Past the point of no return!
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Author:  dick_dastardly [ Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:41 am ]
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Well, I've gone and done it.
The 'Tina's parked up and looking a bit sorry for herself as some Dastardly character's gone and ripped out her engine! :eek:

Yeah, I've started the engine/gearbox swap FINALLY! I've only had the engine since February.... not that long! Honest!
Managed to source 90% of the parts I need for the surgery, with the exception of A starter motor, Air filter, and some fresh oil. Nothing to major really, a trip the the Blues Boy's Banger Yard should net me a Starter with the right amount of teeth on it for under £15.

Theres plenty to be done, as I'm gonna spruce up the engine bay a bit while I'm at it, fit a brake servo to cope with the extra 40-odd HP, some braided brake hoses, and drop the subframe so I can fit the rest of my polybushes as well.

Then theres the wiring loom and pipework to be attended to...... maybe she'll be done sometime this year! Seriously though, I want her all done ASAP, as I'm missing her already!
Meant to get some piccies of today's/yesterdays progress, but my cam batteries were flat :wall:

I'll get on the potatoe case tomorrow, don't panic! :D

Author:  daveyboy [ Tue Jun 07, 2005 10:21 am ]
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Hey, sounds good, I haven't been following progress as I'm a relatively new LAW user, what engine did you rip out and what is going in its place?

Author:  MWF [ Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:10 am ]
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Wow that's great to hear, didn't think anything was happening on the Tina front. Sounds like it's all going reasonably smoothly, hope the new engine runs OK.

Author:  dick_dastardly [ Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:06 pm ]
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Well guy's, it's the end of another day's knuckle splitting on the Tina.
OK, so not ALL day. Most of it was spent mincing about trying to get a few bit's and bobs I'd forgotten about!

Oh, heres me rambling on, nearly forgot.....

Dave- current spec is a misley 1600crossflow and the upgrades nothing too flash, just a 2.0l Pinto with a few choice mods, hopefully giving about 130bhp or so. (fingers crossed)

Chris- progress has been slow due to damn work comitments and the like getting in the way, but I've booked some time off now so I can get my hands dirty again!

Anyway. back to the tale...
Sourced a starter, bit more than I thought at £25, but I didn't fancy bump starting everywhere! Decided to fit an electric fan in place of the current water pump driven one, in the hope of unleashing a couple of extra horses. A suitable fan was found in......... A Fiat 126 BIS! I know, piddly little engine etc, but you wanna see the size of the blades on this mother, it looks like a jet turbine and blows a serious gale when it's powered up! Not to mention it's a perfect fit in front of the rad wedged under the front crossmember.
Sourced a 4branch exhaust manifold too! Yay, thats another 15BHP over standard (so I'm told)! :DD:
As for REAL work, well....
Mainly been stripping stuff out of the engine bay so I can give the metalwork a quick flash over. Not found any major rust thank god, just the usual surface scabs here and there. Ripped out the heater box, wiper motor, and various other bolt on bits. Jetwashed the engine bay off and prepped a few bits and bobs ready for a lick of paint tomorrow.
Sorry theres no pic's yet guy's, I seem to have lost my battery charger for the camera, so you'll just have to make do with a 'before' shot of the lump that was.... ;) I'll try and get some snaps tomorrow.


Author:  MWF [ Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:32 pm ]
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Excellent, are you dremeling the head ports on the pinto lump at all?

Author:  daveyboy [ Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:28 pm ]
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Nice one, you can't slate the Pinto, cracking engine, nice and simple. :)

Author:  dick_dastardly [ Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:45 pm ]
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Well folks, I gave up trying to find my camera batteries, so I took some really poor koala-tea shots with my phone!

I've been a busy boy this week, having stripped most things out of the engine bay and either cleaned them or given them a lick of paint. Should have really taken some shots before I started sprucing stuff up, but hey, what can I say, I'm a retard!

Onto the eye candy! LOL! (Well, more like that horrible cheap white chocolate actually!!)

