This is a quick video in the Probe on the back straight. (Not very good quality)
Ford Fair 2012 at the Silverstone Circuit
Everyone met just up the road from Silverstone circuit at the Premier Inn at about 7:30 am and by 8am 12 Probes had turned up, then it was a mile and a half down to the circuit in the queue that was starting to get very long. Eventually inside and all the cars were parked up. It was up with the marquee and out with the chairs and a cup of coffee to wake up. The day was brilliant and the weather stayed sunny all day apart from one short shower. There was loads to see and do, thousands of cars, plenty of stalls and auto jumble but nothing for the Probe unfortunately apart from one stall who had a 24v Clutch in a box for £20.
I wanted to get myself out on the circuit as it had been a while since I had raced at Silverstone. So I booked myself a session at a fairly reasonable £35 for about 18 minutes. Once it the pit lane and waiting to get out on the circuit at 12:40 we headed out behind the pace car for a warm up lap. Once the pace car left at the end of the lap we were all left to give our cars a full speed burst. Half way round our first lap, some numpty decided to mash his car up and stop the session. That was it for our session and all the drivers were not happy about it as we couldn’t go out again. So we all demanded our money back and got it. To top it off the people taking photos all around the circuit which allowed all the drivers to purchase a large action shot on the track, screwed that up as well, so no pics of our session.
Apart from that a good day was had by all of the 12 Probe owners that turned up. Everyone left at about 3:15 pm due to the large amount of traffic that would be trying to get out of the circuit.
I am putting the Blue Probe 16v up for sale as spares or a car for someone who wants a cheap starting point into Probes. The car has no MOT or Tax and has 217k on the clock. BUT, the engine had a full rebuild at just over 20k miles ago and it runs very nicely.
At the moment it now has the 17″ wheels off of my Black Probe with very good tyres. Decent bolt on body kit and rear spoiler, Big bore back end exhaust. CAI Induction, Powder coated rocker cover & cam cover. Very good remote alarm system.
I was told it needs the ABS light sorting and a small weld needed underneath for an MOT. It needs a connecting rubber on the CAI and the electric fan keeps sticking but I have a spare one.
Telephone Mike on : 0798 4554146
O.K. here she is out of the driveway, battery sorted. Sat for a few months but started first time. Washed but not polished yet and the interior needs a bit of a quick clean. This car is in very good condition with 85,436 miles on the clock and its very nice to drive. It doesn’t have an MOT yet but it will get a new 12 months MOT before I sell her. Its not taxed. I have changed the 15″ swirlies and put the 16″ original 24v wheels on. The two rear tyres are good, but the two front Kuhmo tyres will need changing, but I have got some. I am looking for about £550 or a very sensible offer. You will not be disappointed with this nice example.
Telephone Mike on : 0798 4554146
At last the transformation of my 24v probe is complete with its new body kit and new black respray. It has been a bit of a marathon to say the least with loads of problems & dents underneath the original paintwork, then to top it all the bodykit was also in pretty bad shape too especially the rear bumper which had been hacked about. The US headlight covers were also a pain in the but as the original mounting brackets on them were needed to be be cut about to fit them correctly, but they certainly look better than the normal ones with the infills. Anyway the car is finished for now it looks great!
This is the last pictures that will go up of my Black 24v before Fest. We should be getting the paint on it tomorrow, although the sun roof needs to be changed as the one it has 2 bad dents which we didn’t see until the car was in the sunlight. Lucky I have another one ready to go on.
Almost there now, but I am still panicking it’s not going to be ready in time. Still loads to do. Painting, flatting then polishing. Then there is the Interior and engine bay to be sorted out as they are filthy at the moment.
Keep your fingers crossed.
A bit more progress on the black 24v. It’s been a bit slow due to certain other things going on at the moment, but we are getting there with fingers tightly crossed it’s going to be ready for Fest. The side skirts are now on and moulded into the body work and all the cladding holes in the doors have been welded, filled and smoothed out.
The rear spoiler and US headlamp covers have been dealt with and painted. The rear bumper is now the next bit to handle and it’s not a pretty sight at the moment as it has been hacked about quite badly and we are trying to get the corners the right shape due to that missing bottom part.
The bonnet has been painted, but unfortunately it has a few water bubbles in it so this has now got to be flatted down again and redone. Believe it or not this bonnet was so bad it took almost a litre of paint.
Looking at the car today from the side view it’s definitely going to need lowering a couple of inches, maybe with a set of 30mm springs, but I’m just not going to have the time to get this done before Fest.
Thanks everyone for following the progress of the transformation, it’s appreciated.
Couldn’t get to the body shop last night, but managed to get there this morning after getting back from doing a early drop in Wembley. The front bumper is off, been filled and smoothed. When I left, the bumper was getting some coats of primer.
One of the side skirts is starting to take shape and the body work on both sides, the roof & sunroof is getting a seeing too, removing the horrible dents. The bonnet hopefully gets done on Monday.
Picture (5) I received a short while ago (Pic not too good, was sent from a mobile) Front bumper with paint. More updates on Monday hopefully. The car should be painted Tuesday or Wednesday. So fingers crossed.
Well, a bit more done today with the 24v. The body kit has now been offered up to the car to see how it all fits, doesn’t look to bad. Tomorrow, Day 4. The side skirts will be Tiger sealed to the sides after they have all been cleaned up and all the old fixing solution ground off.
I think the front bumper will get a coat of paint tomorrow just to see how it looks. (The 4 spot lights will be removed too) Work has now also started on the very bad bodywork, smoothing out all the dents along the sides. and on the sunroof. The next job will be the bonnet as it has been badly painted before.
This will then be removed, prepared then painted. I am also going to change all the rear lights for the smoked black ones and also fit the American headlamp covers (Pic 7) which will look so much better than having the infills there.