News October 2012. Anglia 105e Lotus Zetec
the North Wales Classic Ford 2012 Snowdonia Tour, we started looking
out for another Project,
it had to be something small & quick
and boy-o-boy, were those Anglia 105e's fast 'round the bends and
on the straights !
interior was good as well; dash, glove box & instrument binnacle
all original, good headlining but needing reglueing over the
rear window, leather
2 tone Recaros, an extra set of 4 dials and a good rear seat. The door
panels were made of vinyl covered aluminium and would need need
refitting, but the
engine bay was immaculate and running a 1600 cc 711 block Crossflow on
a single carb with a stainless steel exhaust system and with the
A final check for sump to steering rack clearance & under bonnet space and the brace tubes were profiled & welded to the Zetec engine side plates & bush tubes. The gearbox was moved forward about 2 inches and the propshaft extended with new universal joints; the rear springs had already been fitted with lowering blocks and the axle & diff were in good condition.
Having trial fitted the engine & sump, a "proper" installation was commenced.
The engine spec reads as follows - 2 ltr Mondeo silver top engine, stripped & rebuilt with new oil & water pumps, new main & big end shells, new cam belt, reconditioned & skimmed cylinder head, 1.8 Zetec flywheel, and Pinto heavy duty clutch. The clutch cable was relocated to clear the 'bike carbs, a new brake master cylinder with remote reservoir was fitted, the engine cooling taken care of with a VW Polo radiator with 10 inch electric cooling fan and for in-car comfort a "Finlandia" 3 speed heater was fitted with adjustable nozzles & ducted air to the windscreen.
A 105 speed stainless steel exhaust manifold was chosen to help boost torque, this was coupled to the existing 2 inch stainless steel pipe & silencer, run close to the floor pan to give plenty of ground clearance. The electric fuel pump went under the rear floor with the pressure regulator in the engine bay, the alloy swept inlet manifold & Mikuni 'bike carbs, topped off with a Pipercross air filter followed next and the Ignition control ECU proudly took centre stage on the scuttle above the coil pack & thermostat housing.
Some features of this installation and cost savings made versus a "conventional" Escort style Zetec Installation are:
Only a few issues since completion -
Chester Sportscars. Tel. 01244 822244