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Mk1 GT Resto/2 door conversion

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Top quality work as usual Dave. I hope you had a word with the supplier of that front sub frame about what looks like the awful quality of the welding. Send them some of your pic's on how it should be done!

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Top quality work as usual Dave. I hope you had a word with the supplier of that front sub frame about what looks like the awful quality of the welding. Send them some of your pic's on how it should be done!

 

Yep, know what you mean, pigeon and a bit of squeezing comes to mind...

 

 

Will probably strip the paint off and grind out some of the welds and re-weld bit by bit. ;)

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Maybe better if you put your own style into building these for sale,Now you have the correct alignment etc ;)

That welding looks like chinese cack

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Shame about that crossmember, I thought Alan's work was ok. Good job I saw this as I was going to order one to replace my butchered Mk2 Escort one.

 

Is this the one to allow Escort suspension to fit a Mk1?

 

Cheers

 

Paul

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Shame about that crossmember, I thought Alan's work was ok. Good job I saw this as I was going to order one to replace my butchered Mk2 Escort one.

 

Is this the one to allow Escort suspension to fit a Mk1?

 

Cheers

 

Paul

Is that Alachi ?

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If your running a escort rack & TCA's then I think your inner pick ups are at the wrong angle. Below is a standard Escort crossmember inner pick up

 

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If your running a escort rack & TCA's then I think your inner pick ups are at the wrong angle. Below is a standard Escort crossmember inner pick up

 

 

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I'm going to use Alan's setup to save head scratching and time. :rolleyes:

 

I only got the crossmember as funds are a bit low at the moment as I wanted to check for clearance...thanks for the advice.. :thumbup:

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You might want to have a look on Facebook at how Dave at RETRO FORD is doing a steering rack conversion.Original Cortina legs and modded Escort crossmember with purpose made steering arms.Before i get jumped on i can guarentee caster,camber and ackerman will be correct when its complete.I know hes thinking about producing this as a kit once its proven.This is going on his personal car and he doesnt make any crap.Hes fitting Focus ST 170 engine but the same principles apply.Got to be better than the one from B&Q currently fitted.The rest of your car is to nice,dont leave that crossmember on it.

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You might want to have a look on Facebook at how Dave at RETRO FORD is doing a steering rack conversion.Original Cortina legs and modded Escort crossmember with purpose made steering arms.Before i get jumped on i can guarentee caster,camber and ackerman will be correct when its complete.I know hes thinking about producing this as a kit once its proven.This is going on his personal car and he doesnt make any crap.Hes fitting Focus ST 170 engine but the same principles apply.Got to be better than the one from B&Q currently fitted.The rest of your car is to nice,dont leave that crossmember on it.

 

Just had a look, very impressive!

 

Is he is using a world cup crossmember from Rally Design? Looking at the pictures and comparing with the position of the sump on my car it looks like it might fit... and it has a conventional setup i.e. front mounted roll bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The xmember is world cup escort but its modified.Roll bar is a heavy duty mk1 Cortina one.Think he has a few of these in stock.Custom roll bar mounts.Hes designed and machined the steering arms himself allowing for correct geometry.Legs are mk1 Cortina.I think he actually supplies a few of the big names with world cup xmembers rather than having bought it.The best thing i can suggest is ring him and ask if/when it will be available as its in development.Hes very approachable and has built some top notch cars over the years and supplied parts to many more.You wont get any B&Q from him.

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The xmember is world cup escort but its modified.Roll bar is a heavy duty mk1 Cortina one.Think he has a few of these in stock.Custom roll bar mounts.Hes designed and machined the steering arms himself allowing for correct geometry.Legs are mk1 Cortina.I think he actually supplies a few of the big names with world cup xmembers rather than having bought it.The best thing i can suggest is ring him and ask if/when it will be available as its in development.Hes very approachable and has built some top notch cars over the years and supplied parts to many more.You wont get any B&Q from him.

 

Many thanks for that, I shall contact him :rolleyes:

This is definitely the way I'm going to go especially as its all bolt on, so I can get the car painted an ready..

 

 

 

 

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No problem, though like i said its still in development at the moment.Knowing Dave he will want the car finished for Classic Ford show or sooner to shake it down iron out bugs before he goes ahead with a production kit.Id buy one of those rollbars as he hasnt got many.They are much thicker than standard but cant remember exact size.If you scroll down his facebook page you will see some of the other stuff he has built and my Alpine green mk1.Hope it all works out and im very impressed by what youve done so far.All the best.

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Spent today building the rear subframe, god its time consuming dry.gif

 

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All going according to plan, as I said when its all worked out there will only be four holes that will need to be drilled.

 

Next job is to make the top mounting bracket for the diff carrier and the four subframe supports that will connect to the leaf spring mounts...

 

After that the 'A' arms and rear roll bar mounts to take the rear roll bar from a Ford Fusion. :rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There's some fantastic fabrication going on there. :thumbup:

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