Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:18 am

Well,the back axle was fitted and taken out for a test run and all seems much quieter and not as frantic but an indicated 65 was clocked at 85 on the satnav so the next job was the speedo....by my reckoning with the 3.77 diff,original wheels and type 9 gearbox I needed a tpm speedo of around 1133....after a trip out on Fleabay I have come up with this after a little modding..

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and I've always wanted a trip meter.

The pound shop didn't have a flat gold spray so had to have a gold glitter effect :lol:

fitting this afternoon and a trip out to Huddersfield Autojumble this weekend to test/prove.

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:42 am

As an afterthought , does anyone know if the Escort2 back axle has built-in tracking ? as I'm shortly going to check the front/rear wheel tracking..
Have checked all the manuals/sites and there's no mention of it ...or any figures...

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby 58 MOGGY » Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:45 am

No tracking adjustment,axle should be parallel,


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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:48 pm

Early test run shows 88mph , at Satnav 90 mph , near enough for me and Mr Plod

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( On a private road, of course )

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby 58 MOGGY » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:51 pm

Spot on,love it when a plan comes together


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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:44 pm

Dear All

The back end feels good....except a little low , 3/4" off the bump-stops , now that may be alright for the street racers , but not for me....seems the "nearly new" ACA 5488 springs are what you pay for them...CR4P.

So onto Plan B...

Stripping down the old 7 leaf springs and maybe the bone-jarring lack of movement was down to the inter-leaf friction due to 60 years of rust??
Out with the wire wheel and then a liberal coating of Moly-grease , removing one leaf to make a previously unknown 6 spring set-up and re-assemble..
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Wrap with Desmo tape and put to one side till the other is ready..
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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby woodywoodchipper » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:24 pm

I do like that shopping trolley,(or whats left of it) :lol: :lol:
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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:52 pm

Decided to keep all the Sleeper stuff together Head lining and Heated screens

Well....the first problem I encountered was that there are no clips in the front piece , just jammed tightly into place , but that is no big deal as I'm fitting a new ( to me ) complete headlining.

Worth reading a few items on this first....

https://www.mmoc.org.uk/Messageboard/vi ... hp?t=29881

Have ordered some stainless 1.2mm dia wire ( From Dublin...could have purchased for less than half price from Hong Pong, but the roof-lining is half out and I'd like it back pronto...

See also Section R 20 in the Workshop Manual.

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:03 pm

Don't forget to insulate the interior light wires ( one is permanently live!! )
Getting dark and cold out there but have moved on more than expected,after removing a few trim pieces to access the tensioning wires , releasing them ( the book says to pull in new wires to pull back the originals but I think I can manage without...) and the head lining is out...looks like Barney Rubbles head lining.....

Next the rear screen , once again the book says push it out from inside the car....it won't...but after removing 60 years worth of crud from around the outside of the seal , managed to gently pry the glass and seal into the car from outside.

Retiring for the night

Score ME 1 Car 0

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby 58 MOGGY » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:36 pm

You went the right way,screen in/ out from inside,they really are a git to fit,next time for me gonna pay a fitter,


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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:33 am

The headlining...
The old one ( in the car ) looks like the supports were glued to the headlining and when that failed were stitched ( Fred Flintstone-like ) :roll:

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as for the "new" one , the supports are stitched into the headlining and had a coating of patina ( rust ) coming through , no surprise really after 60 years of condensation coming through the roof ,
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so a liberal coating of shiny 3M black tape ( to reinforce and protect,as well as making them easier to fit..I hope ).

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Next job insulate the roof fully and fit the quad speakers behind the headlining....

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:52 pm

Should have taken a picture of the roof before trying to remove the insulation...it looks like it was stuck with pitch,horrible black stuff/hard to remove but done now....

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Digressed and looked at fitting the two door switches ( lights on reminder/courtesy light ) and it all went to plan , drilled an access hole behind the trim and a couple in the upright and in they popped... :D

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the wires will be fed up and into the rats-nest behind the dash , the rats nest is going to be tidied this winter as some items will be moved across to the passenger side...Bluetooth,Digital radio receiver etc.etc.

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:26 pm

Headlining all rewired with 1.2mm s/s , roof insulated and speakers fitted , heated glass fitted in the old rubber surround and ready to re-fit after the headlining in the morning...I was wrong thinking I didn't need to pull wires through on the old ones...and should have taken photos of where the wires fix... :oops:

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Two speakers in the footwell and four in the roof,sounds good.

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:10 pm

Headlining in ( partially ) just enough to fit the heated rear screen...not a job for the feint-hearted ,found the old seal was better/easier to use as it had formed to the opening better.
Fitted the glass into the seal and then inserted the full monty in from the inside.....gently does it....

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Tomorrow , hopefully , the headlining will be finished...

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P.S. orange stuff is the foam insulation....

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Re: Sleepers Zetec Sleeper

Postby Sleeper » Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:56 am

Headlining....well,broke one of the front clips ( the plywood? was soft ) so re-fitted it half an inch to the right and after assessing the situation knocked up a "tool" to assist with fitting the drum-tight headlining front board

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was easier then expected.two whacks with the hammer and it was home and dry :o

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the next problem is how to make the under-window panel fit together with the headlining....

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P.S. For the eagle-eyed amongst us, took the photos after fitting as I didn't expect it to work as well as it did...
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