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bas saph

Ive bought the car to take to Traxs next month.

Im looking for some second hand parts to buy or borrow.

Decat pipe or a old cat pipe I can cut about

Im based in Basildon Essex

Im also after front 60mm lowering springs on correct shocks Rears as well but only if get fronts.

Alternatively some RUBBER COIL SPRING SPACERS ASSISTERS

Im currently stripping anything not required to save on weight.  so far Ive lost 33 kilos :)

I do have an idle hunting issue.  unplugging the Maf didnt make any difference.

Ive also removed tape player and fitted cd player.  I need tunes lol.

Ive got a front upper strut to fit and will be making a rear one up.

Im also going to chav the rear lights by fitting Lexus style ones.

Only mod car come with is a stainless tail pipe welded on.

Boot pop doesnt work (no supprise there)

any advice on cheap tuning welcome :)

Ordered a tuning box.

??? Should I go with cone filter or panel filter.

???Is there a way to run on 102 ron.  Bearing in mind will have sports filter and decat for extra flow.

look forward to your replies cheers

jeebowhite

For the parts, the escort area is a little quiet, so you may struggle to find some on here, but ebay and scrapyards are the best bet.

 

As for the filter, cone just draws in hot air and wont give you any benefit, so stick with a standard panel filter, or go K&N.

 

As for the RON, I dont think you will see any benefit. The engine is old enough that it wont really give you any benefit if you could run it.

 

As for the tuning, start with a premium service, get the engine and cooling systems flushed, then refill with nice new parts, full service should give it a good spring of life.

 

With the idling issue, is it just erratic? it could be the ICV? otherwise, check all the hoses for any splits or small damage.

bas saph

Yep gonna service and fit performance panel filter.  Will clean icv if get chance.  might mix some fuel up then just to give it some extra combustion.  Ill check vacums for leaks and kinks.  its just irractic it sorts its self out and doesnt stall.

jeebowhite

checking the hoses is definately a good place to start.Otherwise, cleaning the ICV and the MAF sensors is a good place to start (just generally good practice :))

bas saph

Coolant, Power steering and brake fluid all sorted ready togo.  tuning box arrived, Managed to strip 36kilos in weight so far :)

??? to remove Front seats am I safe to unplug connectors to remove seats,  then refit and reconnect dont want anything going off on me lol.

jeebowhite

should be fine, what are the connectors for though? heated seats? should be fine to disconnect I would have thought, just make sure the ignition is off before you do it! :)

bas saph

hopeing to fit front strut today will add weight but should be more benificail over all, cd going in today and tuning box, door panels off and tails gate stripped.  As long as rain holds off.  

Then cant do nought till 31st when ill take out seats to get carpet and sound deading out and  rear belts out and refit front seats, get the oil and plugs done and batterys charged.  Then the wheels will come of and arch linings removed and all jet washed and wheels refitted.  Try and look at pipes and icv too. Then to strip as much as I can from engine bay and clean.  Vac out car and clean and wax exterior for better air flow. :)  weld in rear strutt.

 

On the 1st new Tax and 4 wheel alignment and balanceing and become my daily for a week :)

 

Got a rear spoiler not sure its really worth fitting though ???

 

rear number plate surround will come of on the day along with plates along with interior lights.

 

Anyone think off any thin else.

 

Not having much luck with lowering.

jeebowhite

I dont think there is much you can do with the spoiler, short of replace it with either a higher spec one from somewhere...

 

as for the lowering, you just need to find a suitable coilover / lowering spring kit, but as the age of the car shows, they dont have as many parts these days for them...

 

If its just weight your trying to get rid of, you could remove the panels from all around the car, that will lose some weight, and replace the spare tyre with possibly a spacesaver kit? otherwise, short of removing things like AC (if it has it) or doing some heavy removal (check out this from FOCA: http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/42441-my-mondeo/) that might give you a few ideas :)

bas saph

Theres no spoiler on there but I do have one ;)

I'll peak at that thread, got the Front strutt brace fitted and removed the door panels ect, not weighed it up yet.  Air box gone makeing up feed from front of car with filter. replummed vent pipe.

Checked hoses all seem fine.  Plugs are well used so need to get a set. Just waiting for freind to fit box.

Battery and alternator all good.  Cd player fitted :)

bas saph

spare wheel already gone lol.  will have with me in support car

bas saph

Tunning box fitted :)

Got a pair of cams 1.8 genuine ford not sure what spec :( seems inlet is 130hp but rings in diferrent place for any pattern i know on exhaust

 

jeebowhite

Afraid that level of modification is well over my head ;) sounds like its all going rather well otherwise!

bas saph

lol no prob.  gonna look up cams again tomorrow found some numbers on line.  Been away all weekend  MY Dog got 5th place in his annaul competition. 9 places up on last year :)

jeebowhite

not bad going, did you get any financial reward for his position? more cash for the motor that way :p

bas saph

no unfortunalty just a large fuel bill lol and found 2 faults with my rover lol 1 the tailgate doesnt open far enough you hit head 2 the clutch starts to cook in stop start traffic  was 4 solid miles but even so.

jeebowhite

lol, are you keeping that as your runaround car then?

bas saph

bmws 323i is  my main drive,  Rovers my second car.

