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1989 Ford Festiva for 24 hours of Lemons

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  • 1989 Ford Festiva for 24 hours of Lemons

    Hey all, I am new to the forum, and new to the Festiva as well. A week or so ago, I started to gain an interest in the 24 hours of Lemons race and I was able to get some of my crew involved. We started to look around for a car that would fit our budget, and that could be a sleeper at the same time, and we came across a 1989 Festiva, which is why I am here now.

    The car will run if you put gas in the carburetor, but the fuel lines aren't hooked up at this time and the fuel pump doesn't seem to be working. I haven't confirmed if it is a wiring issue or if it is a pump issue yet, but I am leaning toward it being a wiring issue.

    Hopefully the fact that I will be using this in a lemons race doesn't get me shunned from this forum. After looking around at some other Festivas' that have been worked on, modified, or kept clean, they seem like a great car. I'm hoping for more of the same. I want to get it running good, clean it up, and get it race ready.

    All of that being said, does anyone have any suggestions for cheap ways to modify the car? The engine is the 1.3l carbureted engine, and I would like to stick with that engine if possible. What are some of my options for suspension? Brakes?

    I am not new to turning wrenches, I was a mechanic for 8 years and have done a lot as far as repairs and diagnosing goes, but my expertise was never in carbureted cars, or in modifying cars.
    Anything that y'all might have to offer would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks guys and gals,