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Mk2 Zetec 2 Door - now with makeover

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2013/08/03 10:14:56 (permalink)
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Mk2 Zetec 2 Door - now with makeover

I'm sure most of you will recognise this as Whooligan's old car. I bought it almost a year ago now and am finally getting around to starting a thread about it.
 
When I bought it, it was as is in the first photo, with standard brakes and suspension and an internally stock Zetec. I got straight on to gutting the underside of the car and put some Capri coilover struts and alloy hubs in the front with single leafs and Bilstein shocks in the rear.
 
As far as brakes go, I've gone down the twin Wilwood master cylinder pedal box route with vented and slotted rotors + Wilwood 4 pot calipers. I've left the drums in the rear for the time being, and am looking in to options there.
 
Also installed a quick rack for sh!ts and giggles.
 
The Zetec will stay internally standard for the time being also, it won't break any speed records but it should be a bit of fun at least.
 
Anyway, it's only a couple of weeks away from being on the road now, currently getting brake pipes and stainless hoses made up, so I should have the car back on Wednesday, then will go in for a mod plate for the engine conversion and rego after that.
 
I haven't really gotten a great deal of work done on it considering it's nearly been a year, but I have little free time these days between work and gigs/touring, but I'm sure I'm not the only one!
 
Here are some random pictures. Ignore the 4x4 spec ride height, haven't set any of the suspension up yet.
 

 

 

 

 

 

post edited by Juiceman - 2017/05/16 08:57:28

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    Mk2_2dr_2L
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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/08/03 13:32:59 (permalink)
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    Hi Josh,
     
    Looking good, should be a bit of fun too!
     
    Cheers.
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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/08/03 17:08:34 (permalink)
    +1 (1)
    about time this happened, 
     
    looks awesome on the 8's with the 175/50's, has it got a 5 speed. If not ull realise why i ask when you first drive it...
    will look good once you drop it and get those fronts out a bit wider.
     
    zetec is begging for a sneaky little turbo on that exhaust side, that'll liven it up a touch.

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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/08/03 18:23:42 (permalink)
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    love it agreed a snail will help this be alot more fun...
     
     


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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/08/05 07:28:54 (permalink)
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    About time u started a thread!
    Looks mint man will hav to bring it down to my workshop wen its done and take me for a strap in it!

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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/08/05 07:30:23 (permalink)
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    About time Juiceman!
    Looking good.
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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/08/05 13:53:22 (permalink)
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    awsome look. more pictures required
     
    cheers
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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/08/05 20:00:04 (permalink)
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    Nice :) The colour and decals really suit it. Can I ask which inserts you used for the capri struts?
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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/08/05 20:12:38 (permalink)
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    Thanks gents. Yeah there is plenty of room for a little snail, I've got no immediate plans for engine mods so it could always be on the cards at some stage.
    The decals were one of the first things to come off the car actually, they had a few bubbles in them.
    Inserts are Gaz. I've got no idea how it's going to steer really, just will have to wait and see. The springs might not be firm enough, but they're cheap enough to replace if I don't like them!

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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/08/14 12:50:30 (permalink)
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    Thanks to some super dodgy welding on the sump, I'll be pulling the motor out in the next couple of days to have a crack repaired.
    Pretty disappointing because I was about a week or two out from rego, but sh!t happens.

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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/08/14 15:12:15 (permalink)
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    Should buy my turbo and put it on... Ill go bigger lol

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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/08/25 16:33:17 (permalink)
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    I've had a chance to pull the motor out and there's quite a lot of work to be done, not only with the sump. I've decided I will most likely replace the sump altogether as it's basically a piece of junk to put it simply. It's been cut and shut that many times that I can't bring myself to cut and shut it again to repair it.
     
    The water rail will probably also be replaced, it's not the greatest.
     
    I'm taking to the inside of the intake manifold runners with a die grinder, because they are some of the worst put together things I've seen in my life. Pigeon sh!t welds everywhere, they would flow horribly.
    It's also an excuse to clean up the throttle body, it's covered in pigeon sh!t welds too.
     
    The big kick in the guts is the gearbox is fairly shagged, the input shaft has about 2mm of play in all directions and the gears all need replacing. So I'm doing an unexpected 5spd conversion.
     
    These things happen when buying an unfinished project. I can't complain though, because I was only weeks away from rego, and if I didn't have to pull the motor out I would've been putting the car on the road with a dodgy gearbox and it could've let go at any time, leaving me stranded. My mother always told me things happen for a reason, hahaha.

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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2013/12/08 20:40:43 (permalink)
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    Great looking car
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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2014/02/23 15:22:26 (permalink)
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    Nice ride in the middle of the same project, looking for engineer for the mods now any one know one in Sydney west?
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    Re: Mk2 Zetec 2 Door 2014/03/19 16:40:57 (permalink)
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    hi mate 
    what inlet manifold are you using
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