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The V8 Focus



took it for a drive down the road - got it to 4th gear.

only a few minor issues,

nothing that cant be overcome i think.

off the top of my head

  1. brake pedal not returning to top of travel resulting in brakes being left on after application
  2. clutch pedal is really heavy
  3. gear selector needs adjusting, this is going to be a pain as it means adjusting the stabilisation bar for the shifter the correct length (who knows what correct is - gonna be trial and error
  4. power steering needs to be filled and bled once i can confirm it wont pop a pipe
  5. need to do some kind of wheel alignment to get it at least manageable until i can get it done properly
  6. its too loud - i need to finish the exhaust
  7. it needs a fuel tank
  8. it needs a proper prop shaft
  9. it needs to be boxed in in the back
  10. need to sort some display out on the dashboard
the rest is all superficial stuff i think - nothing functional stopping it from being an actual car
 

MarkCup

ClioSport Club Member
I'm in awe of what you've achieved here, genuinely. How you managed to cram all of that into the engine bay blows my mind.

That you've done all that, while giving yourself the added load of producing and editing your progress vlog, is inspiring.

Honestly, when do you think it'll be in the road? 6 months? 12? 18?

Did you have a build time in mind when you started out or is it just tinker until it's done?
 
I'm in awe of what you've achieved here, genuinely. How you managed to cram all of that into the engine bay blows my mind.

That you've done all that, while giving yourself the added load of producing and editing your progress vlog, is inspiring.

Honestly, when do you think it'll be in the road? 6 months? 12? 18?

Did you have a build time in mind when you started out or is it just tinker until it's done?
nawh thanks lol. Seriously, its worth it when people watch the videos, otherwise i could just chuck up some words and pictures, i do find some of the fun gets lost in that though.

I am particularly proud at how OEM it looks, I havent quite put my finger on why it looks so good yet but im happy to take that as a win lol

it could be on the road in 2 weeks if I took some AL and built a fuel tank and boxed the back end in. theres only really a few days work there but im trying to futureproof the fuel tank so im researching as much as i can before making one (alu vs stainless for example, internal or external fuel pump etc.) the problem with road worthiness as always is the bureaucracy. I havent even got an insurance quote yet :D

I did but ive sailed way passed that as normal lol, i was hoping to have had it done over the previous winter so i could drive it this summer but when i started I started a little slowly lol
 

MarkCup

ClioSport Club Member
I'm not one for stance at all, but the way that sits on its wheels and their offset just looks f***ing epic.

You've probably mentioned it many times before, but, power output from that thing with a couple blowers strapped to it?

You're not going to silence it too much I hope?
 
I'm not one for stance at all, but the way that sits on its wheels and their offset just looks f***ing epic.

You've probably mentioned it many times before, but, power output from that thing with a couple blowers strapped to it?

You're not going to silence it too much I hope?
yeah im quite pleased with that too. think the back is gonna have to come up a bit as its not quite right and I had to mount the centre of the wheel about 7mm more rearwards than it normally is on a focus and all the anal focus fans spotted it the other day lol, so if i raise it a little it should negate the look a little more.

not really tbh because its an unknown. theoretically itl be between 350 and 400bhp. thats if the very basic maths works out using the standard Engine at atmospheric pressure is about 250 bhp, then at 7psi above atmo then it should theoretically be shy of 400.

7psi is all i can do on this current engine but i am planning a build on a new engine with bigger turbos and if all goes well then itl be 800+
 
Any brake geniuses in here?

I’ve got a problem I can’t work out the solution.

When the car is driving the brakes are sticking on because the pedal is about 20mm from returning home. Stick your foot under the pedal and it’l come up no problem and the brakes will release.

Do it without the engine on or with the car off all 4 of its wheels (engine on or off) and it’s fine (even though it’s heavy because no vacuum being pulled in the servo when the engine is off)

The non return valve in the vacuum line is right as far as I can tell. The master cylinder was fine but I haven’t ruled it out, the only thing that’s changed is the caliper hydraulic surface area has greatly increased (focus front and rear calipers are much smaller in volume than the 2 piston 350z rear brakes and the 4 piston brembos on the front)

I’m wondering if a simple return spring on the pedal will be fine to compliment the one in the servo? But that seems too simple to me

Any input?
 

