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fitting double din stereo query

22 August 2009 - 07:38 AM

Not sure if anyone will know the answer to this but here goes.... I've got an r reg 1.8 55d escort van, when I wanted to use my old car stereo from my honda civic in this van I had to buy one of those fascia adapter things that blank of the space left underneath the single din stereo but those adapters are crap and break easily and mine broke and the stereo never stayed in place securely so couldnt wait to buy a double din stereo so that I wouldnt have to !Removed! about with adapters to secure it.
My fathers day present from the mrs and kids was a double din stereo from ebay (brand new in box), well chuffed but went to fit it in the van the other day and found it was the right size in width but not in height :o :(
I think im gonna have to cut away the plastic strip that runs across the middle of the double din opening in the dash to get the stereo in, that's not much of a problem, its an old van so doesn't matter really, the problem is - I need to get a cage/fitting kit of some sort so that it fits in neatly, and secures the whole stereo somehow from within the inside of the dash.
Anyone suggest any ideas, maybe someone has done this before and knows what kit I need or suggest a way of bodging it in there that will work just as well?


buying a ford escort td engine :S

26 July 2009 - 01:35 PM

Hi, my old van is struggling since I put 17" wheels on it. I thought it would just slow the acceleration but improve top speed but it turns out that its just plain slow lmao. Its a 1.8 55d r reg and as you know they are slow at the best of times! so I'm thinking of maybe putting a 1.8 - 2ltr turbo lump in it to even things up a bit. Would it be a straight forward swap of engines e.g just take the old one out and put the turbo one in its place and reconnect all the hoses and everything back up? I'd probably have to change the gearbox for one from a turbo engine wouldnt I?

Lastly, how much would I get a used or recon one for and wheres a good place to buy from?


new lower arm, R reg escort van

29 June 2009 - 07:30 PM

had to try and replace a worn out bush on the drivers side so bought the whole arem to put in there. Can you tell me hoe to get the !Removed! thing on there? I bolted the arm up through the sub frame but when I tried to get the spindle from the ball joint end of the arm into the hole, it would reach, I checked the part was the same as the old one and it looks identical. Also tried putting the spindle in first and then bolting through the subframe but with the spindle in place the other holes wouldnt line up. Cheers

longer wheel studs

22 January 2009 - 07:59 AM

Ello..... I've ordered some long wheel studs from ebay, also ordred some 5mm wheel spacers and spigots so I can put my 17" alloys on the van. Is it hard to get the old studs out? it mentioned somewhere about presssing them out but a diy mechanic should be able to do it with no probs....is this correct?? thanks

advice on rear brake problem

20 January 2009 - 02:23 PM

Hi, not been on here for a while cos I thought my van has been ok for a while, but I went for the MOT yesterday thinking I would be coming out with a shiny new MOT sheet with maybe a few mentions on the advice sheet but in fact it failed pretty miserably from simple things like number plate bulbs to serious welding around the rear suspension mounts and also the passenger side seat belt anchorage which had also rusted quite badly :(

There is also a problem with the offside rear brake application being uneven, I stayed with the van throughout the MOT so I saw him do the brake test with that machine with what appears to be a brake resistance meter (big dial with numbers and a pointer), I noticed each test the pointer got up to about 6 - 7 on the dial but one of the tests on the o/s rear hardly managed to get 2 (whatever it was, was a lot lower than the rest.

My van has disks at the front and drums at the rear, what advice could you give me here please, is there things I can do to sort it out or will I have to get a new drum brake. If there is a way of sorting it could you explain, thx all ;)