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RE: my Escorts 2010/02/05 17:28:13 (permalink)
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well now the 2 door is painted

( was stressing out about getting it done before the cold weather came to stay) i could turn my attention why the daily was running like $hiit.

it still ran but lacked power (got me to work. thats about all it did lol). turned out it was a burnt inlet valve on no3 cylinder.

soo off came the head and i replaced it with the one i removed from the 2 door. slightly bigger valves and double springs. its nice having 4 cylinders again haha.

anyway went for a drive today. found this little place. dunno where i was but there were a few very quiet intersections that the escort took to very nicely ;)




really needs fatter wheels to fill the guards and lower it abit. maby if i find some spare cash thats not getting thrown into the 2 door i will do it.
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RE: my Escorts 2011/10/03 21:28:47 (permalink)
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bit of an update
green 2 door is still in the build. slowest build in history.
 
the blue 4 door has gone. the silver 4 door has gone.  i actually only had one esky for a while there.
 
now have a yellow 1600 esky daily


 
another blue 4 door which i got off this forum. some may recognise it


 
and how the green one looks now



 
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RE: my Escorts 2011/10/06 18:58:41 (permalink)
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krt10 
another blue 4 door which i got off this forum. some may recognise it
 

 
Ah.. so that's where it ended up. What's the report on it? What have you done, and what plans do you have for it?

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RE: my Escorts 2011/10/06 19:39:41 (permalink)
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price was too good not to have a look. so i took a day off work and drove to Melbourne.  ended up getting it and towing it home that night.   it wouldnt start properly. had to disconnect sensors or squirt fuel into the manifold to get it to run.the seller thought it was faulty ECU, i took a educated guess that it wasnt.  after a bit of searching around it turned out to be a faulty TPS. thought it was full throttle all the time.  so it starts now and drives.  havnt driven it much. only around the block a few times. has a few oil leaks and needs a tune but over all im happy with it. it looks like all the mods have been done pretty well.
 
as for plans im thinking about trying to rego it. ive got approval from sa roads but still needs a bit of work, like ill have to put a standard ecu back in and change a few other things. still going thru the process of figuring out what ill do. it all comes down to money haha.
 
thought id add a pic of the interior

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RE: my Escorts 2011/10/07 16:19:47 (permalink)
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EFI ay. So what's under the hood?
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RE: my Escorts 2011/10/08 22:13:09 (permalink)
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krt10 it looks like all the mods have been done pretty well.

as for plans im thinking about trying to rego it. ive got approval from sa roads but still needs a bit of work, like ill have to put a standard ecu back in and change a few other things. still going thru the process of figuring out what ill do. it all comes down to money haha.

I went had a look at it at the time it was for sale, not that i had plans to buy it, just wanted to check it out (sorry Nizcort) and I have to say the same. looked to be well built/engineered, but lacked maintenance (but this was pointed out by previous owner). Was impressed with the engine installation, and how well it was installed and sat in the bay at the correct driveline angles. Nothing like any other SR into Escort conversions I have seen. Looked dead set factory.
 
Have a look at the pic's below and you'll see the engine sits way too high on other SR in Escorts I have seen.
 
 
 
 

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RE: my Escorts 2011/10/11 11:04:47 (permalink)
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yeah i does look like it belongs in there.  the sump hangs down with the x member though. but its infront so itll be the first thing to go if i hit a bump. ill have do make up a good sump guard for it. i dunno if thats common with sr conversions though.
also the steering hasnt been altered. all factory which is really good. again i dunno if thats common on sr conversions.
 
as for maintenance. it could use some. has a few oil leaks, probably needs a good going over. im a mech by trade so thats not too much of an issue, finding time is though haha. it all runs and works though. very fun to drive too :)
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RE: my Escorts 2011/10/12 08:05:59 (permalink)
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That engine does sit low and flat (more than most SR conversions). My guess is it has either a custom crossmember, dropped steering rack, modified sump, or all the above.
I would love to see a pick from underneath, sounds like some interesting custom work has gone on down there.
 
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RE: my Escorts 2011/10/12 16:07:42 (permalink)
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from what I saw, the bottom of the oil pan was exactly level with the bottom of the crossmember, and doesn't hang lower. that is spot on, perfectly fine and shouldn't need any sump guard. I took a pic of the sump area, but I won't post it as it's upto the current owner if he wants them posted.. ha ha.. because others might get "funny ideas.." LOL! Someone paid big dollars to make sure it was done right. And the steering was as per factory, nothing was altered and no spacers, ect. Sump was modified is all I will say. 
 
Pic below of the standard S13 180SX SR sump.

 
And a high capacity oil pan fixed to same car and engine.

 
As you can see, both are pretty much level with the bottom of the crossmember.

