Here is my issue. Started to install rear seat base from SVT in wagon. SVT was designed with the split folding rear seats. My wagon was not. I've thought about installing nutserts in the rear floor pan,but it looks like a different design than the SVT. Not sure if the nutserts will secure the rear seat. Any suggestion?
Yes. I have a set of red and black/charcoal SVT seats in my 2004 sedan. Same issue. I have not fixed it. It had other issues. The rear seats had the integrated seat belts and the rear seat locks were in a different location. I just removed the locking mechanism altogether until I devise a plan to fix it. So that brings up another question. What has everyone done to fix this issue as well? I removed the rear seat retractor from the SVT seat and used the sedan center belts.
I haven't yet fixed these issues yet...but my plan of action is below...
For the seat base problem, as I stated above, was to just drill and tap another hole so that the split seats can actually be used and not just dependent on one bolt...but I couldn't ever find a measurement on how far behind that seat base the gas tank is, because we all don't want a hole in that..that pretty well covers that.
For the seat back for the hatch seat to fit in a sedan, I went to the salvage,U Pull and Pay, pick yard, whatever you want tot call it. And cut open the rear seats out of a sedan, I grabbed what I would call the skeleton (piece of metal that acts as the lock and support for the seat. My plan then was to disassemble the Recaro seats and replace the Hatch backing with a sedan backing, make a hole for the latch and all would be good!
Well I didnt feel like getting to into it, the seatbelts all need to come undone, you have to remove the headrests, middle seatbelt, etc. But you would know all that at this point. But once you get that, the metal backing will literally slide right out the bottom with no issues.
Something to ponder though...I don't know if wagon seats have headrests in the back, I know sedans don't, so you would have to drill for those somehow unless you don't want the headrests then its no big loss.
Got the new battery harness installed. Finished the shifter cables, and installed the SVT front brakes. Moved the wagon onto the lift so I can finish the underneath. Still have the fuel tank and ABS brakes.
I finished the battery box and most of the interior. Going to look for door panels. My 5 door svt door panels went in my sons car. And the euro focus was a 3 door. Should be able to find black door panels. Also need to find rear interior panels in black for a wagon. That may be difficult. I have not seen many with the dark interior.
I finished up the ABS and installed the brake lines. Installed the master cylinder and cruise control amplifier. Looks like the holes for the IMRC are not there, so I'll have to drill them. I installed the ABS unit for the Euro Focus with traction control. Forgot to get pics. I'll snap them first thing in the morning. It's coming along nicely. It's getting closer to being ready to fire.
Removed the Powertrain. Finished the under hood wiring. Installed the radiator and hoses. Got the power steering cooler installed. Engine is ready to go back in. Still have to replace driver side brake line. I had one that was almost kinked. Everything looks good. Going together nicely.
I've got everything installed under the hood. Put the battery in. Self tested everything. ABS codes for the speed sensors in rear that are not hooked up yet. All brake lamps work and headlamps work. Radio works. Only thing that doesn't work is amplifier and CD player. Going to order a steering rack from eBay unless someone on here has one they will part with. Should have all things buttoned up by mid week. I only get to work on it maybe 1-2 hours a day. Going to make it run and drive. Check condition of engine and transmission. Then I'll swap for the Bilstein suspension, and EAP wheels.
Here starts build thread V2...pictures and less chatter I hope. While staying on topic.
LETS GET TO IT!!
So Betsy was bought back in February of 2012, and was the first car I owner myself. She is a 2002 Ford Focus Se and had 24,000 miles on her when I first bought her. It was a grocery getter...
Here‘s my 2011. Received it last year with only 20,000mi, all original. I reckon no one wanted to see a bone stock SE sedan with two years of unwashed pollen on it, seven hornets nests in all the door/trunk/hood gaps, and absolutely zero panache so let’s jump right to it’s current iteration...
I just bought a 2000 Ford Focus SE wagon I got it for a cheap price of $400 it has a cracked thermostat housing and a bad heater core and I'm thinking of fixing it . I've been looking at some turbos and a few replacement parts to make her a sleeper
3 new photos by Robert Kirby