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Great build. Lot of good work. Gonna be lovely mk1. Keep going

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Thanks for the comments, Managed to get the braking system working and put it on its wheels this weekend. Still not totally finished with the brakes yet though as I need to find matching calipers, got mk1 n/s and mk2 o/s on at the min just so I can roll it out and turn it around, I need it facing the other way so I can start on the 5 speed conversion. Nice to see it on its wheels though even if it is just temporary.

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7 minutes ago, John escort mk1V6 said:

Thats looking a hole alot better , but for the 5 speed you wil need to make a cut out in the left chassis rail.

I know, thats why I need to turn it around in the garage, all the good tools are at the back lol

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A lot of work gone into this, well done! Great colour choice too. :thumbsup:

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On 2/5/2018 at 15:13, Vista said:

A lot of work gone into this, well done! Great colour choice too. :thumbsup:

Thanks, iv always said that. When I first painted the shell everybody thought it was primer and asked me what colour it was going to be lol. Its turning out just as I imagined though so :finger:

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tonight I had a try at bending the tie bar to fit around the 5 speed box

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started off with this..

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about 50 adjustments later ended up with this,

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looks like it might just work!

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Looks neat and very professional the inner wing modification.

Looking at the pictures the car looks like it was a non servo model as it does not have the strengthening plate under the bracket. Might be worth thinking on putting one.

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By bending the tie bar , you did make it shorter , this will effect the wheel stand , and is this still strong enough ?

If this is giving a problem in the future , than you can maybe fit compression struts from the rear , like the done by some escorts mk1/2.

 

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Going by the well written and detailed guide on here, this is a proven method tried and tested many times with mk1 fiesta 5 speed conversions for 1.1, 1.6 xflow and 1.8 and 2.0 zetec engines. So it should be absolutely fine fingers (crossed) I am thinking of adding an extra support rod under the box but it shouldnt really need it. The tie bar only ended up 1mm out so shouldnt be a problem. As for the servo strengthening plate I fitted one behind the bulkhead inside when I first did the servo conversion but it could probably benefit from and extra plate on the outside as it did move a bit. Because its off I might as well add one before I put it back on. 

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Servo strengthening plate do turn up on the auctioning site from time to time so worth keeping an eye out. I think a bracing bar from servo support bracket to the suspension strut tower is worth thinking about as during braking the servo appears to sway a bit.

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On 2/15/2018 at 08:10, Bobcat said:

Servo strengthening plate do turn up on the auctioning site from time to time so worth keeping an eye out. I think a bracing bar from servo support bracket to the suspension strut tower is worth thinking about as during braking the servo appears to sway a bit.

I dont need to buy one its just a piece of metal, ill make one. I do have the supporting bracket to strut tower just not fitted it yet. what I do need if anyone has one is a mk2 o/s brake caliper, I cant make one of those!

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Supporting bracket to the strut tower was not a standard fit so did you make one? You may want to modify or get the peddle box from a servo car as you will find that after the conversion the brake paddle has a longer travel.

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2 minutes ago, Bobcat said:

Supporting bracket to the strut tower was not a standard fit so did you make one? You may want to modify or get the peddle box from a servo car as you will find that after the conversion the brake paddle has a longer travel.

Already done all that, two steps ahead lol. supporting bracket came with the servo tower when a bought it.

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Bit more done today, painted the inner wing & tie bar, brakes back together and new pipe fitted because I cut through it:banghead: reground the valves in the head and I have given the gearbox a coat of galvazink. Also I added a strengthening plate to the other side of the bulkhead so its now like a sandwich.

 

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note the double crankshaft pulley for the supercharger lol

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