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  1. Longboarder

    What distributor do I need

    Tuned pinto needing a more reliable electronic spark. The aftermarket choices must be powerspark or accuspark both of whom can supply a distributor for about £100. You can tell them current/future mods to the engine so they can provide the ideal advance curve built in. They may specify an ideal coil as well. Very simple to fit and reliable. Only an ECU controlled 'non distributor' ignition system with mappable spark tables will do better such as megajolt from someone like Trigger-wheels but more expensive of course and will need mapping on a rolling road for perfection.
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    Zetec Overheating

    I have to disagree with you there. Thermostats are simple and amazingly effective devices that have been around for a hundred years and remain the cheapest most effective and efficient way of maintaining the engines operating temperature within relatively narrow parameters. The design of the cooling system is also important to avoid air locks and allow proper flow of coolant. The thermostat flow control also allows the fitting of a radiator with sufficient heat exchange capacity to cool in hot weather when driving hard without over cooling in subzero winter days. I wouldn't want to drive without one.
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    Zetec Overheating

    Basic problem is the water rail. Designed to took good but ignores the problems remote thermostats bring and the install instructions do not suggest using a header tank (or they didn't when I bought one years ago). Having the stat 9inches down a blind tube with no flow is not a great plan so you have to create flow. Hole drilled in the fixed part of the stat and I would suggest 5mm diameter is the best solution. Fill, run up to temperature and keep topping up as you run the engine with occasional rev-ups for 10 minutes. Addition of a header tank is also a good thing. If it doesn't self bleed air under these circumstances the cooling system has other flaws. The raceline rail is much better designed, cheaper but not so blingy. The original stat housing works perfectly and the raceline one saves less than an inch of space in comparison. (My blacktop stat housing cannot be removed with the engine in situ but I can change the stat in situ.)
  4. Longboarder

    Pinto Electronic Ignition

    The ESC11 with DFTH carb that went with it are a bit clunky and overcomplicated. If you have a poor running engine then changing to an accuspark dizzy and converting the carb by removing the stepper motor and making up a screw type 'throttlestop' to allow you to set idle will simplify matters. This will only help if you have checked through the usual culprits for poor running like cam timing, compression, air leaks, ignition timing, dizzy components, leads, plugs, jets, fuel supply, float height etc and they are all ok. What carb are you using?
  5. Longboarder

    Pinto Electronic Ignition

    ESC11 and its Bosch 'Hall Effect' dizzy are already electronic, albeit with a more conservative ignition map than say Accuspark. The ESC11 also controls manifold heater and the stepper motor on the carb for idle control. Is there a problem with the unit? Changing to accuspark would be unlikely to give big gains but is perhaps a little more adjustable. I ran ESC with twin 40's and it was fine.
  6. Longboarder

    Radiator fitted low down.

    True it's not a good design creating the potential for air to gather in the hose but flow is pretty vigorous at that point which reduces the effect. You could have a look at the hose length. Cutting an inch off each end of the hose will lower the rear arm of the hose that attaches to the stat housing but not the arm on the radiator. Further you may be able to raise the radiator a little. I would also have a look at the gearbox mount under the rear of the box if it's a type 9. Raising that by mounting it above the floor rather than under it will drop the front of the engine and it may be able to be shimmed up even further without problems. Probably not much you can do to lower the engine mounts without endangering the sump but make sure they are not shimmed up. Is the sump already shortened?
  7. Longboarder

    Track rod end extenders

    Do you mean you have a bent tie rod/track rod. Probably best to replace it and you get the bonus of a new inner ball joint and they are not expensive.
  8. Longboarder

    Pinto 2.0 running issues possibly carb?

    Plug colours do suggest its running rich, not greatly but differently in each cylinder. Are all the plugs the same type. 1 & 2 look as if they are running less rich or hotter than 3 & 4. I think the carbs need a strip and clean, resetting of float chambers, checking needle positions (might be the type of carbs that allow different needle length settings) and balancing carefully. If that doesn't sort it then I would be hunting a bike carb expert for advice.
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    Pinto 2.0 running issues possibly carb?

