|07-26-2016 11:17 PM|
Currently, we are less than a week (hopefully) to the start of my sedan's ST drivetrain swap but in the meantime there's some other exciting news!
My sedan and eglove's new Fiesta ST are the newest fifteen52 Project ST cars! Moving ahead, updates on their progress will be documented on the Project ST site in addition to my blog. We're very proud and excited about this!
fifteen52: Project ST | Focus STedan ? Welcome To The Party
|07-08-2016 11:13 PM|
Apart from what I need for the drive train swap, there arenít many parts that I intend to save from Ketchup. There was only one small piece from the exterior that I removed for myself, and almost all of the interior will (hopefully) be sold off too. It would be cool to have a full ST3 interior in the car but because of the rewiring needed for it I donít wish to go that far with the conversion, and I also want to sell more off to help recover what the car cost.
The two largest interior pieces that I set aside for myself were the rear door panels, and a couple of days ago I had a bit of free time so I decided to throw them in.
Swapping the door panels in these cars is a super fast and easy process so this wonít be a long post Ė I also only photographed one side as the other was against the wall in the garage so lighting wasnít the best, and itís the same anyway.
This is what I had from day one; my front door panels have fabric inserts but the rears were 100% plastic which honestly felt a little cheap. It wasnít the biggest annoyance in the world since they were in the back but seeing as I had the opportunity to swap them out, I took it.
To remove the panel I started by popping out the little plastic cover behind the door handle. A T20 Torx bit then undid the small screw. Important note Ė Donít lose those little plastic covers! Theyíre surprisingly expensive from the dealer.
Next the door handle/window switch panel had to be removed. These pop out (straight up) with a little help from a trim removal tool. Doing this exposes the second and third screws.
Those are the only three screws that hold on the panels so at this point I could start working around the edge with another trim removal tool and one by one pop out the clips. I kept the door handle hooked up and removed it from the panel since itís super easy to do so Ė only three little tabs hold it on. Popping one or two out will release enough pressure to remove the whole handle.
Here we see the old and Ďnewí door panels side by side, being on the left and right respectively.
Looking at the backside of the ST panel shows the backing and some of the padding for the fabric insert, and another (smaller) difference.
As I compared the two panels I found one change which I wasnít expecting to. On my original panels, this white clip sat approximately where it is shown here, but on the ST panels it sits higher up, where the red circle is. The white bracket behind the insert doesnít exist on my SE panels and meant that the clip was obviously nowhere near lining up with the hole in the door, instead sitting where the foam barrier was.
I found this a little odd as I didnít see why Ford would make two separate doors for different models, so I explored a little further. Underneath the foam barrier was the corresponding hole on the door which the clip would line up with were it installed in the ST panel, but on my car that hole already had a clip in it, from inside the door. I assume it was to hold wiring or something in place, so I left it alone and opted to simply omit this clip from the door panel.
One missing clip doesnít affect the fitment of the panel so leaving it out doesnít really matter. I could go as far as to remove the clip from that hole in the door, switch to the foam barriers from the ST, and utilize that last clip on the panel, but I donít really see the point to be honest.
Now, I always go on about not overlooking details and there are two others here that I should point out and quickly discuss; first, the fabric used for the insert does not quite match that of my front door panels. Itís something that will likely never even be noticed but regardless they are different. Second is the fact that the tweeters are currently not hooked up as my original door harnesses donít accommodate them; that will be dealt with whenever the audio is upgraded. As for the inserts, I ultimately intend to recover them all so I needed the factory fabric pieces as a starting point.
I knew that putting the door panels in like this would result in them not being 100% done by my standards but itís so fast and easy to swap these that I donít mind having to take them off again down the road. For now my interior is just a little nicer, and the inserts and wiring can be projects for another day.
|06-27-2016 10:00 PM|
The drive train has been pulled from Ketchup!
Since the engine and transmission came out I have removed the engine's wiring harness and thanks to Kyle Deyoung I now have a replacement fuse box and engine bay harness since both of those were damaged in the collision.
Today Mario (the owner of the ST) and I spent a couple of hours stripping it down further, removing many interior pieces such as the door panels and center console. There isn't too much left to remove before the shell goes away, so hopefully it won't be long before we can call it done.
|06-03-2016 02:13 AM|
Ketchup's part out thread: http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/v...-focus-st.html
The drive train should be pulled out next week. It'll be time to start getting new parts soon!
|05-31-2016 10:46 PM|
|Jburks||nice! I want a FiST bad!|
|05-31-2016 04:28 PM|
Meet Ketchup's successor, Sriracha!
|05-27-2016 04:03 AM|
|Arco-Zakus||^^^ I "liked" that you shared that information, NOT that Ketchup came to that end. (For anyone who is superstitious, maybe the name was unfortunate from the beginning?)|
|05-26-2016 09:35 PM|
Swapping the engine of the sedan was always the plan, but it all depended on when we could find a suitable donor.
After Ketchup was hit, and it was determined that the damage was too severe to fix, we began waiting to find out what buyback would be. The number was reasonable so I took it and now I have started pulling the car apart.
The engine was fairly heavily modified but naturally some components were destroyed in the crash, so it may start its life in the sedan at a lower level of tune than it was in the ST. Fortunately all of the stock components were kept so they can be reinstalled if no new aftermarket parts replace them.
We've already had a lot of support from friends and shops to see the swap through which has been a big help. I have a somewhat ambitious deadline set in my mind for when I'd like to have the swap done, but I'll postpone it if I don't feel that everything is set as we get closer to it.
I've submitted the part out thread for Ketchup which is waiting on approval now, and I'll provide a link in this thread once it's up. I've opted for the drivetrain-only conversion so a lot of the car will be up for sale.
More as it happens!
|05-26-2016 09:08 PM|
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|05-26-2016 09:06 PM|
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