Mk2 Escort Group 4 Rally Car

  1. rallyreturn

    rallyreturn Is It Finished Yet ??

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    If only..!!! It's for the heater controls, but as the heater matrix has been removed I'll be fitting an aluminium plate with switches or gauges.
     
  2. Cris B

    Cris B Every day welding is a school day

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    Ha ha, I thought it unlikely! It's looking good, have you priced up the spray painting yet?
     
  3. rallyreturn

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    I'll be painting the bare metal myself with a 2K zinc paint, as I did with the front end, then I'm going to do a dry build as I need to get hold of a 4 speed rocket gearbox, bellhousing, engine block and WCXM so that I can see where to weld the gearbox mounts.

    It's so easy to damage the bodywork in such a small garage so paint will be one of the last things to do, and I'll probably do it myself, I can practice on the inside and underfloor.

    If I find out that my spraying is not that good then either I'll see if any paint sprayers want to swop some welding from me for some spraying from them, or I'll pay a local painter.
     
  4. katbloke Member

    Cant wait to see this in paint and the fitting out begin awesome work
     
  5. rallyreturn

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    Having bought a new set of rear arches from Rally Weld, I got time today to drill the rivet fixing holes. I Recently bought some airframe skin pins off Ebay and they make this job so much easier, would certainly recommend for what they cost.



    Next job is to prime the body and arch fixing flange, countersink, rivet and layer of filler.



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  6. rallyreturn

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    Rear arches now countersunk riveted and a skim of filler to hide the rivet heads. I've also filled all the imperfections in both quarter panels ready for zinc primer.



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    The boot has been sanded again ready for some dry warm weather to give it a coat of Zinc primer.
     
  7. octo0072000

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    not a good idea not having a heater are you having any form of heating or not try using your own road car on a cold day without using a heater or blower or any heat at all in the car not nice on a cold day
     
  8. rallyreturn

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    I'll be fitting a Heated front windscreen and a heater that is usually fitted to kit cars.
     
  9. octo0072000

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    ive been in a rally car on 12 car events years ago with no heater not nice feet like blocks of ice numb fingers etc never again
     
  10. rallyreturn

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  11. rallyreturn

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    I bought a sump guard from Sean at Rally Weld, and as I had a day off work today I got time to weld in the fixing brackets to the chassis rails. First job was to fit the front brackets and support bars so that I could tack the welded brackets.
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  12. normspanners Member

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    Before you finish and paint your brackets atip, I have fitted loads of those guards and to be honest the brackets are crap, fit the cross member and refit the guard then measure the gap between the bottom of the Xmember and the guard you might find it is 30mm or more !! I have ended up cutting and shutting the brackets to get the guard to 'hover' just under the Xmember..
     
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  13. rallyreturn

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    Thanks, I'll check, but bought this from Rally Weld and all his products are tried and tested.
     
  14. Cris B

    Cris B Every day welding is a school day

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    Um, that might be true, but the use of those countersunk allen bolts is daft too. Once the guard has done it's job a few times those are going to be buggers to get out. On the 106 guards I've seen from Rally Weld the owners have added ally shoulder scallops to protect the heads of standard hex head bolts. A lot easier to get purchase on and remove. It's what I was going to get done on mine.
     
  15. rallyreturn

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    I know what you mean, when I rallied back in the 80's I would change the bolts every few rallies or depending on the condition, but I do want to keep the guard smooth so that it can't pick up on anything.
     
  16. excossack Member

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    What have you got in mind for recovery points (should the need arise?)
     
  17. rallyreturn

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    Already welded a tow hook to the rear chassis, not sure about the front yet but plenty of options.
     
  18. rallyreturn

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    I just realised that the allen bolts don't need to come out unless you are replacing the alloy guard, to drop the sump guard you unbolt at the front and rear fixing brackets and the support bars stay attached.
     
  19. normspanners Member

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    Did you do a test fit of the WC X MEMBER? regards the gapping?
    What I usual do with that type of SG for the back brackets, is to do away with the end of the box section where the rear bolt is, then weld flat section on to the box with a horizontal slotted hole, so that as the guard straightens out, whens it gets battered, you can get the bolts, both out and back in easily, it can be a time consuming job trying to bend the guards or brackets.
    Another method I have used is a small link about 70mm long a bit like a chain link on either side of the car, with bolts top and bottom so the bottom bolts can be removed the top ones slackened and the link swung back and fro and side ways to line up with the back SG Xmember quickly.
     
  20. rallyreturn

    rallyreturn Is It Finished Yet ??

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    Sean at Rally Weld is making me a GP4 WCXM as he just sold the last one a few days before I went to buy one, should be ready next month together with a fully floating atlas axle casing. Be interested to see some photos of your modified guard if you have any.
     
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