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quickrack

Mk1 Escort now on 8.5" Banded Steels.

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quickrack    67
I used to have a build thread but its lapsed for so long now I cant find it.

The car was bought as a shell.

And then I bought a totally rotted out estate.

Then it was built up, stripped, painted, restripped, repainted, built up ,used, broke down loads, fixed, improved and driven. Over 7 years now, and always on a shoe-string budget. It currently  runs a borrowed gearbow and borrowed twin 40 webers. :Rock:

Some people are awesome!

Anyway you have to start somewhere so here it is.

 

1st thing thing to say is...its low!

Stuck a coke can under her for scale.

14015669661_a3b07f8b38_o.jpgDSCI0143 by quickrack, on Flickr

 

Its no wonder it scrapes :-)

14015669941_6d58452429_o.jpgDSCI0144 by quickrack, on Flickr

 

And the beastie in her lair 8)

14015847252_937ec0ff55_o.jpgDSCI0352 by quickrack, on Flickr

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Mk2Jo    1,078

Waiting for more outside pics ... it's very low! I bet you cringe everytime you go over speed humps lol

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quickrack    67

Waiting for more outside pics ... it's very low! I bet you cringe everytime you go over speed humps lol

Yep.

Kinda needs to go up a bit (shock horror!) really.

But I have a cunning plan....

Maybe.

Here's a few outside photos.

11891592024_6b67e587ff_o.jpgEstate in town by quickrack, on Flickr

9655774373_53088b7b44_o.jpgRs13.15 by quickrack, on Flickr

9233747022_b6d3ae9ab9_o.jpgHoliday13.42 by quickrack, on Flickr

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quickrack    67
Fitted new inner TCA bushes today.

And a new strut top on the passenger side.

Driving a lot nicer now.

Also I got the loan of a flat spoke RS type steering wheel.

I have been told they are nice to use.

So I am trying it for a while instead of my Springalex


 


 


 

Hmmm. Not sure about that!

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quickrack    67

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^BEFORE^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 

AFTER

 
 

Got a my exhaust modified. Wasnt hanging low, but the car is very low so I got it tucked. lovely job. Didnt hit once on a spin about town.
14012875268_71eaeef12e_o.jpgex3 by quickrack, on Flickr
14012875278_1284c0fd86_o.jpgex4 by quickrack, on Flickr
14012875208_4b9a5ef986_o.jpgex1 by quickrack, on Flickr
14012875228_0618a9a935_o.jpgex2 by quickrack, on Flickr

 

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quickrack    67

14670340094_3293f2ee94_z.jpgSteels1 by quickrack, on Flickr
This is the raw wheel after banding.
You can see an original below on the left. I bought these to use as rollers for another car but the INSET was 1" more than Escort wheels.
So I formed a cunning plan.
 
14534210957_f8f0a02d8e_z.jpg220720146719 by quickrack, on Flickr
 
I got Declan Munnelly (kawasaki green Mk11 mental drifter) to narrow a Mk1 case for me.
Out with old.
 
14607680828_a968de654b_z.jpgDSCI1740 by quickrack, on Flickr
 
Quick compare. Easy to see here. spring platforms in line but ends very far apart.
 
14791182601_f2551f1476_z.jpgDSCI1741 by quickrack, on Flickr
 
Lovely tasty bit of work that. So nice I didnt need to tidy the weld at all. Just painted straight on. Big heavy sleeve in there now as well.
Stuck the "elevens-iser" back in.
 
14607768867_2078ea7f75_z.jpgDSCI1745 by quickrack, on Flickr
 
Measured, cut, tidied and trial fitted the shafts
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14607763407_a071ce72f1_z.jpgDSCI1746 by quickrack, on Flickr
 
14771269386_d7130a6620_z.jpgDSCI1748 by quickrack, on Flickr
eeek!
 
14607579289_95a83803d2_z.jpgDSCI1754 by quickrack, on Flickr
Refitted halfshafts, gave them a turn and popped them out to check for witness marks.
 
All good as expected so reassembled and fitted axle.
 
14794185605_8e08938de2_z.jpgDSCI1762 by quickrack, on Flickr
 
Fitted tyres, got em balanced and headed to a show, where it was miserable. However sitting in the car meant I got to hear the comments from "what the fook are they" to "they are awesome" and lots inbetween.
 
 
14854880695_f780559f58_z.jpgDSC_0067 by quickrack, on Flickr
 
There ya go. 8.5" wheels on a standard arch Mk1 
Whadda think??

 

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quickrack    67

Just 175/50/13's.

However they are Dunlop Sp Sports and i reckon they are the widest 175's I have ever seen.

Thats a nice car you have lad.

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warrenk    24

Just 175/50/13's.

However they are Dunlop Sp Sports and i reckon they are the widest 175's I have ever seen.

Thats a nice car you have lad.

 

Thanks mate, 

We only get the Yokohama A539 and the Nankang AS-1 here in SA. I was looking for a wider tyre for the car in my avatar, currently wearing 175/50 A539's on 8J wheels. 

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quickrack    67

Seeing as Jo mentioned things need improving I decided to update again.

Since my last post I bought another Rs2000 propshaft. Which also failed. So I bit the bullet and bought a Grp4 Fabrications new one. Expensive but I am sick of problems with em.

And the exhaust needs a skid on the silencer as it catches and pulls the pipe loose. Did that today.

Will make a wee bit of clearance between the gearbox bellhousing and the bulkhead while under it.

Photos when I figure out how.

Comments welcome.

Thanks.

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