Someone dropped a Ford Focus ST transmission in Ford Transit

Someone dropped a Ford Focus ST transmission in Ford Transit

2014 Ford Transit Connect with Focus ST engine swap

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At Jalopnik, we love when people come up with crazy combinations to create unexpected vehicles, suddenly become performance gods (or budding gods). Take this 2014 Ford Transit Connect listed on Cars & Bids. At first glance, of course, it’s just a Ford Transit van. But beneath the sheet metal beats an unexpected heart: the turbocharged I4 of a 2014 Focus ST.

Together we have what Ford probably never would have given us, a Ford Transit Connect ST. From the outside, everything looks stock except for the ST badging. It’s a subtle clue that lets you know that this Transit really is something special and different.

2014 Ford Transit Connect with Focus ST engine swap

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Of course, careful observers might recognize a few ST details like the 18-inch Focus ST wheels, the rally-car-like mud flaps and the central exhaust outlet. But there’s more where that came from.

Now, to be clear, this minivan isn’t just a Focus ST engine thrown into a Transit Connect. This vehicle has received all the mods to make sure it drives well, like a Focus ST, too.

2014 Ford Transit Connect with Focus ST engine swap

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Starting with the ST’s 2.5-liter turbocharged I4, which in stock form makes 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a six-speed manual. This part of the drivetrain was modified with a Stage 2 tune from Cobb, a Stage 3 clutch kit from SPEC Clutch, a Mishimoto radiator and a limited-slip differential from MFactory. The owner also threw in an Eibach lowering spring kit. Unfortunately, a dyno sheet was not provided for the Transit’s mods, so it’s unclear how much the work may have increased in power output.

2014 Ford Transit Connect with Focus ST interior

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Inside there are what appear to be the ST’s Recaro seats and its entire dash, auxiliary gauges on the center console for things like oil pressure and temperature, and a nice setup of audio system including Kenwood head unit and Alpine amp.

2014 Ford Transit Connect with Focus ST Engine Swap Instrument Cluster

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There is a pretty glaring problem with the instrument cluster. The seller says that when the factory cluster was replaced with the ST cluster “the instrument cluster was programmed to display chassis mileage”. This means that the exact total mileage of this thing is not known, although the seller notes that he has put 7,000 miles on it since the trade was made in May 2021.

Other problems appear be a list of weird electrical gremlins like the radiator fan staying on or the air conditioning turning on after the car has been running for a bit. Power steering as fair comes into play after the first five or 10 feet of driving”, and traction control, abs and the rear view camera does not work at all. Maybe it comes down to programming stuff. But whatever, all things to keep in mind.

If you can see the potential in the list of electrical illnesses, the little scratches here and there on the exterior, and wear on the seat cushions, there’s still time to grab this creation for your garage. As of this writing, there are still six days left, and the the bid is $12,500.

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