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Post by slocussvt on 2012-01-15, 1:21 am

I wouldn't want anything engine fluid wise running inside the car. If a line goes bad, it'll be all over the interior. Just my .02
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-15, 2:03 am

The duratec PS pump has the bottle on it right? I'm not sure if it would bolt up to a zetec or not.

Putting the tank behind the dash isn't my first choice, but then again your heater core is there already. I really like the idea of deleting it all together. I don't drive my car all that much. So its no biggie to drain the overflow and top her back off.
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-15, 6:41 pm

So I got started yesterday and really dug into the car.

First up, my battery relocation box. I sanded and ground all the surface rust off then primed and painted it.

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My primer of choice. Its 2 part epoxy primer in a spray can.

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Didn't get any pics of it painted today. I'll grab some later this week.

Next I finished up the shaving on my SVT bumper. All I have left to do now is a few layers of filler then prime and paint.

Donor bumper.

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Cut a piece of plastic out to replace the turn lens. I cut a really big piece incase I effed up.

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Used my side marker lenses and traced them onto the cut piece and fitted them into the hole.

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Backside I cut out the screw holes.

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Then the front plastic welded.

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And the backside. On the back I used a torch to melt the plastic, then smoothed it with my plastic welder.

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Today I tore the front end apart so I could do my battery relocation and try and relocate the overflow tank and PS bottle.

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Nevermind the amp wire hanging there. I ran it that way only to make the amp worked. I will be going through the fire wall with it.

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Not a lot of room to fit the PS and coolant tanks. I'll figure it out tho.

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Now here's what I think I've come up with for the PS. Please give me your input.

Mount bottle here in the wiper cowl.

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I'm thinking I can cut a hole in the bottom of the cowl and have the bottle drop out here.

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Then all I would have to do is get longer hoses. I like this location because it would still be somewhat easy to fill up the bottle if I need to.
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Post by FuhFuhhhh Focus on 2012-01-16, 12:28 pm

Wow work is being done. Thumb Up

Interested to see how it works out with the PS.
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Post by Cobrawannabe on 2012-01-16, 1:17 pm

I look forward to every winter just to see what your car does each year now.
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Post by J_Train on 2012-01-16, 10:54 pm

Holy Fuck I forgot about this build shows how much I get on here it sure is looking great Chris.
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-16, 11:16 pm

Thanks guys! This year is bigger and better.

Got some plastic glazing putty today and put my first coat of filler on. Really should be using more of a filler than a glazing putty. But I spent only $50 on this bumper, I'm not going to dump $150 on fillers to fix it.
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Post by SVT3658 on 2012-01-16, 11:19 pm

I promise one of these days I will get you that part/setup. But for now you should be happy to know that it is holding up fantastically **KNOCK ON WOOD**

Unlike the rest of my car, which has decided to catastrophically break every time I think the fucking piece of shit is finally done being broken for a while.

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-16, 11:20 pm

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Post by J_Train on 2012-01-16, 11:25 pm

BTW have you decided anything on the wheels yet?
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-16, 11:37 pm

J_Train wrote:BTW have you decided anything on the wheels yet?

I'm taking the 18's I put on the wagon. Should be pretty nice.
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-23, 9:35 pm

I feel I need to update so no one thinks I've been slacking. Not a huge update but hey.

I mounted the SVT bumper put my first layer of filler on.

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Then I pulled it off and stood it up to get the shave areas level. This is my second layer of filler.

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I got a third on now and its filled up and just needs to be sanded. After that I got to flip it over and do the other side. I'm going to try and work on it every night this week.

I also got the hardware for the battery box this weekend and started installing it. I got two holes drilled, then started the third and the bit isn't cutting, FML. So I'll pick up a new bit tomorrow and get that finished.

Still researching on the coolant tank delete and hope to get something rolling on that soon.
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Post by SVT3658 on 2012-01-23, 9:40 pm

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-23, 11:46 pm

Stuff and things about coils may be happening thanks to Blake.
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Post by slocussvt on 2012-01-24, 2:13 am

Stuff and things about shipped parts from ATL?
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-24, 2:17 am

slocussvt wrote:Stuff and things about shipped parts from ATL?

