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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/05 05:56:39 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply

Yeah I’ve noticed the Uk based kits don’t include calipers with dust boots. Which we also need for road legality in south aus. I was talking to Reyland motorsport and they make any size disc/caliper combo you want. I was thinkinf a 277x25 with a cp5100 caliper. This does have dust boots.

I luckily picked up a complete r31 rear caliper kit so have that option for the back.

Ultimate plan is street legal duratec for Sunday drives and would like to punt a few hill climbs once life settles down a bit (Reno’s and new baby)
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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/05 08:47:46 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply

Yeah I’ve noticed the Uk based kits don’t include calipers with dust boots. Which we also need for road legality in south aus. I was talking to Reyland motorsport and they make any size disc/caliper combo you want. I was thinkinf a 277x25 with a cp5100 caliper. This does have dust boots.



The CP5100‘s look like a winner to me! AP Racing stopping power, look and road legal and easy maintenance!
 
I can‘t remember my disc size off the top of my head but they are tight on the minilites. Just be sure to check you have no clearance issues before spending your hard earned cash. 

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Ultimate plan is street legal duratec for Sunday drives and would like to punt a few hill climbs once life settles down a bit (Reno’s and new baby)


That sounds excellent. I popped over to your build thread yester day and must say I am might impressed. Makes me a little ashamed to show mine after seeing the quality of yours. Your attention to detail is outstanding and is a true sleeper! Good luck with the Reno’, asking for it having a baby at the same time though hahahaah
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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/05 18:08:34 (permalink)
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Thanks again for the reply and for the kind words on my build. I got very lucky with a solid car from the start and have just improved it to how I want it inside. If you look at that speed hunters article that’s the goal I’m going for. Hence why nothing but AP will do. Tbh I thought I’d order the disc/calipers post build but the budget is blowing out due to some extra engineering required that we had not foreseen. Guess it’s to be expected with Reno’s on a 100 year old house.

The cp5100 do look like a winner and I was basing the 277size off what is used in the largest kit made to suit 13s. But wouldn’t really know until I got it in the car. I’m on 15s so will be ok but I really want some 13 inch hot wires.

I believe yours would 260ish?

How are you going getting it running again?
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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/05 23:02:36 (permalink)
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Tbh I thought I’d order the disc/calipers post build but the budget is blowing out due to some extra engineering required that we had not foreseen. Guess it’s to be expected with Reno’s on a 100 year old house.




Those old houses get you like that! I just renovated a 1850’s stone cottage in Wales which was full of nice surprise! But nothing compares to an old houses’ character 
 
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The cp5100 do look like a winner and I was basing the 277size off what is used in the largest kit made to suit 13s. But wouldn’t really know until I got it in the car. I’m on 15s so will be ok but I really want some 13 inch hot wires.

I believe yours would 260ish?




Ah i didn’t realise you were on 15’s that makes sense.. might switch to the cp5100 myself if they work out for you! I think you are right mine are 260mm 

how have you found your bias box? I’ve struggled a little with mine, keeps making contact with the throttle cable 
 
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How are you going getting it running again?


At it again tomorrow but still waiting on some parts for the carburettor. Once they get here and I rebuild the carb I think it should be all go from then on (he says hoping the standard 100 other jobs don‘t come up)
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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/06 14:52:48 (permalink)
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Thanks! Yes nothing compares to the feel of a older house. Its been many years coming and now i can say the kitchen costs more then the car so justify some spending to the other half.

Yes on 15s but do love 13s on escorts hence why id love to have both options. Ive got a gartrac box which uses the oem throttle pedal which i think should have enough play in it.

Do you use the oem throttle pedal or a grp4 style one?

Good luck with the carb rebuild!
 
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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/07 00:47:28 (permalink)
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Thanks! Yes nothing compares to the feel of a older house. Its been many years coming and now i can say the kitchen costs more then the car so justify some spending to the other half.
 



Bet you also never knew how many shades of cream there were either! We spent hours shopping for just the right one!
 
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Yes on 15s but do love 13s on escorts hence why id love to have both options. Ive got a gartrac box which uses the oem throttle pedal which i think should have enough play in it.

Do you use the oem throttle pedal or a grp4 style one?
 




