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So I came across this Sierra listed as a 1 owner with 14,000km. I wasn't really looking to add another car to the collection but I was too curious to see it and hear its story, which goes something like this...

It's 1985 and this gentleman having recently been to the UK was fascinated by the Sierra's futuristic design. So back in Malta, he went to the local Ford dealer and ordered a Sierra. Not one of the basic versions, but a 2.0 Ghia finished in diamond white. He also wanted to have xr4i wheels but those would have costed him an extra 1k so he fitted a set of mille miglia instead which were smaller but similar in design.

Fast forward a couple of years and an unfortunate accident at his place of work prevented him from driving the Sierra again, mostly due to its lack of power steering. But he couldn't part with it. So he just locked it up in the garage and did not move it ever since.

The Sierra was never meant to be his daily car so it was never taken out in the rain or made use of its huge luggage space. When I went to see it (pictures below taken in previous owner's garage today), the doors were stuck, it was impossible to push (sticky wheel cylinders) and it's engine was last started up in 2007. Original steels and trims tucked away in a corner covered in dust.

We got some jump leads and all the warning lights from the trip computer came to life on the ignition. We removed the air cleaner, poured some fuel on the carb and after a couple of misses, the pinto came to life!

A deal was struck and it will now be off to the mechanic for re-commissioning.

 

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Love it. I had the exact same car when we needed a 4 door, after 2 kids popped out of my Betty's flower. Bought it tax free when I got posted back from Germany to the UK. 

Served us really well until a nice old lady decided to park her car into my front quarter and twisted the chassis. 

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Some photos on its journey to the mechanic... Fitted a new battery and poured some fuel in the tank and started up without much hassle :) Any attempts to drive it failed though and a new clutch seems to be the only solution. I was also concerned about the 34 year old timing belt 😆 which will get replaced along with new oil/fluids/filters etc.

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"Love it. I had the exact same car when we needed a 4 door, after 2 kids popped out of my Betty's flower."

Hurt my lungs laughing to what "dt36" said, bloody brilliant, you will have to wear "Rubber Gloves" next time you are going "GARDENING" !!!!!.

Made my day that has.

 

 

Oh yeah, nice Sierra as well, forgot all about the car.

 

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Got it back from the mechanic today 😁 Still need to go through the process of classic car certification before I get the plates. Managed to take it for a short drive (on a private road) though and ran like a dream 😉

Here's a short video:

 

 

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Ans it’s finally on the road…not much done to it other than a good clean and a power wash to the engine bay. Needs a good polish, a couple of small dents pulled out and some other minor details.

Went for a long night drive yesterday…pulls well and doesn’t handle too bad either considering she’s still wearing the original uniroyal rallye’s 😁

Really tempted to put some 15 inch BBS replicas (JBW) and lower it a bit…or else just put the original steels and trims for a factory look :hush:

 

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Gosh that scrubbed up well. Im just going to get the high pressure hose on mine if that's all it takes for a decent restoration these days!

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Original tyres had to go and with a set of compomotive turbos lying in the garage waiting for my escort mk2 project wrapped in new tyres, it was rude not to!

13 inch are a bit small on her but with some lowering and grey or gold centres I think they can look ace. What do you think?a1a3a05e7a94e11d678181d1572ccd76.jpg103600b7a0d26d4e26e843698b50c90e.jpg42bfb44e990e31e7c7c2e2f90ba98f1e.jpg39279b69843cf5647b01d26088f4d5a3.jpg

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Found a set of refurbished pepperpots with new tyres for a really good price today so I snapped them!  Hoping for that factory fresh look once they're on :)

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