They is here sir! Sorry I wub you

Only problem is the directions are in German Laughing I haven't looked to hard yet, but I need to see if there is a template out there for cutting the fenders.
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Post by slocussvt on 2012-01-24, 2:23 am

Cut Loch in Kotfl├╝gel. So einfach ist das., lol.
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Post by FuhFuhhhh Focus on 2012-01-25, 12:48 am

Looks like fun. The shaved SVT bumper is going to be soooo hot.

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Post by trailbikerider on 2012-01-25, 3:15 pm

Second person I've helped with coils I wub you

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Post by Dracconix on 2012-01-25, 3:37 pm

trailbikerider wrote:Second person I've helped with coils I wub you

I know.... I wub you
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-25, 5:54 pm

trailbikerider wrote:Second person I've helped with coils I wub you

I wub you Should be meeting up with him Friday night. Got the stockers all put together today.
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-25, 11:11 pm

Made some more progress today. Got the bumper filled and sanded, now she's ready for primer.

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Then I got the battery box installed. I'm going to put some spacers on it this weekend, then I'll start re-routing my wires. I really love where this thing sits.

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Post by Dracconix on 2012-01-26, 8:23 am

Looks good.... and you didn't even have to take it in the butt to have someone else do it for you! Laughing
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-26, 10:49 am

Dracconix wrote:Looks good.... and you didn't even have to take it in the butt to have someone else do it for you! Laughing


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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-28, 11:38 pm

Here's the strap I made for the battery box. It's not super tight but the battery ain't going nowhere.

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Then with the awesome weather I thought it be a good idea to prime the bumper.

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Super happy with how it turned out. It looks so good shaved. Ford should have done em this way from the factory.

Rolled the car out to do work and snapped a few pics. I should be getting my other two wheels back from my buddy this week. The blue does look good on the white, so it's going to stay for a while.

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And the new found coils. I'm going to get the rears in tomorrow for sure. The fronts soon. They're Koni Yellows with F2 sleeves.

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Post by matchbox on 2012-01-28, 11:43 pm

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Hey that one girl with the silver SVT did that. That car was SICK! You should make your car look like hers!

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-29, 12:00 am

matchbox wrote:Hey that one girl with the silver SVT did that. That car was SICK! You should make your car look like hers!

No that one girl traded favors to have someone else do it for her. Plus I don't own nor want to, cobra reps and racelands.
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Post by SVT3658 on 2012-01-29, 11:28 am

looks awesome Chris!

I'm really digging the blue wheels on there, and the shaved bumper looks awesome. Wanna do mine for me? Laughing

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Post by FuhFuhhhh Focus on 2012-01-29, 12:23 pm

Bumper looks great!
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-01-29, 10:07 pm

SVT3658 wrote:looks awesome Chris!

I'm really digging the blue wheels on there, and the shaved bumper looks awesome. Wanna do mine for me? Laughing

Sure. shipping would kill tho Laughing

FuhFuhhhh Focus wrote:Bumper looks great!

Thanks Alex. Hey will Focus springs/struts work on your mazda? I got lows for you if they do.


I got a rare Ford Accessory rear lip. I traded Hale the F2 sway bar I got with the coils for it. Really cleans up the rear bumper a ton. It needs to be painted and will be along with the front bumper.


Other updates from today, got the rear F2 coils in. They didn't go as low as I hopped. But they're much stiffer, which is great for lows. I can get them low with just a little work. I'm going to make a call to Omni Speed about stuff and things for them. First, I got to get the fronts installed and see where they sit. Also did some playing with my intake and figured out that the upper half with the cone on it works just fine. So Thats how I'll run it. I'm going to strip the paint and redo it tho.
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Post by FuhFuhhhh Focus on 2012-01-30, 1:25 am

NorCalFocus wrote:
Thanks Alex. Hey will Focus springs/struts work on your mazda? I got lows for you if they do.

I doubt it, the fronts maybe, but the rears for sure won't. I appreciate it though. Thumb Up
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Post by glowin3232 on 2012-01-30, 2:41 am

The blue really pops on the white, I like it. I still cannot wait to see that bumper painted and mounted, we're gonna have another sexdan on our hands.
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Post by kyles02svt on 2012-01-30, 9:13 am

FuhFuhhhh Focus wrote:
NorCalFocus wrote:
Thanks Alex. Hey will Focus springs/struts work on your mazda? I got lows for you if they do.

