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    1. Member Zman86's Avatar
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      11-17-2015 04:25 PM #1
      Many moons ago, when I was single and really didn't give a rats ass about trying to impress anyone, I set out to find the worst/funniest winter beater so I could take my turbo'd Nissan 240 off the road.

      Searching the local classifieds turned up lots of odd, terrible vehicles, but I fell in love with an automatic 1990 Ford Festiva that had been living beside a chicken barn for three years, and boy did it show/smell like it.





      It doubled as a pickup truck on many occasions





      Eventually I got tired of the white/rust/bondo, and bought ten cans of rocker guard



      Anyways, I drove this thing for a year and a half until it succumbed to frame rust, and I sold it to a friend for $200, who patched up the body, drove it for a couple months then sold it. It was a terribly crappy car, but It was dead reliable and I've missed it since...

      Now, fast forward to 2015. I now own a house with a ten car shop and share it with a lovely woman who is even more into cars than I am. After our anniversary weekend in Toronto, we returned home. I was told there would be a surprise for me at home, as it had arrived in the mail. As soon as we arrived, I was told to cover my eyes and was lead into the shop, where this was waiting, licensed, insured and ready to drive!





      To say I was blown away was an understatement! Now I know not many people would be excited to receive an '89 Festiva, but I certainly was. The car came with quite the story. Purchased by an employee of a Ford dealership on May 1st, 1990 (my birthday is May 1st), it is a one owner car. Four speed, under coated every year, never winter driven. Aside from a bunch of dents and some very minor surface rust, it is rust free, quite rare for these.

      The lady who owned it put 235,000km on it in 23years, at which point she purchased a car with air conditioning and put the Festiva into storage for her granddaughter, who was promised the car at a young age. 2015 was the year her granddaughter received her drivers license, but her mother deemed the car too unsafe and would not allow her to have the car. Heartbroken, the grandparents put the car up for sale. This is where my girlfriend comes in. A friend found the car on kijiji back in October and told her about it. She contacted the sellers and arranged to look at it. Apparently they were getting offers for double their asking price and from as far away as Boston, but after hearing my story and the fact that we were close enough for them to still see the car, they decided to sell to my girlfriend and not accept the higher offers.

      Here's some pics after its first wash











      Now for the future. The plan is to
      Leave the body bone stock. It's going to be going in for a full body dent removal/surface rust repair/possible paint in the spring. I am undecided on swapping the engine to a Mazda B6t 1.6L turbo, a naturally aspirated Mazda DOHC 1.8L BP engine, or leave it stock. 13" Wheels/coil overs/suspension bushings are on the short list. The plan is to create a zippy stock looking car that's fun to throw around in the twisties.


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    3. Member atomicalex's Avatar
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      11-17-2015 04:28 PM #2
      You have the best GF in the entire world.

      That is all.

      Oh, and party on!!
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      11-17-2015 04:32 PM #3
      Nice pickup!

      In the 90's I really wanted to take one of these and swap in the 2.5L Mazda KZ-LE V6. Was that a thing? Obviously that would have been much easier in the MX-3, but I feel like I saw some examples in the Festiva as well. That would be a hilarious amount of power in that car.
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      11-17-2015 04:33 PM #4
      Your girl is definitely a keeper.

      A good read, sir. Thank you and congratulations.

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      11-17-2015 04:34 PM #5
      Yup, she's pretty awesome. The fact that she's not disgusted by my love for this Korean econobox is a miracle...

      Edit: there is another guy in Ontario that has a kldze or whatever the engine code is in a Festiva. Too much work for me, plus I'm not looking to make it stupid fast.


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      11-17-2015 04:35 PM #6
      Love it.


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      11-17-2015 04:36 PM #7
      You're lucky to have such a lady. Will you just putt around in it on nice days for the nostalgia value?
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      11-17-2015 04:38 PM #8
      She's trying to dump you but couldn't get the words out.

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      11-17-2015 04:39 PM #9
      She sounds like a keeper...oh and the car ain't bad either.

      Nice story...

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      11-17-2015 04:40 PM #10
      Awesome story, thanks for sharing.
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      11-17-2015 04:48 PM #11
      Pictures of GF to validate the story.
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      11-17-2015 04:53 PM #12
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      11-17-2015 04:55 PM #13
      such an awesome suprise! sounds like you have yourself a pretty awesome girlfriend for sure.

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      11-17-2015 04:59 PM #14
      Festivas are dope.. My old neighbor in Cyprus used to have a Kia Pride constantly covered in bird sh*t.

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      11-17-2015 05:01 PM #15
      That is a nice surprise.

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      11-17-2015 05:19 PM #16
      If my wife surprised me with a Festiva...I'd surprise her with divorce papers.

      J/K, enjoy, it's clean and looks like a hoot to drive.
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      11-17-2015 05:21 PM #17
      A little inspiration... I always wanted to build a beater/rally Festiva, something for ripping around terrible NYC streets. +100 points for your girlfriend too.

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      11-17-2015 05:23 PM #18
      That looks really nice and clean! You have the best GF ever!

      If you're asking for advice, I'd recommend the 1.8 DOHC. I'm pretty sure that engine was in the later Escort GT's, and it would be a riot in your Festiva.

      Can't you upgrade to larger suspension stuff with Aspire and Kia Sephia brakes etc?

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    20. 11-17-2015 05:27 PM #19
      Cool car, amazing girlfriend!

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      11-17-2015 05:28 PM #20
      What a bizarrely awesome thread!

      Funny, I never thought I'd read the sentence containing "upgrade to Kia Sephia brakes" in the TCL, ever.


      This is gonna make me miss my old '91 Sundance hard core, now.
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    22. 11-17-2015 05:30 PM #21
      B6T!

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      Love it!

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      11-17-2015 05:35 PM #23
      Excellent car, excellent story, one-in-a-million girlfriend! She is a keeper!

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      11-17-2015 05:37 PM #24
      That's awesome She's a keeper.
      I wish my wife got me something like that when I was younger. But I already had my B13 Sentra SE-R that I used to drive to see her.
      Good luck with it! They are so much fun to drive.

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      11-17-2015 05:45 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Zman86 View Post
      Now, fast forward to 2015. I now own a house with a ten car shop and share it with a lovely woman who is even more into cars than I am.
      I don't doubt that your woman is both wonderful and lovely, but I want to see pics of your 10 car shop!! (Jealous!)

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