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TomP
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From: Delta BC Canada
Registered: Dec 99

posted 11-01-2001 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought this would have been broadcast all over by now... but i can't find even a mention anywhere.

Ford Racing has introduced a bolt in V8 kit to put a 5.0L into a Focus using only hand tools. Converts to rear wheel drive with an 8.8" rear end and everything.

My buddy saw the car at Las Vegas NHRA Race at the Ford display trailer, he talked to the guys ...touched it with his bare hands it was bright blue with Torq Thrust wheels...i saw a picture... it DOES exist.

Anyone here heard of this or have more info?

Tom

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cpmaverick
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From: Auburn, AL.
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posted 11-01-2001 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't doubt you that it does exsist, however I don't know anything about the kit being released.

Most likely they are gauging public opinion, and it is not avaliable yet. It is certainly not on thier website.

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TomP
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From: Delta BC Canada
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posted 11-01-2001 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It certainly isn't on their website...or anyones.

It exists, Garry asked LOTS about it... the car debuting at the SEMA show this week (almost over now) is a production kit... it uses plugs in the spindles where the half shafts went whereas the car at Vegas race last week used aftermarket struts and control arms.

This thing is supposed to bolt together in 2 weekends needing nothing more exotic than a hand grinder.

Tom

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Just Jim
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From: So Cal
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posted 11-01-2001 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Jim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A 5.0 driveline sounds like the only way I'd buy a Focus.Doubt if it would pass California smog,tho.

I used a similar "factory kit" to put the Sunbeam Tiger 289 in my Morris.
Tom,it's November 1st not April 1st.Or is it?
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1958 Morris Minor 289

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TomP
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From: Delta BC Canada
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posted 11-02-2001 01:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Garry told me this 3 days ago... so April foolery doesn't apply.

Theres a couple Focus websites i found... those folks don't seem to know.

Twilight zone theme starts.... doodoo doodoo

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TomP
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From: Delta BC Canada
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posted 11-08-2001 01:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heres the car that was at the Vegas race
http://www.iseff.com/v8focus/engine1.jpg

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4narow
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From: Newport,KY
Registered: Jun 2001

posted 12-27-2001 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4narow   Click Here to Email 4narow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Someone posted this link on another board that I visit. Check it out. The parts are a little pricey but I suppose if you have 14 large to spend on a car just to drive it home and gut it out, it's not that bad.

www.kugelkomponents.com/focus.html

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cpmaverick
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From: Auburn, AL.
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posted 12-28-2001 01:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the link!!

I like it, now give me a few years to make some money and get some used Foci on the market

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69maverick
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From: Thomaston,CT.
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posted 12-28-2001 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that would surprise a few of those JAP coffee can type guys!!

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TomP
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From: Delta BC Canada
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posted 12-29-2001 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
interesting stuff... they show the parts and installed components, i had wondered how a tranny could possibly fit under the floor.

You certainly don't need all those components as a Focus alternator and A/C compressor could be re-used.(like you really NEED A/C?? )

The back has me curious, rear suspension, gas tank, etc.

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SundanceKid
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From: UT
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 01-03-2002 01:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SundanceKid   Click Here to Email SundanceKid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw a little picture in HotRod I think . I seem to remember that the engine mounts bolt in up high on the inner fenders and the intake being right at hood level. Not much a sleeper with half an engine hangin out.

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Johnny Ray
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posted 01-05-2002 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Johnny Ray   Click Here to Email Johnny Ray     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That should be one wild ride!

Thanks for the links.

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70MachT-5
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From: Pasco, WA (on the banks of the Mighty Columbia River)
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 03-01-2002 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70MachT-5   Click Here to Email 70MachT-5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Until I saw this post about the V8 powered Focus, I was all jacked up about the '89 SHO I am about to take possession of. I was considering the why's and wherefore's of puttin a SHO engine/transaxle in a Focus a la Festiva SHOgun (mid-engine). Now the whole things seems like a bore.

Since I brought it up, do any of you know if anyone else is thinking like I am??

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1965 Shelby Trans Am coupe (clone)

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