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The next Project-ST article covering my car is up! It specifically takes a look at the teardown of the sedan in preparation for its new heart. The accompanying article on my own site will follow shortly!

fifteen52: Project ST | Focus STedan: The Teardown
 

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Alrighty! With the post on Project ST up I could also publish some additional photos and notes on my own site regarding the swap. If you haven't read the PST article, the link is in the post above this one and I ask that you please follow it if you're interested! For this post I'm going to copy and paste the entry from my site which was written to follow the PST entry.

Original Post:
https://officialthreetwenty.com/2016/11/22/swapping-mustard-part-2/


With the Project-ST.com article now up it’s time for this one to go live too. For the sharing of the swap, the PST articles will be the main coverage with the bulk of the information, whereas this site’s will provide some additional info and a few more personal anecdotes and tales. Behind the scenes if you will…behind the scenes of behind the scenes? In any case, I hope they provide some extra insight into the process. It also will allow me to share more photos of the whole ordeal because with the number that I took, I don’t expect each and every one to wind up in the PST stories. Anything that gets left over will be shared here instead!




So yes, we (I) decided to begin the teardown with 16 days until Sunday School. There were of course many things to coordinate and not wanting to have the car in pieces longer than necessary the start date did get pushed back a little bit, leaving us a relatively small window to get the work done in. Seeing as how other conversions had been done faster though we were confident. Or stupid. You decide.



Either way, we committed to it and pulled the car apart very close to the show. In fact, one of the most common things I heard from friends when we ultimately revealed the car was “you guys worked FAST”. One even said — I believe it was Errol — that when he saw us start so late he was a little bit worried that we wouldn’t finish in time. There’s nothing like a looming (and immovable) deadline to keep you motivated though, right?



Teardown was pretty straight forward naturally because it was merely a matter of pulling pieces off, so we completed it in about a quarter of the total time it took to carry out the conversion. It also helped that we had a long weekend at the start of the whole process so we were able to really get stuck in and before long the front half of the car was basically a shell. It was the reassembly which took the majority of the time and effort because we were of course putting the car back together with parts that Ford didn’t intend for it to have, and among other things we had to get it towed to the dealership for some computer work. Therefore, that should be the more interesting part of the conversion and there are definitely more stories to share from it. Remember the shifter cable headache guys?




One thing is for sure though — it was definitely a strange experience for me to see the car coming apart so far. It had never been anywhere near this stripped before, nor did I ever think I’d one day see it torn down like this, when I first bought it. Then again I might have said I’d keep it stock too…something friends were eager to point out during this whole swap. It wasn’t long after I bought it that I started to tinker and once that ball started rolling, there was no stopping it.



Even with the amount of work we had in front of us, there were still occasional moments where we’d have ‘free time’ — if we were waiting on parts for the car or tools to arrive for example — so we’d try to keep busy by tackling other, smaller jobs. One example was painting the crash bar, as mentioned in the PST article. Mario grabbed it once it came off and took it outside for a quick coat of black — it also just made more sense to do it while the crash bar was off of the car, as it could be safely painted without fear of getting any overspray on Mustard.




Now because this was the quickest and easiest part of the process like I mentioned there wasn’t too much more for me to discuss here today, but before I sign off I also want to share the next video that has now gone live on the YouTube channel — if you haven’t seen it yet please hit the play button below! It shows the car with its new heart and then cuts back to a couple of clips from the teardown. There are also some sound clips at the end! Just as this video waited for the second article to go up on PST, videos 3 and 4 will follow once articles 3 and 4 are live. I hope you enjoy!

 

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Nice, much respect for the build! Hey off chance, did you buy a used Yellow TTR Passenger Side mount for your 2.0N/A. If so I sold it too you haha, just curious your car looks very familiar.
Thanks! And yes, I did indeed! It stayed in for 19 kilometers though, way way way way way too stiff. Haha
 

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Haha, yeah my parents took over that car they couldn't stand it. That was even when it was broken in lol. Good too see you're building the sedan, hats off too you!
Thanks! I'm nowhere near done with this thing so I'll keep on working on it! Lot of plans remain and should keep me busy for a few more years at least. Speaking of, this week the first real modification since the conversion happened; a Cobb Accessport!



Since the conversion the car had only been running a factory tune so I wasn't able to fully take advantage of the aftermarket parts it received from the ST - the intake, exhaust, and downpipe among others. Finally I was able to get an AP thanks to Rebel Devil Customs and wasted no time in loading the Stage 1 tune.



Unfortunately I can't go higher as I'm currently limited by the factory intercooler (the aftermarket unit was destroyed when the ST was hit) so that's next on my list as far as performance parts are concerned.



