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Old 12-06-2008, 01:05 PM   #181
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£18 it cost me to buy this cover& painted it myself .you can get ffoc,focus,st17o

, zetec,or back off logo in chrome

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Old 12-06-2008, 01:10 PM   #182
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sunvisor switched lamps from scrap mondeo ghia

rear centre dome courtesay light. all lights work on dimming with door open/close

ghia map reading lamp

ghia wood effect surround & chrome gear knob /handbrake lever
st170 speedo & oil gauges/chrome vent surround & footwell lamps
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:55 AM   #183
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OK since my NYE Resolution was to get wrenching and spend less time clicking, I went back to a stalled project I started last summer. And by started I mean bought something and stuck it on a shelf.
So I made up my mind to finish this one. It's adding a rear interior light, something I thought Ford should have done from the start. I trolled the Pick n Pull lanes like I love to do, looking for a suitable swap candidate. Th Focus light was too bulky; I wanted something slimline, with an overhead light and two map lights. I found a suitable candidate in an 80's Escort. The color is darker than I wanted but I can fix that if it bothers me too much.

I grabbed the connectors and some extra wire but ended up not using it.
The inside.

The first thing I had to do was to make it as slim as possible to fit between the headliner and the roof.

Some parts protruded too much and needed to be tweeked. The metal shields needed to be modded.
First-the dome light.

A little bending...from this...

To this...

Then, for the map lights. It started out as one piece, but I had to trim it down so I ended up with two pieces.



I cut down all the protruding plastic as flush as possible.

A little re-wiring. The Escort grounded to the chassis (only two wires)-the Focus runs three wires. One power, two grounds. (one is not hooked up yet in this pic.)

A brace I made up from something I had kicking around. Two bolts for mounting added. The two big holes at each end mate up to the two holes in the headliner where there are retainers to hold the headliner up.

A metal brace for the front of the light. You can see how it will retain the front of the light. I cut the hole much smaller than the light.

No going back now-a hole in the headliner!

I ran wiring from the front dome light that I tapped into and hid under the headliner and ran to the back of the car.

Finished! It only looks crooked due to the photo angles. And you can see the two retainers in the headliner I used to hold the brace.

And the best part is that everything works as it should! The dome light fades in and out like the front light, and is door operated in the "DOOR" position.
Total cost: about $6 in total. The wiring I grabbed on a previous trip (it's a wagon interior light harness) and they didn't charge me for it. The other bits I had lying around, like scrap sheet metal and heat shrink tubing. The light was like $3.
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When you are dead, you do not know you are dead.
It's only painful for others.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:37 AM   #184
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I'm new here. 1st post, YAY! since I'm a poor highschooler I'll probably be trying some of these mods. Here's my first contribution/concept.

you ever use the squeegee thing at the gas station to get rid of dust and end up with unsightly squeegee marks left on your windows? I'm curious. Would it be possible to replace the rubber stuff that keeps cold/warm air/water in/out of inside/outside of windows with squeegees. that way all you'd have to do is wash the windows, roll 'em down, then roll 'em up to squeegee off the excess water. Just a thought.

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Old 02-07-2009, 10:03 PM   #185
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You should replace the light bulbs with led bulbs. White light looks really fancy, not to mention a few leds will be a LOT brighter then 2 bulbs.
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:10 PM   #186
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Cheap sound deadening

I was tired of the road noise in my wagon so I took a few of the drop ceiling tiles I had in the basement (those ones that are white on one side and have about 3/4" of insulation attached to it) and cut them to the size of the rear cargo mat then put them in garbage bags and put them under the mat. I also put some in the side panels of the cargo area. They really quieted down the road noise and best of all since I had them around it didn't cost me anything.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:07 PM   #187
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Rain-x anyone?
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Old 03-27-2009, 07:23 AM   #188
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great dome light mod

If I may take the liberty - TaylorinAlaska had a great dome light mod that also belongs in THIS thread. He shows how to use an inexpensive string of LED's in the domelight. With a string of 9 lights, even a color as dim as red or blue would be nice and bright! He links to a site selling such for a whopping $5.99, most worthy of this under-$30 thread.

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Old 03-28-2009, 03:18 PM   #189
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bluefront, I like the Idea about the cabin Air filter. I know what Im doing at work next week
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Old 03-28-2009, 03:55 PM   #190
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Wow Cant Belive I Havent Seen This Thread!

Custom Painted Valve Cover:

Cost: $30 Primer, Paint, Clear Coat
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Complete How To: http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...ighlight=valve

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