It is now October and as I pick up the kit Dec 8th, I decided it
was about time I found a donor car. This should give me November
to strip the donor down and clean the parts before the kit arrives.
I don't want the crappy donor car on the drive, (or rather the boss
wouldn't like it ), so all the stripping will be done in the garage,
then remove the body shell and store the parts to make room for
The donor car for the 2B is a Sierra 1.6, 1.8 or 2.0 SOHC.
So I look around in the local papers...nothing.. perhaps I have
set my price to low, I only intend spending £250 for a running
Sierra 2.0 litre. Then somebody at work tells me of an 'F' reg for
sale sitting on the side of the road!. After a quick look the car
turns out to be a 2.0 Litre Injection Ghia,,, hmmm I rather liked
the idea of retaining the injection setup, ie good economy and 125
BHP.The asking price was £300 a little over my budget, and
I knew some modification would be needed to get the injection vellum
chamber under the 2B bonnet. I also liked the idea of the injection
head which has hardened valve seats allowing me to run on unleaded.
Doesn't look too bad from a distance
(click for a larger image)
I notice most builders had opted for carb setup but thanks to an
article by Dave Wilson on the RHOCAR
site, it seems you can lower the EFI unit to fit under the standard
Right , time I went round and tried out my bargaining skills. A
good inspection of the car revealed current Tax and Mot, new front
calipers, air flow meter, exhaust and tyres. The alloy wheels were
in very good condition, (although I did not need them). The engine
ran very smooth with no nasty rattle or knocks.
After pointing out the holes in the bodywork, a bit of umming and
arring, scratching my head and moaning about the price, we eventually
settled on £200 cash and I drove my donor car away..
I ran the Sierra for about a week without any problems and now
felt quite happy with my purchase. Unfortunately I have a lot of
unwanted loom to strip out, electric windows, alarm, warning lights
etc associated with the Ghia.