Something just wasn’t right with my first SVT, it wasn’t over heating, and it wasn’t loosing coolant, but the system was not building pressure after a long drive. I decided to just tear into it as a preventative measure. Low and behold I found my problem. The car was still equipped with it’s OE water pump, and the housings are known for the water flow ring to separate. That is what happened here, however I caught it soon enough that water was still flowing, but very slowly. So slow that the only flow was to the heatercore, which may be why the engine is still fine, as it had been very cold lately and I had the heater on. But with it warming outside now, I wanted to dig in and find the problem.
Awful never fails to live up. Rear caliper bolts are stripped, toe arms are mangled. Strut mounting bolts are rounded off.
These things are sent to try us. Perks of old cars, you never know who’s been there before.
However, sounds like you could use a visit from famed UK based super hero Angle Grinder Man - yes, an actual person.
doesn’t he just remove parking boots though?
Yeah but I reckon he would still be able to assist with Lordred’s nuts.
When not saving people paying parking fines anyway.
At this point Awful has no more loose, missing, or stripped hardware. It is 100% back to it’s factory glory in terms of performance and handling aspects.
I’ve replaced every bushing, ball joint, link and so on on the suspension. I did a huge re-gasket and coolant overhaul, and I’ve removed the entire A/C system from the engine bay. I now need to install a set of Focus SVT brakes on the front, and get a 4 wheel alignment. Then Awful should be ready to hit the track in March!
Man, these last two months of just ripping the Awful apart to fix it up, my garage has been an absolute disaster, I’ve had to park the Focus outside at night way more than I ever wanted to (I know, woe is me, parking outside) It’s nice to be able to fit both cars in the garage again.
I need to get a wind sock, it is very windy out here, almost all the time.
3L Block out of a '03 Ford Escape, heads are in the scrap pile, block is now pulled bare. I will be taking the block to a machinst to have it checked for true bores, and to find out if I need to order OE, or oversize pistons. Crank will be inspected. I’ll be ordering all new rods, one of them were bent in this engine.