In the meantime though the Stage 1 map has made a very noticeable difference and I'm very happy to have extra gauges on the car now to monitor more parameters. Plus, it's just cool to have this thing sitting on the dash. :crazy:

https://officialthreetwenty.com/2016/11/30/mustard-gets-an-accessport/
 

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Earlier this year I made one super small change to the sedan that some people had questions about - a keyhole delete. I thought it was time that I shed some light on it.

I actually originally got this idea from the BMW E9x community as they use a very similar method to cover up their keyholes. I had the idea in the back of my mind for a little while but it wasn’t until I was pulling apart Ketchup (the donor ST) earlier this year that I decided to finally try it out and see if it’d work. The keyhole delete is actually just one of the blank pieces found on the other door handles — I removed one and happily found out that it did indeed fit with the driver’s door handle and kept everything functional (keyhole aside, obviously). This was one of those times where I was 99.9% sure it would work as hoped but still wanted to test it for confirmation. I then set one of the blanks aside for myself and had it colour-matched to the sedan, so that I’d have one additional little change for use at shows.




It's incredbly quick and easy to switch out the keyhole for the delete. Underneath the plastic plug on the edge of the door is a torx screw - undo it to release a locking mechanism holding the keyhole in place. Then simply switch it out for the delete, tighten the screw down again, and replace the plastic plug.



Of course however, the keyhole is there for a reason so make sure your battery is in good shape if you want to run without it! This is absolutely not the most practical modification out there, but it’s perfect if you’re looking for a quick and easy change to add that one extra detail to your car. I only use this for shows (and am very happy with the look) as for daily use I prefer having the actual keyhole in – just in case. With it being such a quick swap though, it barely adds any time to my show prep so it’s not an issue to keep switching the parts out.

https://officialthreetwenty.com/2016/12/07/how-to-mk3-ford-focus-keyhole-delete/
 

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Recently SS Tuning had a little contest on Facebook. The ST4 received enough votes to go into a random draw and from that, I won a new shift knob! It was sent out last week and arrived today - talk about fast shipping!

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I had a few different options to choose from and opted for a gloss carbon fiber and leather shift knob, with a Tangerine Scream trim ring and yellow ST logo. It came with a shift boot as well as a couple of decals.

I threw the knob on of course but the boot is currently out as I already have an alcantara boot (with silver stitching) to match the rest of my interior. The shift knob is definitely a welcome addition though! I'd wanted one of these for a while and I'm very happy to now have one!
 

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This is amazing and is something I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and catching up! Great work, I look forward to seeing updates on this thread.
 

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Is that just yellow tape or what is that stripe on the top of your steering wheel? I like how that looks

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Thanks! It's just yellow electrical tape - the cheapest thing I've done to the car but one of my favourite small touches.

This is amazing and is something I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and catching up! Great work, I look forward to seeing updates on this thread.
Thank you! More to come this year hopefully, though I'm also saving for another car so I may have to postpone a few mods. We'll see.
 

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Driven - one of our biggest shows of the year and the first each season - is now just over 3 months away. I guess I'd better get back to work on this thing! I'm hoping I can find a good deal on local intercooler to finally get this engine back to Stage 3. :big smile:
 

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Time for a mini update on the ST4 I suppose. The first big show of the year is approaching (start of May) so I'm working through the little to-do list to get the car ready.

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Recently I ordered a Mountune Lower Sport Spoiler and trimmed it slightly to fit with the 1552 Cup Spoilers. Before long I'll be dropping it, the Cups, and the rear bumper off for paint so that the Mountune piece will be colour-matched and the others freshened up in time for the show.


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Meanwhile, out back I threw in a third brake light flasher, a small piece I've been very happy with. I'm hoping that a few more small parts arrive before the big day but this will probably be a slower year for the car anyway since A) most of the big stuff has already been done and B) I'm saving to import a new car and retire this thing from daily use.
 

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Looks GREAT !!
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise !!





I figured I should start a thread for my car here, and hopefully it'll be allowed in the ST Builds forum even though it isn't quite an ST.

First off though, some answers to a couple of common questions:

Why?
Why not?

Why didn't you buy an ST in the first place?
STs in Canada are relatively expensive compared to N/A Mk3s as we don't have the same ST1/2/3 packages. All of ours are essentially ST3s and all of the ones that came through my dealer had sticker prices between 35 and 38K. I also bought mine over a year before the first STs arrived here and specifically wanted a sedan.

