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Old 10-06-2018, 08:45 PM   #126
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Re: '88 F*rd Festiva Autocross/Track/Daily Driver Build

I have to agree, that's pretty freakin' cool!
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:58 PM   #127
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Just read the entire thread. Almost picked up a Festy about ten years ago. Neighbours had a MINT black one that was loaded. Auto, so I did all the homework on a manual swap. Figured since I did a T56 in my Impala SS, converting the Festiva would be easy. Car sold before I could even stop to see it.

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Old 10-07-2018, 10:07 PM   #128
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Seriously excellent work being done here! Good knowledge, fun videos, outside of the norm; this is my favorite build on the forum. please keep it up!
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Never in a million a years did I think there would be so much to do with a Festiva. Lol. Cool work.
Oh yeah, there are Festiva meets all around the US throughout the year and there are new products being developed all the time.



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That some serious suspension you got going on there...
It's all pretty simple and cheap really, I have maybe $700 in all of it. The suspension design and lightweight body doesn't need much help to make it handle really well.



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I have to agree, that's pretty freakin' cool!
Thanks Jesse, come out to the Clemson autocross sometime and I'll let you ride in it!



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Just read the entire thread. Almost picked up a Festy about ten years ago. Neighbours had a MINT black one that was loaded. Auto, so I did all the homework on a manual swap. Figured since I did a T56 in my Impala SS, converting the Festiva would be easy. Car sold before I could even stop to see it.

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Thanks for checking in Jay, too bad the neighbor's car was gone before you had a chance to buy it. Manual swaps aren't too difficult and make the car much more fun... the three speed auto is a pretty lame transmission.
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:39 AM   #129
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Thanks Jesse, come out to the Clemson autocross sometime and I'll let you ride in it!
I see the next one is Oct, 27, that prob. won't work being halloween weekend. The next one is Nov. 10th but that may collide with the truck club toy drive, it should be somewhere around there.

What "hours" does it run, and would I need to bring a helmet (I don't have one.)
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Old 10-08-2018, 11:51 AM   #130
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I see the next one is Oct, 27, that prob. won't work being halloween weekend. The next one is Nov. 10th but that may collide with the truck club toy drive, it should be somewhere around there.

What "hours" does it run, and would I need to bring a helmet (I don't have one.)
Usually runs 9-3ish and they have loaner helmets.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:34 PM   #131
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Usually runs 9-3ish and they have loaner helmets.
Nice! I'll follow up with you on facespace if I'm able to make any of those!
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:14 PM   #132
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I made it to the Festiva show in Raleigh, just not in the red car. The starter was grinding badly and shimming the solenoid didn't help. It also leaked antifreeze from a drain plug, so I had to remove the header to change it out. I didn't have the rear axle built or in yet either.


We had a great turnout with 52 cars and what seemed like the most people of the last three events I've been to.






I was able to finally pick up the sliding sunroof at the show. The cover is in good shape, just needs cleaning. It'll need a new headliner but dad said that it would be an easy fix. It's dark grey so it'll blend in well with the bumpers, side trim, and wheels.




I plumbed the lines for both manifold and ported vaccum (the distributor uses both). Not the best looking but I'm not building a show car. It may need a vaccum tank to smooth out the pulses from each runner, won't know until I start driving it.




The leaking freeze plug. Someone had put JB Weld over it in the past.




I finished reshaping and welding the downpipe and installed it in the car. There's still a short section of original exhaust pipe that'll be replaced once I can drive it to the muffler shop. I'm pretty happy with how the header and downpipe fit since they were originally for a completely different car. The downpipe actually tucked up a little higher than the transmission crossmember so ground clearance won't be a issue.






I stripped and painted the rear axle last night, and assembled the passenger side brakes and camber spacer tonight. I should have the axle done and in the car tomorrow night, so I can roll it out and attempt to crank it for the first time!








