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2018/07/10 22:48:41 (permalink)
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Siggy's Mk1 Escort project underway....finally

Some may know....iv got my beloved white mk1 for which I'v been collecting parts for a few years for to do uprate the mechanical bits.
Im in a different position to most folks here as I am totally limited in space (most car work is done in a narrow single car driveway) and I have a workshop space thats 1/3rd of a single car garage.
This weekend (weather permitting) I'll begin tearing down the car.
I'll be putting up parts for sale as the project goes on over the next few months, so do keep an eye on the parts for sale section of this forum.
I've been lucky enough to acquire an AX bottomed lump (though its not a cossie), so my warm 1.6 kent will also be up for sale too, as well as a few other mechanical bits.
Ill be borrowing a few ideas from the early non bubble arched twincams but with a twist. iv already made a new dash and tigged a centre console out of thin gauge stainless.
Heck...why not have some fun with a build!

Im totally sure that ill be posting questions on here as i go. I'm not half bad with tools for someone whos not a tradie, its my first bonafide car project thats beyond a basic engine swap! Thanks in advance for your guidance!
There are so many talented, knowledgable and most importantly patient guys on here who have helped me out with knowledge in the past : Hayden, John, Glen to name a few....cheers folks!

Siggy
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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 project underway....finally 2018/07/11 13:25:38 (permalink)
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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 project underway....finally 2018/07/11 22:11:12 (permalink)
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    Hi Siggy,
    Mk1 Escort, I presume? Pls keep thread updated with pics, the more the merrier ie. your dash, console.... Provides inspiration and ideas....
    Cheers, Len
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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 project underway....finally 2018/07/11 23:07:17 (permalink)
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    Hey Len,
    Thanks for the encouraging words. I'll start perhaps with the dash, which i did a couple of months ago. I bought a fiberglass blank online and sourced a few gauges and old fashioned lights off some fella in the UK. Started with the standard silver bezels....but have settled on the black bezels for a more muted look (thanks Ebay!).

    You may notice that my little folding nomad welding table/workbench is outside....i guess it illustrates how limited i am with space. When the weather is bad, i usually sit in the garage and ponder on ideas and drink coffee, then when there is a break in the rain or wind....i wheel the little table out, hook the grinders up and make some noise. So if anyone is like me in a small place near the city, don't let it stop you from doing a project.

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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 project underway....finally 2018/07/11 23:15:19 (permalink)
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    I saw some fella post this pic on a FB page asking if anyone had a console/switch panel (if you can call it that) as found on the old Twin-cam works escorts.
    Looked to be plastic or something....i liked it and figured...id make use of some 1mm stainless scrap (a laser cut shop sign i found on hard rubbish). Chopped it out on the angle grinder, buffed it out using a flapper wheel....I was quite pleased with the result!
    It's being shelved until a latter stage when i have the electrical ancillaries to be mounted on it.
    I have a second hand Smiths Amp meter and Clock that I plan on mounting, 2 works style Lucas fuse boxes. I'm yet to figure out how many switches will go on there, but as I'm planning a radiator fan....i'd love one of those Kenlowe switches (if anyone has one, let me know!).

    Iv also got some small tabs to weld on when i figure out where exactly I'll drill the holes to mount it.

    If anyone has any further ideas how to spruce up the inside of the car - 1960s style, let me know!

    Siggy
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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 project underway....finally 2018/07/12 20:29:34 (permalink)
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    Hi Siggy,
    Like the dash setup, good to see some old fashioned fab work happening from scrap.  I'm currently making up some brackets to mount gas struts for the bonnet on my RS out of some scrap angle I got at work.  Len.
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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 project underway....finally 2018/07/12 22:18:02 (permalink)
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    Where did you source the twin stopwatches? how awesome are they!

    Period correct Tag ones are worth in the thousands and pretty damn rare!
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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 project underway....finally 2018/07/12 22:42:46 (permalink)
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    Oh, oh Robbie I wish!


    No, dear lord, i couldnt afford stop watches like that....
    I meant the Smiths clock :P all....$50 of it....

    If anyone had Tag Hueur clocks...especially twin clocks...in quite if you parked it anywhere to duck into the shops to get a bottle of milk...youd come out to it being stolen!


