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Right I'm looking through my mk2 escort van for any little things I can keep myself busy on and I've already hit a snag. First of all this isn't a normal van as far as I'm aware, it is a van with factory rear windows, (much like the nimbus camper Van) normal van bed, rear seats and the front set of those rear windows wind down. The winding down bit is my issue. Im struggling to find the support brackets that hold the glass up and is attached to the winder arm via a bolt. I have the original, albeit knackered, support brackets if it helps the search. Oh and seals for the bracket are attached to it. Any help will be much appreciated

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I think they will be near impossible to source sadly, never seen them before... ever! but not to say that someone in a Nimbus Club or similar may have a solution.

And if you can find some, they may not be in the best condition either, personally I think fabricating new ones may be a quicker, easier and cheaper option.

What about asking a company who has a 3D Printing machine to scan and reproduce some hard grade plastic versions? at least they wont rust again??

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That's what I'm thinking, haven't seen this kind of escort before so the best bet is to make it myself. It only needs to be simple really, a strip of metal like ali, or hard plastic like you said, with a groove in it for the glass, a bolt hole for the rail and a rubber seal. The original parts are the most rusted parts on the whole car I think, though tbh the car is extremely solid and untampered apart from floor and sills

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Update: I've gotten hold of a pair of window lift channels from eBay brand new with seals,  only they're for classic minis not escorts though they are identical just shorter. Next step is getting the heater working. It clicks when switched on but that's it. Took off a vent hose and about a years worth of (Portuguese?) squirrel nest and corns fell out. Tomorrow I'll remove the matric and clear that out too. One question though,  how do I remove the heater eyeball vents? I'd assume they just pop out but I didn't want to break it

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Long story short, I removed the heater, cleared it out, freed and oiled the fan blade as well as checked the matrix for leaks. Tested it and it works perfectly on battery, haven't tested it in position yet. Also corrected fan eyeball vents. At least I don't need a new fan unit

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All in place and working noice. Centre console radio and clock is next little thing to fix. Need help on where to wire them. Radio has one plug and one earth point?, clock has two plugs. I'm not an electrician so I don't know what's plug or earth and where those wires should go. Also inside dash is a few loose unplugged wires (bullet style and normal push plug) with nowhere to put them. (under dash panel?)

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Most radio's and Ford clocks have a symbol that denotes earth point - its a triangle of lines with a straight line down through the centre, its a universal symbol, google it for a picture. The other connection will be the 12v power feed. Clock should be permanent live (obviously) Radio's can be one feed or two - depends on sophistication. If its a newish one with a digital memory then it needs one permanent live to keep the memory going and a power on that usually comes from the ignition switch Accessory / key 1 position - so radio goes off when key removed. A multimeter is your friend finding what's what under the dash and a wiring diagram helps!

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Cheers that's quite helpful and I will use that to my ability. 

 

 

In the mean time I have since got both rear windows to slide up and down nicely with the use of lots of lubricant and pushing and the pulling the window up and down. The mini window rails fit perfectly with a little squeezing together to bite the windows better. Another step done

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