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  1. Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    We braced her against the building using the horizontal beams you can see in the second photo so we could remove the vertical supports from the cradle. This left her sitting on her keel alone. Then the truck reverses in with a squatting trailer that is shaped like a tuning fork with one chassis rail sitting on either side of the keel. Here's an artist's impression looking from below the whole set up. Then three beams are slid under the keel between the rails and the whole trailer stands up on its airbags and takes the weight of the boat. Then the four arms you can see in most of the photos raise up on hydraulic rams and take the load on their pads to stop her from tipping. Once it is all ratchet strapped down she doesn't move anywhere. Hopefully that explains it. Let me know if I can help explain anything else.
  2. So I haven't been spending any time on the car for the last couple of weeks. I've been busy working on my late Grandad's boat making the last big push to get it into the water. He spent nearly 8 years building a 41ft yacht back in the 80's that my dad and untie grew up on sailing around the bay of islands. When the time came to sell that boat, Grandad moved on to building a sister ship that took everything he learned from the first one and improved it. After 26 years working on it, he died in February of last year leaving the second boat unfinished. Since then we've come together as a family and work bloody hard to get the last of the woodwork completed and final details done before the launch. Today was the day we got the boat pulled out of the shed for the first time in close to 20 years and taken down the road. Here are some shots of her. I implore you to check out the Facebook page my dad made to document the build: It has heaps more photos and stories about the boat. And to stay within the rules ish, here is a photo of the original boat on launch day - proper old school cool.
  3. Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    @ajg193 @flyingbrick I can totally see where you're coming from with the accuracy of the laser cutter but I can assure you it is in good condition. It's actually in a computer lab sort of area rather than the metalwork rooms and the electronics teacher treats the thing like his baby. No snotty nosed year nines are allowed near it without supervision, no food or drink in the room, etc, etc. The machines and tools in the engineering shop on the other hand, oh boy they are another matter entirely. If it was kept in there then you'd be absolutely right about its condition but I'm just lucky it's kept in the electronics department rather than the metalwork shop. I dropped the engine back at the workshop again today and the guy was really understanding of the whole situation. Hopefully he can sort it out for me soonish. I haven't been doing much actual work on the car for the last few days nor will I for the next few weeks. I'll explain everything very soon. I'm really excited to share what I been up to but we just have to get the last of it finished up this week.
  4. Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    @yoeddynz Firstly allow me to compliment you on your artistic prowess. It is truly next level stuff. Secondly, thank you for being so thorough. I had considered doing something like this and if I decide to give up on the CAD then this was going to be my next step. Like I've said, I'd like to at least try to do it in CAD and CNC first, if only for the fun of using the CAD software. The advantage of having an accurate drawing also means I have the possibility of cutting a whole lot at a time if I like, in the off chance other people want to do a similar conversion. You mentioned that if I step it off with dividers as you did, I should note the measurement for each if I ever want to make another plate. My issue is how I would measure each distance to sufficient accuracy off the dividers? Would a set of Vernia calipers do the trick? If so, wouldn't I be better off to just use them in the first place rather than the dividers?
  5. Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    That did cross my mind but the holes for the gearbox side all line up perfectly so I'm pretty sure it must be pretty accurate. I used this drawing I found online for the measurements and they turned out dead on. If the cutter was out then I'd expect these holes to be wrong as well.
  6. Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    Yeah that is going to be my absolute final option if I can't get the CAD to work. I'll turn up some points that snugly slide into each hole and use them to transfer the positions to a plate and take the defeat. I know this is a perfectly good way to do it and I had considered it but I don't like how much potential there is to introduce inaccuracies. It would probably get them pretty close but in this case, I don't think close enough is good enough to make me happy. If it was off by a little bit it would introduce sideways loading on the input shaft bearings which would chew them out pretty quick since they're not designed for it at all. I also really enjoy working with CAD and this is a neat exercise to problem solve.
