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Zetec Midget

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Joseph Pitchford
Girard, Illinois, USA   usa

I recently picked up this driveline from a fellow member.

My plan is to install it into this 1972 Midget.


I was able to buy the engine, trans and most of the needed parts. I just purchased the rest of the clutch parts. I am getting ready to start the teardown of the Midget. If anyone needs a good running 1275 with a 4spd pm me. Can see/ hear run and will be able to drive for the next few weeks. Then you;ll only be able to hear it run(Plan to bolt to a pallet.). Price is Best offer.
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Trevor Jessie
Louisville KY, USA   usa

Where are you located?



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Joseph Pitchford
Girard, Illinois, USA   usa

Just south of Springfield, illinois.
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Trevor Jessie
Louisville KY, USA   usa

Drat! A little too far for me.



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Joseph Pitchford
Girard, Illinois, USA   usa

For the right price ill meet you halfway.
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Brian M
San Jose, CA, USA   usa

PM'd you, Joe (if the motor's still available).
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Joseph Pitchford
Girard, Illinois, USA   usa

received and resent. I'll see what i can do when i get home tom. I should be able to get Compression numbers for sure.
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Joseph Pitchford
Girard, Illinois, USA   usa

This is what i picked up.

Finished up the belt routing and making all the pulley brackets. I had to add the right upper pulley so i could use the stock waterpump. Since i am not running A/C or P/S the belt would have been running around the outside of the pulley and turning the wrong direction. It could have been fixed with a pump from a 1.6 early zetec but I am trying to keep as much the same as possible. So far everything used has been off the shelf nothing special ordered. I have changed the alt pulley to a 6rib pulley. The GM pulley was only a 5rib. I have some grinding to do on the bracket for the alt but it fits nicely. plus with using the 1 wire alt they are cheap and come in a multitude of amp ratings. This one is a 65amp. It should be plenty.

Also picked up the clutch parts. Still need to get the HTOB installed in the trans so i can get them put together for the last time.

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Travis Hallum
Houston, TX, USA   usa

Very nice...I've always thought the Zetec would make for a great runner in a B. They are rev happy little engines!
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Joseph Pitchford
Girard, Illinois, USA   usa

A little more work accomplished. I've decided to run plastic lines so it looks OEM. I can buy the tools to make them and the fittings for $175 and 25' rolls of the actual line are $50. I think that's the route I'm going to go. I want this install to look as factory as possible. I'll be wrapping the harnesses with factory style loom as well. I may change that and use better stuff but I'm after that "This is how it came from the factory" look. I really like this stuff it's tough enough to use under the car yet if you warm it up it can be bent to shape around corners. I have been testing how to bend it with some scraps i have from jobs repairing lines and can make it turn almost 90degrees without a kink. The trick is to seal one end and apply air pressure then heat and bend allow to cool and remove pressure.

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Jeremy Mulder
Dallas TX, USA   usa

What transmission are you using? T5?



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Joseph Pitchford
Girard, Illinois, USA   usa

Yes, Ford T5.
Dave Craddock
Redford (Detroit), Mi., USA   usa

Joe what bellhousing are you using?
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Joseph Pitchford
Girard, Illinois, USA   usa

Thats the best part. Im using a stock v8 bellhousing. The 4 holes on the sides lined right up. The top two were way high. I was able to drill and tap the block for the upper bolts. I used a bit the same size as the hole in the trans to get the center then drilled to the proper size for the tap. Worked great. I'm going to make a backing plate to seal up the clutch area. I have the pattern made just need to cut it out.
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA, USA   usa

Joe, What did you do for starter line up? Is the intake homemade?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/17/2012 11:44AM by 260mgb.
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Joseph Pitchford
Girard, Illinois, USA   usa

Yes the intake is homemade. It came with the engine. For the starter I have some simple plate tabs that bolt into the stock holes in the bellhousing then to the starter. I plan to make an adapter that i can weld onto the bellhousing or to the starter. I like the idea of welding to the starter because i could move it to any T5 application. The other idea would be to use a custom flywheel the has the proper T5 ringgear on it.
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