A bit of biggish update with what's been happening to the car over the last few months. We actually drove the car down from Sydney for the SFS show at the beginning of the year. The car performed okay but we blew an exhaust gasket out so it gave me an excuse to install a set of extractors.
A nice set of Hurricane headers, ceramic coated and with a mandrel bent exhaust system fixed that problem.
The handling wasn't the best either, so we completely stripped the front end to install new shocks, springs, strut tops, etc. We discovered this cross-member. I have never seen a camber bolt kit set up on an Escort before. After asking around we found that it was an aftermarket Kmac kit which had been installed at some stage.
Unfortunately the lower control arm bushes were so worn the camber bolts were actually bent so they had to be cut out. It also looked like the camber bolts are slightly smaller in diameter than the standard bolts so in case there was too much play we decided to make our own camber bolts.
I made several sets with the bolt hole in a different position so we can adjust the camber as needed.
Kmac strut tops were also installed. Along with stiffer springs, Gaz adjustable struts, a new steering rack and tie rod ends all supplied by SMCKA.
Whiteline make a nice heavy duty front sway bar and a strut tower brace so these have been intalled, almost! The strut brace won't clear the down draught carby so we will have to install that when the twin webbers go on.
Another problem we discovered was with the gearbox mount. As the car was originally an automatic, whoever did the manual conversion decided to just cut the original mount in half and just bolt it in. It was pretty dodgy so I had to remake it and weld some stronger bracing in.
The electrics had been messed with also. It looked like there was a large sound system installed as there were speaker cables and amp cables running everywhere. This all got redone and tidied up.
As the car is being converted into a weekend warrior I added in an isolator switch. The interior has been stripped and a roll cage installed.
A set of race seats have gone in.
And of course some harnesses.
The cage and interior will get a lick of paint in the next couple of weeks, but for now the car is ready to hit Marulan with the Small Ford Car Club at their track day.