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Sparky125

first post/ build thread

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so hi first of all my first post, as i am doing a project fort it would be a good idea to have the build recorded somewhere so why not here,

i perched the 1975 Mk2 Escort ghia a couple of months back as a full mot'ed car with some mods since then i have started to strip back to shell.
the plans for the car so far are :

 

strengthening (gussets , front strut , group 4 kit , strut brace  and a small amount of seam welding)

forest arches and front spoiler

anti ***** bars

type 9 5speed box and rear axle 

safety devices full bolt in cage

2.1 pinto on bike carb's

wilwood powerlite 4 piston front brakes

sierra cosworth rear disc conversion 

bia's pedal box

sparco rev bucket seats

harness's

snap on boss 

new steering wheel 

flocked dash

alloys (not sure what yet)

alloy tank in boot

oil cooler 

oil pressure gauge 

tracker and hidden kill switch 

 

finished of in diamond white, here are some photos of the car and a couple of the parts that are already here:

 

 

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yeah thats my bro's corsa cars currently up his as i have a lack of garage along with the 2001 zetec-s project lol that cheepy is almost done tho 

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so got a oil cooler kit and a anti ***** bar kit aswell also managed to get the welder set up with a pub bottle to make it easier, think ill be odering the roll cage and seats next

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so been doing a little big of thinking and seem that it's going to be a cheeper option to fabricate myself a spit for the welding work than buying one, so that my next plan while I build that ill look at ordering some pre-cut arch filler and the forest arch and spliter set as all the shell parts will be here and I can get that done

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right then weather hasn't been the best lately but have managed to start the spit (base all welded), I have applied for finance on the cage just waiting to hear back (help build credit rating). Have also managed to get my ghetto fiesta zs back on the road all in including car l, new logbook and mot for £460 as all work was done by myself lol, from now on its smash the escort as the other distraction is out of the way (fiesta).

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A frame are almost done for the spit needs a little more reinforcement, cross bars are all cut up just have to figer out 1or 2 parts for mount and a lick of paint.

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 done a little reinforcement on one of the A frames got a piece of flat bar to bend over the tubing on top then it should be done and onto the cross bars for the mounts.

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orderd a set of gp4 alloy forest arches and gp4 front spoiler, should hopefully be here the middle of the week.

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archs and front spoiler have arrived, done some research last night and are in to minds on weather to do a power steering conversion using a corsa c steering colum and some of the ford parts

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so found another distraction from the car, but have my last bike test in the coming weeks lol, so on to the car have more than less got it ready for sandblasting only have the rear axle to drop off which I will do in 1 hit then strip that apart for the rear disc conversion, need to find a local place to get some powder coating for 1 or 2 brackets, have also started to mark up the arches and splitter to drill the holes for the rivets.

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so its officially a shell there's no more to come off, time to look at getting it booked into sandblasting. Also started to strip down the rear axle half shafts are out after quite a fight, will throw some new bearings on and make some longer wheel studs as ill be looking to space the wheels out to fill the arches, also need to remove sway bar mounts and replace with anti t*amp car mounts. Also started on the front removing the brakes.

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Thanks i have always wonted to do one myself so bit the bullet :P ,

So tock the half shafts into work the other day and tryed the oxy/acetaline on the bearings and retaining coller, ended up having to get the grinder and dremal out but there off now. 

Safety devices full bolt in roll cage has been orderd (3week lead time) will be looking at booking it in for sandblasting in the week as well, 

 

Can get onto some of the welding and strengthing when its back and start to add stuff instead of removing. 

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phoned up and have booked it into get the shell sandblasted, 23rd she's off be nice to start putting some stuff back on for a change even if it is just the strengthening plates when its  back. 

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fiberglass bonnet arrived today also ordered 1 wheel stud to check size as will be looking to space the wheels out, ill have to order another 7 now, roll cage is due to be delivered around the 10-11th, started to markout the rear arches on a bit of cardborad. running out of room now so looks like the cage will have to be stored in the shell lol.

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unfortunately the shell didn't get to sandblasting this time but on a plus a set of motamec evo-one seats have been orderd and the part list is getting alot smaller will start to clean up the front of the car and add some of the strengthening to the front while I try and sort out sandblasting again.

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so it was like and early x-mas after work today got home to find the seats have arrived as well as the long awaited safety devices full roll cage.

so decided to go for motamec evoone seats insted of the sparco in the end, fiberglass so light weight.

these are full fia cert till 2022 will be ordering a of matching harness's aswell.

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so put part of the cage in lose to see how its going to look, need to make out the front arches now and mock them up onto the body, will try and book it back into sandblasting again of not will try and find somewhere els to get it done as its holding me up now, should have a bit more road presants with the arches and spliter.

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right started and finished a small troll to push the car in and out of the garage today so I can start some strengthening and cleaning up the front while I sort out the sandblasting will be looking at ordering some 4 point harnesses aswell in the next couple of days

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harnes's and the rest of the rear axle studs arrived this week need to look at getting the engine sorted as ill need to have to car as its going to sit to weld the anti ***** bar mounts on.

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so got some stuff done today cut out the battrie tray as it will be relocated to inside, also makes the engine bay look alot cleaner. Had a look at the strenghing kit done the fuse box blank weldings a bit rusty atm, filled the holes for the headlight screws as there was around 8 so can redrill and look tidy. Strenghing kit seems to be a massive jigsaw so having a look online to where parts go and getting some iders, should get a chance to do a bit more tomorrow

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nice progress, looking forward to seeing this come together

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so after the dreeded 7.5lt oil change on the van had some time free for the car, upper chassis crush holes have been welded up have also tacked some strengthening plates in upper rad lower rad and inner wing to slam pannel, will look at getting some of the floor holes blanked up and the c piller next time there's a nice weekend.

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got some more blanking/strengthening tacked into place got some more to do then ill look at welding them into place fully.

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