GPR4 Fabrications box with girling masters. Came with a throttle but it was a bit fiddly And I don’t think something was right just didn’t fit nicely so modified the original
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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/07 00:50:30 (permalink)
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checked all leads and ensured they were in correct firing order
 
set the timing again statically and then bought a timing light and made sure it was correct. Think this was part of the solution to improved running. Easy to make mistakes and I had set it to what I thought was 6°BTDC but was actually more like 2-3. Had done this as that’s what it said in the manual I was looking at but I failed to read on and that was for the auto. Corrected this to the 12°BTDC it says for the manual. Also used a paint marker to make the Timing makes a little more visible, this really helped see how far out I was and when I had rotated the distributor too far.
 
I also checked the valve gaps and not sure what happened here when I previously set them but some of the inlet ones were out by 0.20. I also tested the compression and found some variation but need to recheck now I have the valves 100%. What sort of figure should I be looking for with the compression?
 
Also found a vacuum hose that was previously blocked with a bolt (not sure why, not sure what the hose is even for) but her Fireworks had clearly shot this out. Clamped that off and helped the idle enormously. 

Also rechecked the head bolts and did the recheck after running. Do people drain the coolant and remove the thermostat housing to check the torque on the head bolt underneath?!?!
 
Something still doesn’t seem right, but today’s efforts certainly improved the old girls running. I still can’t get her to idle  below 1000rpm and she is blowing out of the dipstick and rocker cover breather quite heavily plus a few other bits but we made progress so today was a good day! 
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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/07 00:52:17 (permalink)
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Anyone know what this vacuum hose that is clamped is supposed to be connected to?

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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/07 00:53:49 (permalink)
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Using a paint marker on the timing marks made life a lot simpler!

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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/07 10:49:35 (permalink)
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GPR4 Fabrications box with girling masters. Came with a throttle but it was a bit fiddly And I don’t think something was right just didn’t fit nicely so modified the original



GRP4 stuff is pretty high quality but everyone says the grp4 style pedal is a pain in the ass, one of the reasons i went the gartrac box as it works with the oem throttle pedal (or so im told - not installed it yet).

Well done on getting it running a bit better - always one step forward is a good one.


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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/07 12:19:42 (permalink)
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Aaargh that hose looks familiar, haven't been near a Kent in ages though.
Its not part of the crankcase vent is it? That'd explain the pressure build up.
Are you still in the Joondalup area? I'm nearby and happy to help out if needed.

 

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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/07 18:52:33 (permalink)
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Aaargh that hose looks familiar, haven't been near a Kent in ages though.
Its not part of the crankcase vent is it? That'd explain the pressure build up.
Are you still in the Joondalup area? I'm nearby and happy to help out if needed.

 



Mine seems to have the T piece for part  6A740. It always had it blanked off since I bought the car and never had any problems. Think it’s to do with some of the compression numbers
 
Not up in Joodalup anymore, south of the river living with family while we wait for the tenants to leave our rental. Might need a hand soon think I have a big job on my hands...
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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/07 18:56:00 (permalink)
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GRP4 stuff is pretty high quality but everyone says the grp4 style pedal is a pain in the ass, one of the reasons i went the gartrac box as it works with the oem throttle pedal (or so im told - not installed it yet).

Well done on getting it running a bit better - always one step forward is a good one.






Think you made the right choice I might end up swapping mine.
 
Thanks but I think I just gave a terminally ill CARdiac patient some drugs to ease the symptoms not fix the problem haha
 
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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/07 19:07:26 (permalink)
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Tested the compression again today and after yesterday’s results (even though the valves weren’t quite right) I wasn’t expecting good numbers
 
Cylinder 1: 30, 35, 30 (tested three times to be sure, removing tester every time)
Cylinder 2: 125
Cylinder 3: 120
Cylinder 4: 115
 
Put a couple of squirts of oil in Cylinder 1 to get an idea if it was a valve or ring issue and the pressure came up to 60, 70, 85. As far as my knowledge goes this suggests that it is a problem with the rings which would also explain the increase in sump pressure. Please if I’m mistaken let me know before I pull the engine out and try and learn how to rebuild it! 
 
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Re:Mk2 Escort Sleeper Project 2021/02/07 19:46:13 (permalink)
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Eww not the southside! Only kidding
Have an engine crane and stand here you're welcome to if it helps keep the costs down and gets another car back on the road.

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