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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/15 13:14:17 (permalink)
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eat, rinse, repeat.
With arches cut off and now being reborn, it was time to brace up, and hack the drivers side this time.
The top hinge pin short out, the lower one, not so much. @.5 days of soaking, bashing, heating, swearing and soaking again.20211113_141912.jpg tools of the trade.
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People who 'fix' cars using no more gaps on bulkheads should be punished, 2 weeks of Delta Goodrem on high rotation sounds about fair.
The inner sill looked better this side,same with the outer hinge pillar.
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I have a growing pile of OEM factory rust. Might consider turning them into genuine souvenirs and flogging them on Patreon. Remember to subscribe. Yeah right.
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/17 13:00:56 (permalink)
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That's a good pile of rotting Escort there, way bigger than mine last week, I accidently chucked out a seat post with the rust and dust, oops !
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/17 19:43:29 (permalink)
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It actually looks like an Escort jigsaw puzzle
 

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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/18 16:50:27 (permalink)
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It really puts it into perspective how much work you've put in so far when you see a pile of old panels like that. Looking good Deano watching with interest.

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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/18 19:51:49 (permalink)
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yeah the pile is still growing too.
Do you know how many times its bitten me though on the shin as I walked past.
Might need to find another B*nnings basket.
 
Its funny, I knew the van needed floors and at least one sill, when I bought it, but it still is pretty solid in general if thats possible and I'm happy with buying it.
Now that ive taken a good look, I think that any Escort still in the wild is of the age where it needs sills and floors replaced, plus the firewall possibly as well. Its just that you mightnt know if yet..
I got some good welding progress today on the drivers side arches,  plus a skim of filler (mmm, body filler smell), cant wait to get it off the spit and mobile again.
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/26 15:33:47 (permalink)
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If your going to roof vent it, go one like this..
https://www.ebay.com.au/i...krid=710-127635-2958-0
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/26 20:58:28 (permalink)
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thats perfect Marty.
I've got some cloth and resin, and was tossing up glassing one up over a foam mold, because I need another part of the project to do and am too tight to stump up $300 at this stage.But will probably have a go, make a mess, waste materials, then order one anyhow.
I've also started to draw one up to 3D print out.
The van roof slopes down more than a coupe, so a commercial one might look weird?
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/26 21:41:02 (permalink)
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It does look the biz ! You could modify a low profile hornet scoop by cutting the bottom half off to do the same job or at least see how it'll work with your roof shape.
I used to make rally roof vents when I worked at Velo Seats a long time ago in the 90s
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/27 08:30:09 (permalink)
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that vent you picked looks like the perfect style. I've thought of WRX bonnet, territory turbo bonnet, and even the neighbours Nissan diesel 4wd bonnet scoop to modify but I think the best plan is to get the car undercoated and on its 4 wheels (the new ones with correct offset ideally), then figure out what final look it will take on. For certain so far will be mk1 painted side stripes, aerolatch bonnet pins, and a Burtons cobra style fuel filler, round headlights and bumperettes. All of those I have and should excite any purists.
 
Thoughts on ( or is it possible)  to fit Mk2 pull up doorhandles instead of the push button chrome Mk1 style? It would need the panel cutouts, but I think I might want to go for the satin black look instead of chrome.
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/27 10:52:45 (permalink)
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Deano. I reckon the only way to figure out the door handles is have one of each and try fitment compatibility on the door and the mechanism motion and travel. Probably will depend on how much you are prepared to modify?
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/27 12:47:32 (permalink)
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I just so happen to have the skeleton of a mk2 4dr, but no handle, I can cut the handle area out for you to test. .. Or you could use the TE/TF Cortina handles but don't get the falcon copy cheapo junk from auto sales shops as they break after a few goes.
Just had a thought after typing that out.. look at the older Ford courier handles as well, they are cheap just to trials it but will need the door surround panel with it
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/27 21:36:29 (permalink)
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thanks guys, i'll stew on that one for a while.
 
I did not even realise the doors had chrome handles, until I'd refitted the drivers mechanism and had opened and shut it 50 times playing with the sill gaps.
I have a set of pedals fitted now, they dont like playing with the wok though, full accelerator travel is not going to happen without some mods. I guess there aren''t many cars out there that still run factory pedal arrangement and the woks art the same time.
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/28 12:06:06 (permalink)
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Mods to the pedal like bending it to around the wok shape so you get full frottle 👍
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/28 20:25:38 (permalink)
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sorry still no pics, so boring post for those who like to watch.
 
The throttle peddle has a stop riser on the original wok. I think if I bend the throttle arm much, it may just change the return height. I think the only option is going to be a compromise wok, larger than whats there but not a big as the passenger side. That or just leave as, is, which sort of defeats the purpose. So I left it today before making another grinder mistake, and did some filling and epoxy priming instead.
Ive never driven an escort van, or even sat in one, but is the steering wheel /pedal position offsett?
The column comes out way close toward the gearbox hump, no near the pedals much at all.
 
I just get an image of having to straddle the gearbox to drive. Might be a bit uncomfortable after a while.. 
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Re: Another Escort Van Project: 77 Mk2 2021/11/29 09:26:17 (permalink)
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Escort seating is a bit buckled, steering angle and pedals are slightly(?) wonky , there's no real way to fix the steering angle other than grow scoliosis lol , not recommended. I grew up driving Escorts so to me it's natural. The cars were built cheap and cut corners during the planning as the Anglia was getting well past it's use by date and needed a full overhaul ..
I've done some auto to manual conversions and the larger auto tunnel almost get in the way of your left foot operating the clutch pedal, very tight.
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