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Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:49 pm

Hello! I'm Federico, I'm Italian and I'm a new member of the forum. I've got a 1993 Ford Fiesta van 1.8 Diesel. Normally I drive a 2010 Renault Twingo, but I like Ford's very much so I use the Fiesta very often. It has 183000 kilometres, but at 178000 I have changed the engine with an mk4 1.8 endura-de because I broke the camshaft. Next I gave her a mini-restoration. My family had this car since 2003, and I've always love it :). We use it every day and it never has got problems. In winter, it climbs on the snow like a 4x4 :D. Sorry for my not perfect English, but I'm a student and I will learn more. :). I will post the pictures of my fiesta and its restoration.
Greetings, Federico.
Here is my Fiesta, what do you think :)?
Exterior: Rear windows tinted (Ford original, no films), under-bumpers painted in matt black, rust removed. Some imperfections are caused of its age.
Standard interior with Kenwood CD player, Alpine amplifier under the driver seat and Ciare subwoofer (not in photo)
Engine: EGR removed, 1.8 Endura-De year 1998.

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Interior:
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During the mini-restoration:
Camshaft broken:
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Fiesta mk4 engine bought at the scrapper:
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Engine installation:
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Engine in :)
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Cleaning up the engine bay...
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Cleaning the interior..
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Moquette cleaned :)
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby knuckles on Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:16 pm

nice clean fiesta :)

snapped camshafts are very common on the diesel engines.
even the new ford diesel lumps eat snap cams and throw rods though blocks

try resizing the pictures a bit before uploading more... my laptop nearly had a heart attack :lol:
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:26 pm

Sorry for my pictures, next time I will resize them :). When I broke the camshaft, the car stopped when the engine was at the idling speed. I opened the bonnet and I saw that the timing belt was broken. Then I put off the cam cover, and I saw that the camshaft was snapped. I don't know which of the two components were broken first, the camshaft or the timing belt. What do you think about that?
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby knuckles on Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:32 pm

what may of happened is the belt snapped due to age which then stops the camshaft turning. Pistons carry on moving forcing the camshaft to bend and snap

the belt is a common problem for most cars if they are not changed when they should be.
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:42 pm

I think so, because the belt was a little bit old. I replaced the engine and now the car goes very well :)
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby knuckles on Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:58 pm

glad to hear it :)

the hardest part about them engines are the timing of the fuel pump.
if your a fraction out the engine will run like a bag of poo
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby Excursion on Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:58 pm

Welcome!

The Fiesta is in superb condition given how many k's you've traveled, it is a credit to you.
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:09 pm

thank you :) The fuel pump is an original endura de mk4 fiesta, the original of my new engine, and it runs very well :) I try to keep my fiesta in good conditions because I like my Ford very much:)
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:47 pm

knuckles wrote:


try resizing the pictures a bit before uploading more... my laptop nearly had a heart attack :lol:

Pictures now resized :)
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:52 pm

Excursion wrote:Welcome!

The Fiesta is in superb condition given how many k's you've traveled, it is a credit to you.

Thank you :) the previous owner used the fiesta to carry meat for sale :) He was a butcher :D. Now I use the fiesta every day like second car :). Can you tell me if in England is there any Fiesta with rear windows tinted like mine? Mine are tinted by Ford, no films :)
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby rstirl on Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:34 pm

lovely looking fiesta.

I love the way there are hatchback cars that are 'vans' but still have the rear windows in mainland Europe. I saw loads of them in Portugal last month. I saw ten mk 3 fiestas in one half hour road trip. Not so many here any more.

Well done with the engine conversion. Looks very clean. :wink:
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:40 pm

rstirl wrote:lovely looking fiesta.

I love the way there are hatchback cars that are 'vans' but still have the rear windows in mainland Europe. I saw loads of them in Portugal last month. I saw ten mk 3 fiestas in one half hour road trip. Not so many here any more.

