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Yeah - MK1 XR2 in black how nice would that be!

My dad had a 1983 MK1 special edition "quartz" and even though it was just a 1.0 litre and ended up covered in rust there was just something about it I loved. I dunno - just had character.

Im trying to find a mk1 for a first car. Im not sure how much to pay for one that needs a bit of work.
 

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Im trying to find a mk1 for a first car.
Tough job on your hands. I couldn't find one in 1990 that wasn't a total wreck!

I love them ,but when I wanted one they all had the 'tell-tale' hammerite black half way up the bodywork!

Good luck though ,great little cars ,indestructable mechanicals.
 

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I dont mind getting one that needs work doing. Thats actually what I want.

I have got my eye on one at the moment. Im going to try and persaude my dad to let me buy it if its the right price.

Yeah mechanicals are very tough. As we used to say about my dads one: "the fiesta just keeps on going"
 

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I dont mind getting one that needs work doing. Thats actually what I want.

I have got my eye on one at the moment. Im going to try and persaude my dad to let me buy it if its the right price.

Yeah mechanicals are very tough. As we used to say about my dads one: "the fiesta just keeps on going"
It's hard to destroy an old Ford OHV engine! Many have tried and failed!

I reckon the ones left now are probably in not bad condition ,when I was looking for one they were at the stage where no-one cared about them and there were so many sheds about you thought they'd be there forever. Every car has a stage like that ,when they pass that and folk realise how rare they are they tend to get better looked after.

I couldn't get a good one and ended up with a total 'poverty spec' MK3 escort 1.1 popular ,a 1980 MY 'first of the line' one and believe me cars were poverty spec in 1980! i.e. no rear wash wipe ,plastic non-reclining seats with no headreasts ,no heated rear window ,2 speed heater and no intermittent wipe. And a manual choke (though in 80's Fords that was something of a god send considering how bad the auto chokes were).

UGB 697 W in sunburst red. I really do feel absolutely ancient on here at times!

Top car the MK1 Fiasco though :) ,proper old skool.
 

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Love them, hard job finding any now though. l prefer older cars like that and can just about remember (at the ripe old age of 24) when the roads were full of them. l used to deliver papers to a house that had a blue mk1 XR2 and an orange mk1 Super Sport, those were the days
 

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Fiesta Mk1's were great little cars!

Non XR2 Mk1's are still around but you need to be looking at the 'classic' market now for a good one. Theres Ebay of course but also Classic Car weekly is a good source.

You might get lucky and find an 'one owner from new' gem
in the local paper - it's just a case of keeping your eyes open, really. IMO West Sussex is quite a good place for that sort of thing, once you're away from the coast!

Must be a forum for these somewhere as a starter try:
http://www.retro-rides.com
 

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Is that the boxy one that resembled a VW Golf/Rabbit 1? If so, that was a neat car, and there were a lot of them over here in the States. Our neighbor had one, and my Dad very nearly bought one.
I heard that the next generation Fiesta is coming here, the first US Fiesta since the MK 1.
 

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Ive owned 2 of them in my time, both were rough around the edges when I got them, oddly enough there are a few still in everyday use localy. Lovely little cars with tons of attitude in my book.
 

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I believe that unleaded petrol WILL destroy the valve seats, and they carn't be fitted with hardened seats either, so you'll have to use an additive.
Jim
 

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The is a website and forum for the MKI and MKII here:Clicky!!

I had a 1986 MKII Fiesta "Holiday" 1.1 for my first car (second really, First Modern) in 2005, 56k miles, one owner since new (registered to two names, father and son, son only had it for a few months so I count that as one), £200 from an agricultural auction. 11 days MOT and only £80 to get it back on the road.

Cost me £300 to buy and £705 to insure TPFT!

Mine used to do 53/gal on long journeys

I think "Holiday" was base spec Plus Sunroof and a 5 Speed 'box.

Friend of mine's brother owns it now.

Why did I sell it??????? Search me, I bought a 106 1.5D with 95K on the clock to replace it, musta been mad!!!!
 

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I had a 1.1L economy in Caribbean blue. GGH 338X.
Managed to get the XR2 rubber boot spoiler from a scrappy for £3, S2 RST recaros, harness, XR2 dials, pepperpots, spots, Big Red started button, loads of ice (really helped the power to weight ratio!), smoked rear lights and front indicators. Pulled by the Feds loads, even 2 producers within 1 hour! Always got stopped as they thought no seat belt, then they saw the harness!!!

Was mint and bog standard in 1996 when I bought it for £700 on my year out in Tonbridge, cost £350 fully comp to insure for a 20 year old me, an I only got rid in 2001 as it started to leak water into the foot wells via arches, and gear shift went logger and a neighbour gave me a 1985 Golf 1.3CL, B293 DTN.

Loved it to bits, and thought of getting another after I chinned the bank for charges, but 27 year old festa and family don't mix.

Head gasket change in 20 minutes, full exhaust £28, and first car memories.

I'm off to cry now.

Robin
 

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I was seven when the Ford Fiesta was launched. My father ran a Ford dealership and the car's launch day was one day after my seventh birthday - 2nd February 1977.

I wrote to Jim'll Fix It to see if I could get a tour of the factory.

Ford had all sorts of promotional launch material, including paper hats and little black circular stickers with a picture of the Fiesta with the text 'FORDS NEW BABY' printed around the edge.
 

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Think I am the only one who despised this dreadful motor. I have owned a Mk1 fiesta as one of my first cars (I went blind welding it for a week..welders flash, yes I know, my own fault)

Not that was the only thing that put me off, I found it uncomfortable, shakey..tin'ey.. plastic..cheap...small and most of all COMMON. Every tom dick and harry had one, it was nothing special then and I fail to see what excites people about it now, there were far better, quality, comfortable mass produced cars of the same era that WERE special. If I saw all the fiesta's of the world scrapped tomorrow. I wouldn't loose any sleep. Even modern ones!

Wasn't my worst car by any means.. Had an Escort!.. man I thought I was the dogs wattsits with that.. but to be honest.. the fiat 126 was more fun than this!...no SERIOUSLY!

Still it takes all sorts and we all like different things but this car Special ...no... common as dog poo in a kids park.... defo!

However.. far from me to leave a bad taste in all of your mouths.... I did spend 30 seconds out of my life to find you all a 'nice' pic......



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However.. far from me to leave a bad taste in all of your mouths.... I did spend 30 seconds out of my life to find you all a 'nice' pic......
Noooooo! It's got a cossie fin. Cossie fins should only be on Cossies!

I remember this saying - 'lying about having a cossie is like lying about being in the SAS ,one day the real things gonna turn up and you'll wish you kept your mouth shut!'
 

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I was seven when the Ford Fiesta was launched. My father ran a Ford dealership and the car's launch day was one day after my seventh birthday - 2nd February 1997.
Don't you meen 1977?:rofl:
I remember that the base spec had really advanced features like a push washer despite having the electrical switch on the stork, and to save the cost of a thurmo-switch in the radiator the electric fan ran all the time. Ford really were tight as ducks arses when it came to goodies back in the 70's.
Jim
 
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