Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ford Transit facelift parts arrived!

During Dad, Mom, and Sis's trip to China early this year, they spotted quite a number of Mark V Ford Transit, the same model that we've had for nearly a decade now, only that the ones from China have HID headlamps, a larger and sportier grille, nicer looking signals and bumper, all factory stock. Needless to say, Dad liked it a lot and I was really excited too when he showed me the pics.

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An old pic of our Ford Transit, it's bumpers has since been painted gold, and the hubcaps have since all went their own ways while on the highway :p

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China's version of the Ford Transit

Dad got Uncle Kwai's help to buy the parts required for the facelift. To save shipping costs, we had it come together with the company ship, which took quite some time. Enough about boring history though, we finally got the parts 2 weeks ago! Here's how they look like:

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Right headlamp, HIDs, nice huh

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Left headlamp, so stylish :p

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Headlamp brackets; these need to be welded on to the body, getting an aquainttance to do this for us

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Grille, and it's got a nice honeycomb pattern!! Logo is actually a shade of dark blue, not black

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The front bumper, nothing special here, but it completes the look

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Side blinkers, bought by mistake, don't think we're gonna use this, going for the clear ones

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Right turn indicator

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Left turn indicator

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The front lamp assemblies! Darn stylo! Can't wait to try it out on the highways at night, current headlamps are lousy

OK, that's all for now. Tried installing these just now, but it turns out the original headlamp brackets have to be shaved off first, and we don't have the proper tools, getting the panel uncle to get it done for us. More pics then!


Russ said...

wow, looks like china is more advanced than us! hehehe.. and the parts must be quite affordable also, right?

leongsoon said...

Yep, all those juicy parts and the mudflaps cost just a little over RM1200, but the quality's good, after all, it's OEM stuff :)

Chaoz said...

leong,in malaysia where can find those parts?

addy said...

hi, im thinking of buying a ford transit for my company use. i prefer 1997 or 1998 model. is it a good decision? i love the space inside. basically what are the problems that surface after 10yrs? about the engine.. is it possible to convert to toyota model? suggestion?

thank you.

leong soon said...

Hehe, ask me and I'll say go for a Transit over any Toyota or Nissan vans anytime, but I might be biased :D It's hard to get one in good condition nowadays.

Anyway, the Transit's really spacious, it's wide, the roof is high, and it handles well, very well. I don't think there's really much problem with ours even after 10 years of frequent use, apart from the starter switch failing to work sometimes, normally you just turn the key a second time and it will start, if it doesn't just install a secondary starter switch. I think we went through at least 3 alternators though, but maybe that's because our Transit's a bit loaded and requires 2 batteries to keep the entertainment equipment going, otherwise you should be fine I guess.

We had a minor overhaul a few years ago and that was it. Keep the fuel pump clean and you'll be happy too. Engine conversions are possible of course; I've driven one with a Nissan 2.7l engine dunked in, and another with a Toyota powerplant in it. Oh yeah, the plastic headlamps tend to become sun-damaged too after the years, not a problem if you know how to fix it or get replacement units, otherwise, rubber and plastic bits tend to last very long too; we haven't had the need to replace any rubber so far.

I've driven my fair share of MPVs and large vans, and trust me when I say there're only a few other vans I'll prefer over the Transit (the few being Citroens, Peugeots, or Fiats). The Transit's large alright, but it's very nimble, steering and gearshifts are very direct, parking is easy, very easy. The ones in Malaysia are diesels though, so don't expect much acceleration-wise, brakes are a bit on the weak side too once you go over 140kph (about maximum), but with the van being so stable there's rarely the need to brake on those highway corners. The Transit's fuel economy is acceptable, 600+ kilometres on a full tank, highway travel. I think most commercial examples are selling for about RM2xxxx now, so a nice one might cost you a bit more, hope this helps, I'm just glad someone appreciate these old workhorses, I love em a lot, served us very well :)

iain said...

Hello Leong

You are welcome to join us here (if you Havent already!)

leong soon said...

Thanks for the offer Iain! As much as I'd love too I'd rather not join as my dad has sold the Transit recently, and I'm kinda sad about it. Maybe I will one day, when we get another Transit, I know I do want one! Until then, thanks to you all for keeping the Transit spirit alive!

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krzysiek said...

I'm Polish. I need to buy the white light to the Ford Transit.
In Europe, there are no such.
Please help me.
Please address online store where they buy the lamp.
Please contact me via email


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Ivy Ho said...

hello,where can i find those parts in malaysia?

leong soon said...

Hi Ivy! Sorry but you probably can't find them here; we bought these parts from China and brought it back on our own. If you have anybody who can help you bring them back, it's worth the trouble though! It's been 8 years since we did the facelift, and the parts, especially the headlamp lenses are still in very good condition!

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