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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. A few pics of the Tour of Exmoor.....
    7 points
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Had a delivery this morning Quickly unwrapped them I’ll start a new build page later with details of fitting the arches
    6 points
  13. Here’s a couple of pics of my dads old Rs2000 for you to see where I get my love from
    6 points
  14. 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.....
    6 points
  15. the shell is really starting to come together now....fitting the full panel sections has proved to be a great plan....it saves so much work fitting smaller sections and finishing joints etc.... as a mk2 lower bulkhead panel was fitted, the mk2 pedal box and heater box were trial fitted and look good....the plan is to run the much better mk2 heater box, and mod the mk1 heater controls and cables to work with it .... till next time!!
    6 points
  16. Well, this is basically the final update to this thread! The car has within the last hour completed a setup and dyno session. It arrived with ProTuner on Friday, and they were brilliant. As promised they went through a lot of prechecks before even considering starting it, including cam timing checks, compression test, induction leaks, fuel pressure checks. This was all fine, and they proceeded to map it. This included an additional day so they could properly setup cold start. Right at the beginning of this thread i explained i wasnt chasing numbers, simply reliability, and that is still the case. However its nice to see what it is capable of... which is (drumroll please)180hp! More than enough.. and i have been told with 97-99ron fuel and a slight tweak to exhaust cam timing it would rise, however that would be unnecessary in my opinion. The spec in summary is - Standard st170 engine and standard engine timing (with Vvt obviously ), 45mm hayabusa throttle bodies and 300cc injectors, DANST custom inlet manifold, HPE Exhaust manifold and system, me221 engine management, 1800zetec flywheel modified for pinto clutch. So all thats left is to collect the car, and wait for some dry weather to see how it feels. Massive thanks to everyone for their help through this thread, lots of answered questions and hopefully this will help others doing something similar. Its crazy to look all the way back to the first page where this was nothing more than a lazy idea. I will share the power graph when i get it, supposedly its a very nice curve though👍 Cheers all!
    6 points
  17. Hi All, I'm Paris from Lancaster Insurance. I'm really pleased to be working with the club and its members. Lancaster can offer up to 25% discount for club members and can arrange a whole range of policy extras that you'd expect such as agreed value. I'd like to think we take a realistic view when it comes to modifications so do give us a try. All feedback, good or bad, will help us to develop the scheme going forward. If you do try us for a quote please use the bespoke telephone number 01480 400927 and let us know that the introduction has come from the club. We make a payment to the club for each and every policy sold as a result of their introduction which helps keep the club going. I'll stick my head round the door every now and again and pick up any queries that crop up. If you'd like for me to arrange a call-back for a quote then I’m happy to sort it - you can either PM me or I can be contacted by email at paris.wakelen@lancasterinsurance.co.uk. Look out for competition offers coming up shortly. I'll post these up as soon as they're finalised.
    6 points
  18. Wheels on! Next on the list are paintless dent removal, detailing (clay bar, 2 stage polish and wax), fix radio/electric aerial ...more work than I expected Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
    6 points
  19. All cleaned up ready for Gaydon, just preparing the FOR SALE NOTICE.
    5 points
  20. 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 😁
    5 points
  21. Out for a blast today 😁🌞😎
    5 points
  22. I popped to the workshop this afternoon and changed the bottom arms for adjustable ones painted the brackets and couldn’t resist a test fit of the minilights
    5 points
  23. 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
  24. Depends what size your buying as 9x13 you may aswell buy new
    5 points
  25. I have my 18 month old grandson in the garage with me, well he follows me around as though he’s tied to me with rope ! Put anything down he’s got it, come off steps and he’s up them. Think he’s going to be a panel beater as everything is with a hammer and he creates when you take it off him along with the tape measure. Only problem is everything he measures is 3 so you don’t know if that’s in inches or mm which can be a bit confusing. A budding Ford mechanic, just beat it to death it’ll be alright....lol
    5 points
  26. 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.
    5 points
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
    5 points
  33. 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
    5 points
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. A little bit more done...
    5 points
  38. 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
  39. some great progress pics arrived today.....new floorpan sitting in place, and front end panels sitting in place for mocking up.... starting to look the part now!!
    5 points
  40. it proved a wise decision to replace the full floor section as it was discovered that the chassis legs ( despite being in good order ) were almost full of some sort of mud or silt which would not be good long term.. they will be cleaned out, prepped, primed and painted so the cavity wax will do its job properly when the van is finished.. front end looking as bare as it can be!! included in the large shopping list of panels are a new magnum 6 clock dash panel and heater bubble replacement....both were trial fitted and look like they will go in sweet! thats it till next time!!
    5 points
  41. Well that's the rev counter done, and set up, bench tested, just got to wire up the the nodiz pulse wire, that's already in the loom. Here's a few pictures 😜
    5 points
  42. WOW I done my first full detail of a car today and used everyone of the cleaning products I’ve bought, and the finish is unbelievable I am so pleased at how the paint work has come out
    5 points
  43. As promised, power graph and also a dyno video! Also although the car did produce a max of 180hp, it was dialled back to 177 for smoothness. Ive just had the first drive and its much fun IMG_0811.MP4
    5 points
  44. Three top coats on the Boot Lid top. But first found out what the 2 knobs on the gun did! (YouTube Paint Society) Then practiced on cardboard to get paint quantity right & fan shape correct, mixed accurate 60/40 & prepped Lid with 800W&D - off I went. Very pleased with result & no hiccups here’s some pics...
    5 points
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