Ford Focus ... V8

  1. Jaffman Member

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    anyone interested in the progress I’m making on my Ford Focus?

    The "Flexus"
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLV-lSvoasneeb1I9CZ6qFMIU1biJUUpgj

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    Dubbed the Flexus because I used to own a brand new Ford Focus st and this old Ford Focus st and myself and my mate would constantly get confused as to which car each of us was referring to.

    Flexus = Focus & Lexus because the engine came from a Lexus ls400.

    Internal code name is ST400 which might give you a clue as to what power figure I’m aiming for.

    Anyway i try to upload at least 2 videos a month depending on how much I can get done in between work.

    I’d appreciate any comments (good or bad) as I’m always trying to improve the videos but I’m also keen to know what people think of the car too. I enjoy the community that builds around modified cars.
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  2. 8ob

    8ob Forum Supporter

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    Looks like you are settling into the ways of this asylum well Mr Man :) Always like the look of the yanks version using the v8 mustang running gear :thumbup:

    Bob
     
  3. Ton-up

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    Mental. Get that engine set back as far as you can!
     
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  4. Jaffman Member

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    Ha never thought of it that way! It is a little bit bananas to be fair.

    I’m not doing it the American way either atlas axles are old tech - I’m going fully independent rear suspension to keep at least a little bit of the focus’ handling capabilities


    @Ton-up engine is already in. It’s back as far as I could get away with without changing the firewall and in the interior.

    The interior is completely standard even with a modified tunnel
     
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  5. Climber

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    Is it not just going to understeer like a pig with all that weight up front?
     
  6. minimutly Member

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    I'm assuming the engine wasn't turbo'd originally? What are you doing about the cr?
    What gearbox is tha - I can see an adapter plate - BMW?
    Impressive stuff.
     
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  7. Jaffman Member

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    1uz is all aluminium and the weight is shifted back behind the front axle instead of the standard engine being in front of the front axle being mounted transversely.

    I need to get it on the scales when it’s done but I don’t think I’ve done much to upset the balance of the car - I’ve added weight to the rear too with the diff and rwd stuff so it kinda balances out
     
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  8. Jaffman Member

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    Indeed it’s just an NA Toyota engine.
    CR is staying the same these engines are good for ~8lbs of boost using the standard management. Phase 2 of this build will be getting an earlier motor with thicker rods that can handle much much more and can propel the numbers up towards 1000bhp with standalone management and bigger turbos

    Indeed it’s a 5 speed getrag from a bmw using an adaptor plate. Video on that is actually currently being edited so more details on that soon
     
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  9. arther dailey Member

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    who do you get your adapter plates from? nice work by the way
     
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  10. Jaffman Member

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    I bought this one off a guy on Facebook because cheap, but there a countless places to buy them for Japanese engines. Everyone loves to tune the jap cars

    I had to make my own for the french car I have
     
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  11. zx9

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    Interesting, I like a good engine swap and if the car ends up looking as though it could have been off the production line so much the better.
     
  12. CompoSimmonite Member

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    Will this just be a track car or are you going to IVA for road use ?
     
  13. minimutly Member

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    One piece of tounge in cheek advice to save you some frustration -
    Get a new castor on that mig:scared:
     
  14. Jaffman Member

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    Not sure yet


    Already a new ones on there, those rotating castors were less than a day old when they done that. I built that welding cart the night before that picture was taken - I wasn’t best pleased

    Nice easy change though
     
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  15. jsf55

    jsf55 Forum Supporter

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    Flippin wide engine !!
     
  16. Jaffman Member

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    Tell me about it! ;)
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  17. premmington

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    I had an early Lexus LS400 - super car for an old man.

    The "Flexus thing" made me giggle - LOL
     
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  18. Jaffman Member

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    The one I bought as a donor was a nightmare. It has the most horrendous knock on the front when you pressed the brake - it was actually frightening to drive. I drove it 300mile home and just parked it up. Guy selling it had spent a fortune on brakes trying to fix this issue but ended up selling it - I paid a shade over £400 lol it was tatty though, just generally run down.

    Yeah the car was the st400 for ages because ls400...st170... but that just took too long to say so it became the Flexus lol. ST400 just became the power goal instead
     
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  19. slim_boy_fat

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    It's hard to believe a lump like that'll shoehorn into a Focus - is there going to be enough access room for 'routine maintenance?

    Will be following progress with interest, and much respect :thumbup:
     
  20. premmington

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    My 1999 LPG MK4 LS400 had 280000 miles on the clock - and ran like a swiss watch - bits for the suspension were dear in the UK - used to order separate bushes and joints from the USA. There is a big thing for Lexus cars in the States.

    It is the only LPG car I have ever had that worked OK as well.
     
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