The car is a 2012 SE which I bought in September of 2011 - the specs were Sport Package, Winter Package, Yellow Blaze paint, and a 5-speed manual. A few days later the first small changes started but it was a while before the aftermarket picked up so I was left to pick from the Ford parts catalogue and added a few options that my car didn't (couldn't) have. Once new parts started hitting the market it kind of snowballed and today it's being built with the idea of making the ST(1) sedan that Ford didn't. Currently the conversion is mainly cosmetic but it does have a full ST exhaust system as well as the small intake duct.



With all of the work that has gone into it care has also been taken to ensure that nothing makes it impractical for use as my daily driver and winter car - you're probably thinking that the ride height certainly causes issues in the winter but it has been fine so far. If a particular day is simply too bad for the Focus I do have another car I can rely on but this car still sees steady use through the snowy months.

It sits on ST coilovers and currently I'm using 18x9.5 Tarmacs for winter.



Outside it has an OEM ST nose and side skirts, OEM black housing headlights, Cup Spoilers, a custom splitter, Euro tail lights, and the washer nozzles, roof rails, and rear valance were all colour-matched to the body (the valance was only partially painted though, some black was left for contrast).



Other small changes have been made too, like the custom ST-style SE decals front and rear, and others.




The aforementioned roof rails and washer nozzles...



The rear is the one area of the exterior that I still want to work on but almost nothing is available.



Inside some of the more notable changes are custom gauge faces from BCC, OEM ST outer dash air vents (with the silver trim ring - mine were originally all black), and a new shift boot, e-brake boot, and arm rest cover from Redlinegoods and JPM Coachworks.

Along with the coilovers, for performance modifications it has an intake, the ST exhaust, MS3 rear engine mount, solid shifter bushings, rear sway bar, and the thicker OEM front strut bar. I had an aftermarket upper engine mount at one point but it was too harsh so I promptly went back to the stock piece. There are also a couple of dress-up items under the hood in the form of an oil cap and engine cover.

There are still many items left on my to-do list and yes, eventually a full ST drivetrain swap will hopefully be undertaken. For now I'll take care of the rest of the conversion and when I can afford both the time and money needed for the swap I'll start researching it more. The first update for 2015 is underway and hopefully it won't be too long before that's done.

MODIFICATIONS (Kept updated)

EXTERIOR:
-OEM Focus ST front end conversion
-OEM Focus ST side skirts
-Rebel Devil Customs ST Sedan rear valance
-3D Carbon Pedestal wing
-1552 Cup Spoilers
-Modified Maxton front splitter
-Colour matched washer nozzles and roof rails
-OEM black housing headlights
-LED tail lights
-THREETWENTY SE emblems
-Yellow tinted fog lights with yellow bulbs

INTERIOR:
-OEM Focus ST outer dashboard air vents
-OEM Focus ST gauge cluster
-OEM Focus ST pedals
-OEM Focus ST door sill plates
-OEM Focus ST rear door cards
-SS Tuning shift knob
-Redlinegoods shift boot (Alcantara with silver stitching)
-Redlinegoods arm rest cover (Black Nappa leather with silver stitching)
-JPM Coachworks e-brake boot (Alcantara with silver stitching)
-Broadway 270mm rear view mirror
-Colour matched front door trim
-Boosted Designs limited edition dead pedal (#004/050)

ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN:
-Complete Focus ST conversion
-FSWERKS intake heatshield
-COBB intake arm
-K&N filter
-Ford Racing intake snorkel
-COBB downpipe
-Breedt symposer delete
-COBB short shift plate
-RDC downpipe hanger
-Agency Power exhaust
-COBB RMM
-JBR solid shifter bushings
-SMC oil cap
-Redline Tuning hood struts
-COBB Accessport with Stage 1 tune

SUSPENSION/BRAKES/WHEELS:
-VMAXX front big brake kit
-ST coilovers
-OEM updated front strut bar
-Steeda rear sway bar
-Kyle Deyoung rear strut bar
-Massive front swaybar endlinks
-OEM Focus ST control arms
-18x9.5" 1552 Tarmacs with 235/40R18 Dunlop Winter Sport tires (winter)
-18x9" 1552 Turbomacs with 235/40R18 Continental DWS (summer)
-Stance:Nation lug nuts and Fatlace valve stem caps
 

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I think projects like this are just fantastic! Looks awesome!

The _only_ thing I might suggest is to raise up the hood bump stop on the driver's side to make the hood-to-bumper gap totally even on both sides.

Best of luck at the shows!

Mark
 

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Thanks all! It's always awesome to see such great feedback on an imposter. ;)

I think projects like this are just fantastic! Looks awesome!

The _only_ thing I might suggest is to raise up the hood bump stop on the driver's side to make the hood-to-bumper gap totally even on both sides.

Best of luck at the shows!

Mark
Yeah, that's definitely getting fixed. Haha.
 
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