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Found a pic, its looks remarkably the same as yours. Listed as Mk1 Escort ( early)

 

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1 hour ago, OldStager said:

Found a pic, its looks remarkably the same as yours. Listed as Mk1 Escort ( early)

 

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Brilliant thanks.  That does look remarkably similar.

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With not much else happening in the garage right now while I wait for the welding on the chassis to be completed I’ve made a start on a few engine jobs getting it loosely built up.

 

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The good news is the chassis is back again :t-up:

 

after close to 25 hours of welding we’re fairly confident that every last hole and crack has been filled and welded.

 

 

there were a few surprises along the way. This small tube was one of the worst by far for rust and in the end the only one that was cut out and replaced.

 

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But what surprised us most was what we found inside it once removed.

 

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Yes someone has tried to hide all the holes with body filler !

 

I need to phone the powdercoaters to see how busy they are but I’m hoping to get it into paint sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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The chassis is back home having been collected from paint earlier today. An absolutely superb quality job from the team at Maldon Shotblasting & Powdercoarting.

 

Aftet much deliberation and not knowing the original colour of the chassis I opted for RAL7024 which is BS381C 671 Middle graphite grey; it’s the same colour used on many of the early Lotus chassis which Frank Costin had a hand in designing so I thought quite appropriate.

 

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Looks "right" and a very suitable colour/logical thought path!

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This is a little project I’ve had on the go for a while now.  The original dashboard was very tired and the gauges verging on irreparable. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to preserve the original dashboard and instruments as they were since this was part of the cars history and recreate a new dash for the car.  The obvious move would have been to choose a modern set of instruments but I wanted to retain the look of the car so set about finding exact replacements for the gauges.  


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Early conversations were had with Smiths/CAI who were quite helpful in the beginning and suggested that replicas could be produced at a reasonable cost but when it eventually came to ordering I was fobbed off with a string of excuses.  This left me trying to find for myself what cars the gauges originated from. After many hours spent on eBay and google images I found the tacho was from a Mini Cooper S whilst the minor gauges were Morris Minor. 

 

I’m still yet to buy the oil pressure and water temp gauges but nevertheless I couldn’t resist the temptation to bolt the dash into position.  I will be changing the three odd bolts, I hadn’t quite got enough so need to order a few more.

 

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Today’s other big job was fitting the fuel tank and making the straps.  The originals for these were lost in time and I only had a few clues and broken parts to suggest what they might have looked like.

 

I opted for a 25x0.5mm stainless steel strap with a T-bolt for tensioning and brass rivets to secure the wrapped ends.

 

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there’s still a third strap to make for the middle but I didn’t quite have enough stainless steel.

 

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Hadn't really thought about the fuel tank position on a car of this size and shape.....Health and safety would have a field day now!!

Love it, a time when men were men👍

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32 minutes ago, Glen_I said:

Hadn't really thought about the fuel tank position on a car of this size and shape.....Health and safety would have a field day now!!

Love it, a time when men were men👍

It’s much safer than my other car that has the fuel tank in the front of the nose just ahead of your feet. 😀

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