Not related to the red car, but the white '89 rolled over to 167K today. It had 150k when I bought it last November. Mechanically it's been 99% problem free since swapping in the freshened-up engine and five speed back in February, 14k miles ago. It averages 30 mpg around town (driving it hard), and I get 35-37 on the interstate. It would get a bit better mileage without the roof rack and if I leaned out the idle jets.

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Old 10-17-2018, 07:35 AM   #133
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Re: '88 F*rd Festiva Autocross/Track/Daily Driver Build

John, you're just having too much fun!
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Old 10-17-2018, 08:49 AM   #134
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Re: '88 F*rd Festiva Autocross/Track/Daily Driver Build

Cool to see a following of these cars. Your level of detail in everything you do is cool. Any work on the 69??
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Old 10-17-2018, 04:31 PM   #135
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Re: '88 F*rd Festiva Autocross/Track/Daily Driver Build

Very nice. Great turn out at the show. Wished I could’ve made it. I ended up working.
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Old 10-23-2018, 01:15 PM   #136
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Cool to see a following of these cars. Your level of detail in everything you do is cool. Any work on the 69??
There's not that much detail work going on with this one since it's just going to be a driver. Some of it is rough looking to be honest. The '69 is ready to crank once I rebuild the carb and get the tank back from being cleaned out. I've patina matched the door and hood, and have cleaned up everything in the engine compartment. The brakes are done other than the two front hoses and bleeding them. I started the body/paint on a '65 C10 bed and fenders a few weeks ago so I haven't spent any time on the '69 lately.



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Very nice. Great turn out at the show. Wished I could’ve made it. I ended up working.
Hopefully you can make it there next year! Or go ahead and buy one and bring it to Arizona for our track event in February
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I got the rear suspension finished and installed, bled the brakes, and swapped the wheel over from the white car so it would roll. Also started polishing the velocity stacks.





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I was haunted by a blue Festiva this morning. Couldn’t seem to escape it. Lol
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Old 11-02-2018, 02:41 PM   #139
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Not much to update other than I've flushed the gas tank and started the engine for the first time. The initial setup of the carbs carbs seems to be off; it's running very rich at idle, enough so that it actually runs best with all four idle mixture screws closed. I'll check the float heights and fuel pressure first, hopefully its something that simple.

My brother in law works for Michelin and signed us up for an autocross on the 18th at Michelin's Laurens Proving Grounds. From the sign up list there will be some pretty stout competition- a 2012 Nissan GT-R, numerous BMW M cars, a Pro-Touring Chevelle, etc... Time to buckle down and get it sorted so it's ready to race!

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I drove the car around the school parking lot beside the shop for the first time a couple weekends ago... needs serious tuning to make it run smoothly. Right now it's slower than my white '89.

I went over the carbs- checked the float level, fuel level in the bowl, adjusted the accelerator pump linkage, and reset the butterflies in the barrel so both barrels close completely at the same time. It idles much better now but there is still a dead spot. After searching arouind a bit I found that I have the wrong emulsion tubes- the current one are meant to lean out the mixture as it transitions to the main jets which is exactly what seems to be happening. I ordered the correct tubes from Italy with expidited shipping, they should be here tomorrow. Hopefully that fixes the dead spot and it'll run decent enough to take to the Michelin autocross this weekend.

I tried to take the distributor apart to modify it for more centrifugal advance but was unsuccessful. I thought maybe the capri/b6d advance parts would fit in the b3 distributor but that didn't work either. The b3 distributor only advances 17 degrees compared to the b6d's 25 degrees so it'll be down on power until I get that straightened out. Miata guys with basically the same engine are running 28-30* for max power. I also started plumbing the engine for an air/oil separator, and began wiring the AFR gauge. I'll spend a few nights this week going over everything on the suspension- dialing in the ride height and alignment, and double checking all bolts/fasteners before I get it out on the road. Still need to go to the dmv to register it, get the bumper/hood/grill installed, and hook up the e-brake too.


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Hope you do well this weekend.
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