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 Post subject: MYSTRO'S EF FAIRMONT WITH SOME EL PARTS
Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:05 am 
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hi guys been under the fairmont a fair bit lately so i thought it would be a good time to do a bit of show and tell
this is how i got her 174,000 km
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on the first day i got it the car drove perfect.
second day i found a miss and 1 very undone spark plug.
replaced spark plugs miss got instantly worse.
i then found the bbm gasket was flat out sucking air ,so i replaced that.
found broken vac pipes so i replaced those
slight miss checked intake and found to be completly stuffed and sucking
so i upgraded to an el intake and box.
also added bigger snorkel and k&n air filter,new std injectors,oil ,oil filter ,fuel filter .
no miss, but is now running a bit warmer not hot warm .
so i replace the thermostat and gasket and them it ran less warm but still not perfect.
did 1000km and the heater tap completly failed.
it was sheer luck that i stopped and noticed the leak.
because the low coolant sensor light was blown.
i walked about 1km to the servo to get some small hose clamps and found a suitable piece of metal to block both ends of the hoses were the heater tap should have been and fill it with water because i spent all my cash on the stoopid hose clamps .
To to make matters worse another hose split that i then had to shorten.a 1000km later the tps and isc both went faulty at the same time aswell .
i replaced them but i still need to get my head around the base idle.
fully serviced my a**
ive seen this in e series before the next thing to go after the thermostat to head gasket . will be the actual head gasket touch wood ,the previous owner said it had it done recent but now i dont belive 1 thing he told me .
a month later first time i really jammed the brakes made a bang the brakes failed ,brake fail and air bag lights lit up and its grinding constantly and sprays my car with metal specks and brake fluid.
i parked it up and began pulling the guts out

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 Post subject: Re: MYSTRO'S EF FAIRMONT WITH SOME EL PARTS
Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:10 am 
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this is what was left of the drivers side disc
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 Post subject: Re: MYSTRO'S EF FAIRMONT WITH SOME EL PARTS
Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:26 am 
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i decided to replace everything with nolathane and give it a quick coat of paint before i put it on the car.
replaced calipers,pads ,less agressivley slotted discs,bearings,seals,el spindles,el arms,ball joints upper and lower,lower pedders struts and springs,rack and rack ends .el revised front sway bar,camber kit,
i am no mechanic and a worse painter lol
brake fail light is off :D air bag light still on no biggie,
rear disc are rooted too so i will be replacing them this week along with the power steering and water pumps
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Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:51 am 
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 Post subject: Re: MYSTRO'S EF FAIRMONT WITH SOME EL PARTS
Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:31 am 
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i am also using an el rear sway bar they are better .
in the interior i have el head rests instead of the rectangle ef ones and and el fairmont roof lining with visor lights which the ef fairmont ghia didnt have.
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Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:06 pm 
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Hey Mystro

Good to finally see some pics of your Ride.

Man those Rotors were F&*%&%($D. It should be driving a WHOLE LOT nicer now.

Hope to catch up with you soon.

Cheers
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 Post subject: Re: MYSTRO'S EF FAIRMONT WITH SOME EL PARTS
Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:04 am 
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you might see it my internet friend ,
when it makes no evil noises and has received a to wash and then a cut n polish. and after i smoke the old suspension ratted tyres :wink:
today i took her for a test drive and :shock: seriously too much camber, it was front wheel screaming through round abouts :lol: the rear left disc is grinding aswell :oops:
i nipped up the strut nuts.
i had to drive onto pavers so i could fit the jack under her.
with both wheels off tightened the front discs and joints and preceeded to remove 4 of the 6 thick shims on each side .
the missus took it for a quick midnight lap of the street and she is pleased apart from the rear brake and the excessive rake in suspension from front to back.
i am getting over the spending endless amounts of money that i dont have on nothing special needed crap which suck away the dreams and financial potentiol of more interesting and performanced based modifcation.
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Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:47 pm 
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i took it her for drive today and it is in desperate need of a wheel alignment .
crap cause i locked the steering and i marked every thing with a paint pen and measured the new parts :x
so i will install all the new stuff in the rear and then take it to jax for a so called full performance balance and full performance alignment .
also some new tyres with nitro.
i am getting a ticking in the front drivers disc under low speed braking.
so i will replace the master cylinder and booster ,
before i bleed it again which i have to do anyway when i replace the rear bearing calipers,pads an discs.
the exterior is getin better its mainly little black dots now
that you can see up real close,but i can see it .the whole car was orange before :shock: i am removing the damage ona spot by spot basis by hand very time consuming.
i am using ice clay bar micro fibrer towel and girlie scourers
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this is what i will be using when i finally get to polish her.
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Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:36 pm 
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i saw the most amazing paint job on an e series ever today driving near maitland .
it was a xr black and had so much fleck kinda went black ,gold,bronze, red in the light.
kudos mate if your reading i am sooo jealous of your paint job. :mrgreen:
puts on best borat voice "VERY NICE"
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 Post subject: Re: MYSTRO'S EF FAIRMONT WITH SOME EL PARTS
Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:18 pm 
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Today i pulled the left rear disc upper and lower arms.
i took me a while to figure out a heat gun would turn the old clevite bushes to cra p enabling me to remove the rubber with a screw driver.
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i then removed the metal sleeves with a flat screwdriver and copious amounts of hammering,thumb smashing and swearing.
the old disc made a perfect dolly ,which was good because i dont have a vice.
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 Post subject: Re: MYSTRO'S EF FAIRMONT WITH SOME EL PARTS
Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:28 pm 
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here are photos comparing ef ghia vs el ghia upper control arms.
also note ef ghia vs el ghia sway bar mounts
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here is ef 3.45 diff mounts vs el 3.45 diff mounts.
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 Post subject: Re: MYSTRO'S EF FAIRMONT WITH SOME EL PARTS
Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:51 pm 
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driving dads land rover yesterday has made me want an electric handbrake.
i dont think it will be that hard to do as the 90% of the mechanical pressure in pulling the handbrake is in the lever itself.
falcon h/bs are only good for parking anyhow..
i can apply the hand brake from the back wheel with one finger.
so i was thinking of mounting an actuator at the cable join.
it has to have a pull and lock and then let go action .
i am going out to measure the pull distance required so i can snaffle somthing suitable,
wishfull thinking but am wondering whether a boot or fuel puller will work?
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Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:06 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: MYSTRO'S EF FAIRMONT WITH SOME EL PARTS
Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:29 pm 
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i had a search on ebay for handbrake actuators .
can only find them in usa for like 200 bucks second hand ,meh there goes that wank mod idea:lol:
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 Post subject: Re: MYSTRO'S EF FAIRMONT WITH SOME EL PARTS
Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:13 am 
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i like this car, Yus i do lol
sore it last time i was over, and it is tidy.
got the rear guard thing for ya as well, ill be out ya way in next few weeks so ill bring it out and drop by.

 

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