Ok this may help,
1. Go to User CP (first button under the Ford Forums Banner)
2. Go to "Edit Options"
3. Scroll Down to the Avatar settings
4. Select a pic for your Avatar don't wan't to sound computerish but the pic needs to be a maximum of 75 x 75 pixels max or else it won't load.
Yeah must admit to be being abit of a traditionalist in my avatar, i just de-sized a photo with no mods to it. I haven't changed my avatar since day one as i believe everyone will recognise my post with the orange xr8 sequential.