Escort MK2 Rebuild

  1. fordman Forum Supporter

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    Made some slow progress recently, lots on at work and at home.
    Treated myself to an early Christmas present, courtesy of Sean at Rallyweld.
    escort 014.jpg
    Planing on fitting it in the new year, and hopefully have the shell ready for paint by Easter.
     
  2. rallyreturn

    rallyreturn Is It Finished Yet ??

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    Sean did tell me you bought a cage when I picked up the sump guard on Tuesday, looking forward to the progress, Merry Christmas Neil.
     
  3. fordman Forum Supporter

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    Happy New Year to anyone watching my progress. :waving:

    Not much happening at the moment, just slowly stripping all the paint off the shell.
    Roll cage not going to get fitted until February. Getting it done by a friend who is a pro, but he is very busy at the moment doing cages in BMW Compacts, Minis and Fiestas! They are all ahead in the cue as are needed for this season!
    But it will be worth the wait to have it done properly. Although I've done everything else on the shell, just not confident enough to do the cage.
    The one time you find out if it's been done right, is the time you need it! :doh:

    I'll post more pictures when I get the shell stripped off.
     
  4. Mikemcd New Member

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    Hi Neil.
    Thanks for the chat the other day, good to be inspired. You work looks fantastic.
    Hope you get that cage in soon and we can get some more pictures up.
     
  5. fordman Forum Supporter

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    Not making as much progress as I hoped at the moment, as I'm still waiting to get the cage fitted. I'm almost to the top of my friends list of jobs, so hopefully it will happen soon, as long as a young Aiden Moffatt manages to keep his BTCC Chevy Cruze on the track and in one piece!
    Have spent time stripping all the paint off the shell and tidying up any bits I wasn't happy with, or I'd missed. Also marked out and cut holes for brake lines, fuel pipes, dry sump pipes and wiring loom. Stripped Shell 001.JPG Stripped Shell 002.JPG Stripped Shell 009.JPG
    As I removed all the paint, I gave the panels a wipe over with Gibbs Brand Lubricant which was recommended by someone on the forum, and although expensive, it's very good and does the job of keeping the surface rust at bay, whilst containing NO silicon.
     
  6. armalites Member

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    Wow, you've done an amazing job on that shell getting the paint off.looks like a top job. What did you use to get the paint off? Chemical or abrasive?
     
  7. fordman Forum Supporter

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    Done with chemical paint stripper and a lot of elbow grease! It's certainly not something I'd want to take up as a hobby.
    Started off with old formula Nitromors, then when I ran out of that, tried some B&Q stripper which just took too long to react and then didn't make much impression on some layers of paint. Then came across this :-
    http://www.spraygunsdirect.co.uk/product.php?tid=&products_id=7193
    which, although still not as good as old Nitro, did the job. Used lots of cheap stainless steel pan scourers to remove the stripper and paint.
    Need to use good quality Chemical resistant gloves ,vapour quality face masks (http://www.spraygunsdirect.co.uk/product.php?tid=100&products_id=5656) and goggles.
     
  8. Mikemcd New Member

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    Wow, there can not be a more mint shell out there, well done, hope to see it sometime soon.
     
  9. nick205

    nick205 Member

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    That is a fantastic effort! Truly hard work getting all the paint off and to properly clean metal like that, hats off to you.
     
  10. XMWelder

    XMWelder Member

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    Outstanding work!
     
  11. fordman Forum Supporter

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    Had a slow period during the summer, as I had lots of outdoor things to do, but finally got back onto the car and done a bit.
    Finally got the roll cage trimmed and tacked into place and will hopefully get it fully welded in over the next few weeks, work permitting!
    Roll cage tacked in 1.JPG Roll cage tacked in 2.JPG
     
  12. mr migwire

    mr migwire It's more fun with metal.

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    where abouts in fife are you neebs??? nice work by the way, love MK2's
     
  13. davenport Member

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    Looks absolutely stunning in the bare tin chap...

    I honestly thought it had been dipped until i read paint stripper and stainless wire wool!! Herculean effort...
     
  14. fordman Forum Supporter

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    At Last! Finally got the cage fully welded in by my good friend Cameron.
    Navigator's footrest support bar and bolt in multi-point fittings added as extras to the original cage.
    All looking good, and now up to me to crack on with the rest of it!
    Roll cage fully welded 002.JPG Roll cage fully welded 007.JPG Roll cage fully welded 003.JPG
     
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  15. octo0072000

    octo0072000 Member

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    do i spy a wooden sledge above the garage door look like one i had years ago
     
  16. Migmac

    Migmac Member

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    That looks a very tidy job, my son wants to do up a Mk2 for his first car. Must show him this thread
     
  17. rallyreturn

    rallyreturn Is It Finished Yet ??

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    Nice job Neil. Put mine on hold, funding my Daughter through uni for a few years!!
     
  18. fordman Forum Supporter

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    Fife, Scotland
    I know the feeling. I funded daughter to college, oldest son to Uni and youngest son to college over the last few years!
     
  19. robdxr2

    robdxr2 Member

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    lovely job your doing on your mk2

    hows the surface rust doing? still keeping it down to a minimum. how long has it been striped and coated?

    how do you go about painting it after using the Gibbs Brand lubricant on it????
     
  20. grantandlianne Member

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    nice work very inspiring coming from another mk2 owner
     
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