    Brilliant set of pics and vids. I was not expecting bike carbs which are great once set up. Lumenition ignition with a modified bosch dizzy. The fuel regulator you show is a fuel pump. Worth having a good look at the blue cap. There will be white letters on it, 12v and a part number. The part number is critical as to its pumping pressure and you can look that up on the HARDI website to check its low enough for bike carbs. Afraid there's a big hole in my knowledge of bike carbs but plenty here who know lots. That's a grubby old filter of the correct type so could do with a change. I would check timing with a strobe on the crank pulley and clean the dizzy. Remove and check the plugs and probably refit them. Their colour should tell you a lot about how rich or lean it's running. I would pull one of the fuel hoses from the filter and run it into a milk bottle and switch on the ignition to confirm good steady fuel flow. Check cam timing if you can. I suspect those will all be OK. Then it's down to the carbs and you I can't advise on those. Overall I think its a nice if very untidy set-up which has loads of potential. I expect there is a hot cam in there to go with the bike carbs. A tidy and clean , a bit of carb tuning and it will purr.
  10. Longboarder

    Pinto 2.0 running issues possibly carb?

    Perfectly plausible guesses above. Could be any one or something else but this ideally should be a dialogue. Questions and answers both ways works best. You have a 2.0pinto with an unknown carb, unknown ignition system and unknown fuel pump that is a poor starter, spluttery unreliable idle and hesitation on sharp acceleration. What ignition system, what carb and what pump if I may ask? A pic of the left side of the engine bay to show those items would do. I would start by checking ignition timing and fuel pump output to eliminate those before concentrating on the carb checking and tuning. And I wouldn't waste money on buying new bits in a scattergun approach before making an attempt to identify the problems.
  11. Longboarder

    Bouncing rev counter

    Not electrically shielded enough? HT interference generation is greater when accelerating. Bigger spark needed. Check the rev counter wire is shielded and the shielding is earthed at only one end of the wire. Check you are using suppressed HT leads. Check the shell of the rev counter is earthed.
  12. Longboarder

    Fitting mini wiper motor to ford Sierra stalks

    So, confirm a lucas two speed motor. The pictures I posted previously are from that type of motor. The brush plate is. The other view of the five pin plug is too. It does sound as if you need the white park switch box. The three leads you have can be connected to the sierra column switch but without the park switch box you will not have wiper parking. IVA fail. But if you want to go ahead without the yellow lead connects to 53B, the red lead connects to 53 and the black to any earthing point on the car. I can't guarantee those colours. You can look at your brushplate and work out which of your wire colours does what. But I would advise you to buy a park switch box and fit it.
  13. Longboarder

    Fitting mini wiper motor to ford Sierra stalks

    Does your motor look very similar to this?
  14. Longboarder

    Fitting mini wiper motor to ford Sierra stalks

    Sounds like you have a motor with the brushplate wires only and no connecting plug/park switch. It is a usually white plastic housing with five terminals. The 3 brushplate wires go to pins 1,3,5 in the back of the plug. Park switch is 2, 4, unwired on the back. It sits on the surface of the crank and gear housing. You can make out some of it in the pics below. One shows the brush plate and it's 3 wires, red (slow), blue (earth) and yellow (fast) in this case and the other shows the plug and part of its white housing sitting on the motor.
  15. Longboarder

    Fitting mini wiper motor to ford Sierra stalks

    Never ceases to amaze me the bl88dy awful wiring diagrams on reputable sites. Here is a labelled pic of a Lucas wiper plug. Of the two label circles the inner one are typical lucas wire colours and Lucas wiper motor pin numbers and the outer label circle are sierra wire colours and sierra column switch pin numbers. If this isn't enough there is a more diagramatic style wiring diagram which is shown with the ignition on but the wiper has just been switched off and is part way through its park cycle. The red bits are live from the ignition but are not supplying via the switch. Instead the red supply to pin 4 on the lucas motor (pin 53A on sierra motor) is feeding back current along the lilac path, out of Lucas pin 2 (sierra pin 31B) through the switch and back out to pin 5 on the Lucas motor (pin 53 on a sierra motor) to run the park cycle. When the wiper motor reaches the park position a cam in the motor breaks the connection between lucas pins 4 & 2 (sierra pins 53A & 31B) and the motor stops with the arms neatly parked.