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Duratec Engines

15 January 2018 - 03:00 PM

Hi All


I am getting a fair amount of conflicting information with regards to duratec engines, so I am hoping you guys can help out.


1 - What cars did the different duratecs come from?  2.0, 2.3 & 2.5.  Not looking at the v6 versions, all 4 pots?


2 - Whats the difference between the st150 duratec (n4jb) and the `normal' one HE i4?


3 - Is the 2.5 ST a duratec badge but really a Zetec?


If anyone can help with these questions that would be good, No one seems to have any first hand experience with these and all the information is internet/ facebook hearsay.


Any other duratec info would be great.





Sunday Tinkering

10 September 2017 - 03:11 PM

Bit a spare time today so finally got round to make and fitting my arch protectors.


2mm fake carbon ABS plastic





Also got round to fitting the Zero badge i have had for about 6 months.




So, what everyone else been doing?


Run Out Saturday 2Nd September 2017

30 August 2017 - 10:46 PM

Hi All


We are planning a run out this Saturday to Bourton on the Water.


The plan is to meet at the West Mids area meeting place, Toby Carvery, Malt Shovel Pub, Coventry Road, Nr Stonebridge, Coventry, CV7 7HL for an all you can eat eat breakfast.  Meet up for around 8:30am and look to leave for around 9:30am.


Plan to to travel down to Bourton on the Water and stop for lunch, have a mooch around the Cotswold Motor Museum and then head back.


I have emailed the Motor Museum to see if they could host some car parking and reduced entrance fees in return for some nice fancy cars bring in local interest.  Will let you know how i get on with this.


Depending on thoughts we could head down one way and back another.  We can decide Saturday morning.


Suggested routes could be going:




and return journey:




I have obviously booked the good weather, so look forward to seeing you there.



Good Service

19 August 2017 - 01:00 PM

Just thought I would post a good customer service story. Generally hear the bad but no so often the good.

Back in May after nearly burning my car to pieces I bought a 40amp compact alternator from Car Builder Solutions.

Arrived next day with a 1 hour time slot text to me. I was sat waiting like an inpatient child!

So, after the wales trip I was getting some weird low charge situations which got worse as the weekend went on. Not enough to stop or cause issues but got a bit concerned.

I did all the normal tests and was getting a maximum charge of 13 volts.

Spoke to CBS (around 3pm Thursday) and they confirmed I had done the correct tests and that they would send out a replacement, no quibbles at all. The new unit arrived next day (yesterday) at 11am.

All fitted and working correctly again.

CBS emailed me a shipping label to box up the old one for a free return.

Now that's what I call good service. Might not be the worlds cheapest on the unit or postage (but what I felt was a reasonable price), but you get what you pay for and the car is back and working 100% within less than 24 hours of diagnosing the issue.

Just wish I still lived round the corner from them, picking stuff up used to be much easier!

Pinto Ignition & Dwell

30 July 2017 - 09:25 AM

Hi all


I need some education!


I have a pinto running an FR32 cam and raised compression with ported head and a few other tweeks.


Running the ignition i have the accuspark stealth blackbox.  The dizzy is a accuspark and is locked out with no vacuum advance.


On our run out yesterday, it was very difficult to get started and was what felt like misfiring.


At the end of the run at Richys we pulled the plugs and they were covered in a black velvety soot.  From my research, this could be fueling, but i done think so as on the rolling road it had perfect afr readings, so other possible cause is ignition timing.


I swapped the plugs for apr7fs and have them gapped to just under 1mm.  As per previous post, the standard apr6fs should be 0.7mm, so should the gap of about 0.9mm be to big?


This is the `map' i have on the blackbox at present.  Does this look right?


I understand the basics of what ignition does and but that the dwell does and how/ why i have no understanding


What i believe is that the number in the box under dwell next to the rpm are the percentage numbers for the coil draw?  i have no idea if these are even close as i have not been able to find any information on what coil draw a pinto should have.  The software limits the combined advance and dwell to 90, but again i have no idea what 90 means?


Can anyone explain this in a dummys guide for me.