Escort Mk2 Rally Car Build Modern Spec

Escort Mk2 Rally Car Build Modern Spec

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Work-Shy-Wanabe

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Friday 2nd August 2013
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We have started building a Escort Mk2 rally car at work ( Motorsport-Tools.com) . Quite excited to have to opportunity to be involved in building a car to such a high spec from the chassis up. Over the coming months we will be building up the Escort to tarmac rally specification. Here some pictures of the shell before work starts, currently waiting for the engine to arrive before we can start bolting things on (2.5 N/A Cosworth race engine)

Full Group 4 Modern spec shell, tarmac alloy arched and painted throughout in arctic white.

Steel bonnet and boot, alloy arches. steel bumpers. Full weld in Safety Devices roll cage, sitting on out 20mm Sill Stands

Tarmac 13" spec light weight alloy arches, TIG welded, wire edged and riveted on with countersunk rivets

Alloy rear spoiler, attached with countersunk rivets. The boot lid is fastened down with 'bonnet pins'. The short Group4 alloy front spoiler again fitted with countersunk rivets mates up to the alloy front arches. New Front steel bumpers, re-manufactured to original Ford spec











I'll post any major updates here, but more detailed explanation of things will be added to our blog:

Mk2 Escort Rally Build Blog


Edited by Work-Shy-Wanabe on Friday 2nd August 13:33

Ordinary_Chap

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202 months

Friday 2nd August 2013
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I'm looking forward to this! smile

Please post regularly and good luck!

Lee

Work-Shy-Wanabe

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Friday 2nd August 2013
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Ordinary_Chap said:
I'm looking forward to this! smile

Please post regularly and good luck!

Lee
Thanks Lee, will do.

Just held up atm tracking down a suitable engine and gearbox! Cant really start without test fitting them first.

We've been playing around test fitting adjustable electric power steering, but it doesn't fit ! :-) So back to the drawing board with that for the time being.

Cant wait for the engine and box to arrive! :-)

m30dus

522 posts

144 months

Friday 2nd August 2013
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What a waste of time - prepping a rusty old ford escort...

Seriously though, this is my dream car, will follow with great interest!

bicycleshorts

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120 months

Friday 2nd August 2013
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Looking forward to updates thumbup

dave stew

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126 months

Friday 2nd August 2013
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Me too. I'd love one of these but don't have enough driving talent to warrant one. A mate is a keen rally car builder (has a 6R4 and Ascona 400, both ex J McRae) and were chatting last week about the ultimate modernised Mk2.

Bosshogg76

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142 months

Friday 2nd August 2013
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Work-Shy-Wanabe said:
Thanks Lee, will do.

Just held up atm tracking down a suitable engine and gearbox! Cant really start without test fitting them first.

We've been playing around test fitting adjustable electric power steering, but it doesn't fit ! :-) So back to the drawing board with that for the time being.

Cant wait for the engine and box to arrive! :-)
I thought the Corsa B electric power steering was a fairly standard fit?

Work-Shy-Wanabe

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Bosshogg76 said:
I thought the Corsa B electric power steering was a fairly standard fit?
Indeed Bosshog thats correct :-) But we were trying something else......

Work-Shy-Wanabe

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m30dus said:
What a waste of time - prepping a rusty old ford escort...

Seriously though, this is my dream car, will follow with great interest!
heheee :-) Thanks

Will be watching your thread too, very interested to see how you get on with the Quaife 69G and Motec M800! I think we'll be doing the same, might have our own custom Tractive style shifter done for the 69G.

HoggyR32

341 posts

107 months

Friday 2nd August 2013
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Superb! Keep us posted please. Can't beat a nice MK2

GVK

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201 months

Friday 2nd August 2013
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That's car p0rn right there... bow

Bosshogg76

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142 months

Friday 2nd August 2013
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Work-Shy-Wanabe said:
Indeed Bosshog thats correct :-) But we were trying something else......
Gotcha, looks awesome I'm busily trying to pry's my mates MK2 off him, Duratec engine and 6speed MX5 box. The red bug is currently being replaced by a 67 I'm building, no pics of that as beetles seem to be the spawn of satan on here.




Work-Shy-Wanabe

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Monday 12th August 2013
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Bosshogg76 said:
Gotcha, looks awesome I'm busily trying to pry's my mates MK2 off him, Duratec engine and 6speed MX5 box. The red bug is currently being replaced by a 67 I'm building, no pics of that as beetles seem to be the spawn of satan on here.
Nice!

Ive built a bay window camper in the past, so no stranger to air cooled! :-)



Work-Shy-Wanabe

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Monday 12th August 2013
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Got a bit more on the body shell, engine bay work done:


Fully strengthened strut tops and bulkhead, shaped gussets (for exhaust manifold) and a weld on strut brace, also engine chassis mounts welded in.





Radiator cut out panel added, which allows the radiator to be moved forward and allow extra space for the engine! :-)




Radiator mount support gussets added. Extra vent holes have also been added to improve air flow. (Holes made with these handy punches Hole Punch Tool)




Shaped bulkhead gussets welded in which are designed to strengthen a weak point in the Escort body shell, welds between the bulkhead, inner wing and chassis. The shaped cut out allows extra exhaust manifold clearance.




Thats the front end of the body shell sorted!


Will post up details of the rear end chassis soon, lots of works been done on it.

Work-Shy-Wanabe

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oh and nearly forgot, engine has been ordered and is currently being built to our spec! :-) Hopefully we'll have that within a month.

Figgle

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94 months

Monday 12th August 2013
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Absolutely amazing project. I'd love a mk2 Escort. Keep the updates and photos coming smile

5potTurbo

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Monday 12th August 2013
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cloud9 Wibble!

Work-Shy-Wanabe said:
oh and nearly forgot, engine has been ordered and is currently being built to our spec! :-) Hopefully we'll have that within a month.
Which engine have you gone for, a YB, Duratec, BDA/Burton....?

Work-Shy-Wanabe

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5potTurbo said:
cloud9 Wibble!

Work-Shy-Wanabe said:
oh and nearly forgot, engine has been ordered and is currently being built to our spec! :-) Hopefully we'll have that within a month.
Which engine have you gone for, a YB, Duratec, BDA/Burton....?
:-)

2.5 N/A Cosworth YB all alloy race engine, engine builder will be revealed when the engine arrives! :-)

Max_Torque

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Monday 12th August 2013
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Millington? ;-)



Work-Shy-Wanabe

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Max_Torque said:
Millington? ;-)
:-) Could be Millington, JRE or Smith & Jones Engineering! ;-)