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  1. Got started on the normal pile of crap rot box mk2 Harrier. Got the shell blasted last year and stuck it in the corner. Got a bit of motivation and got the shell on the jig. It was going to destined for the rally circles. It had been in a field since 1999 so you can imagine what it’s like and by no means it’d had a hard life. Had a knock at the back and the front so on the jig it went to make sure it’s right when it’s done. A couple of pics of the rear to date. Once this is done it’s brace up, remove floor, lower bulkhead and both inner wings,sills, centre chassis legs.
    9 points
  2. Just spent the last four days prepping the interior and underneath ready for epoxy primer then raptur treatment. The body man has been round it, checked adjusted gaps as necessary. Hopefully they might get on to filling and final prep before paint. This week end is taken up shotblasting all the ancillaries and prepping for undercoat next week end. Engines away at the engineers for boring, crank grind , valve guides and unleaded conversion. All reciprocating parts balanced after I’d lightened the flywheel and rods. New Kent cam on its way as well.
    8 points
  3. Few more pics on the progress be it been a bit slow. Panel fit has been a bit of a ball ache tbh. Saying that I’m no panel beater or bodywork person but perseverance prevails. Got nearly everything to fit within tolerance on the structural side now exterior panels to get right.
    8 points
  4. Finally got round to picking my wheels from the diomond cutters and had the tyres fitted. More stuff to go in the loft 🤫🤫🤫 considering the condition that they were in I was well pleased, not totally perfect but bloody near enough! Fully expected them to refuse to do them or advise to powder coat. But apparently persevered and got them as near perfect as poss. Got to take into consideration these are 40+ yrs old. Had 185/60 Yoko a539 directionals fitted and we’ll see how they go.
    8 points
  5. Lesson for all - LED's cannot be used for alt. / charging warnings due to the way they work. These lights need to pass voltage both directions - firstly from ign sw. through bulb to alternator and ground, secondly volts from alternator flow back the other way and cancel out the voltage from the ign. sw. LED's will only pass voltage one way - a property of all diodes.
    7 points
  6. Picked up a better spot welder which has a selection or arms aswell inner arch cut out engine should look nice in the bay, way off that going in though 😂
    7 points
  7. It was great to meet up with the OSF team at NEC yesterday, thanks for the great welcome. I drive a 1974 Mk1 1600GT Estate in Vista Orange. There are very few estates still around so its often a magnet at shows. If any other members see me around, come over for a chat. Hope to be on your stand at some point next year.
    6 points
  8. A few pics I took at the NEC today Mk3 Cortina with all the Patina sorting the men from the boys on the way in. A healthy puff of blue smoke from the old pinto with each prod of the loud pedal! Hard working guys on our club stand flying the flag for us in Hall 8. Big thanks to @stephens_xpack @Ray Nick and Ian for their efforts South African Loveliness with a couple of Peranas and an XR6 Silverstone Auction Stand. How the mighty have risen. Look at that line of Classic Fords in there amongst thebl E Types and Astons! The Black RS500, unsurprisingly, getting a lot of attention but the hammer price on both of the 3 door Cosworths they had was north of £100k. Ford exotica GT40's. Can you spot the kits from the genuine articles? High performance Road registered track day car assembled from a Magnum Panel built shell. Still fancy that Porsche Cayman for your trackdays? And a few non Fords. Ooooooh, sweet. steps around the back to admire air-cooled flat 6. Wait, WTF is this witchcraft?! 🤣 Now this is Dowsett Cars 1930'S ERA Alfa Romeo race replica with MX5 engine box and running gear. I think it's stunning! And last but not least, lunch. It was OK, but £35? Jesus wept!
    6 points
  9. Here’s a couple of pics of my dads old Rs2000 for you to see where I get my love from
    6 points
  10. This is my consul capri I've been building for quite a while, nearly finished, well if they're ever really finished
    6 points
  11. Found a a little Gem of a breakfast meet on Friday so popped along Sunday morning, local and a nice little run out. Earlswood Lakes near Redhill in Surrey - 10 mins from Gatwick Didn't snap all the cars, but there were some tasty motors there
    6 points
  12. Hi all, as you are no doubt aware TOTM 2021 has been postponed. We probably maybe might have gotten away with it but restrictions could change any day now and it wasn't worth loosing a deposit on the campsite. Also planning and driving the route whilst restrictions were in place was impossible. It is very much hoped that 2022 will see the return of our tour but only time will tell. The planned route from 2020 is still an option so shouldn't take to much to organise short notice next year. Went up today for a quick spin around Princetown and took some pics of the car. Fingers crossed you all stay well and see you next year.
