Awesome story man, congrats! Car is coming along nicely!
I plan on having the original graphics recreated once it's painted, I quite like the red on silver, and with the gold mesh wheels...
There's some sort of engineer in Arizona that road races these things as a hobby. He's done a massive amount of R&D involving these cars and has developed his own coilover suspension using MK3 front coilovers and home made rear coilovers out of MK2 rear struts. He is currently building five complete sets for sale, I got my name on the list for a set about three months ago. Should pair nicely with the Aspire setup...
Last edited by Zman86; 05-04-2016 at 12:28 PM.
There is a bright yellow one with this paint scheme that is still daily driven near me. I stare every time I see it
Love this thread! Never owned a Festiva, but I did have a 94ish Aspire that was actually a blast to drive. That thing was unkillable and I drove it everywhere. As fast as possible with 46MPG no matter how I drove it. Ended up selling it after my wife drove it ONE TIME.
Motorcade of Mediocrity!
Got word yesterday that the coilovers are complete and will be ready to ship next week!
Stock on the left, designer of the suspension with his suspension installed on the right. I don't even care about the fact that it lowers the car, everyone who has built the same suspension from his plans says the ride quality increases drastically as well as cornering like its on rails.
Debating throwing the suspension in with the stock Festiva spindles and rear axle, funds at the moment are not going to allow for a complete teardown/powder coat/rebuild of the aspire swap, though I could run it as is. We also have this arriving from British Columbia by train next week. It needs new shocks and tires, so that will be taking up some of the car funds I have saved.
Nice addition to the garage (or soon to be!)
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Also, does it have a Beetle-derived (1600) engine or is it a Type IV back there? Here in the U.S. they all had Type IVs by the time those taillights were in production, but I don't know about what was available in Canada.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
We drove to LA from Toronto last year and fell in love with the trip, so we decided to sell our '57 Chevy and buy something we could live out of as well that would also fulfill our classic car need. I've always wanted a Baywindow as well. I have to get used to the quirks and downfalls of old VWs before we do any serious roadtrips in it, but it passed a PPI with a fairly clean bill of health, so I'm hoping it's not too problematic for us, though I expect to be tinkering with it.
As for the bus itself, it's a '72 with a type IV. It was converted to a camper by a company called Dorper when new. I've been told the Dorpers started life as panel vans.
If aircooled's don't turn out to be our thing, we will always be able to flip it for more than we paid for it here in Ontario. Clean stuff commands a premium here due to us being in the rust belt.
Last edited by Zman86; 05-20-2016 at 04:57 PM.
I don't see a single thing here I don't approve of.
Few pictures and a write up on the coilover build
First, the front shocks are disassembled, and the lower mounting brackets are stripped in an acid bath to remove all zinc plating. This ensures a good weld joined can be achieved.
The lower brackets are then set up in a mill and the lower mounting holes are cut completely out with a rotobroach tool. This is done on centerline with the Mazda BF mounting pattern.
After the brackets have been cut to accept the bushings (also custom made) the parts are chamfered for a proper weld joint. They are then bolted up to a festiva knuckle to ensure proper fit on a Festiva.
The bushings are then tig welded into the brackets. This process is done in accordance with AWS D17.1 class A specifications (MIL.STD-22-19).
The brackets are then set back up in my mill fixture so the bushings can be align bored to 12.5mm and the top mounting holes can be slotted 0.200" for maximum camber adjustability. This ensures that precise alignment can be done quickly, since all the parts are dimensionally consistent.
The brackets are then checked for fitment, deburred and re-zinc coated.
The shock shafts are then turned on a lathe to accept the kia rio strut mount bearings securely. This ensures a precision part that fits properly.
The front shocks are then re-assembled with 120lb front springs and the preload is preset to a position that I find works well for most applications. You should just be able to bolt them up, set the camber and adjust your toe and go.
The rear shocks lower mounts are precision cut to length with a wire EDM machine. A bushing is also supplied to space the shock out further from the wheel for maximum clearance.
The rear spring adjuster sleeves are drilled with drain holes and then glued to the shocks with 3M urethane adhesive.
The shocks are then assembled with either 105lb or the heavy duty 120lb springs (for heavy loads and trailer towing). The rear upper spring hat is a 2 piece rubber filled part that I designed to reduce road noise compared to the 1 piece design that I've shown on my build threads. I don't have pictures of these yet.
If you need advice on the camper, let me know and I'll help where I can. Now go and start a thread on it so it doesn't clutter this one too badly!
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
The Fed-Ex man arrived this weekend and dropped off a big box...
That could only mean that these had arrived!
A bit closer up
Now, the question is do I install these with the Aspire suspension as-is, or save up some money and have it blasted, coated, and replace everything like I'd normally do. The second option probably won't happen till next year.
Had the tuna fish can at a local car show last weekend. If I had a dollar for every time I heard "I haven't seen one of these in x amount of years", I'd be rich. I was nursing a hangover and sleeping it off in our VW bus, and some friends decided to enter it in the lowest car limbo.
I shouldn't be so excited about this thread, but I am
Your girl is pretty awesome
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To give everyone an idea of the size of this thing...
No recent updates. Been using it as my commuter car the last few weeks while my gf is driving my Jetta. Found a potential engine swap in the Montreal area, but finding parts to support the swap here in Canada is proving difficult, being further complicated by the fact the car is carbureted instead of FI. It looks like if I want to swap this thing I will have to rely on the members of the Ford Festiva forum to gather parts for me.
Last edited by Zman86; 09-29-2016 at 12:31 PM.