor Inner sill/outer sill and repaired the seat crossmember. It looked sound in the footwell and sill too until I prodded it with a screwdriver . Then it literally fell on floor in a heap, check out the drivers footwell. Everybody commented on how mint it was but underneath it was a wreck, although 2 winters on the road and it never been garaged took it's toll. It was sound when I got it and passed a MOT a year later although had a lot of patches.
Bracing the shell and the first bodywork repairs
Work completed so far.
The bottom picture show why I fitted the sunstantial "roll cage" ie to stop the shell breaking when I removed inner and outer drivers sills. I also took the opportunity of reinforcing the inner sill with a substantial box section 2.5 by 1.5 inch steel seam and plug welded to it as the replacement inner sills are too thin and about half the thickness of genuine ford items which I just couldnt get anywhere.Was tempted to repair the inner but it was rotten past the curved pressing all the way along so would have been very hard to make good.I have now reached as far as the strut tower and it is fairly bad.