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Post by Simon_Admin » Sun Jan 22, 2012 3:41 pm

LOL ;D



No puddles today, which is a first !!



Ni guy actually, BEVERAD is just up the road from where I live and it's a one man operation, he does cars, buses, plant, etc. and there was no BS which makes a change - Just hope he doest cash the cheque till later in the week ;)

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Post by Simon_Admin » Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:38 pm

Whoops....



seem to have accidentally purchased a boost controller..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UNIVERSAL-MAN ... 336abf5216



Well I have to do something about the black smoke at full throttle, tuning the fueling down is a bit dull, increasing the air intake is a lot more fun.... :)

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Post by Simon_Admin » Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:17 pm

Boost controller fitted  :) smoke at full throttle gone  :) throttle response improved  ;D and induced wheelspin and a fairly lairy slide using the loud pedal   :D



Now running the 10psi boost it's supposed to...



So I've added another half turn on the boost controller, just for scientific purposes. Also tightened the alternator belt as it was screaming like a banshee, and hope fixed another leak in the cooling system. And had another fiddle with the idle speed / anti stall adjustments on the pump.



To cold outside to do any further fiddling  :(

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Post by Simon_Admin » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:50 am

Next.... Replacing the heater with something that's a bit more modern.



After a bit of internet research the Robin Hood owners are using the MK2 VW Polo heater as a replacement for the mini one, so I thought about doing the same.



Pic below shows it as dragged out of the Polo, OK it won't fit as is but with a bit of trimming here and there and a few modifications to the way the various ducts connect it looks like it should fit.



The GRP panel that holds the escort heater will need to be replaced with a simple square box that fits over the polo motor, I'll probably include another flat in the same to box so that the heater will re-circulate air from the cabin if needed.



The reconfiguring has commenced !

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Post by Ex_Member » Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:59 am

Its a very odd shape! It will be good to see how you get on with it! are mk2 polos around 1997?

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Post by Simon_Admin » Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:14 pm

Correction, it WAS an odd shape, in the polo it's mounted with the blower and matrix under the bonnet, the main housing then comes through the bulkhead behind the dash and links up with the demisters in the dash moulding and the strange sticky out bit points downwards to give footwell ventilation.



Sticky out bit is now 1/4 of its size and the eyeball vent connections have been cut off as they pointed in the wrong direction.



MK2 polo was mid 80's, My wife had one which was a D plate and I believe was 86, car I got this of was an G plate (89) Parts don't appear to suffer the "MK2 Escort Tax"...

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Post by Ex_Member » Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:26 pm

I see that explains its shape!

They must be good before they are putting them in robin hoods?

I must be thinking of mk3 polo I know the polo you mean a friend had one as a first car horrible thing!

I think most escorts have escort tax except mk6 7!

You Probably could sell your escort heater and buy a few polo ones

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Post by Simon_Admin » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:54 am

Speedo - Again !



So the Digi dash was not an option as it would fix the speed and water but break the tacho (which took 3 weeks to modify).



So I contacted speedy cables, they can sort out the speedo but only the legal requirement of the speed, the odometer gear is apparently fixed. Which is bit rubbish when you want to work out a good MPG figure, which to me makes the calibration cost a bit steep as it only does half the job. I could also get digital guts fitted at a cost of £250... erm let me think about that....  :o



So I fired up excel and working on my indicated speed / GPS speed measurements and knowing that the Ford speedo's all need 1000 turns per mile I am now 20% out so need to increase the speedo cable revolutions by 1:1.2 so I could make my own gearbox using the small plastic cogs you can get from RS spares.



However I then found these :http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 500wt_1181 at half the price of getting the speedo sorted out, I will just need a different cable and an adaptor making to connect the ratio adjuster to the type 9. I've e-mailed the seller to see if my calculations are correct and find out how much postage is to the UK.



Also having applied my speedo correction to my MPG spreadsheet TT2 is doing



42 MPG



This afternoon I'm doing a few jobs on the Ranger, their has been a strange noise form the rear end that's getting worse that I need to look at and the cooling system is still playing up so I need to look at the rad cap and options for fitting a overflow tank as it keeps chucking coolant out.

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Post by Ex_Member » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:45 am

Interesting discovery Simon. Presumably there's an idler gear to keep input and output moving the the same direction.

I expect speedo issues when I get to that stage with the Handbrake. Let us know the final cost.

42mpg doesn't sound at all disgraceful.

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Post by Simon_Admin » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:17 pm

Hi JJ,



Guy in the states has emailed me back, postage (surface) is USD 19.00 so all in the ration adapter comes out at about UK 42.00 which when you add the cost of a customer cable say 25 it's still the same price as a re calibration but keeps standard parts and keeps the odometer working correctly.



Just need to look into getting a ford Flange to US spec speedo fitting made up for the gearbox end !

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