How is your current modifying cars budget

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Are you cutting down your modifying your car budget or is this a priority that will always get funding when you are in a tight squeeze?

Things are pretty tight for me, I've been poorly for quite a long time so work has suffered, I've got family who are ill and need looking after so for me spending money on modding my car is simply not going to happen.
 
Things are tight as I am still trying to sell my flat and then buy a house. We're very reluctant to spend anything big in case it's needed for quick sale & move.
 
Things are pretty tight here as well so it's only essential spending on my car at the moment.
 
I need about 12k, but just started, just ordered forged conrods, just started to remove the engine, then it's sending a piston and conrods away to design a set of forged pistons, lots of play time coming
 

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Found pistons 4 U :)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/322545449290?rt=nc

There should be plenty of forged rods you just need to do a search of say Eagle,K1 ,Spool etc as I am sure that off the shelf forged rods are available so no need for custom parts IMO

FYI I have had Wiseco pistons and Eagle rods in my 350+hp @ the tyres for over 5 years in my track car and would buy again if needed
 
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You would think so, but because the duratec 30 is now over 10 years old, performance parts are no longer made, ive made teens of phone calls, theres only a few sets of k1 rods hanging about left, after that it's custom made. Wisco and all the other piston manufactures stopped making them but none of them have removed them from the websites.
It's a challenge but i wouldnt have it any other way
 
Found pistons 4 U :)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/322545449290?rt=nc

There should be plenty of forged rods you just need to do a search of say Eagle,K1 ,Spool etc as I am sure that off the shelf forged rods are available so no need for custom parts IMO

FYI I have had Wiseco pistons and Eagle rods in my 350+hp @ the tyres for over 5 years in my track car and would buy again if needed
The eBay thread is for a 2.5L at 83mm but the ST220 is 89mm at a compression ratio of 8:5:1, I've contacted him and it's old stock.
 
You may be able to mix and match parts to suit if nothing is available specifically for your engine.

Is there a Ford/Mazda car club forum that you can search to see if parts are available ??

FYI my 4G63 is even older than your Duratec and there is heaps of aftermarket parts available.
 
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You may be able to mix and match parts to suit if nothing is available specifically for your engine.

Is there a Ford/Mazda car club forum that you can search to see if parts are available ??

FYI my 4G63 is even older than your Duratec and there is heaps of aftermarket parts available.
Ive spent 14 months researching all options and found the duratec 30 has very little in upgrades and compatability with other engines, the only people that has almost done it is noble but even they admit it' not perfect.
 
As a last resort may I suggest that you persevere and send the specs /dimensions of the rods ie the length,crank bearing size and width and the piston pin diameter .The pin size can be changed easily to suit the piston pin or the reverse.

Do the same with the pistons and you may be surprised .

For example my pistons are stroker pistons with the pins positioned 1/2 of the stroke increase closer to the crown/top.

Here are your rods :)
http://www.campbellenterprises.com/...ts/v6-duratec-rods-3.0-duratec-conrods-k1.php
 
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I've ordered the rods, found some k1's in germany, but the pistons will need to be ordered specially due to the heat created.
I could do with finding some oil jets from a NASCAR V8, they work great under the pistons
 
My projects must continue. It's how I maintain my sanity. Funds are definitely tight due to the state of the world but I manage. Most labor I do myself so I keep myself busy. At the moment I do have parts to order but that will have to wait.
 
Are you cutting down your modifying your car budget or is this a priority that will always get funding when you are in a tight squeeze?

Things are pretty tight for me, I've been poorly for quite a long time so work has suffered, I've got family who are ill and need looking after so for me spending money on modding my car is simply not going to happen.
I to am a disabled family, well me and Mrs Bates. Have been for 21 years now, so finding serious money now is extremely difficult so you are not alone here.

I have a bit saved, but prioritising is essential, and "super modding" is not really an option anymore, just a hope.

Chins up. We do what we can, when we can. And if anyone needs to confidentially off load or talk stuff through, my councilling head is always available, just private message me.
 
I'm a struggling young man working in a tough a demanding field so between trying to achieve my studies and living at least it's real hard in these days
I do feel all of you, have been planning a project for a while now with no action taken yet... :(
 
When I was a poor student (many years ago) I had a 1956 Austin A30 as my daily transport. A fellow student had a slightly later Austin A40 rally car. He crashed the car and sold the remains to me for just £2. I transplanted the 'hot' engine into my A30 and with it's lower gearing had a car that could out accelerate Jags from the lights. It ran out of puff at about 60 MPH but it was the most fun car ever.

The moral of the story is that you don't need to have a lot of money to get more smiles per miles.

Just be in the right place at the right time.

Incidentally, I had a 1926 Dodge Brothers tourer GIVEN to me because I took care of an old lady's cats. I got it running and sold it for a good price. It helped pay for my 1949 MG TC restomod.
 
I never had a budget but would turn down mods that costed fortunes, I di the maths the other day and getting all the mods I'd like internally for the engine I need £4,200 to bump my car from 197BHP to 250-300+ (inc. new turbo) I've had to put all on hold after getting into a relationship & saving for marriage, then probably a child, so, may have to wait till I'm an elder at this point :lol:?-/:(
 
I never had a budget but would turn down mods that costed fortunes, I di the maths the other day and getting all the mods I'd like internally for the engine I need £4,200 to bump my car from 197BHP to 250-300+ (inc. new turbo) I've had to put all on hold after getting into a relationship & saving for marriage, then probably a child, so, may have to wait till I'm an elder at this point :lol:?-/:(
Eddie mate you are a young man so getting your life in the right order first is the way to go. I was around 35 when I started my rally driving on a very slim budget with having a family to support along with a mortgage and running a small building company with 3 employees. My rally driving ended after 3 years when the economy collapsed and work became very scarce and the car had to be sold.
Better days are ahead for you so just get all your ducks in a row first and I'm sure you will get there in the end.
 
Eddie mate you are a young man so getting your life in the right order first is the way to go. I was around 35 when I started my rally driving on a very slim budget with having a family to support along with a mortgage and running a small building company with 3 employees. My rally driving ended after 3 years when the economy collapsed and work became very scarce and the car had to be sold.
Better days are ahead for you so just get all your ducks in a row first and I'm sure you will get there in the end.
Well, all I can say, is I hope so I can continue with the hobby sooner thn later ~
Sadly with the economy, inequality and all in the UK I'm unsire if I can continue with it anytime soon.
 
Well, all I can say, is I hope so I can continue with the hobby sooner thn later ~
Sadly with the economy, inequality and all in the UK I'm unsire if I can continue with it anytime soon.
just hang in there Eddy and things will get better for you and your family.
 
Don't just wait for things to come right...get out there and make it happen!

I have run my own business for the past 25 years and wouldn't go back to making money for someone else.
 
Don't just wait for things to come right...get out there and make it happen!

I have run my own business for the past 25 years and wouldn't go back to making money for someone else.
Me too, 2000 I stepped out on my own and if I didn't I wouldn't be able to run a site like this and meet such awesome people.

The responsibility and stress is quite high, especially if you are working online and the tech is continually changing and evolving.
 
I think if I were to have my time again, I would make sure I took more time out. Holidays are far more of a luxury than most people realise. A lot of employees take them for granted. If they had to keep all the plates spinning they would soon realise that a break has to be earned. !
 
I don't want to pass away without doing as much as I can when it comes to driving and competing against others and myself for as long as I feel that I am able and no danger to others on track days as well as the streets. I pray that I will recognize and accept when it comes time to hang up my helmet and step back and be a spectator.
 

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