|01-11-2017 06:48 PM|
|01-05-2017 07:31 PM|
|01-05-2017 07:04 AM|
|SPIinDisguise||Shoulda had the knob say SE on it...Looks good though.|
|01-05-2017 01:41 AM|
So...I wasn't expecting this to arrive so soon!
So as mentioned in the previous post I recently won a shift knob from SS Tuning. I had a few different options to choose from and opted for a gloss carbon fiber and leather shift knob, with a Tangerine Scream trim ring and yellow ST logo. It came with a shift boot as well as a couple of decals.
I threw the knob on of course but the boot is currently out as I already have an alcantara boot (with silver stitching) to match the rest of my interior. The shift knob is definitely a welcome addition though! I'd wanted one of these for a while and I'm very happy to now have one!
|01-03-2017 06:34 PM|
|Twenty||With a lot of support from others in a little contest, I was able to win an SS Tuning shift knob for the car, which is on its way now. I really can't wait to get it and see what it's like in person.|
|12-08-2016 10:42 PM|
|12-08-2016 07:30 PM|
Earlier this year I made one super small change to the sedan that some people had questions about - a keyhole delete. I thought it was time that I shed some light on it.
I actually originally got this idea from the BMW E9x community as they use a very similar method to cover up their keyholes. I had the idea in the back of my mind for a little while but it wasn’t until I was pulling apart Ketchup (the donor ST) earlier this year that I decided to finally try it out and see if it’d work. The keyhole delete is actually just one of the blank pieces found on the other door handles — I removed one and happily found out that it did indeed fit with the driver’s door handle and kept everything functional (keyhole aside, obviously). This was one of those times where I was 99.9% sure it would work as hoped but still wanted to test it for confirmation. I then set one of the blanks aside for myself and had it colour-matched to the sedan, so that I’d have one additional little change for use at shows.
It's incredbly quick and easy to switch out the keyhole for the delete. Underneath the plastic plug on the edge of the door is a torx screw - undo it to release a locking mechanism holding the keyhole in place. Then simply switch it out for the delete, tighten the screw down again, and replace the plastic plug.
Of course however, the keyhole is there for a reason so make sure your battery is in good shape if you want to run without it! This is absolutely not the most practical modification out there, but it’s perfect if you’re looking for a quick and easy change to add that one extra detail to your car. I only use this for shows (and am very happy with the look) as for daily use I prefer having the actual keyhole in – just in case. With it being such a quick swap though, it barely adds any time to my show prep so it’s not an issue to keep switching the parts out.
|12-01-2016 03:58 PM|
This week the first real modification since the conversion happened; a Cobb Accessport!
Since the conversion the car had only been running a factory tune so I wasn't able to fully take advantage of the aftermarket parts it received from the ST - the intake, exhaust, and downpipe among others. Finally I was able to get an AP thanks to Rebel Devil Customs and wasted no time in loading the Stage 1 tune.
Unfortunately I can't go higher as I'm currently limited by the factory intercooler (the aftermarket unit was destroyed when the ST was hit) so that's next on my list as far as performance parts are concerned.
In the meantime though the Stage 1 map has made a very noticeable difference and I'm very happy to have extra gauges on the car now to monitor more parameters. Plus, it's just cool to have this thing sitting on the dash.
|11-23-2016 07:10 PM|
Alrighty! With the post on Project ST up I could also publish some additional photos and notes on my own site regarding the swap. If you haven't read the PST article, the link is in the post above this one and I ask that you please follow it if you're interested! For this post I'm going to copy and paste the entry from my site which was written to follow the PST entry.
With the Project-ST.com article now up it’s time for this one to go live too. For the sharing of the swap, the PST articles will be the main coverage with the bulk of the information, whereas this site’s will provide some additional info and a few more personal anecdotes and tales. Behind the scenes if you will…behind the scenes of behind the scenes? In any case, I hope they provide some extra insight into the process. It also will allow me to share more photos of the whole ordeal because with the number that I took, I don’t expect each and every one to wind up in the PST stories. Anything that gets left over will be shared here instead!
So yes, we (I) decided to begin the teardown with 16 days until Sunday School. There were of course many things to coordinate and not wanting to have the car in pieces longer than necessary the start date did get pushed back a little bit, leaving us a relatively small window to get the work done in. Seeing as how other conversions had been done faster though we were confident. Or stupid. You decide.
Either way, we committed to it and pulled the car apart very close to the show. In fact, one of the most common things I heard from friends when we ultimately revealed the car was “you guys worked FAST”. One even said — I believe it was Errol — that when he saw us start so late he was a little bit worried that we wouldn’t finish in time. There’s nothing like a looming (and immovable) deadline to keep you motivated though, right?
Teardown was pretty straight forward naturally because it was merely a matter of pulling pieces off, so we completed it in about a quarter of the total time it took to carry out the conversion. It also helped that we had a long weekend at the start of the whole process so we were able to really get stuck in and before long the front half of the car was basically a shell. It was the reassembly which took the majority of the time and effort because we were of course putting the car back together with parts that Ford didn’t intend for it to have, and among other things we had to get it towed to the dealership for some computer work. Therefore, that should be the more interesting part of the conversion and there are definitely more stories to share from it. Remember the shifter cable headache guys?
One thing is for sure though — it was definitely a strange experience for me to see the car coming apart so far. It had never been anywhere near this stripped before, nor did I ever think I’d one day see it torn down like this, when I first bought it. Then again I might have said I’d keep it stock too…something friends were eager to point out during this whole swap. It wasn’t long after I bought it that I started to tinker and once that ball started rolling, there was no stopping it.
Even with the amount of work we had in front of us, there were still occasional moments where we’d have ‘free time’ — if we were waiting on parts for the car or tools to arrive for example — so we’d try to keep busy by tackling other, smaller jobs. One example was painting the crash bar, as mentioned in the PST article. Mario grabbed it once it came off and took it outside for a quick coat of black — it also just made more sense to do it while the crash bar was off of the car, as it could be safely painted without fear of getting any overspray on Mustard.
[I]Now because this was the quickest and easiest part of the process like I mentioned there wasn’t too much more for me to discuss here today, but before I sign off I also want to share the next video that has now gone live on the YouTube channel — if you haven’t seen it yet please hit the play button below! It shows the car with its new heart and then cuts back to a couple of clips from the teardown. There are also some sound clips at the end! Just as this video waited for the second article to go up on PST, videos 3 and 4 will follow once articles 3 and 4 are live. I hope you enjoy!
|11-21-2016 09:46 PM|
The next Project-ST article covering my car is up! It specifically takes a look at the teardown of the sedan in preparation for its new heart. The accompanying article on my own site will follow shortly!
fifteen52: Project ST | Focus STedan: The Teardown
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