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Old 07-27-2012, 11:28 PM   #1
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Talking So I admit it, I'm crazy....

After never TRULY figuring out what engine I wanted to put in my focus, I finally decided to part it out and get rid of it. Until tonight that is.

Just started thinking about it... I honestly don't want to get rid of my focus as it's still something I enjoy - not that it does anything useful for me right now. I could maybe make a couch out of it or something crazy, but I'm thinking about doing what any other sane person would do when they have trash. Combine it with other trash.


Problem 1: My boss has a 98 Chevy 2500 (or 1500) that he pulled the engine (5.7 vortec) from for a Jeep project. That empty shell has been sitting for a few years now, the truck, just collecting metal parts. Now here's the thing, he wants to get rid of it but to actually have it towed away he needs the title which he does not have. I do not want to get rid of my focus but I need somewhere else to put it.

Problem 2: I have a carbureted (converted 92 roller block) 350 v8 - something that spent a few months under the hood of the focus before coming back out - and it will bolt to the transmission still on the truck.

Solution: Plain and simple, get the drivetrain components mounted where they should be, test fit the focus body on frame and see what needs to be cut and where. Frame shortening will most likely happen. Not a problem because my welds are strong and it will probably never be a street vehicle ever again. (I do have my ways though...) I will probably just bolt the body to the frame. If I'm not comfortable with it, the whole thing will become a unibody.

End result: 4x4 focus, Chevy v8 base. Trash: compacted.



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Old 07-28-2012, 01:58 AM   #2
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Interesting? I would think if you were putting a focus body, onto a rolling frame, that the body would sit way high, and need to be almost molded around the frame rails to sit low enough to not look weird?

any though on that?
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:03 AM   #3
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yes, I figure it would sit pretty high, like a truck body with an illegal height of a body lift might look. one idea is to notch the frame quite a ways to sit the body lower but that might only be an inch... I could take it down more but I'll have to build the sides of the frame into more of a box to keep it strong. At that point the body might just get welded to the frame.

if it sits too high past the frame still, I'd probably end up bringing the frame through the body (cab) and covering it up with some sheet metal and maybe do the floor with rubberized undercoating.
I'd like to see 33x12.50 wrangler MT/Rs on it though. those are pretty cool.

I will have to open the wheel arches by cutting the bumpers at a wider angle. I can find a way to adapt the steering linkage. since its carbed, engine control is cake. I may have to get a transmission and transfer case from an older pickup that is non computer controlled. Dash and fuse panel wiring would be untouched with a little bit of Modding to supply power to the fuel pump and hei distributor with key on.

radiator can be angled if necessary.
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:24 AM   #4
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:32 AM   #5
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yeah that's pretty much the idea... though I admit I may want to build a plate bumper front and rear, and rock sliders down the side. make it very aggressive looking.
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I say if you got the time, energy, and skills. Why not. But one thing I would say is to build it with a purpose in mind. Like rock crawling, mudding, or something like that, that you will be able to enjoy when it's done.
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