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2014 Ford Transit Connect with Focus ST engine swap

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At Jalopnik, we love when individuals give you loopy combos to make sudden automobiles, instantly grow to be efficiency gods (or wannabe gods). Take this 2014 Ford Transit Join listed on Vehicles & Bids. At first look, certain, it’s only a Ford Transit van. However beneath the sheet metals beats an sudden coronary heart: the turbocharged I4 from a 2014 Focus ST.

Collectively, we now have what Ford would probably have by no means given us, a Ford Transit Join ST. From the skin, all the pieces seems inventory, other than the ST badging. It’s a delicate trace letting you realize that this Transit really is one thing particular, and totally different.

2014 Ford Transit Connect with Focus ST engine swap

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Positive, keen-eyed observers would possibly acknowledge a number of ST particulars just like the 18-inch Focus ST wheels, the rally car-like mud flaps and the middle exit exhaust. However there’s extra the place that got here from.

Now to be clear, this van isn’t only a Focus ST engine thrown right into a Transit Join. This car has been given all of the mods to make sure that it drives effectively, like a Focus ST, too.

2014 Ford Transit Connect with Focus ST engine swap

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Beginning with the ST’s 2.5-liter turbocharged I4, which in its inventory type makes 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, and is paired to a six-speed handbook. That a part of the drivetrain has been modified with a stage 2 tune from Cobb, a stage 3 clutch package from SPEC Clutch, a Mishimoto radiator, and a limited-slip differential from MFactory. The proprietor additionally threw on an Eibach decreasing spring package. Sadly, a dyno sheet wasn’t supplied for the Transit’s mods, so it’s not recognized simply how a lot of the work could have elevated energy output.

2014 Ford Transit Connect with Focus ST interior

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Inside there’s what seems to be the ST’s Recaro seats and its complete instrument cluster, auxiliary gauges on the middle stack for issues like oil stress and temp, and a pleasant sound system setup together with a Kenwood head unit and an Alpine amp.

2014 Ford Transit Connect with Focus ST engine swap instrument cluster

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There’s a fairly obtrusive downside with the instrument cluster. The vendor says that when the manufacturing facility cluster was swapped for the ST cluster “the instrument cluster was programmed to show the chassis mileage.” That signifies that the precise whole mileage of this factor isn’t recognized, although the vendor notes he’s put 7,000 miles on it for the reason that swap was finished in Might of 2021.

Different issues seem to be an inventory of bizarre electrical gremlins just like the radiator fan remaining on, or the a/c turning on after the automobile has run for a bit. Energy steering additionally simply kicks in after “the primary 5 or 10 toes of driving,” and the traction management, ABS and rearview digicam all don’t work. Perhaps that comes all the way down to some programming issues. However regardless, all issues to bear in mind.

In case you can see the potential within the checklist {of electrical} maladies, the little scratches right here and there on the skin, and the damage on the seat bolsters, there’s nonetheless time to nab this creation in your storage. On the time of writing, there’s nonetheless six days left, and the bid is at $12,500.


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