On Tuesday (6th February), Keith Stoddart was the lucky winner of our 1989 Ford Fiesta XR2 when his ticket number, 4198 was randomly selected by Google’s random number generator.
Keith lives up in Scotland, almost 400 miles away from the Brideg Classic Cars workshop here in Suffolk.
However, we have a wealth of experience transporting vehicles so, just over 24 hours later, Tony was pulling up at Keith’s house and handing him the keys to his new car.
Tony said it was a beautiful drive across the Pennines and was welcomed to Scotland with snow! On his way, he even managed to stop in an appropriately named shop to look for a memento or two.
It was quite late in the day when Tony finally arrived at the car’s new home but, as lucky winner Keith said, “It was well worth the wait”
Jonn has been making some repairs on our 1989 Ford Fiesta XR2. His notes are below:
Check brakes for any issues. Bleed full system and found lots of air in rear circuit’s. Pedal feel definitely improved. Top up reservoir. Refit rear wheels and torque up. Check auto choke mechanism. Looks OK. Refit and adjust. Choke now on as car cold. Take outside run up and carry out road test. Temp gauge only goes to top of cold section and drops again when driven. Return to workshop as choke still not coming off. Car also has a flatspot under hard acceleration. Strip and remove carb and clean out. Check diaphragms etc. Reassemble and refit. Set choke housing. It suddenly dawned on me that choke will not come off as carcisnt getting hot enough, suspect thermostat. Drain coolant. Strip and remove thermostat housing. Found thermostat broken and permanently open. Clean mating surfaces ready for new thermostat. Adjust steering as wheel was out to right when in straight line.
Carry out pdi whilst in workshop. Still waiting for rear wiper motor and thermostat.
Fit new thermostat to housing and refit housing to engine with new gasket. Connect pies and refill system with saved coolant. Are outside and run up to temperature. Check auto choke coming off when warm. Set idle and mixture. Set fast idle speed. Refit air filter and carry out road test. Stop to adjust steering twice and return to workshop.
Go into competition workshop and fit new rear wiper motor. Connect and test, ok. Secure mounting and refit wiper arm. Test, all ok. Refit boot lid trim panel with new clips.