     
    Len, thats awesome! you'll have to post some pics as you go, id be super keen to see how you do it!
    post edited by SKC - 2018/07/12 22:46:00
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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 project underway....finally 2018/07/12 22:52:55 (permalink)
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    Have you seen this article, be a cool read with the direction your cars heading

    http://www.speedhunters.c...escort-with-the-works/
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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 project underway....finally 2018/07/13 07:42:49 (permalink)
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    Hey Robbie,
    Yeah I definitely have! That car is utterly beautiful and the owner really did go to the next level in doing everything period correct! That interior is....flawless........that ZF gearbox!
    I have a mate who I went to uni with who now works at Hollinger in Kilsyth, and we were talking about their (more refined and better) take of the ZF gearbox.....ah one can dream...really a mechanical piece of art though (it does cost as much as a rebuilt twin cam engine).
    I managed to source a never used, all ally cased Quaife type 9 with the HD Helical internals from a guy in the UK, but one can dream....perhaps after winning the lottery that elusive Hollinger may be a reality.

    I'v noticed most folks going for the historic/replica builds tend to pretty much all go bubble arched. I'd be keen to see people doing replicas of the Escorts that ran at Bathurst....even perhaps like that moroon Broadspeed twincam escort that had bubbles on the front and no bubbles on the rear.

    Then again, i generally like the odd uncommon things


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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 project underway....finally 2018/07/13 14:09:28 (permalink)
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    Love the innovation and trying something different you have achieved there.
    I was tempted to put bubble arches on my Escort when it was rebuilt years ago as there weren't many with them around, however thankful I didn't now.
    For your period switches, you could try switches from a Mk2 Jag, when I first saw your gauges they reminded me of the Jag Smiths gauges of the same era.
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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 project underway....finally 2018/07/14 09:56:31 (permalink)
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    Great work, liking what your doing. Good on you for giving it a crack with limited space. Alot can be said for your 'adapt and overcome' attitude, the results speak for themselves. Can't wait to see more.
    Cheers Drew

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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 Escort project underway....finally 2018/07/15 16:22:02 (permalink)
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    Thanks Drew for the very kind words! They keep me motivated! I'll do my absolute best to keep you all updated.
    I'll be pretty much fabricating all that i can from cheap off cuts from the scrap metal dealer. My reason is that i simply dont have the storage space to buy nice big sheets of metal (though id love to and will eventually).
    I'm lucky my neighbors are an awesome Chinese couple that find me amusing in my coveralls, earmuffs and respirator when they peak over the fence....not a single complaint for noise has been had....yet!


    Blue74, yeah....i really really do love the bubble arches! They look wonderful and its undeniable that being able to fit wider wheels yields a benefit in handling, but i see them all to often now...which is not a bad thing at all. Some people have done a tremendous job in fabricating to get them on and made them look stunning and balanced. It's just that I'm one of those weird fellas that tends to go for the odd option. Did you end up using Mexico front flares on yours? I shall definitely look into the Jag switches! Thanks for the heads up!

    I should post a few pics of the lump I acquired from the UK. Built up on an AX crossflow block, it's an all steel bottom end and should yield a touch more horsies than my current lightly worked crossflow. I should have a prize if anyone can guess what it is....as I dont think many would have seen it in an Escort (but hey....I'm all about trying to do the weird and whacky..in a tasteful way! If i can make it look like some privateer bought it in the 70s and designed it to trends/technology of the era....I will!).
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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 Escort project underway....finally 2018/08/13 07:33:20 (permalink)
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    Hi all,

    It has been a month or so since my last post. Since then I have been unable to work on the car due to limited access to it. But….as I purchased an engine for rebuild, I was in need of an engine stand. Yes, they are available for $150 or so, even cheaper second hand….but where is the fun in that. Why not make one to improve fabrication skills.
    For those who don’t know me, I did buy the Escort not so much to build a replica car, or do a concourse resto….I bought it with one goal in mind: as a canvas (what a ****y term!) to improve my skillset.

    So here is a mini side project, that may entertain, or bore some (hopefully the former!).

    I went online looking for engine stands, and figured a good point to start was a rigid stand that would allow me to transport the engine around to and from the builder in a hatchback -size was to be minimal. Something like what Mr John Wilcox in the UK sells to transport his piece of art engines around.

    Some 30x30x3mm square tubing, and some rusty 5mm plate offcut was obtained. The tubing cut and tigged to make the frame, whilst the 5mm plate was cut using the trusty angle grinder to make the plates that would bolt to the engine mounting points from both sides.


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    Re: Siggy's Mk1 Escort project underway....finally 2018/08/13 07:35:33 (permalink)
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    The completed stands were finished in gloss red enamel, and are rather rugged.
    The only casualty was the garage floor that copped a wee bit of overspray (please dont tell my missus!), being so tight on space i figured it could have been a lot worse!

    The missus popped a bike tire on the way to the gym, so I re-purposed the punctured tubes as padding on the corners, fixed with a self tapper. This way, the stand when dropped doesnt go "CLUNK" and scare people, nor get scratched when put down on concrete.
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