    6 points
  13. So we managed 7 runs yesterday before we had valve train issues, couple of shake down passes first as it had been in pieces, then with the nitrous on with the smallest jets, the quickest run was a 14.7 @ 92mph, my new gripper is the nuts, and my 4 speed type 9 is fantastic, thanks to Chris at bgh for that, also a big thankyou to my family pit crew for all the help leading up to the day and on the day aswell, was a brilliant day Cheers 😁
    6 points
  14. Out for a blast today 😁🌞😎
    6 points
  15. Good little turnout and a very welcoming bunch as always. Some nice old school cars there today too. Ooh, and beef burger with bacon... 😍
    6 points
  16. Hi all Finally after about 5 years I am embarking on a new classic ford project in the shape of a 64 plate mk1 cortina. So not a new user as such but looking forward to getting back in to things. The car is shabby but solid enough and I cant afford to paint it! About to undergo a lot of new mechanics and an ST170 transplant however so it should be fun looking forward to catching up and getting back to some meets that I havent been to in a long time All the best James
    6 points
  17. I was going through some old photos the other day and came up with a few of this Mk1 Escort. I'm the bearded one in the left hand seat. Won a few trophies in it between us, thrashing round the lanes of Cumbria/Lancashire/Yorkshire. He was an awesome driver, but he had a freaky thing about going through water, every time we approached a ford he'd undo his seatbelt 😁 It started life as a 1300, but we slammed a 1600 GT in it and whacked some Mexico front wings on it. There were 5 of us living in a house in Lancaster at the time and 4 of us had Mk1 Mexico's. he sold an immaculate Olympic blue 72 m plate to buy this car......
    6 points
  18. It’s just a case of thinking about it, read up a bit, make a plan and crack on. It’s surprising how much info you can get from the likes of this forum. Always had an interest in bodywork which helps plus friends who’ll lend you a jig and instructions...lol yes bought 50 of them a good help but started using self tapping screws on temp fixing. Your suggestion on the gearbox mount worked a treat. It was nearly an inch out !!!! Certainly could have caused a slight problem later. Even my paint man laughed at my approach but was quite happy with the results I’d achieved. His words were you lack the finesse for a mint job......so leave to me for the final touches.....lol its bloody hard work drilling all those spot welds out, gone though about 10 drills. It’s got a great sense of achievement once you start pinning it back together. It’s the manipulation of metal I can’t get around, my 2/1/2 pound hammer don’t work really well tbh. Hopefully get a bit more done next week, then it’s tidying everything up making the best I can. It’s provisionally booked into the painters in a month. Won’t be asking for a completion date on the paint as it never happens. It’ll give me chance to build the engine and box plus shot blast all the running gear ready for restoration.
    6 points
  19. OK, so drained all the old fuel out and chucked in a Jerry can of V Power just to get it going again, and after standing for around 3 years and after a few attempts it coughed and spluttered into life 😁😁 The can didn't do much to the gauge, which I don't entirely trust anyway, so gingerly drove to the closest tescos and chucked in £20 of their 99 momentum Came home via the motorway and wow, I'd forgotten how lively it was. Certainly blew the cobwebs out. Needless to say I'm fookin buzzing.....oh and stinking of petrol 🤣🤣
    6 points
  20. Had a delivery this morning Quickly unwrapped them I’ll start a new build page later with details of fitting the arches
    6 points
  21. She started life as a black rs2000, the like many she must had had a shunt and was flat fronted. She then moved on and was running a cosworth till finally being totally stripped down and rebuilt from a bare shell with a vision of having a standard looking RS outside and inside with everything else modernised so starting at the rear she has a baby atlas rebuilt by RACE running an LSD, discs and cosworth rear callipers, type 9 gearbox rebuilt with taller first gear, heavy duty bearings and bigger oil ways, engine built by Northampton motorsport with ported head, piper BP300 cams, variable exhaust pulley, vernier pulley, competition rings, lightened and balanced crankshaft, puma speed oil pump, aluglide big end and main bearings, ARP bolts all round so well built
    6 points
  22. Looking good and got to smile at the line projects always take way longer than planned, I am on yesterday eight and always say the same thing - next summer always worth it in the end just, quick picture of my bay with the ST170 sitting nicely at home - running emerald ECU which is about to be upgraded to the K6 so I can run the VVT the way it was intended
    6 points
  23. To be fair its really only 20 thousand quid, the other 30 grand is for that pair of front overriders I have been searching many years for!
    5 points
  24. hi ive just bought an 1980 mk2 rs 2000 ,it needs some reccomitioning work and will get started on it in a few months , as im recovering from a major operation and recovery time is 10 weeks , meanwhile ive been buying parts for her mainly service items and a new set of 45 dcoe,s
    5 points
  25. Rally Day.... Sent from my Hammer_Energy_18x9 using Tapatalk
    5 points
  26. Going back to std in its original colour which was silver. Only 500 silver ones done as against the 1000 white ones. It’s the guys 70th birthday and the daughter wanted to see if she find his car for a surprise, funny really they only live 25 mls away from me !
    5 points
  27. Have to go section at a time, so I started from front frame-rails. Rails are not rotten from inside, so just small repairs were enough. I also removed brake-booster bracket as I´m going to fit a pedalbox
    5 points
  28. Made a rollover-jig from old pipe-rack. I used old brake discs to make a stopping device, other disc is fixed to the rotating frame. you simply put a bolt through any hole and it stops it from spinning. The less there is sound deadening, the easier it is to blast the shell. So I removed most of the material by using dry-ice. It freezes the sound deadening material so that it shrinks and cracks off almost by itself. 10kg was enough for one car.
