Hydro into MK1 Escort

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  1. grahamc

    grahamc Member

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    Been awhile since I have posted on here.....

    Working on my MK1 escort..... broke the pinto engine, so removed that and put a ST170 in, today was the first time we got it started.

    lots of work to do to get it finished, first on the list is to tighten up the engine mounts!

    but I need some info on what to get and how to fit, I want to put a hydro in this car. Want to retain the standard cable handbrake and run a vertical hydro.

    Any info on which one to get, size, fitting, etc would be greatly appreciated.

    oh yes, the video.....
     
  2. grahamc

    grahamc Member

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    No one? Hydro?

    Well, she officially lives and sounds pretty damn good on throttlebodies! Ok, the engine cover needs painting and the front fenders need their badges (had MEXICO badges, but removed them - have a set of ST170 badges to go on). Couple more things to do, mount ECU, hide some wires, make some gauges work, REMAP and thats about it.

     
  3. antz

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    Depends on your rear brake setup. If you're on drums with a cable then you'll have to convert to discs and work out how to make a cable handbrake fit with a hydro on the caliper...or run twin calipers. Not a quick job to do and not cheap either.
     
  4. grahamc

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    Interesting point and I had not thought about it..... I have calipers on the front but honestly not sure on the rear, will double check.
     
  5. mad.matt

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    Sounds awesome!
    Would really set it off with this - https://www.retroford.co.uk/product/bda-zetec-rocker-cover-kit-z057/

    What axle is it running? Atlas or English?
    Might be worth getting a twin-caliper setup for your axle to keep footbrake and cable handbrake on one set of calipers and have hydro on its own set of calipers. Added cost, but doesn't have the seemingly inherent brake feel issue with running a hydro plumbed into the main braking system.
     
  6. grahamc

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    Cant run that rocker cover.... its non-vvti, mine is a vvti engine. The cover will be getting painted, thats the sandblasted look!

    Atlas
     
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    Do tell why he needs to convert to discs and get a second set of calipers
     
  8. antz

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    Because switching to a hydro on a drum rear brake setup has no added benefit at all, you may as well stick to the cable handbrake which operates the drums.

    I didnt say AND get a 2nd set of calipers. I said "or run twin calipers2 which is the easier option but more costly.
     

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