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    1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    Hi guys thought i would share with you my 1990 Fiesta RS Turbo.

    I bought the car back in feb 2016 for 3.8k as a non runner and had been pretty unloved for around 2-3 years.

    Since then the car has come on quite alot had some ups and downs but we are finally nearly there especially now as we have took the engine out for a freshen up which was well overdue and it was scary how many bodges we fount including re used head bolts, bolt holes absolutely full of dirt etc.

    The best part about this build is me and my good mate karl are carrying it out in my heated conservatory (the wife loves it ) haha.

    rebuild has consisted of the following

    bores honed & new piston rings
    crank polished
    cylinder head has been skimmed, new exhaust valve guides x4, decarbonised, hot washed valves cleaned relapped etc etc
    new cylinder head gasket kit, new engine gasket kit, new cylinder head bolts
    new cambelt kit inc water pump
    new high pressure oil pump, cosworth oil pressure switch
    newman cvh turbo cam kit with solid lifters
    mahle crankshaft bearings
    vernier cam pulley and billet crank pulley
    ARP rod bolts

    The spec of the engine is nothing out of the ordinary, iv had a t2 hybrid turbo built by my mate wilky at bernies blowers which consists of 360 bearing, escort cosworth t28 comp wheel, nissan t28 turbine both machined into oe housings. Also has a mongoose system on therealong with airtec stage 2 radiator and stage 1 fmic, we also fitted uprated fan and fuel pump looms from msd.
    Once the engine is ran in and we change the oil again ill be getting it booked in with pj motorsport to be remappped on beige injectors and i also have an uprated actuator here for the proposed increase to 16-18psi boost.

    we are taking this opportunity to fit an uprated helix clutch plus aem afr gauge, stack boost and oil pressure gauges just so we can keep an eye on the important things ill also not be butcchering any of the dash etc to fit these as i already have an oe centre heater vents fitting thats been modified to take 2 52mm gauges

    anyway enough waffle heres a few pics of the car.













    i did a grand total of 46 miles in the car last year and that will certainly change this year once we get the engine back in the car.

    i have loads of pics of the engine build i could upload if anyone if interested in seeing them.

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    nice one, and one of very few cars which looks right on 3 spoke wheels

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    nice one, and one of very few cars which looks right on 3 spoke wheels
    thanks graham, it was one of my criterias when buying the car it had to have them and also all green side mouldings in place.

    i do have a set of mondeo 16" 5 spokes in the garage that also look well on these, but ill only fit them if i decide to run bigger brakes which is a good possibility as oe are rather poor

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    looks lovely from the pics. A car i always wanted when they were new, nearly bought a black one.

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    What a beautiful car with sensible mods and the original look retained. You don't see many like that now and a far better model than the Zetec engine Fiesta RS1800.

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    Quote Originally Posted by wildo105e View Post
    looks lovely from the pics. A car i always wanted when they were new, nearly bought a black one.
    thanks fella ill dig out the pics from when i got it, was so tired paintwork i thought was going need a full repaint but a friend did a full paint correction over 2 weekends and got great results. Funny you should say that my older brother owned a black fiesta rs turbo many years ago absolutely loved that car.

    Quote Originally Posted by Forest_rallying View Post
    What a beautiful car with sensible mods and the original look retained. You don't see many like that now and a far better model than the Zetec engine Fiesta RS1800.
    thanks fella thats the exact theme im trying to keep with the car oe+, things that are being done are to improve on whats already there without straying too far away from standard. They are certainly flying up value wise and have a decent core of owners now. id have to agree on the rs1800 comment as again my brother also owned one of them after his rs turbo and it wasnt even close to compare them.