    5 points
  29. stainless steel baffled catch tank all finished.
    5 points
  30. at the beach today, was a fantastic day tbh, very busy and good weather after a lousy forecast
    5 points
  31. All cleaned up ready for Gaydon, just preparing the FOR SALE NOTICE.
    5 points
  32. I went out to a local Ford meet last Sunday. Was good to have a chat and see other cars. Had a good look around a few nice cars, but didn't get any pics, except of mine before I set off. Had to keep the Bacon Burger and Brew quiet though when I got home, as I had a Sunday Roast waiting 😁
    5 points
  33. tunnel starting to take shape quielty,
    5 points
  34. Couple of pics of my mk1 It’s going to need a complete floor, boot floor wells, inner wings and a few others lol
    5 points
  35. Thought I’d have a a quick go at cutting the arch out, I can then replace the inner tub easier fitted the arch under the quarter as I can then weld to the arch rather than over the quarter which would creat more work to get it to look right
    5 points
  36. cue jokes about The bottom end being shot Leaking fluid all over the drive Unpredictable handling Will cost you a fortune to run Probably not legal Guaranteed once a month to not want to start I'll stop 🤣
    5 points
  37. Well, 14 years on from this 2.2 Pinto upgrade, I am moving to phase 2. Carbatooters off again Shiney goodies to go on
    5 points
  38. Well over the last 2 weeks I got the rocker cover finished, the spark plug cover done and made a start on the parts for the fuelling. Going for black braided AN6 hose from torques. Heard it's the most reliable. I bought a fuel pressure regulator kit from ebay (cheap but told they work really well) and got an oil collection can. I've also put in the order with retro Ford so im hoping those parts arrive in the next week.
    5 points
  39. Got another few days on the car, back end now straight and panel’s buttoned up. So what’s gone on, rear panel, spare wheel well inner and outer repair panels, os rear quarter panel and fuel tank trough. A couple of minor repairs to the arches. The floor itself would have been ok for a cheap run around but you only do this once and it’s going to be my last car so do it right. By the time you’ve stitched in floor pans, inner sills and seat boxes to a good standard nowt better than a full floor. It’s done right and looks right. Braced the car up and checked the measurements on the jig then out with the lot inc lower bulk head. Surprisingly A and B posts are good just minor repairs on the lips where the bulkhead joins that’s it really. Replacing the centre chassis legs while I’m at it, again by the time you’ve repaired them to a standard you can’t tell it’s easier to whip them out and replace full sections. So before I start replacing everything there’s a few hours of cleaning faces up ready for the panels to go back. A few pics of the after effect of getting carried away with the angle grinder and slit disc, it’s my favourite tool 😉😉
    5 points
  40. Bita progress on the A post over last while. Put hinge panel on door to locate before welding. Gaps not to bad to quarter panel and swage line looks good. Got the outer panel on then and now looking at outer sill. Wondering to overlap sill and lower A post or cut and butt weld.? Obviously if overlap will have edge which don't want. Sent from my MAR-LX1A using Tapatalk
    5 points
  41. So 5 years on, many break downs, 10000 miles ish, 3 alternators, many shows and events and 1 rubbish trophy...... It's time for some more welding and paint. As I went to check up on the car and fit another alternator, I noticed some rusty looking bubbles. Also a leaking brake line that had caused the paint to lift along the chassis rail. Waiting to here back from the restoration chaps to repair and paint. Then went for a short essential drive to test the new alternator 😉
    5 points
  42. hi all thought you may like to see my cortina p100 3ltr Essex v6, imported from South Africa bit off a disappointment when it arrived, photos allways look better, worst was the paint but three weeks in a spray shop made it look the way it was supposed to, power steering and a 5 speed box sometime in the future, but looking for a demountable for the bed at the moment unfortunately not many used ones around .
    5 points
  43. Santa came early yesterday (lucky lad!) Triumph 2000 mk2 automatic, totally original, 81k never seen a paint gun or welder, the interior is like new, I suspect seat covers and mats, last owner 45yrs. A 2500tc auto was on the wish list but hard to find, then this popped up I had to have it.
    5 points
  44. hard to believe ive had this motor almost 18 years in various guises....its spec has changed many times,.....getting more bits added as time has passed! i did an xe transplant in the mid 2000,s at the time it changed from yellow to blue after a full body resto, and after a few years running 45 dellorto,s i upgraded it to jenvey throttle bodies and mbe management a few years back along with fast road cams, lightened flywheel and capri 2.8i type 9 box replacing the std sierra one i had fitted.. i had it on 7 inch ronal 4 spokes for a while before changing to 7.5 jbw 4 spokes using anglia van halfshafts in a narrowed english casing to get the back end squatting nicely! i stumbled across a few pics, old and recent lately, and thought id share!! and heres a few pics in her recent spec.....
    5 points
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