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Old 05-21-2004, 03:28   #1 (permalink)
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Mk1 2ltr conversion problems

After alot of time I finally have most of the things done with my Mk1 2ltr conversion (engine, wiring, diff, front stuts, driveshaft, exhaust and extractors, etc) but I have two little things that I'm not sure about so I'm after some advice. Firstly I have mounted the battery in the boot and have run my new power cable to it and I'm not sure where the best place for the earth is. I intend to earth the battery at the engine and in the boot, should I bolt it to the boot floor with a steel plate or is there a better spot. I was thinking of going to the chassy (spelling?) but I'm unsure of how to secure the terminal (long bolt some kind of self tapping bolt or screw?) and the same with the engine bay earth. Secondly where should I run the fuel line? The exhaust exists out of the passenger side which means either way it is going to cross the exhaust somewhere. Can the line be run in the car (or at least the boot then out after the muffler) or will it be ok running close to the tip and muffler? Will the plastic line do (joined somehow) or is there a better (not to expensive) alternative? Sorry for all the questions but i'm really keen to get her some rego and down the strip.
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Re: Mk1 2ltr conversion problems

I wouldnt run the fuel line in the car at all, on dads MkI 2ltr hes got the battery earth bolted with a bolt in the boot i think, i cant remember what he did with the Fuel line though ill have to go and have a look sometime.
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Re: Mk1 2ltr conversion problems

Well from memory with the MKII 2litre, the fuel line ran under the drivers side of the car. Rubber pipe from the tank to a metal pipe that starts at the bottom of the rear wheel well, then metal up into the engine bay which extends up the firewall. It was the rubber along the top of the firewall across to passenger side and onto the pump.

The exhaust crossed over just behind the gearbox to passenger side and ran back from there. The fuel line was at its closest in the engine bay, but still a good 6" away from the extractors. Was prone to vapour lock in summer, but I fitted an electric pump between the tank and the metal pipe which solved that.
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Re: Mk1 2ltr conversion problems

hey, i'm considering buying a MK1 esky and will definately want to replace the motor with a 2ltr. Having a limited budget will obviously determine what sort it will be, whats a tough little 2ltr that is going to be fairly easy to obtain and install? Any good websites dedicated to this sort of thing. I've seen a 3.5 Rover V8 in a Mk1 but thats a little bit way out my price range, but nonetheless bloody awesome...
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From what i've heard, the german (i think), were a bit stronger in the block and the heads, but good luck finding those.

Wreckers seem to be stocking less and less tall motors now, so might be an idea to check out the trading post and classifieds like that to get a full motor. Parts are still easy to come by, and being a simple motor you can fix most things. Still a good idea to get a reputable mechanic to source bits if you hot up.

Should be able to get 140hp out of a 2litre with the right setup and they sure are a strong little motor. One exception.. oil pump and number 4 piston melting if not enough oil pressure. (done that a few times).

You can also use the cortina 2litre, but will have to change the sump to an escort unit to fit over the cross member.
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