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Old 19-12-14, 08:38 PM   #1
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Firefrost 180

You may remember I recently acquired Staccato's old ZS. It was once a very sorted ZS but had been a bit neglected and was in need of rescuing.







I didn't really have a plan on what I was going to do with it when I placed a bid and was actually surprised I won it. I then had the migraine of how was I going to get it back here from uttoxeter? where could I hire a trailer, who could I ask to help me get it back, when would I be able to get time off work... With everything else I've got on my plate at the moment I was beginning to regret bidding. Then G offered to deliver it for petrol money, I was mighty relieved. My first impression when I saw it was that it was much worse than it looked in the pictures. I always tell people a photo tells a thousand lies and this was no exception. It needed a complete front end and will probably need a complete rear end as well if you really want to get it back to near perfect. I'm not criticising anybody before his pals say anything. I think he actually described the car well enough and still feel I got a bargain. Just its a bit more work than id first thought. So, with this in mind I started trawling the old interweb for any body panels in firefrost. If i wanted to get a complete front end I was looking at 350+. So I thought if im spending that much I bet i could get a whole car for that. So i did, well 200 + 150 to get it trailered. and here it is.



its a diesel that's a CAT C but still runs and drives and pulls very strong. Took me a bit by surprise having never driven the diesel ZS before. It has all the front end parts i need, plus 4 solid door handles which i'll also need amongst various other bits and bobs. Then when im done i plan to break the rest to finance the project. Its got 17" momo alloys, new rear disks and calipers and looks to be a custom exhaust?

I've already started tearing down the front end of the 180 but found several things that need attention before i could even think about putting the new front end on. Will update as and when but this will be slow due to other commitments.
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Old 19-12-14, 09:38 PM   #2
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That will certainly keep you busy.
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Old 19-12-14, 11:29 PM   #3
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Smile

Bet it will be worth it in the end.

Good luck with it.

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Old 19-12-14, 11:42 PM   #4
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Like the look of this, should be a nice wee resto project. Hope you are able to see it through and good luck!
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Old 20-12-14, 06:07 AM   #5
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God luck mate .... bit of work there to be getting on with.
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Old 20-12-14, 10:03 AM   #6
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It's amazing what you can get for the money if your patient and lucky too I guess. Looks like a good deal...
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Old 20-12-14, 10:26 AM   #7
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Best of luck with the resurrection - you will feel a real sense of pride when you've finished
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Old 20-12-14, 11:21 AM   #8
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Looks like you are ready to rock on the restoration now.look forward to seeing it back to its best.well done on taking the project on.
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Old 20-12-14, 11:37 AM   #9
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Good luck with this mate..If you finish up with a spare boot lid let me know!!
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Old 20-12-14, 11:45 AM   #10
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So you've gone from having a firefrost ZS180 in need of love to a pristine Fireefrost 180 and a harlequin ZS diesel to sell on.

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