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Topic Review (Newest First)
09-11-2016 06:33 PM
Tundrafoci I've been following this build for a long time. You've put so much work into this! very impressive! Looking forward to more updates on this guy!
09-11-2016 05:32 PM
Magus2727 Update:

I did a Google search on the vin and it looks like it had 159,494 miles on it when it hit the auction block on July 8th so motor had what I am calling 160,000 miles on it. Being that my speedometer is a bit slow still my car has 194k rounding up to 200k miles I still got a motor with less miles than the body.

Got the motor in:




But when it started the clutch would not fully disengage. I could start the motor in neutral and let it run all day. but no mater how many times I would bleed the slave cylinder it still world not shift. I could hear the clutch "slipping" when I pushed the clutch in. I was suggested that I may have put the clutch in backwards also.

So I got parts ordered for a new slave cylinder and master cylinder while I was at it. Remove the transmission and the pressure plate.

And that is what I did wrong end to the fly wheel.

Nothing to bad. I think due to the ARP hardware the springs are not that bad and the bolts are not that bad either.





Then once I got the thing all put back together it was not starting. When I started the starter would just click. Not a bad battery, double checked grounds.

I took the starter out and with clamps on the posts it started and spun fine. I hook it back into the cars electrical and it would short again. Turns out the solenoid was loose enough in the crimp housing that when the bolts were torqued down it rotated the housing just enough to push the braid against the metal housing of the starter.

Well I got a new starter anyway (life time warranty and the current one was 6.5 years old) and put some tape around the starter so in any future case it could not short against the case.

Car is running well and working on tuning from Tom. So data logs back and forth now.

It no longer stalls with the AC turns on and no more ticking noises!!!!

I am going to clean up the old block and pistons and likely try to turn it into a coffee table for our room with a glass top.

And for the build I am going to be going to the junk yard when the weather gets nicer and pulling a short block. This will be the start of the next build. The plan is so I can do a weekend motor swap once I have the new motor completely built.

I am thinking of going for NA high compression. Getting 11:1 compression pistons, 0.030" shave of the head, Stage 3/4 Crower cams, Oil pump gears (for the high RPM).

I have some time to think about it before I have $ for the pistons.
08-27-2016 05:58 PM
Magus2727

intake manifold, starter, T-Stat installed.

going to try to clean up the injectors and get them installed.

final clean up and might try to get it in the car tonight or tomorrow.
08-27-2016 11:48 AM
Magus2727 Status update...

Got a motor on Wednesday from the junk yard for $215 after taxes, warranty, and core charges. Found a 2000 Zetec motor on a automatic transmission in good condition. Things so far are checking out good, fingers crossed it will still run and fire up good.



the timing belt and pulleys were all shot so replaced those with items off my motor. So timing belt and pulleys replaced. along with transferring the water pump.

put on additional brackets yesterday.

This morning put on the alternator and mounted up the transmission. Always the hardest job for a 1 person effort.



have some odds and ends to clean up and work on before I put the motor in the car.

Fluids should be here on Monday. hope to have it ready to fire up on Monday with fingers crossed.

as a note I did already swap the crank position sensor with my manual sensor also.
08-23-2016 10:40 PM
Magus2727 motor and transmission out.





parts are all in the basement. garage is now cleaned up and will be ready for a motor from the junk yard.

08-21-2016 04:07 PM
prerunnerwannabe That would be sick! I think it would kinda ruin the handling though haha. From memory, there are kits out there to toss a V8 in a Focus, and I'm pretty sure a kit without the engine is like 20 grand, so if you're looking for opinions, I would probably either just keep the rods, try and find one new one, or just buy a new set. ~$400 to me seems a lot easier to swallow. But that's just my .02 cents :)
08-21-2016 03:28 PM
Magus2727 thanks... depending on if I feel like it's safe to use the rods again I am questioning how much the financial difference would be in doing a V8 5.0L 302 swap...
08-21-2016 02:52 PM
prerunnerwannabe Dang man, that's no fun to find those kinds of issues. Hopefully the next go goes a lot better!
08-20-2016 04:30 PM
Magus2727 thanks. going to get a whole motor and a block. put the motor in the car so I can still DD it while I get the funds to build the motor back up.
08-20-2016 03:48 PM
bringler26 Good luck with the rebuild. I just went through the thread a bit more and saw your post in the Zetec chat area.
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