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>Project 2B: Find a Donor Car

Hmmm, we've got the kit now all we need is a nice sierra to cannibalise...

We've researched the basic requirements for the donor - Robin Hood Engineering have based the car on a basic, non-injection sierra donor. Hmm, no cosworth donor then. The basic requirement is a Pinto engined variant in either 1.6, 1.8 or 2.0 Litre size. The rear sub-frame, front suspension, engine and gearbox plus the wiring loom and various bits from the dash are also used.

There are also some novel uses for some of the suspension components. We hunted around for a donor and had a look at a few MOT failures before settling on the beauty you see below. A G reg sierra sapphire was ours for around the £300 mark with a full MOT and a few days tax...this meant we could road test it. It looks like the car has been worked on and we believe it has a 2.0 Litre engine. It seems a shame to break the car as it is useable...

The Donor Car...


The costs so far...


What we learnt this time...  

When buying an old car as a donor the most important thing is how it drives and runs - the bodywork and most of the interior will be scrapped. If the car has an MOT and Tax you can run it for a while and get a feeling for the major mechanical bits. The kit uses the engine, gearbox and rear subframe so these need to be in good condition.

Remember that you are going to have to register the kit and having all the paperwork for the donor is a real bonus