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I joined OSF, bought this escort and the fun has begun.

Back when prices were sensible I was driving around in mk1 and mk2 RS2000's.

Had a couple of 2.8 Capri's too.

Genuine RS's were out of the question this time around, so I searched about until this Zetec powered escort turned up. It had a few foibles to begin with, but I'm working through them. Funniest one was the engine wouldn't shut off until the door was open? How about that for random! It was also running the original Mondeo injection and an open diff. I've been slowly bringing it up to date. It now has a Tran X diff, Jenvey throttle bodies and omex ignition. Best money I've ever spent.

If anyone's interested I'll bung up some before and after pics of what I've achieved so far.

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That's where I am in the engine bay.

Std injection and Mondeo alternator junked. Std ecu swapped for Omex and coil pack moved under inlet manifold. Tomorrow's job is to tap inlet for brake vacuum. I'm building up to that one!

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So today's acheivement.

I've finally managed to remove the type 9 from the completely std transmission tunnel. What a mare that was.

God knows how the original builder got it to fit? I reckon he bolted the box up to the engine and dropped the car over the top!

So before I fit my newly purchased Quaife straight cut back in, I need to make a decision on what to do with the tunnel.

Do I buy Retro Fords raiser plate or chop the tunnel and fit a replacement larger gearbox tunnel?

Thoughts please.

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Hi , you mean a 5-speed type 9 ?

A have a 5-speed type 9 gearbox in mine escort estate mk2 , and i removed the original brackets and used a subframe/hinge from a automatic and reinforced the floor on to the tunnel , just a simple plate 2mm and bolts trow the floor and jone , check if the driveshaft sits right.post-14657-0-99689700-1414266335_thumb.jpg

 

 

Now i see you want to place a other type gearbox.

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Yeah 5 speed.

Excuse my ignorance. I thought all type 9's were 5 speed and the 4 speed was a type E or earlier? Learnt something new today

So are you saying don't bother with a large tunnel. Will defo have to either fit raiser plate or remove gearbox breather otherwise it'll bash the top of the tunnel big time.

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Yeah 5 speed.

Excuse my ignorance. I thought all type 9's were 5 speed and the 4 speed was a type E or earlier? Learnt something new today

They are (re type 9's all being 5 speed)

 

I use a T9 in a standard mk1 tunnel, it is definitely possible. You can get them in and out by dropping the cross member down on long bolts to open up the gap to the bulkhead.

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Can I ask, do you have the alloy Quaife top plate fitted on your box? There just doesn't seem enough room to get it back in, even with the breather removed that is fitted to my box. It's an ex race box and a breather is fitted where the oil filler cap would of been.

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Thanks all.

Think I might just chop the top of the tunnel, fit up the box and see what the crack is. I can always weld it back on if needs be.

It'll drive me mad if the tail shaft cover on gearbox is vibrating against the top of the tunnel.

Although last Sunday's welding exploits involved a trip to A&E. So wish me luck!

 

On another note, has anyone used Retro Fords gearbox mount? I like the idea it is height adjustable, so I can tweek the height.

My current affair looks a little Heath Robinson. I have mounts bolted to the car, then another set of mounts bolted to these...... And then the gearbox mount bolted to that.

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A little update.
Got the raiser plate welded in and also purchased a better gearbox mount at the same time.
Had a quick go at lifting the box back in, but I was at least 2 weetabix short of the lifting power required.
With a bit of luck my little big bro will come to visit over the holidays and supply the extra muscle power!

 

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Nah, I bought it off a nice chap called Marcus. I believe he's on here somewhere.

The shell was / is spot on, just lacking in the exotic goodies that an escort deserves.

The Jenvies and Omex were the 2nd big purchase after the Tran-x diff. The sound they make is just gorgeous!

Once the straight cut box is finally in, I'll be really happy with it. My plan was to have that sorted for Christmas Day, but now I'm aiming for New Years Day. You know how it goes.

The GT you have in your signature also looks very very tidy.

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So a little update.......

 

I got the gearbox back in with a couple of mates. Finished bolting it up and fitted the retro ford gearbox mount last night.

This morning I took it for a quick spin, got a mile from my house and the cast bell housing cracked where the clutch cable is mounted.

Gutted! Limped her home in 2nd gear and shoved it back in the garage. It must of got damaged when we were fitting it. :0(

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