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Clutch and CSC needed replacing (not by me) so, while they were at it, I had them do a lot of little jobs that the miserable weather has put me off DIY.
Scrape-free front bumper with fogs (not connected; LX has no loom), leather steering wheel and gearknob, and the alloy ST throttle pedal which is a whole unit whereas the other two are simple slip-ons.
Thursday-Friday was a whole car DA compound but the abrasive was not aggressive enough to get everything flat. Still, with a sealant wax, it's a lot shinier. Then it peed down all weekend, of course.
 

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Need pics now!

I've done nothing to mine since washing it a week or so ago!
 

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Oh well, if you insist. And a big downpour gets me the beading look (another chance for a look at the DR-sourced alloys). Front improved by both fogs and chrome surround on grille
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and the interior is lifted by the leather wheel and ST alloy pedals. A full leather interior has come up for the not-insignificant £175 and I ought to keep my hands off the mouse.

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Genuinely looks miles better!!! Leather would also look really really good now that it's got a nicer steering wheel!
 

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And it's whizzed through its MOT, which it does annually. The appointment caught me by surprise ("bring it tomorrow, mate") and I noticed (how often do you check?) that one of the number plate lights was out. Fortunately, 50% working is enough to pass with an advisory. The whole units are rotten so I've ordered in an LED pair rather than pay probably more for used items.

The oil drained out like new and the air filter was so ridiculously clean that the replacement has stayed in the box until next year. When I got the MOT cert and the service book stamped it all made sense. The Focus has done 1,000 miles since last November. A combination of changing my residency to Spain and, although I've been here since May, Covid keeping it on the drive (plus any long trips brings the diesel Tour out).

What is really needed is a thorough interior valet... unless I get tempted by that leather still on sale.
 

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**** all, had to get the exhaust replaced a month ago as the old one broke in half by the flexpipe
 

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Sorry to hear that, Joey. I forgot to update - the Focus now has those LED reg plate things that coppers can read from space and I did a pretty decent interior valet. No more smells like teen armpit. Lockdown or not, a scraggier looking leather interior in Bolton listed at £150 has gone so the £175 one might be the price required. Hmm. I've let two tempting auctions slip by with no bid b/c of lockdown; doing wonders for my bank balance but not my childish "buy more stuff" obsession.
 

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Well... All I've done is swapped over my tidy alloys with crap tyres, for my scruffy alloys with good tyres. Hoping to book it in for it's MOT for the 2nd week of Jan, and with any luck it wont break before then!

In other news, the engine in the combo work van I use was making a bad noise from one of the pulleys for a few weeks, then literally in the space of an overnight, it sounded really awful on Tuesday morning, I MADE my uninterested boss come and listen to it and he basically said "well the van's still in service so you need to use it, we've no spare" so I did, and made a point of not using the motorway, it lasted 10 miles, the noisy pulley was the water pump, which basically fell to pieces and threw the belt off, as well as dumping all it's coolant and the van had to be recovered!!
 

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There is a twitter meme that sums up your boss, but it's too rude for a family forum. I still haven't switched my Focus alloys with (droney) summer rubber to the steels with quiet M+S. At the moment, I'm like Charlie's grandparent spending all day under a duvet cover unless someone offers me a chocolate bar with a gold wrapper.
 

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I agree. I was "uh-oh" before the pic appeared because some of them are terrible and leather C wheels don't cost a lot but that is a proper nice one. Let us know what you're contemplating, Bigpraidey, as I've pretty much done everything on mine but can't shake off the addiction to look around anyway. I know about the mirror (electric or manual?) and I wonder if you're busy making compilation cassettes for the long trips.
 

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Got the ABS sensor replaced and it's going back to the shop to get a bracket replaced tomorrow.
 

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Today I've "drafted" a for sale advert.... Not selling quite yet, but watch this space...
 

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I've decided to clean it inside and out. I've been severely lacking in terms of care with the car. I haven't been driving it because of the pandemic and I've had the chance to clean it lately because I had some free time. Hopefully, you guys can also check the insides of your vehicle because it never hurts to check up unless there are some missing parts that you need to address.
 

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Same here; the Tour got SORN and insurance suspended before the end of November. I should have done it at the end of Oct but forgot and paid tax etc while it sat on the front. It's Focus only until April/May. The insurance on my Modus in Spain was due up 18/12 and I debated renewing now (it's off road but on the communal car park). Something could happen to it and supposedly vehicles have to be taxed and insured unless scrapped or something called a baja temporal that I hadn't looked up enough. However, I realistically can't get back to Spain for months, its ITV (MOT) extension runs out soon and road tax demands have not been sent out because of shutdowns. My broker advised me that loads of people are shuttering their cars and not renewing their insurance (you can't travel from one municipality the size of, say, Chipping Norton, into another without good reason) so I figured it wasn't worth wasting €x00 to just sit there.

With my luck, I expect a skip will be plonked next to it and someone will throw their old washing machine off the balcony, hitting the Modus instead.
 

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Installed a O2 sensor spacer, inspected the sparkplugs and looked at the flexpipe as it's jammed against the oilpan, that will be fixed at some point.
 

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Custom car parts?

People are 3D printing parts for their cars these days!

I have a small list of bits I need for mine, starting with a gearbox mount and exhaust, then the rest are just add-ons that I want, like maybe black side repeaters
As I write this, I am 3D printing a left parcel shelf mount/support! Mine was already broken when I bought my car 3 odd years ago, but I never came around a new part. Today I designed a new (hopefully stronger) part in CAD, which should be printed in about 2 hours from now.
 
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