I doubt it, the fronts maybe, but the rears for sure won't. I appreciate it though. Thumb Up
They might post a pic of the rear sub frame and the top mounts for your struts in the front cause your knuckle are almost the same as the 05 and up focus
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Post by FuhFuhhhh Focus on 2012-01-30, 10:55 am

^ Interesting. Smile

Ill work on getting some pics.

Edit: Heres what I got, can try and get some better ones if need be.

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Post by kyles02svt on 2012-01-30, 6:25 pm

Nope complete different sorry
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Post by FuhFuhhhh Focus on 2012-01-30, 7:14 pm

Yep, thought so haha.
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-02-07, 12:38 am

So I got the battery cables ran and hooked up. I was able to get power to the whole car so that means I didn't screw anything up.

I used an old positive cable from one of the swaps I've done to make the extension. Then I simply moved the negative cable and ground it on other places. The short end you can see in this picture, the long end I ran to a bolt on the transmission.

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Later this week, I'm going to pick up some cable tie downs and pull the cable back out of the way.

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Lastly heres the breaker in the engine bay. This worked out super well because one I had to make a junction in this spot anyways, and two I'll be able to cut power to the car if I need to. The battery is not in a easy place to get too.

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Post by SVT3658 on 2012-02-07, 9:11 am

I really hope you never get a dead battery in a situation where the car can't be push-started.

Looking awesome!

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Post by Kenzx3 on 2012-02-07, 9:40 am

Looks like he'll still be able to jump it if a headlight comes off.
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-02-07, 10:43 am

Yup Ken's right, pull the headlight and jump away.
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Post by SVT3658 on 2012-02-07, 11:19 am

NorCalFocus wrote:Yup Ken's right, pull the radiator cover, grille, THEN headlight and jump away.
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-02-07, 11:53 am

I haz no radiator cover.

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Post by SVT3658 on 2012-02-07, 12:47 pm

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-02-11, 12:10 am

I took off work a few hours early and got to work on my car. I re did the main ground from the negative post and got a much cleaner result. Next I tucked the positive battery cable back to the inner fender, got the power wire for my amp run through the fire wall and all loomed up.

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Went back tonight and pulled apart some of the factory harness to re-run wires and clean them up. Tomorrow, I'll wrap up the wires. Also found out the factory PS lines are a PITA. They're in such a horrible spot going over the transmission.
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Post by TheGlassMaker on 2012-02-11, 1:38 am

Holy crap man, I've missed alot. Updates are great I love the shaved bumper but I'm curious about marker lights, are you going with euro fenders? The blue wheels look killer I can't wait to see this done!!
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-02-12, 10:31 pm

So didn't much as much done as I wanted to with my car, but I got her running again. Fired right up on the first shot. Which is good to know all my wiring is solid. There's a G2G next weekend so I'm going to try and have her running to take her.

In other news I did a transmission swap in the wagon today. Took about 6 hours to knock out. I got one issue tho, I think I have to swap the shifter. The positions of the trans don't line up with the positions of the shifter in the car. Got it figured out to where I can drive fine for now.
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Post by trailbikerider on 2012-02-13, 12:24 am

LESS TALK MORE PICTURES <3

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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-02-13, 12:45 am

Pictures are lacking.
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Post by glowin3232 on 2012-02-13, 2:09 am

The info alone is tantalizing.
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Post by NorCalFocus on 2012-02-16, 11:15 pm

Okay so one more mother flipping day till I get my other two blue wheels back :mad: I was hoping to have some arty pics of the whole car with the wheels tonight.
But here she is, ready to go for this weekend.

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So update on where I sit now....Intake, battery relocation, wire's tucked, suspension install thats all done.

I still need to do the following, paint bumper, prep and paint rear lip, get header wrap and wrap the header, install fog turns (may happen tomorrow), cut fenders and install the euro markers, work on the trunk, fiberglass and install SVT center console, FIGURE OUT MOAR LOW.
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