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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 6:29 am 
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Most of you know about my current DD. It's my little gas sipper. 1992 Ford Festiva. I'm averaging 37+ mpg...so it's saving a ton on gas. Thought I'd make a thread in here to show you guys what all I've done with it. I bought it for $700 bucks in STL and drove it home. The brakes where pretty bad, there was a crack in the windshield and the horn didn't work.

Day I bought it.
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And a better picture when I got it back to Rolla.
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Bought these Wolo Max Sound horns for 20 bucks shipped to me. The stock horn location was in a really hard to get to place behind the front bumper so I just bolted these in behind the passenger fender.
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A buddy of mine usually helps me with mechanical work...plus he has more tools than me. This is him working on my brakes.
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And here is the new Brake Booster and Master Cylinder installed.
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Bought a Thule Fit Kit for it so I could put a bike rack on it!
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Installed a new headunit and speakers on all 4 corners.
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Escort Dome Light install. Now I have map lights too!
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Gotta show off the GF! :) I went garage saling with her and then we hit the JYs! :)
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Got a bunch of stuff that day at the JY. Best grab was the new hatch with defrost and wiper!
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New hatch installed and spoiler added.
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Installed some nicer seats from a pre-90 Festiva. The LX seats come with removable headrests.
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Bought a cargo light for the rear...got a latch with a switch wire so that it comes on and off with the opening and closing of the hatch.
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Installed a civic short throw shifter and a cool anodized purple shift knob! :)
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Got rid of the stupid automatic belts and installed manual belts from a pre-90 Festiva.
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Had some stock alloy wheels powder coated. I think they turned out pretty good.
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This weekend I was busy!! Sunroof install, extensive carpet vacuuming and put some nicer trim pieces in the rear...hopefully eventually they'll all be painted black. Also installed new door cards and black handles/window cranks from a Mazda Protege from the same era.
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I made all straight cuts with the reciprocating saw and then I did the curves with a Dremel. I didn't wanna cut it too big so I had to do quick a bit of finishing touches with an angle grinder.
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I still have some silicone to clean up, but it went in good. Had it washed yesterday and it passed the leak test...also poured down rain last night and again no water when I drove to work this morning!
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I like the look!
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 6:40 am 
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feels good to take a saw to something and something nicer comes of it .......... when i installed my sunroof I used "windshield ribbon adhesive". what's the mpg number so we all can hate you?

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 6:45 am 
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MPG was stated in the opening words! :)

I'm averaging a little over 37. I regularly get 40-45 on the highway...depending on my speed. Worst I've done was like 31...twice. Once was almost all city...and the other time was a lot of interstate with speeds consistently over 70. I have to keep it 60-65 to really get good mileage on the highway.

Oh and I do still have some FMS(Festiva Motorsports) lowering springs to install as well as KYB front and rear struts/shocks. I have a leak to fix in the oil pan...and I think I have a rear wheel bearing going out again.


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 7:35 am 
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It looks good! So on a windy day, how is trying to keep it on the road?

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 7:42 am 
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Nice!
You make me miss my Metro :( and it's mpg's.
Ironically, my Metro was similar in color and had some gold hubcaps when I got it. Wish I had pics of it.

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 7:52 am 
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Mud wrote:
Nice!
You make me miss my Metro :( and it's mpg's.
Ironically, my Metro was similar in color and had some gold hubcaps when I got it. Wish I had pics of it.

I've seen some teal Metros around. I think the GM teal is a little more green than mine. The green and orange/gold goes good together.

Here is a cool sticker I got for the hatch.
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1985amceagle wrote:
It looks good! So on a windy day, how is trying to keep it on the road?

It can be blown around the road pretty good at highway speeds if there are some large gusts. The car weighs in at just over 2k I think.

I usually keep the rear seat out of it now and I also got rid of the power belt motor/tracks so that has probably cut down on some weight. Course now the sunroof probably added a bit as the roof sheet metal was very thin.


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 11:59 am 
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the only thing I really envy on it is the gas mileage.

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 12:05 pm 
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It's great for what it is..cheap transportation!


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 1:42 pm 
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argh

Here's my DD. 50-60 mpg. Gets me where other things will not go. '83 XT550. Same year as my eagle.

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 1:56 pm 
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I did have an Suzuki SV650, but I just wasn't driving it as much once I got the Festiva. Plus selling the motorcycle paid for my new Eagle! :)

And helped me pay off my credit card!


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