Cooling design fault 2.0 Ford Pinto engines

Recently an English friend with a lot of experience in racing with Ford (Pinto) engines visited my workshop. What I did not know is that there is a ‘design problem’ with the flow of coolant around the 4th cylinder of the engine. Consequence: loss of power and problems with head gaskets potentially popping out on […]

Timing belt replacement Ford 2.0 SOHC S8, S8A, S8AT, D10

Introduced by Ford in 1970, the Pinto was one of the first production engines to carry the cam on top of the head, driven by a toothed belt. There are two main versions – Cortina / RS2000 and Sierra. The latter was mostly unleaded. The Pinto was manufactured in Cologne. The engine is crossflow type with the carb […]

Headlamp replacement Donkervoort S8, S8AT, D10, ZETEC, D8

Donkervoorts are equipped with H-4 headlamp units which are no longer available. French manufacturer VALEO offers a replacement part, which is also equipped with a proper Silicone seal. It prevents corrosion inside the reflector (APK/ MOT issue). When remounting use Fluid Film for the metal inside the headlamp cover and mounting ring. A thin coat […]

Wheel bearing replacement – Front

Remove the cycle wing support struts. Prise the aluminium dust cap from the rear of the hub carrier (or upright), and unscrew the hub nut with a suitable high quality socket. Remove the splined washer, and tap the hub carrier from the axle hub. Recover the bearing inner race and rollers from the inner end of […]

Jack up points Donkervoort all models except GTO

If it is required to jack up your Donkervoort for service purposes, it is good to know what are the best jack up points. Keep away your jack from the red marked area’s! The aluminium parts covering the chassis can be easily damaged when the proper jack up points are not used. The aluminum sheets […]

How to wash your Donkervoort without swirls

There is only one method which saves your paint from swirls. Forget the two bucket method. It sucks! Here’s the trick. Park your Donkervoort out of direct sunlight. This prevents premature drying which can leave splotches on the paint. Set everything you will need near the Donkervoort. This includes cleaning material such as: Creamy soap and a dispenser […]

S8, S8A and S8AT brake light switch

Above mentioned Donkervoorts have a hydraulic operated brake light switch. The required part number is C16062A. Manufacturer is Lucas (Lucas invited the darkness). Part can be found on some UK manufacturers (Jaguar, Mini etc.). Price around 8 Euro. Many webshops for English car parts offer the part in their web shops.

Press studs repair

I receive frequent questions about repairs for the door-, hood- and tonneau cover pure copper based press studs. When they become a little bit ‘worn out’ or come loose, you can easily repair it yourself, with the aid of a simple hand tool or an equivalent and more expensive machine (snap setter).    The press […]

Modification camshaft lubrication Ford Engines

The Ford OEM camshaft lubrication feeder opening position is not set optimal. The oil is kicked away by the camshaft itself. Thefore a straight modified oil spray feeding tube can be made in an easy way. This will help to improve lubrication and reduces camshaft wear.   

Modification cooling system Ford engines

The Donkervoort cooling system on Ford engine equipped tends to cause overheating. This is the ultimate solution to re- arrange your cooling system piping to prevent this.    Next to the discussion and advise if you should utilize a brass or aluminium radiator, the cooling in itself of Ford equipped Donkervoorts can be easily modified. […]