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    some pics of when i first took delivery of the car and started to work on it straight away with my top mate karl




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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    Finally i have a bit more to update on.

    yesterday afternoon we got the engine off the stand and onto the engine crane so we could fit the flyweel and clutch.


    we then pushed the car out of the garage and removed engine from crane to then put the crane and engine up the back corner.

    the gearbox was then removed from the car ready to be cleaned and fingers crossed we will be getting the engine back in the car next sunday afternoon.
    The good news is the conservatory is now back to normal bar my front bumper being in there so thats one less headache ill have as i had an april deadline get it sorted haha

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    looks mint mate don't see many of these any more surprised ive not seen it about

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    Very cool, it looks really fresh.
    I wanted one of these bad in the 90's !

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    Quote Originally Posted by mk2-mad-ad View Post
    looks mint mate don't see many of these any more surprised ive not seen it about
    cheers fella, defo thin on the ground these days. There may be a good reason for that i think iv done a grand total of 100 miles in it since feb 2016 haha, hopefully you will see it out and about more this year

    Quote Originally Posted by muckerbarry View Post
    Very cool, it looks really fresh.
    I wanted one of these bad in the 90's !
    thanks mate iv always liked them even when alot of people used to look down there noses at them ( not a proper rs etc etc) all the usual bs from the 'experts'

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    Fantastic little car, we don't have those over here.

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    up and at em, bit of a sore head this morning due yesterdays boxing so nothing better for it than a day of working on the car.

    got a few odds and ends that need doing before we look at getting the engine into it, got some new cv boots to fit, battery tray is slightly loose so going to weld that in properly, gearbox needs cleaning up as well.

    i will try to take pics but sometimes i just forget as i like to just get stuck in and crack on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Langlia View Post
    Fantastic little car, we don't have those over here.
    thank you mate

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    great bit of an update

    yesterday turned out to be rather productive and we really are not far off from starting the car up now

    gearbox was all cleaned out internally and a quick clean on the outside, battery tray was welded in properly as it was loose.
    Gearbox was then fitted to engine and engine lifted into the car, we then plumbed all the engine in but fount one of the connectors to heater matrix had perished and crumbled away (better to find now than when out on the road). We also fount passenger side wheel bearing was shot.

    jobs left to do are refit drive shafts and new cv boots, plumb in amal valve and dump valve, fit new heater matrix, fill with oil and coolant and get it started for the 1st time

    anyway heres a few pics for you all













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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    looking good mate nice progress be on the road in a few weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mk2-mad-ad View Post
    looking good mate nice progress be on the road in a few weeks
    thanks mate and fingers crossed thats the plan for sure

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    another little update got a few more bits that have arrived this week, namely an earth strap as we noticed the one on my gearbox was a bit worse for wear and also a brand new heater matrix.

    the more important update is that me and my good mate karl will be working on the car this saturday and hope to have it running for the 1st time im hoping the wife is around so she can get a few vids etc

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    so the day finally come 1st start up on the rebuilt engine, sounds a bit tappy but more so on the video than in person, also always going to be a bit more tappy due to solid lifters.
    we have got good oil pressure and certainly has cured the massive smoking problem.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymSL3BJm5JA

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    Just wanted to add i cant thank my good mate Karl3dr enough for all the long hours that have been put into this we are so close now to finally having a healthy engine and sorted car.

    got a few jobs left to do which are

    refit driveshafts and new cv boots
    new passenger side wheel bearing
    fit new heater matrix
    fill the gearbox up with oil
    mount and fit the oil pressure and boost gauges
    weld bung into downpipe for afr gauge
    mount and fit afr gauge

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    Top work, lovely car!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sepp View Post
    Top work, lovely car!
    thanks alot much appreciated

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    Good job buddy, I didn't realise they made a RS Fiesta looks stunning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pattiboy View Post
    Good job buddy, I didn't realise they made a RS Fiesta looks stunning
    thanks for the kind words.

    yes they certainly did although they are pretty thin on the ground these days, luckily for the most part they seem to be owned by real enthusiastic owners

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    Alright guys have a little bit more to update on.

    we are going to be fitting driveshafts and filling gearbox with oil this thursday evening. Then at the weekend we will be fitting new heater matrix and fitting boost/oil temp gauge into the centre console.

