My 1990 redtop

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My 1990 redtop

by Allanc20xe » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:26 pm

Hi All . Thought it was time I joined this site after some reccomendations on a Facebook page .
Back in 1994 my neighbour purchased this H reg calibra for some £5000 in 2hich time it was used occasionally covering very small mileage . For the past 5 years or so it sat on his driveway going more and more pink and gathering mould and not a week went past where I didn't ask if he wanted to sell it . Finally ! Just before Christmas he did ! For the sum of £250 a set of alloys and my ford puma lol
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Re: My 1990 redtop

by Allanc20xe » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:32 pm

It would turn over and not run and hadn't done for a long time . The original slabs had been removed and the tyres taken off and just left in the garage :think: . First thoughts to me was just store it and sell it as it sits then I had a 4 day break between jobs . Looking over it it has some rot on the body but underneath was solid and she had only covered 61k . Non running was diagnosed down to the fuel pump . Stuck a new one on and changed the filter and boom she started however would not idle for love more money . After some fannying around and changing a few bits a new fuel regulator and idle control valve made it run like a dream
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Re: My 1990 redtop

by Allanc20xe » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:36 pm

I then proceeded to get the propper alloys back on it . After a general look over I replaced the osf coil spring and top mount . Front discs and pads . Rear pads and sorted the handbrake . Replaced a load of bulbs . New wiper blades . Rebuilt the speedo as the clocks where peeling and stuck it in for an mot and held my breath
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Re: My 1990 redtop

by Allanc20xe » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:40 pm

And with a fresh ticket there she sat for a month until I gathered some parts , time and , money . Sorted the heater which didn't work at all ( resistor ) and run it up as much as I could to get decent fuel through it I then proceeded to change the cambelt kit . Water pump . Thermostat and the aux belts aswell
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Re: My 1990 redtop

by Allanc20xe » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:42 pm

Winter came and put everything on stop until a few weeks back
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Re: My 1990 redtop

by Allanc20xe » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:45 pm

I decided to tax it and temp insure it and drove it for the first time in months and she drove like a dream . A very pink and dirty one lol . I got it to my work and then hit it with TFR and the jet wash then came the mopping and polish
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Re: My 1990 redtop

by Allanc20xe » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:48 pm

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Done 100 or so miles in it that evening to try and determine if she had any issues
. Speedo cable broke ( sorting tommorow )
. The heater doesn't quite blow as hot as it should

All should be sorted this week and the ready for some propper use
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Re: My 1990 redtop

by STEVA » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:33 pm

Hello and welcome matey

What a cracking job you've done!
looks like a different car amazing work

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Re: My 1990 redtop

by wuffy » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:37 pm

WOW! What a transformation, keep up the good work. 8)
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Re: My 1990 redtop

by rich30mex » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:43 pm

Hi and welcome along that's very nice
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Re: My 1990 redtop

by Mark1 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:01 am

Hello she looks very good for her age. Will we see her the VBOA meeting in July?
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Re: My 1990 redtop

by AlexSi » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:48 pm

It's a night and day difference, Allan. The car looks a hundred times better now. Top job!
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