Mk2 Escort Group 4 Rally Car

  1. excossack Member

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    Strong tow points are good for straight tows. A couple of standard towing eyes have been removed while doing straight tows and those fabric tow loops that people use dont seem to last either.
     
  2. brokenbiker

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    my mate put one of those fabric jobs on his audi A3 because he thought it looked good. that's all it did. an RAC low loader tried winching him up with the fabric towing loop and it snapped halfway onto the bed
     
  3. excossack Member

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    I hope the RAC man had an additional strap on the car to stop it rolling back !
     
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  4. brokenbiker

    brokenbiker Member

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    haven't a clue, we only knew about it because one of his mates told us about it. he was too embarrassed to tell us himself as he wouldn't stop raving about these top of the range towing straps and how they are used on all the top spec rally cars and all that.

    it was on his car about 3 weeks and it snapped on first use
     
  5. normspanners Member

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    For a towing eye at the front I have simply drilled a 12mm hole in either side of the guard and put a couple of galv shackles on either side with the bolt going down and the bolt eye upwards then if the car needs recovering from a ditch you can just put it on full lock and get to it also if the front needs dragging sideways the shackle self adjusts without bending
     
  6. normspanners Member

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    I have had that a few times in the end I used to use a short strap round both the wish bones, coz it can take an hour to find the stupid bloody screw in tow eyes especially when they are in the owners garage at home !! and it gives you a straight pull to your centre winch rather than the cable bunching on one side of the drum.
     
  7. rallyreturn

    rallyreturn Is It Finished Yet ??

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    Another visit to Rally Weld to purchase this work of art.

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    Full GP4 WCXM and pinto heavy duty engine mounts. Not only are these well made but the cheapest that I could find on the Internet of the same quality.
     
  8. jpmillermatic

    jpmillermatic Member

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    wow, really nice!

    JP
     
  9. normspanners Member

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    Not lowered rack mounts then? have you tried it for gaping of the sump guard under the Xmember yet?
     
  10. rallyreturn

    rallyreturn Is It Finished Yet ??

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    They are lowered rack mounts, not that I would know the difference without comparing the 2 together...!
     
  11. normspanners Member

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    Sorry Yeh I didnt see the first picture only I only had the second went back in tonight had another look and saw the first and yes they are You need to get steering arms to suit then, they have more droop at the end to keep the bump steer in check.
     
  12. rallyreturn

    rallyreturn Is It Finished Yet ??

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    It's not just the steering arms I need to buy..!! I've got NO front end mechanical parts so everything has to be bought new, certainly can't afford it in one go, but at least it will all be brand new shiny parts.

    I was looking at getting these arms from Gartrac..
    http://www.gartrac.com/shop/heavy-duty-tarmac-steering-arm-kit.html
     
  13. rallyreturn

    rallyreturn Is It Finished Yet ??

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    Can anybody help me to find a 2.0L pinto engine for rebuilding..
     
  14. normspanners Member

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    There are still a few trannies about to be had and for some reason I think they are the better lump could be the fact they have the hard valve seats.
     
  15. rallyreturn

    rallyreturn Is It Finished Yet ??

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    After seeing another builders photo on another Forum I decided to add more welds to the front radiator panels and butt weld the gussets to original supports. Ran out of welding gas again just as I finished.
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  16. normspanners Member

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  17. rallyreturn

    rallyreturn Is It Finished Yet ??

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  18. rallyreturn

    rallyreturn Is It Finished Yet ??

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    Picked up this 2.0L 205 block Pinto engine today.. Looks like it's had a hard life but won't be using any of the original internal parts and sump.
    Took 2 of us and a hoist to get it into the hatch..!! just working out how to get it out on my own..!!!!!!
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  19. normspanners Member

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    Nice to see you have used loads of blankets to protect the engine a lot of people just throw them in regardless.
     
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  20. TAITSIE

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    Man up and lift it out on your own !!

    Its always a problem lifting engines from the back of cars, if you can get enough mates, a couple of ropes or strops around it and lots of grunting it will come out
    Always nervous about damaging rear bumper when doing this sort of thing
     
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