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  1. browndog

    Non cross-flow motors - what is out there ?

    love the ventilation system! Couple more pics I found of the 2.0 EB engine. This is the Focus ST version, with alternative alternator mounting. Might just fit in that box?! edit: just saw your post re column shift, that would make this engine (and many more) super difficult to achieve! You will almost certainly need to make a custom cable operated shift mechanism to mate with whatever gearbox you decide to fit.
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    Non cross-flow motors - what is out there ?

    here's my suggestion: 2013-ish FG Falcon Ecoboost. These are a 2.0 all alloy 16 valve Turbo, 270hp and I can't remember how much torque (lots!) coupled to a ZF 6 spd trans. You should be able to pick up a wreck for not much, I have seen a few go through NZ auctions for cheap. The engine is very short, and relatively narrow, turbo and inlet manifolds are tucked in tight, although the alternator hangs out a long way. And best of all, you are not cross pollinating!
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    Flash's 1965 Ford Thames

    Oh Gordon, didn't realise it was you! How you going over there? We (or rather my dad) had one of these when I was a little boy, I really loved it! Was a pale green colour going off my memory of it which was about 45 years ago! Any mods planned? Coyote V8 perhaps?
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    Flash's 1965 Ford Thames

    cool! I saw this advertised on the interwebs last year! Kinda quirky, and not a Kombi, I like it! Will follow your thread.
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    1977 bank job getaway vehicle

    for those wondering what became of the old Tranny.............. My brother bought it, and took it to Tauranga. He has fixed the brakes, and a few other bits and pieces, given it a good clean etc. and got it running and driving well. As I type it is now on its way to Avalon TV Studios in Wellington for its first job, starring in a NZ film about gang life in the 60's and 70's, as a Police van!
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    Browndog's Supervan 2 (yet another one!)

    I bought one of these Mk8 Transit Alcoa wheels,in 16x6 and 6x180. Going to try and fit them to the van. The plan is to fit a disc braked Mk7 DRW rear axle, with a ratio in the 3's. I will make adaptors or completely new hubs for the front to match the stud pattern. Tyres will be around 205/60x16 to get the circumference about right. I have always like the look of these style of wheels, and I think they will look badass on the old bus As an added bonus, they are 4kgs lighter per wheel than the 14x5.5' currently fitted!
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    Pushermans mk1 trannie

    How you going with this van, any updates?
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    Browndog's Supervan 2 (yet another one!)

    no room for a front mount, so it has to be a W2A But at least it means I could run an ice box if I wanted to!
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    Browndog's Supervan 2 (yet another one!)

    I think I will go straight to the intercooler! Problem is, I will have to mount the rad under the van, and duct it. There is no space up front. And I do like the look of the Whipple kit made by Yella Terra!.............. thank you cheers, it is much fun at the Auckland motorway on ramp traffic light Grand Prix
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    Browndog's Supervan 2 (yet another one!)

    Went to Meremere Dragway yesterday for Oldschool drags! Despite the non appearance of a couple of my fellow Transit owners, I still had a blast! It was my first time on a proper dragstrip, so had to learn quickly which amber light to take off on! Second one seemed to work best for me! Started at 15.7, went around straight to the back of the queue, and each consecutive run got 1-2 tenths slower, my fourth run netting a 16.2! (reaction times all similar) Decided to park up and have a think about it. Checked engine, and supercharger was quite hot, 65°C according to the infra red thermometer I found in my toolkit. Tipped my bottle of water over it, and that dropped it to 45°. A couple of trips to the hose and back with my water bottle and had it down to 25°. Let the engine cool some more, went out with temperature gauge not even registering and did a 15.2! So into the DYO, I dialled myself in at a 15.1. Was first to line up, and car in opposite lane dialled in at a 15.8. I led from the green, engine felt really strong and crossed the finish line a few car lengths in front. (I was told later my time showed at a 15.1) My happiness was short lived when on the return road one of the officials told me the computer malfunctioned, and we would have to run again! So got turned around straight away for another run (engine hot by now) Got quite a good start, but this time so did the guy in the other lane! I was closing in on him by the finish line, but he beat me by a bonnet length, I crossed the line at a 15.45 So that was me eliminated. Anyway, was a great day, and I learned plenty about the van. A decent intercooler, some more boost and I will be back next year chasing 14's! thanks to guywithaviators for the great pic And big thanks to all of the people who helped organise an awesome day
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    Browndog's Supervan 2 (yet another one!)

    couple of pics I took yesterday. My friend has just bought this original ex works mk2 Escort, which arrived at work in a container. Loaded up and about to be delivered to him!
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    Browndog's Supervan 2 (yet another one!)

    I got the van back together yesterday, and drove it around today dropping off some parts for work. A few minor issues to sort, but it runs really well! Anything more than half throttle from a standstill will turn 2 of the 4 rear tyres into tyre smoke! The power steering is fantastic, although a bit "pointy" now, I will fit another castor wedge in there to try and help with this. The new big bore stainless exhaust sounds so sweet, not too noisy when you are cruising, but has a nice deep bark when you put the slipper in! Still need to fit the evaporator into the heater box and connect up the air conditioning, but other than that it is basically finished. Super happy with it! A few pics of the finished product: The pulleys run really close to the radiator fans! I also fitted a smaller pulley to the blower to up the boost to 10 psi Roll on OS drags Mk5! Big thanks to Muncie for the loan of the blower pulley tool Mk3 power steering box, with hybrid Mk2/Mk5 steering column: I needed to make an extra auxiliary wiring loom for the engine, and fitted relays to the headlights, and horn while I was at it. That is 7 micro relays, 4 mini relays and 16 fuses! I tried to make it look as "factory" as possible, so moved the battery tray to the RH side, and fitted the original airbox (which I had to modify a little bit) to the LH side.
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    Browndog's Supervan 2 (yet another one!)

    New blower pulley arrived today - smaller pulley = more boost! I removed all of the wiring, pipework, radiator etc and gave the engine bay a paint in Ford Diamond white
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    Browndog's Supervan 2 (yet another one!)

    awesome, sounds like a good deal to me, I appreciate that! I will message you when I am ready for it.
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    Browndog's Supervan 2 (yet another one!)

    awesome, more boost is the next thing on the list once I have sorted everything and settled it in! (will be needing that for the OS Mk5 drags in December!) What do you want for that to buy/hire off you?