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Very Early Mk1 shell help

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Evenin.  New here so please don't shout if I've put this in the wrong place.

I've recently come into possession of one of the first Mk1's  Reg 01st Feb 68.  I think this was the earliest date you could have one?  No matter.

The shell is pretty good to be fair, and I've owned a lot worse, though not had an escy for around 15 years now.  Sadly it's been messed with and has a wheezing pinto with RS running gear I think all round and a T9 box.  My main concern is the lack of front end stability with more horsepower.  I'm going the zetec route eventually having done this conversion years back.

Will a WC Xmember fit onto this shell and is it easy to covert to post 1970 Escort front legs and antiroll bar etc?  My memory fails me but did the early Twinks have anti roll bars with double width kits?  I don't want much power, say around 170bhp, but suspect the current method of sticking to the road may struggle.  With a shell like this it's almost sad to covert it, but so much has been changed I might as well go the whole hog.  Any help or advice appreciated. :) 

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Hey 

its your car do what you want lol, if it was a TC you wouldn’t obviously 

why not buy a anti roll bar kit that fits with compression strut kit, may not work but an option

and this topic is useless without pictures 👍

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Evening-they were produced from November '67 and went on sale early January '68 (i have a Jan '68) you need to check the build letters in the chassis number to see when it was built.

 

A WCXM will fit but you don't necessarily need one. Any front legs should fit with the correct tca's and rack combination so Capri Billies etc. Very early Twinks had rollbars yes but some had weld on brackets-if you look at yours where the front bumper bracket mounts-the holes dont go all the way through the chassis rails it just uses captive nuts instead so you'd either have to drill through the chassis leg and weld tubes in-or Stage1 motorsport does the correct early weld on brackets for rollbars-this is what i'll be using as doing a Twincam rep with mine-they are not cheap though but for me its the correct way.

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Twincams had their own unique front stabilizer bars and matching mounts. Originals weren't double with but double width kits are certainly available for the Twincam bars. If your changing the front legs though it isnt necessary to focus on the Twincam ones, there are double width kits to go with either type bar so before you buy the kit just wait and see what legs and front bar setup you decide to use first and then buy the double width kit to match

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Are you planning to rally it? Or is there any other reason you want a world cup X member? If not, don't bother with one, you don't need them for road use and the vibration they induce in the car isn't pleasant. 

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Thanks for the replies chaps.  Most informative.  No, it won't be rallied and is for road use only, but last time I did this conversion I used the WCXM as it was easier to make my own mounts. there weren't kits available back then.  There's even a letter in CF I wrote where they advised me NOT to do the swap as it was too tricky and untried....how things changed.  They even sent me some classic car oil as It was star letter!  Usless....

As for pictures, when I get round to stripping I shall add some.  The car is under wraps for now whilst I try and decide what route to go down.  

Thanks again for the input.  I like this place!

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