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#221 User is offline   d170sam 

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 08:44 PM

The light at the end of the tunnel is barely visible lol, lots of work to do yet!
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 05:54 PM

Few more parts have arrived and a bit more work done today:

Picked up some new Ford bits: anti-freeze, coil pack, oil filter, Cam and Crank sensors

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New Ford coil pack looks pretty cool

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Fitted

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Some special break-in engine oil and Quaife approved gearbox oil

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Parts for new exhaust system have arrived: Sports CAT, centre and back box, as well as 4x 3" V-Band connectors (il now be running a full 3" stainless system from the turbo back

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started making up some of the fuel lines, here is a little how to guide:

wrap them in masking tape and cut through with a 0.8mm cutting disc

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assembly tools and parts ready

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disassemble the fitting

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push on one end

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put the olive on the tool and jam it in the end of the hose

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Push in the other end as far as it can go

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ta-daa!!

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Here are the hoses fitted roughly in their final positions in the boot (still need to drill holes for the bulkhead fittings to run the hoses under the car and to the fuel tank but you'll get the rough idea)

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 09:13 AM

They look robust clamps.
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Posted 22 August 2017 - 02:39 PM

Got my gearbox mount and gearbox shell back from vapour blasting, mmmmmmm shiny!

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I got on and did the most scary part so far today, I cut vents in the bonnet, there is something very sickening about sinking an angke grinder in to a carbon bonnet... anyway it turned out pretty good!

Made a little template for my Escort RS turbo vents

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Some highly technical marking out going on here

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After a lot of moving around and checking positions, i finaly settled on the final position, marked out on the bonnet, ready to cut

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Cut a little test hole to see how the cutting disc felt and how the edges looked

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Past the point of no return now...

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after lots of sanding of edges we have a reasonable fit

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I put a little guide coat of satin black on to see how they looked, i still need to make some proper mounts underneath but il leave that for the weekend now

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 06:24 PM

Two hard days of graft on my own done, doesnt look much but i have removed the front end panels (hood, wings, bumper) pulled out the current engine and gearbox, and today i have removed the wishbones, subframe and steering rack, it takes a whole lot longer when you don't have any air tools or an engine hoist!

stage one, get the panels off

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stage two, pull the engine and box, radiator, hoses

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small selection of now superfluous parts

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stage three, remove fuel lines, EVAP system wishbones and subframes and steering rack, I also made a start on removing the now redundant engine sensors

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next stage: finish removing engine sensors then power wash the bay. After that i can make a start masking stuff up to paint it, meanwhile il drop off the subframes, wishbones and various other parts for powder coating and send the rack off for an overhaul
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:11 PM

New parts arriving

New Hella fan

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Manifold has had its mounting faces skimmed

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Vibra-technics engine mount pressed in

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New track rod ends, wishbone ball joints, inner CV boots and rear wishbone bushes

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New OMP lower strut brace

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Also done some grafting, sanded back my bonnet, splitter and bonnet vents (they have now gone off for re-laquering and painting

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Also started getting rid on the now superfluous loom

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Picked up a couple new small gaskets from Mr Ford

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 06:07 PM

Got the gearbox rebuilt finally, i had the shell vapour blasted then i had it painted silver and the end cap powder coated black, I fitted the Quaife ATB differential after my mechanic friend pressed on the bearings for me, and fitted all new seals and gaskets, the box was brand new anyway so i didn't change the bearings, it was a bit tricky to get everything back where it should be but i'm pretty confident that its all as it should be

The parts:

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Diff in its new home

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lots of cogs

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All done and looking sweet

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Lots of things going on simultaneously at the moment, i also made a start on the engine bay masking up

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once that was done i got a first coat of etch primer on

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Also bolted on a couple of engine parts

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more updates very soon!!
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 08:40 PM

Did you have any rust on the spot welds on the engine chassis legs on the wheel arch side?
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:00 AM

a very superficial ammount, just cleaned it up and painted over it :)


got my steering rack back from its overhaul, Pupper is doing me a help

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Also managed a quick 1st coat of matt black this morning

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:27 PM

Bit more work done today, started fitting part back on, got the new wiring loom through to engine bay, also got the new heat shield fitted

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Also got to polishing some parts before refitting, also painted the inner CV housing and centre shaft

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Breather tank

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Lightning motorsport large bore throttle body added (powder coated and new bearings fitted by me)

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 07:40 PM

Lots more progress!!

Picked up the last lot of new parts from Ford: new ARB brackets, bonnet switch, gearbox speedo drive holder, all the bolts that hold the subframe, wishbones, rack ARB in situ

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Got all the parts back from the powder coaters, heres the subframe

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Wishbones (with new bushes pressed in, radiator/far support bar, upper strut brace ends as well as the FRP inlet support bracket and gearbox mount

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FRP carbon splitter sanded down and re-laquered

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Aux belt (non-aircon) fitted as well as the alternator

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Subframe now fitted

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ARB greaced up and fitted (with powerflex bushes)

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PAS rack in - note it has the adapter and Aeroquip fitting for the high pressure line from the pump

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All ready to go back in - its make or break time!!

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trust me i think i know what im doing.....

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just as i note i fitted the flywheel, clutch and gearbox too before i craned it in (sorry, no pic)

Aaaaaahhhhhhh yyyyeeeeaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Engine and box in, rad and fan fitted

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Nice and shiney!! also you can see the other aeroquip fitting for the PAS pump (now located at the front of the engine now the A/C in deleted)

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Delighted with my efforts (i did all the above in one day on my own, with out power tools too!)

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she's now been loaded up ad taken away for exhaust fabrication as well as hard pipes for the intercooler and airfilter, should be back in 7-10 days for me to finish off the last bits before the first start up!!!

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sorry for the long post (been too busy to update lol)
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Posted 19 September 2017 - 08:43 PM

Wow now that is progress, well done great achievement.
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Posted 22 September 2017 - 06:01 PM

More progress achieved, the car is half way through getting its exhaust, hard boost pipes and inlet pipe fabricated up, i've also been inspired with my new horn button to call the car megatron lol

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anyway here are some exhaust pics, its a full 3" system from the turbo back including v-band connectors throughout, a sports cat and 2x silencers almost identical in dimensions to the ones that were on te car before (Piper stainless system)

down pipe

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flexi pipe and sports cat

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mid section

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first silencer

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over the rear beam

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back box

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should have the car back tuesday (26th) then its finish up the last bits of wiring and tidying
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 12:40 PM

Picked up the bonnet from the body shop, looks nice and shiny now, the vent were gloss black but unfortunately the paint reacted when drying, so they got redone in matt black, i'm pretty happy with it, also had half hour free this AM so i cut and stuck on some heat shield material

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