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Sierra dismantling: the movie!
11 April 2002 by Kerry
tiger Here's the whole process of dismantling the donor, compressed into a 30 second video and set to music! (Click here - 1.4 MB download, QuickTime required.)

Donor dismantled
2 April 2002 by Kerry
tiger I've finally finished stripping down the Sierra, and the bodyshell is now sitting outside on castors (seemed like the easiest way to move it with no wheels!) waiting to be disposed of. In the mean time it seems to provide a nice warm place for the local cats to sleep.

I had intended to have at least painted the Tiger chassis by now, but I've taken the opportunity of an empty workshop to build a couple of bits of furniture first.

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Got the Kit!
22 December 2001 by Kerry
tiger After much rushing around last week to get the engine out of the Sierra and remove the exchange parts I had to take to Tiger (steering linkage, front suspension struts, gearstick and sump), I hired a Luton van and set off for Thorney. I suffered what will no doubt be the first of many Tiger-inflicted injuries while I was there - a cut finger from an aluminium panel. I managed to scrounge a plaster, but not before dripping blood over the body panels and the back of the van.
Other than that, loading up was a fairly painless operation, as was the journey home (apart from a bit of snow). I managed to avoid hitting anything right up to the moment I got home, when I discovered that the branch of the apple tree that overhangs our drive is a fraction under 10 foot 6 off the ground! No damage done though, so I got my deposit back.
All the bits are now in the small garage until I've got the rest of the stuff I need off the Sierra, relegating the Land Rover to standing outside in the wet.
I've had a flick through the build manual, and I can see I now have a daunting time ahead of me. I just hope the kit's put together a bit better than the manual...

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I'm Now the Proud (?) Owner of a Sierra
29 November 2001 by Kerry
tiger Well, I now have a Sierra Saphire 2.0GLSi sitting in the drive! It's the newest car I've ever owned, and the only one with fuel injection, power steering, servo brakes, ABS, central locking, electric windows, four doors or a sunroof.
And now I'm going to dismantle it and throw all those bits away. Funny old world.

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Found a Donor
28 November 2001 by Kerry
tiger Thanks to a wanted advert in AdTrader, I now hopefully have a donor lined up. It's an F-reg 2.0 injection model (A good excuse to go straight for a pair of big sidedraft carbs), and is conveniently located literally round the corner (next door but 14, to be exact!) We agreed a price of £140, and if all goes according to plan, he'll be bringing it round tomorrow evening.

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