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RE: my Escorts 2011/11/23 23:08:30 (permalink)
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yeah it does sit pretty level with the x member.   havnt touched it yet as i want to finish off my 2 door track car befor i do anything major with this.   i did trade plate it into work so i could give it a service and a clean. came up well :)

 

 
and its home

 
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RE: my Escorts 2011/11/24 00:14:11 (permalink)
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The paint came up nice :-D
When you say fun to drive, how much fun exactly? Being a mechanic, would you think it worthwhile doing this conversion? Or for a non mechanic, spending 10K getting it done.
 
 
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RE: my Escorts 2011/11/24 22:20:55 (permalink)
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its the most fun car ive driven. when it hits boost its awsome. its only running 7psi so not much either.  it has a 2 stage boost controller but i havnt felt the need to flick the switch yet.  i
ts not the most powerful car ive ever driven but it puts a very big smile on my face and thats a winner in my books.
 
having said that the 2 door is still more exciting, even though i havnt finished it yet, because im building it the way i want a escort. it should stop and turn way better than the 4 door. i cant wait to drive that for the first time
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RE: my Escorts 2011/11/24 23:37:51 (permalink)
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Nice :-) Thanks for sharing those observations. I can't wait to see the 2 door going either mate! It's such a solid project
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RE: my Escorts 2012/03/29 20:33:44 (permalink)
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haha wow some nice cars there. i wish i had the room that you have, i would have plenty of nice old cars lol. 
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Re:my Escorts 2012/10/16 20:11:28 (permalink)
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got a update from all my cars.
 
firstly with the green 2 door. been updating that in the project section but ill add it here too.
it now runs, has been on the dyno and took it out to a track day. was good to actually drive the thing but i had a few issues.
 
firstly i went to start it for the first session and it decided to strip some teeth off the starter pinion.  typical it would happen then, it had started fine at home everytime and even that morning when loading it on the trailer.
so the car had to be roll started all day. not that the day lasted all that long as it was dropping fuel pressure going thru the fast kink and when at full throttle. so i putted around at 75% trying just get a few laps in to test everything out.
only did about 8 laps before deciding to call it quits. was no point staying out just puttering around.
 
got it home and ripped the started out to find what the problem of the stripped pinion gears. a few emails were sent and a new one was on it s way which was excellent as the starter itself had only been used a handful of times.
 
as for the fuel pressure drop, im still using the starndard mk2 tank (no baffles) so fuel was running away from the pickup. even with a full tank.
so i am in the process of organizing a surge tank and fuel pump. would love a fuel cell but cant afford it at the moment. once thats done i can go out again and start playing around a bit more.
 
video of it on the dyno
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkMQp9R0hCs
 
and a run down my street
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTIBPnydXr8
 
with my mates ke70





 
 
On to the blue esky
its now back to legal height. ive fixed the oil leaks, tidyed it up, fitten standard BOV back on and starting to iron out a few things.
 
it has passed engineering tests
next up is emissions, then roadworthy. 
 hopefully it should be on the road in the next few months.
 
once on the road i will be getting rid of the wheels as im not a fan of 16s on escorts. then i will be just trying to make it look as un assuming as possible.... and of course just enjoying it.
 
i did take it to a small ford show. was a good day with some good people



 
 
 
a mate and i also bought this for $200

 
got it off a mates brother. its manual eb with about 400,000 on the clock
anyway we welded the diff and solid mounted the engine and took it to a local rally track for some club days and started doing this.

 
funny thing is its running bob jane all rounders (race tyres, of course) and is compleatly stock besides the diff and engine mounts. even still has full interior after a few rounds we have been beating some of the "proper rally cars" with dirt tyres, roll cages ect.  all just a bit of fun and for $200 its the best value ever.
 
video of one of the stages.
http://www.youtube.com/wa...4&feature=youtu.be
 
anyway that leads me onto my new daily. before rallying the eb i used to to tow some stuff. went alright at towing. i was looking for a tow car at the time to tow the green esky when its done. ive never really been into the bigger fords like falcons but i figured it could be a cheaper option than a ute for towing.
i found a eb and sold my yellow esky (never thought id sell and esky for a falcon)

which was really hard to do as i loved that car. was such a good daily, i took it everywhere and it never missed a beat. but its gone to a good home by the sounds of it.
its manual, is nice and clean, but has a FG engine under the hood. got it for a good price ( much cheaper than any ute i was looking at) and the thing tows really well. makes 190kw atw with only headers,hi flow cat and a tune.  its nice to drive and does what i need ot to do but i still miss my 1600 esky. least soon ill have one to drive around again.

 
the engine bay does need a tidy up

 
 
 
so thats my cars at this stage. ive successfully kept myself broke.
 
enjoy
post edited by krt10 - 2012/10/16 20:16:11
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