Donny_Dog

ClioSport Club Member
  Jim's rejects
Gotta be a pressure issue with the servo, surely. If you're adamant there is no air in the lines.
Check that valve and the vacuum.

Only reason for asking about the MC was I changed one and the pedal wouldn't come fully home but noticed the servo rod needed winding out further to accommodate.
 
Gotta be a pressure issue with the servo, surely. If you're adamant there is no air in the lines.
Check that valve and the vacuum.

Only reason for asking about the MC was I changed one and the pedal wouldn't come fully home but noticed the servo rod needed winding out further to accommodate.
Why does it work with the wheels off the ground then though?
That’s what I can’t work out lol.

I’m not convinced there isn’t air in the lines either btw, but it’s been bled a few times since and it’s the same issue. Only thing in the line is the ABS module that might be pissing me about

Mate that truly is f**king epic!
Ha you should hear it, the video dulls it a fair bit, it’s a noisy MFer 🤣
 

Sunglasses_Ron

ClioSport Admin
Why does it work with the wheels off the ground then though?
That’s what I can’t work out lol.

I’m not convinced there isn’t air in the lines either btw, but it’s been bled a few times since and it’s the same issue. Only thing in the line is the ABS module that might be pissing me about



Ha you should hear it, the video dulls it a fair bit, it’s a noisy MFer 🤣
Mate, this just has to come to CSF next year!
 

Craig

ClioSport Club Member
  E46 330i tourer
That's sound awesome. Hats off to you. I'd definitely be proud of it aswell.
 
I need CS’s most keenest of eyes to be cast over this picture and tell me if it’s too much. Honest opinions please - let me have it because I’m not even 100% sure

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I’ll not tell you what by dint of if you don’t notice then it must be a good thing, but also add the caveat that it’s obviously not finished and can be improved.
 

massivewangers

ClioSport Club Member
  Several
I quite like it. My Escort had a side exit, and my co-driver moaned about the fumes, so worth keeping in mind.
 
Yes side exit. I think they need to be tilted up so they do t look like they’re dropping down which will improve the look for sure. Still not 100% sold on it though think I need to just do it and live with it.

Fumes should be fine, it has a pair of cats.

I’m more worried about condensation dripping out and soaking the rear wheels 🙈

Could be fun I guess
 
I preferred it facing down/straight out. Functional.
Ordinarily I’d agree, but I accidentally bought oval ends meaning I have to stagger them in the horizontal the way i done it initially. What I wanted was to have circular slash cut that I could stagger by turning them 90 degrees and still have them line up. Like this...


But I cba to buy the right ones by now lol
 

Donny_Dog

ClioSport Club Member
  Jim's rejects
All this engineering and you haven't put any tyre shine on that rear.
I've unsubscribed in protest.
 

Donny_Dog

ClioSport Club Member
  Jim's rejects
Watched the latest episode last night. Enjoyed it. Although it didn't want to start did it? What's the issue there?
TBF the content is one of the channels I look forward to, so congrats on that element as well.
 
Watched the latest episode last night. Enjoyed it. Although it didn't want to start did it? What's the issue there?
TBF the content is one of the channels I look forward to, so congrats on that element as well.
Thank you. As I’ve said previously it makes it much easier to make these videos when I know people are enjoying them, despite the latest issues I’ve had with ... Karen’s!

The starting issue is 1 of 2 things I think. 1 is fuel fall back due to the setup I currently have, no point trying to diagnose this until I sort a proper setup out, 2 is a ECU sensor issue. I noticed some corrosion in a few of the ecu plugs (I’m moving it inside the car soon as it’s not great in its current location) which could be the issue or a sensor somewhere. It has to be fuel related as the lynx effect works lol.

There could also be option 3 which is the engine needs new plugs and a service.

For now I’m happy starting it with lynx until everything is set up correctly
 


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