bas saph

cant find cam identity :(

bas saph

Track slag getting there. 
Sunday Dust over and clear up and weigh stuff
Monday night will glass polish
Tuesday polish dash and tyres
Doesnt look like cams or de-cat are getting done.
Shes all washed and vacummed and taped lol. About to go out and take rub polish off.

bas saph

some pics

jeebowhite

Looking good! if I was you, I was invest in some lighter wheels, that will give you one heck of a difference on performance!

bas saph

Its only for about 1/2 use so didnt want to spend much car will be for sale in two weeks.  Ordered new spark plugs just about to finish valating and good news I can Tax her tomorrow :)  

jeebowhite

Not bad going! looking forward to the finished product!

bas saph

finish valating tomorrow and tax, rear stut Wens plugs when they get here.  found a split cv gaiter so might have to buy one tomorrow and fit thurs night.

bas saph

Petrol too lol. tomorrow as gauge dont even move lol

jeebowhite

lol always good to have some juice!

bas saph

opps shes smoking O sorry that the tyres lol.  Petrol tax and cleaned.  just about to order cv gaiter :)  roll on tomorrow night get that rear strutt made up

jeebowhite

sounding like its going to be one heck of a fine motor by the time you have ripped it apart!

 

Whats the total cost so far then ? for the car and parts?

bas saph

sounding like its going to be one heck of a fine motor by the time you have ripped it apart!

 

Whats the total cost so far then ? for the car and parts?

car £230

Fuel £5

fuel £15

cv gaiter £4

valating materials £5

spark plugs £6

Tax £225

log book £25

Strut brace I had (£30)

cd player I had (£30)

Tuning box £10

cause I couldnt tax in time i didnt get tracking/alignment and balancing done £20 via mate but to be honest Iv had 110 and its pretty spot on :)

weeks insurance £42

Cams where on loan but cause I couldnt identify one of them didnt do them and ecu wasnt worth doing with cams.  Ecu £35.

rear strut making from scrap metal pole and free welding stick.

bas saph

spark plugs arrived anyone know correct gap please ??? :)

jeebowhite

not bad price all in all for what you got, and unfortunately I dont know the gap distance

Is this any help? http://passionford.com/forum/technical-help-q-and-a/289558-escort-stuttering-spark-plug-gap-help.html

bas saph

not bad price all in all for what you got, and unfortunately I dont know the gap distance

Is this any help? http://passionford.com/forum/technical-help-q-and-a/289558-escort-stuttering-spark-plug-gap-help.html

link wont open :(

jeebowhite

This is a quote from Sambo 170588 on the site, this is in relation his escort

 

thanks for the help m8 , but i do have to ask.. it says in my haines
manual that the SP gap is 1.0mm or .039thou what makes u say its 1.6 iam
only asking because thisafternoon i changed the plugs there were 3
motorcraft ones that wernt even the right sort for an escort zetec and
there was 1 ngk in good nick so i bought 3 more checked the gap to
1.00mm now the car runs
ok but its got no power whatsoever thru the gears and sumtimes on idle
it DROPS to 500 then UP to say a 1500 then back down till nearly
stalling and it does this untill i either turn it off and on or rev the
car. its realy pissing me off now ive spent 850 on car 575 on knew
valves etc and now more money its just starting to take the pisss lol
:@:@ any help with the bloody problem ov mine is much appriciated thanks
for any help ive been given to

bas saph

This is a quote from Sambo 170588 on the site, this is in relation his escort

sounds good to me I was going 0.045  but I think thats For different plugs

jeebowhite

not sure, if you email the manufacturer, they can tell you their recommended gap size.

bas saph

Just put her on weigh bridge 1040kg (approx 20kilos of fuel) + 140 for me and passenger on track = 1180 kilos 

0-60 mph is me and car so that will be just shy 1105 less some fuel about 15kilos after track sesion. = 1090 kg

Aiming for 8.5 sec 0-60 depending on wind but will be happy with sub 9 secs off course got to get launch right :)

bas saph

running around 104bhp per ton on track and 112bhp per ton on strip  

bas saph

re strutt welded in.  re washed and fueled up just need to take the wax off :)

bas saph

NO 0-60 time they wasnt doing them this year :(

top speed 125 on slight incline but Hit 135 on speedoe before bootled it due to looming bend

Car performed great cruised to silverstone and back nearly run out of petrol though lol.  got a tow from lorry drag round m25 for 6 miles.

The car suffered major traction issues or was that just my heavy right foot lmao.

Car will be forsale Tuesday ;)  enquerys ???

bas saph

car sold

bas saph

Strutt braces and cd radio and rear spoiler are for sale though

bas saph

average speed round silverstone 70.24 mph  lap time 1m 25secs best 1min 22sec in escort with front and rear strutts as mods. (interior = passenger) (tuning box prob = loss of hp over 16 years lol)

jeebowhite

Not bad going at all!

bas saph

some pics

jeebowhite

Did you make a profit when you sold her?

bas saph

Did you make a profit when you sold her?

Cost me £265 sold for £260  so no profit last year I bought car for £300 sold for £400.  still £5 cant complain. cheap rental lol

bas saph

Sold the cd player today £30  :)  paid for photo and entrance 

jeebowhite

thats not bad at all then!



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