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About peakrock

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    Madison based on MK3 Cortina

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  1. I managed to remove the bearing retaining rings by drilling a hole in them with my pillar drill set which has a depth stop so I didn't accidentally drill the half shaft. A few blows with a sharp chisel and hammer and the rings split and came off easily. I then made up an extractor using some heavy gauge angle iron cut out on one side so that it would go round the half shaft. I drilled holes in the angle iron to correspond with the bearing retaining plate and used M10 bolts and nuts to press against the hub flange. I also used bolts and plates through the two large flange holes so that I had six bolts in all. By tightening these in turn it was a slow but steady job to press the bearing off the shaft with minimal damage and bending to the retaining plate. Hopefully the picture will show what I mean. I've ordered some new bearings and rings off Burton and I think I can use a friends press to put the new bearings on with.
  2. Thanks for taking the time to write such a comprehensive reply, it's really helpful. I checked and I've got the Atlas axle - the bolt spacing is even on all of the bolts. I'll probably source the bearings off Burton Power, I've bought most of my other bits off them and their pricing seems reasonable. It'll take a few days to get the bits and organise finding somewhere with a press - I'm just south of Norwich if anyone has one. Cheers
  3. I mean the wheel bearings which are OD 72mm, ID 35mm & width 25mm. It's a 2 litre Pinto so fairly sure it's an Atlas axle, (I'm no Ford expert), there's a 3.75 alloy stamped plate bolted to the rear cover.
  4. I've stripped the rear axle down from my Mk3/4 Cortina based kit car - it sure is a heavy beast! The N/S half shaft bearing is leaking oil and noisy so I've got the halfshafts out and am looking around for new bearings. I don't want to put any cheap crap back in so wondered if anyone could recommend where to get them from. There are lots on EBay and several suppliers like Burton etc have them - there is also old but new SKF stock around though age could be detrimental to the oil seals? Also, it's probably a job for a press or has anyone changed them with normal home workshop tools? Thanks
  5. I've got the following 4-2-1 tubular exhaust manifold on my 2.0 litre Pinto engined kit car which I've tried to identify off the web. It has a flanged joint for two downpipes and has then had a stainless pipe welded on. Does anyone recognise it and perhaps have a good one or know of one for sale? The main part is salvageable, the lower half will need fabricating again. It has to pass through a very tight space so may be a one-off for the kit. Thanks
  6. I think it's a Mk3 facelift either XL, GXL or a 2000E donor based on the Haynes manual wiring diagram (which is very poor - it's really hard to read!) The right hand stalks are lights - 2 position and wipers - 2 position with wash button on the end. The loom (no dashboard with this car) has a rheostat for the panel lights and emergency flasher switch. So if you have a good set of left and right hand stalks I'd be interested in buying them. Also, if you have the hazard switch and connector block with part of the loom on that would be handy, mine has some corroded terminals.
  7. Thanks for the info - my column has mounts both left and right hand side and there are loom plugs both sides too, is that what you meant ? I can always take a photo if necessary. I'd be interested in a pair of stalks, the existing lights/wiper stalk on the right is bleached out and very tatty.
  8. My Madison kit car uses a lot of parts off the Ford Cortina Mk3/4/5 including the steering column and wiring loom. The horn/indicator switch is missing so I'm looking for a replacement but I'm not sure if I need 76BG13335AA (D) or 75AG13335AB (B) ( I got these part numbers off some eBay listings so they may be wrong). Is there any way of telling the difference such as the number of pin connectors or are they identical externally? The car had a pre facelift front subframe but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. I'm pretty good at working out wiring so if the differences are minor I can probably sort it out. Thanks for any help
  9. Thought some of you guys might be interested in the front subframe I got off eBay and rebuilt just before I put it into the Madison kit car. It was in really good condition, just had to strip it down to check all was ok and also fitted new springs and Gaz adjustable shocks, Goodridge brake hoses and Powerflex tie bar bushes. I also painted most of the components for extra protection so there was some elbow grease involved...!
  10. By a stroke of luck someone put me onto a sound MK3 front subframe with suspension that was rebuilt some time ago for another type of kit car. It never got registered so most of the ball joints etc are as new. My kit car is a Madison and uses mostly Cortina running gear - small pic for those that are interested. Thanks
  11. I've just removed the Cortina based front suspension assembly out of my kit car and found that it's in a really bad state. The crossmember is rusted through by the N/S lower wishbone mount and everything else is so badly seized or rusted it's not worth the effort of rebuilding. Ideally, I'd like to find another sound crossmember with suspension that's worth stripping down and rebuilding or a good one that's ready to go on the car. It doesn't matter if it's a MK3, MK4 or a MK5 . My front hubs/discs/calipers are ok, as is the rack so it doesn't necessarily need to have those. Thanks
  12. Sorry for not getting back sooner, was waiting for a Mk3 manual off eBay to check what should be there with what I have on the car... So I'm interested in the arb, I can probably get some brackets made up if no one else has any. I'm not in a rush for it as need to strip down the front subframe, also getting it to Norfolk needs working out. Can I leave it that I'll contact you again after Xmas is out of the way, if you sell it in the meantime fair enough?
  13. Thanks for the reply. The bushes have disintegrated completely on both tiebars but it looks like the holes in the cradle are elliptical and as it has no anti roll bar it sounds like the low spec pre facelift Mk3 you mentioned. Can you message me with what bits you have to fit a post facelift cradle please as I'm going to buy a cradle and build a replacement one up with poly bushes etc. Thanks for your help
  14. Do you still have this and do you have any front suspension bits such as anti roll bar and brackets?
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