How has 2019 been for you car-wise? It’s been good as well as frustrating from my side, especially with my Mondeo ST. The engine is running great – thanks in part to a K&N filter fitted earlier this year – but the rest of the car is in a bit of a state.

Recently, I’ve had a brake caliper that keeps snagging and therefore generating a lot of heat (and wear). And I think the starter motor for the V6 isn’t disengaging quick enough, leading to a nasty rattle when you haven’t started the car up for a few days. These are easy fixes, but it’s annoying to have to add them to a list of multiple dings and scrapes and stuff that just doesn’t feel 100 percent right.

We’ve recently featured the car on the DriveTribe YouTube channel however, and you guys are loving it, having voted in a pole to tell us what the next steps with it should be. You lot have voted for it to be fully restored, so be prepared for plenty content coming early in 2020 about this car being rescued back to a factory fresh state.

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Knowing that this work is on the table now has me champing at the bit to get stuck in with stripping off the bodywork and repairing all its little blemishes to make it one of the cleanest ST200s in the country.

My plans have been on the back burner for basically the whole of 2019, but finally 2020 should see them come to fruition. Wheels, some light power mods and a proper paint job should cover most of it, but it needs tweaks to its brakes and suspension to make it as good a car as I know it can be. So my New Year’s resolution is to have a minter of a Mondeo by the end of the year.

In fact, I want to have it all done and dusted by March or April if things work out. How hard can it be?

And then what? Well, if you guys enjoy the restoration content, we’ll need to look for another bigger and better project to get stuck into. I have a few specific cars in my mind, but I’ll keep those to myself for now.

I want to hear from you guys, though, have you done the same as me and sat on your laurels this year, leaving a shedload of work to do in 2020?

If so, tell us what you have planned with your car next year, be it a full restoration, a string of modifications or simply maintaining it to be the best daily it can be. I look forward to seeing what you guys have in store for your motors!

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