    But the main update has to be iv got the mot booked for 9am sat 28th April. I really cant see any reason why it would fail but we will see haha.

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    Lokks Great mate.

    Where abouts in Stoke you from

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetcorne View Post
    Lokks Great mate.

    Where abouts in Stoke you from
    thanks alot fella

    im from milton/norton area

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    thanks alot fella

    im from milton/norton area
    Cheadle lad me but got family in the Castle Area

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    had a nice couple of deliveries off the postman

    omp front and rear strut braces


    and my favourite one this genuine a pillar panel with gauge mount mooulded in



    ill be fitting my aem afr gauge into that and happy that i wont have to butcher any interior panels to fit any of my gauges

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetcorne View Post
    Cheadle lad me but got family in the Castle Area
    nice one, i take my lad to the swimming pool up there and used to work all over the newcastle under lyme borough for nearly 10 years (aspire housing)

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    last night we got the drive shafts fitted with nice new boots on there , gearbox was filled with nice fresh oil, wheels were refitted and the car was finally back on the deck for the 1st time in ages.

    we also noticed the fuel hose from the regulator had seen better days and luckily i bought some a while back as fuel was firing out of it, so new hose was fitted and all sorted

    i did also go and get 5ltrs of shells finest 99 octane earlier in the day and will be doing the same tomorrow morning, just wanna make sure we have decent fuel in there as the other stuff around 1/4 tank has been sitting for some time.

    so the next jobs are now to get this new heater matrix fitted, fit boost and oil pressure gauges into centre console, possibly fit front and rear strut braces and fit a new set of plugs as we think the old ones have got contaminated when stored.

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    bit more to update on, over the weekend i pulled the car out to give it a clean as its not been done in a good while, whilst out i also popped the rear strut brace in.

    on the sunday new plugs were fitted plus boost and oil pressure gauges were fitted into centre console.

    sorry i didnt get any pics but will do at some point

    so the plan for this weekend is to go for the mot at 9am on saturday then get the car back here to fit new heater matrix and plumb in the aem wideband gauge.

    Iv got the car booked in at GT Motorsport in stoke to have it set up properly on 11th May as its certainly in need of a good tune up, once this is done ill be getting some miles on the old girl

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    well it was the day of the cars mot and im glad to report it passed with not even one single advisory

    the tester was very complementary about the car which is always a nice thing i think

    anyway i got a few pics whilst there for you all







    really am over the moon with it, now its just to fit heater matrix next weekend andget it set up on 11th may and were good to get a few miles on it

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    bit more to update on, front seats are removed from the car ready to fit new heater matrix this evening.

    the car then as said off to GT Motorsport to bet set up, cam timing fine tuned etc then i will be happy to start using the car.

    Iv got the car booked on at a local car show on 19th May and hopefully will make it to another local show the day after so as long as the cr is ready for then ill be happy

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    cool really like this mate it looks mint what shows/meets ya doing

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    Quote Originally Posted by mk2-mad-ad View Post
    cool really like this mate it looks mint what shows/meets ya doing
    thanks alot mate really appreciate that

    the one on 19th is at norton green and one on 20th is breakfast at the brewery in stone, that mk2 would be at home at both shows for sure

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    Tonight we got the new heater matrix fitted onto the car and also refitted the front seats, only job left now is to fit/plumb in aem wideband gauge before it heads off to be set up

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    cool its a good meet at the brewery might struggle get there in me mk2 though just started restoring/rebuilding it so it will be in no fit state for a few years yet ive started a thread for it on hear have to have a look mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by mk2-mad-ad View Post
    cool its a good meet at the brewery might struggle get there in me mk2 though just started restoring/rebuilding it so it will be in no fit state for a few years yet ive started a thread for it on hear have to have a look mate
    ah yes that would certainly be a bit of a struggle haha

    it is a real good meet such a good variation of motors and alot different to the norm also

    ill give it a look mate always like a good resto thread

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    Re: 1990 Radiant Red Fiesta RS Turbo Progress/build

    My favourite colour too

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