This first one shows (well tries to show) the destinct lack of powah.... erm, plant!


WOOHOO, a brake servo at last! Maybe I'll be able to drive faster than 30mph without allowing 200yards additional braking distance now!


And an oddly Dawson-esque shot showing the flashy chromed studs I've decided to use as wing bolts, due to the current ones having a tendancy to rust at the first sign of rain!


Those keen observers amongst you will have noticed the large pile of assorted bolts grouped together on the battery tray in shot one.

Any suggestions as to where they all go would be greatly apreciated!

:top: :cry: :wall:

Author:  MWF [ Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:15 pm ]
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Blimey that engine bay is clean, very impressed!

Author:  dick_dastardly [ Fri Jun 10, 2005 12:32 am ]
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It's not that good Chris. Mainly down to the fact that some retard of a previous owner decided to brush paint the inner wings at some point. :wall:

It looks better, albeit with slightly fewer brush strokes! It's an engine bay at the end of the day, and the car's no concourse winner, thats for sure. I just wanted it to look a bit more presentable than it was.

Still got miles of work to do yet though. Brake pipes to get made up, braided hoses to fit, wiring loom need modifying as the alternator's gonna be on the opposite side of the engine to what it was, and the starter now has a built in solenoid instead of the old remote wing mounted type.....

More piccies will follow as I get through the huge list!

Author:  dick_dastardly [ Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:33 pm ]
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Been a while since I added to this thread......

Lookie what turned up this morning....
braided brake hoses!


And a bargain they were too.... £25 the set, delivered!

Forgot to mention, I had the extended brake pipes made last week, that I needed for the servo. I'll take some piccies tomorrow.
Things are coming along quite well now, the engine bay's pretty much finished, the wiring loom's modded and all retaped, the rigid brakepipes been fitted now too.
Spent tonight removing the front subframe and steering assembly, ready to be stripped painted and polybushed at the weekend. Got the waxoil out as well, and gave the front arches and inside the inner wings a good coating while I could get to them easily.
Been a busy boy again! :DD:

Author:  MWF [ Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:34 pm ]
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Nice one Dick, those braided lines are mucho cheapness how did you obtain them?

Author:  dick_dastardly [ Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:58 pm ]
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** Blatant Plug time**

got em from www.rallydesign.co.uk

They were actually £21, but the rest was post and packing.

Oh, and a guy local to me knocked me up two nickel alloy brake lines, one about 18" and the other about 5 feet, for the bargain price of £12 as well.

Author:  Vauxnova [ Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:00 am ]
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Oh my! dick, thats impressive

Author:  dick_dastardly [ Thu Jun 16, 2005 4:59 pm ]
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Some progress piccies as promised..... :DD:

Left the old girl a bit high and dry last night.....


Mmmmmm..... don't youu just love the smell of waxoyl and underseal!


A bit of a lefty....


And a bit of a righty....


For those that have never seen, heres the complete suspension/steering assembly and subframe.
And the mystery engine on the stand in it's sleeping bag!


Author:  dick_dastardly [ Fri Jul 08, 2005 11:59 pm ]
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Time for an update me thinks.....
Been a busy boy again today. Replaced the front subframe mounts for polybushes to match the rest, but most importantly, DROPPED THE SPRUCED UP LUMP IN! :D


I would have gone further, but as usual, there's a big spanner in the works stopping play, in the form of a dead gearbox :cry:

The syncro on second is shafted on mine, has been since I've had the car, so a friend reckoned he'd got one at the back of his shed, and promised to drop it off.

The one I was promised finally turned up, but alas, it was from a MK2 Escort, and although theyre the same bolt pattern, there about 3 inches shorter than a Cortina box! DOH!!!!

Now begins the search for a 1600 crossflow Cortina box. It's gotta be this one as conveniently, the 1600/1300 boxes were fitted with close ratio internals. That mated to the low ratio diff should give some entertaining 0 to 60 times, albeit with a top end of about 75mph! But hey, it's traffic light wars I'm fighting these days..... :wink:

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