60's ford body shell weight ?

  1. mike 109444

    mike 109444 Member

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    Would any one have a ball park figure for the weight of a 60's Ford monocoque body shell (no doors, engine, gearbox, axle, suspension, glass ect, striped out) Think mk1/2 Cortina or Escort as they should be about similar weight.
    Tried googling Escorts but results comeback as whole weight of car being reduced by removing this and that but not weight of shell to start with.
     
  2. dan treg Member

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    i have weighed in a ford focus bare shell recently about 400kg if thats any help
     
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  3. gt6s Member

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    Classic Capri as on your avatar ?
     
  4. Bullet2012

    Bullet2012 Forum Supporter

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    Do not forget to subtract the holes left by the tin worms
     
  5. RWD3M Member

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    I can remember me and a mate of mine manhandling a completely stripped out Mk1 Escort (1300E IIRC) onto a roof rack to take it down the crusher. Couldn't have weighed more than 250 - 300 lbs.
     
  6. mike 109444

    mike 109444 Member

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    DT I really hope it's not that heavy. Have seen on the Escort MK1/2 type forums talk of reducing there cars from cir 1000kg down to 850 ish and that's a complete car!
    gt6s Yes my Capri,, work in progress.... hence the question on weight. Reason I put Cortina and Escort was that some on here would have over the years more likely scraped an Escort or Cortina than a consul Capri. Basic construction same across these cars.
    Mr Bullet2012 Shame on you :( 98% of tin worm sorted. :clapping:
    Reason for question was I am part way through making up a set of these. http://www.rollerhoop.com/faq.htm
    RWD3M hope your figure is a bit closer... from G1LXC...
     
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  7. Migmac

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    Just found a post on one of the ford forums, 360kg for a totally bare mk2 escort shell
     
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  8. Gareth0123

    Gareth0123 You'll need 16 pigs to do the job in one sitting!

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    And add all the brazing rods.
     
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  9. mike 109444

    mike 109444 Member

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    I trolled through loads and best I could find was company selling scratch built mk1/2 body shells bout £7k to £22k :o but no weight indicated.
     
  10. dan treg Member

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    hi would be suprised if it was only 250Lbs ie about 115kg . ive stripped cars and scrapped them in the past normally shell is approx 1/3 to 1/2 weight of car so my guess of 400kg wouldnt of thought was miles of. for reference on a ford capri website they say just under 1/2 a tonne . escort probably bit less but not much ?
     
  11. RWD3M Member

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    DT you could well be right, I'm only guessing and going on memory. Of course tin worm had taken it's toll too in my case!

    Perhaps we were stronger than we thought!!! :)
     
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  12. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    I could ask my Ford expert (Mr C)...but he'll ask me exactly which model you are asking about?
     
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  13. merryman Member

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    The Classic was known as "the last of the heavyweight Fords", it didn't sell well, and the replacements were supposedly "a new range of lightweight cars", so I would bet the Cortina and Escort are a lot lighter, probably thinner steel.
     
  14. dan treg Member

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    hi at RWD3M just watched a campervan crisis programme and they seemed to handball the shell themselves so im kind of doubting my maths so probably somewhere between the 2 although this shell had been dipped and i reckon half of it had disolved in the stuff(acid?) reckon was more rust than van
     
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  15. Turbo Member

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    4 people can comfortably lift a bare mk 2 escort shell so I would guess around 300 to 400kg. (A normal person can lift their own bodyweight).

    The older cars were made of much thicker steel though so that figure is probably not much use!
     
  16. wacky7791

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    tried finding this out a while ago to make a rotisserie and found sod all for a bare shell weight (mk1 escort).

    made it anyway from a couple of old bed frames :thumbup:
     
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  17. daedalusminos Member

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    I'd guess 300-400kg, the GT6 body shell is shy of 250kg but that's without the chassis and bonnet IMG_20180506_134901.jpg
     
  18. HopefullySoon

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    4 people can easily lift an MGB GT shell .
     
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