Got around to fitting the new lower radiator crossmember today. The bottom area of both radiator side panels got damaged drilling out the spot welds, I fabricated new patch panels so that the crossmember had something to attach too.
Next job is to buy a radiator cut out panel to weld into the lower crossmember to accomadate a bigger radiator, then fit a new front panel and slam panel.
Some good progress being made on this now!
the spit you have mountted, is this one you have made or bought in, if the latter which one and is it up to much?
I bought it off Ebay from MK2MANIA, this is their website.
It cost £240 and £40 to deliver, NOT cheap but they do have self build kits, I wanted the Deluxe model as it is fully adjustable which is very handy when working in a single garage. I do think it is worth every penny and has been invaluable, the guy who sells them is also very helpfull and explained a few things that I was unsure about. The only odd thing is that the locking holes dont allow the car to be positioned horizontally level and is at a slight angle, but this is because if you turn it upside down then it locks level, apparently it's a compromise were the locking holes are drilled, to be honest it's not been a problem and I prefer it to lock horizontally when it's upside down.
While I'm waiting for the rad cut out panel decided to cut off the chassis engine mounts as these are not Historic legal.
Got a bit carried away with the grinder and cut too far along the one side, I'll have to run a bead of weld and grind it down and finish off with a skim of filler.
Radiator cut out arrived this morning, couldn't resist welding it in place, well i am on holiday!!!!!!
Front panel tacked on but slam panel requires quite a bit of fettling to get it to fit right. Seems to be sloping forwards, does anyone know if it is normal for the slam panel to do this!!!!!!!!
Waiting for the righthand side wing rail as they are out of stock at Hadrian but I'll butt weld the left side and test fit the bonnet and wings.
Great stuff, love the old escorts. Would be great with a BDA though
Trial fit of front end, minus wing rails, not too bad ,just a bit of fettling of the wings but that was no suprise. Difficult to get better pictures as not much room in my garage!!!!
Superb as always
I havent been on for a while, well done on the progress mate! i know how time consuming this is! so,whats next?
im drooling mmmmm
newboy on block a young (51) lol all feedback gratefully received
Thanks, fully welded the front panel and slam panel yesterday, welded the left side wing rail and then run out of gas, right wing rail arriving on Tuesday so I'll exchange my gas bottle at the same time. Your right about time consuming, I'm about to spend another 4-5 hrs today dressing the welds from yesterday. Still got to weld on the wings which can take ages to get right, and requires a second pair of hands, then I will be moving onto the back end where I have to cut out the unsightly diff tunnel, arch fillers and 4 link boxes.
Keep up the good work I like what I see
Spent all day fabricating and fitting the passenger side wing rail!!!
Time to work on the back end, 1st job is to replace the ugly diff tunnel. This is typical of the problems I'm coming across, having to redo poor work, it would be a lot easier if it was a standard shell.
Had to add metal to the rear suspension mounting assy and floor area.
Still need to fabricate the tunnel at the crossmember but went better than I thought. just need to dress the welds on the inside to give the tunnel a nice clean look.
loving the resto good work
i go the other way some pics of one finished last year.
Nice to see another Mk2 saved!!!!!
Did some more work on the diff tunnel, fabricated the prop tunnel, just needs a few pin holes filled in, a bit more dressing of the welds, a skim of filler and some seam sealer.
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