Roy Posted August 20, 2007 Share Posted August 20, 2007 Well I got myself this hatch a while back because I was bored to death of driving a mondeo around.. I absolutely love it, its only done 65k and is great condition and has loads of history. The only problem was...I always wanted a coupe.. Then I met Phil Warren locally and he made me the right offer on my hatch, so we struck a deal and I agreed to sell him my hatch once I had a coupe on the road. I looked for ages and then saw this on the forum..... I went to see it and its ideal for me to use daily having only done 45k. The only snag is the engine is destroyed (and its an auto[V]). So Mr Virco was pressed into service to bring this new beasty from The isle of Sheppy back over to Brighton. With a critical eye, the front valance has a small hole and next to it at the bottom of the drivers front wing there is another small hole. Apart from that there are only blemishes in the paint, little tiny rust spots here and there over the car where microscopic chips in the paint are there and the car has stood outside for a year or so. The interior is blue and very good apart from a little of the material on the door cars starting to peel back. So now Phil is patiently waiting for me to get this roadworthy. It needs: New engine Manual gearbox conversion MOT I want the car to be a good reliable everyday car so I decided to utilise the 2.4 I had sitting in the driveway along with a 2.2 injection system I have. The choice here was injection or carbs but I figured the injection would be more reliable and economical which suits the aim of the car. I also have a Carlton 2.2 gearbox just removed from an 81k mile car so that will be fitted. I would also like to fit: Set of Alloys Possibly an interior upgrade (exclusive with blue piping) Twin headlights (spare in my garage) Brake servo, vented discs and new boxed calipers from a 1986 2.2 Carlton. I stripped the 2.4 engine which I believe has done over 100k. It shows a noticeable lip in the top of the bores and the engineering company has rebored this for me to .5 oversize. The crank has been checked and has had the journals polished and can still take standard bearings. He pointed out a groove where the rear oil seal has worn into the crank, this may cause a slight oil leak in time I have been warned. Today I have removed the engine and box from the car, had a real hassle though. The engine crane fouled the lower valance AND both lower suspension arms! It also only just reached far enough to remove the engine and has scuffed the rubber bumper insert at the front of the car. Overcame it by jacking up the front of the car from one side. Will have to carefully consider this when it all goes back in. Hopefully will get some more time soon to degrease and clean up the engine bay, do the brake servo change and touch up any paint that needs sorting. Does anyone know what colour this car is?? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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