Well done with the engine conversion. Looks very clean. :wink:

thank you :) in my country there aren't many fiesta van's...they are used in particular from companies ;)
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby Tweek on Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:08 pm

Nice Car (Van). Steering wheel is on the wrong side though :lol:
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:48 pm

Tweek wrote:Nice Car (Van). Steering wheel is on the wrong side though :lol:

yes my steering wheel is on the left :D in your cars it is on the wrong side for Me :D
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Postby Dave G fsi on Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:26 pm

Lovely condition mate, and I didnt realise the vans were fitted with rear windows abroad, have learnt something today

Well done keeping it alive with the engine conversion too :aviator:
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:56 pm

Yes, in Italy Fiesta van's have got rear windows, but some of them has got laminated glasses ;)
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Postby fede fiesta van on Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:04 pm

Dave G fsi wrote:Lovely condition mate, and I didnt realise the vans were fitted with rear windows abroad, have learnt something today

Well done keeping it alive with the engine conversion too :aviator:

Yes, in Italy Fiesta van's have got rear windows, but some of them has got laminated glasses ;)
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:08 pm

Hello! :) Here is a little update: my car had the injector return pipes that were losing diesel. They were a little bit old and cracked, so I decided to change them.
As you can see, there are spots of diesel near the injectors.
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I bought a piece of tube to replace them
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My old tubes were all cracked
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Here are the new tubes :)
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This is a very simple work, but I think that it's important because in my opinion if those tubes aspire air the car goes in trouble in each cold start. :wink:
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Postby Dave G fsi on Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:47 pm

Good work :)
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Postby rs-tom on Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:45 pm

Looks ver good mate
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:19 pm

Hi! here's a Little update ;)
The winter is coming so I decided to clean the air filter and give a charge at the car's battery. Then I also gave a quick clean at the interior and at the exterior (sorry for bad pics)
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The filter, that I'm going to replace soon.
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And the exterior:
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby fede fiesta van on Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:30 pm

It's time to snow in Italy!! In my city there is more than one meter of snow!!
Here is my fiesta in the snow: Image
This morning I lifted the car with the Ford jack to mount the snow chains and the car fall down the jack!! :x
The result is the sill a little bit dented on the left side :(
I think that this spring I will carry my car at the body shop for a little repair. Also my left door was already dented in the past (you can see in the photos). So I will repair the damage definitely.
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Postby Dave G fsi on Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:26 pm

Sorry to hear about the jack incident :(

Bet you have been having some fun with the handbrake tho! :lol:
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Re: Italian Ford Fiesta Van

Postby jonyb4 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:41 am

lovely little car that :)

very good condition for the kilometers its done
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Postby fede fiesta van on Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:23 pm

Well...the snow is very high... it's nearly 2 metres high now...and it has been snowing since tuesday!! 4 days of snow! The Fiesta with snow chains goes very well on the snow...maybe I will post a video if I am able to post it :)
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Postby jonyb4 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:26 pm

nice!
i got reletives staying in rome atm, seena pic of the snow there was gorgeous... but 2 meters? ha!
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Postby fede fiesta van on Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:35 pm

I have got pictures of yesterday when the snow was 1.50m. Today I hadn't the time to do photos! We had to shoveling the snow and make our streets viable :)
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Postby fede fiesta van on Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:59 pm

Here is a video of my Fiesta on the snow :) It was night but I will post a video that I done during the day :)
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Postby Dave G fsi on Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:55 pm

Awesome!

Cant believe how much snow there is there :oooh:
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Postby AndyKam on Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:56 pm

Nice video :) , how fast are you allowed to go with snow chains on?
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Postby fede fiesta van on Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:10 pm

in italy, we are allowed to travel at 60 km/h with chains. But it depends by the street conditions. If there is not much snow, it's better for you and for your car to go at a lower speed.
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Postby fede fiesta van on Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:13 pm

This week the car has passed the biennal testing :). In Italy, every two years, we have to pass this test. (I think you call it MOT) Every part of the car is ok. I haven't time to wash the car and if I had washed it, after a little road driving it would be more dirty than before, because with the snow the streets are very muddy and dirty :lol:
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I took off my wheel trims because I didn't want to ruin it more than they are already ruined. I think I'll probably buy a set of spares Ford wheel trims. What type of Ford 13'' trims do you think that are nice on my car? :rolleyes:
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Postby Dave G fsi on Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:32 pm

Only every 2 years? Our MOT is every year over here

Car is looking nice and clean :lol:
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Postby fede fiesta van on Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:57 pm

Dave G fsi wrote:Only every 2 years? Our MOT is every year over here

Car is looking nice and clean :lol:

Italian laws about cars in my opinion aren't very fair. For example, I have a set of 15'' alloys that only need 195/50-45/15 tires and I can't fit them unless I make a series of procedures that allow me to approve the wheels on the car.
the car with those wheels will look much better, but the process is very bureaucratic.
This is a picture with them on with 205/55/15 tires :)
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Postby Dave G fsi on Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:59 pm

Thats a strange rule, you can basically do what you want with wheels over here, as long as they dont stick proud of the bodywork or rub
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