  7. I got the drawing back from the machine shop and set about getting it drawn up in CAD. I double and triple checked all the measurements on my drawing to make sure they matched and then went to school and cut yet another template out of card with the laser cutter. This is what I found when I got it home to check it against the engine. The second picture doesn't show it very well because I was in a rush with a dying phone battery but the gist is that the holes still don't line up. That top one isn't accurate either but most crucially, neither locating dowels actually line up particularly well. This is pretty damn annoying considering the fact I paid good money in good faith that I would receive good service from this shop and they simply haven't. Needless to say, I'm not thrilled and I'm going to be having a quick chat to see if I can figure something out. It's just really annoying constantly taking one step forward and one expensive step back.
  8. Once I had the hole approximately the right size to fit the box, I started to roll the edge over to meet up with the new tunnel. I could do it the easy way and trim the two panels to fit and just weld the outside corner, kind of like this, (I know this is a diff tunnel but use your imagination) but I don't like the hard edge it gives. I'd rather make it nicely curved, more like a factory shape would have been. So that's what I've been trying to do. I did the same on the tunnel side as well. Just a slight flare for now until I confirm the two shapes will match up. Which turned into a bit more flaring and shaping which turned into this... As you can see I kinda cocked up the trimming at the back edge but it's nothing a welder and some scrap steel won't fix. You can also sort of see how far off the new tunnel is from the brace loop. This was really bothering me because there was no way I'd be able to mate the two up neatly so something was going to have to change. I've come up with a plan. I'm going to get rid of this stock(ish) hoop and replace it with one that fits the tunnel better. I will build the new hoop out of 6mm plate and put it in a position that will still help to brace the floor, as well as being the top half of the driveshaft loop. The bottom half will also be made of 6mm plate and will bolt up with four captive nuts on either side of the tunnel to the top half. The bonus will be that the captive nuts will be hidden underneath the seat boxes so there will be nothing sticking up through the floor to get caught on anything. Before I can do any of that though, I need to get rid of the current loop. Praise jebus for spot weld drills. To think when I put it in I thought "fuck I hope that never has to come out. It'll be a hell of a mission." Never mind that then. With that out, I could get the tunnel as close as possible. It's getting close. It's not perfect yet and it still needs some dicking around, but it's getting close. While I had it clamped in place, I figured I should check the heater clearance since I want to keep running the stock unit if I can. It's tight. Bloody tight. As in it touches the tunnel just before I can get a bolt through into the mount. And you can imagine once there is some carpet over that, it's not going to fit at all. Hmmmm. I'm going to cross that bridge in a bit. For now, I'm going to keep trucking with getting the tunnel fitting the firewall and floor perfectly first.
  9. Ten days since the last update! Time flies when you're busy as fuck... School has just finished and I've been trying to focus on my exams but in between I've still been working away. Actually, I have to come clean on something. The adapter plate hasn't been coming together quite as smoothly as I made it look. The positions of the holes that receive the locating pins were very slightly out, along with a couple of the other holes. They were close enough to fit with encouragement on the cardboard but it was in no way acceptable to put it into steel. So that means the dimensions I found online weren't quite right for the engine side, however, the bolt pattern for the gearbox side was dead nuts on. It was absolutely doing my head in trying to find the right dimensions for the engine so I decided to take a step back for a second. The one option that I wasn't considering was staring me in the face. I could just measure the damn thing myself. Obviously, while vernier calipers are ok for guesstimations, they aren't nearly accurate enough to get the precise hole positions that I need. Now, while I'd love to say I just slapped the engine on the CNC mill table and swept in the XY coordinates, in reality, I haven't actually got around to designing and building the machine yet, so I took the engine down the road and asked one of the local machine shops nicely to do it for me. They were more than happy to and I'm going down tomorrow morning to pick it up. Between me being annoyed at inaccurate online drawings and making the decision to outsource it, I wanted to do something to get the engine and box together in the meantime to help me start mocking up the new tunnel. So I found some 16mm MDF and drew in a few bolt holes as accurately as the vernier would allow. Then I drilled them out well oversize and chucked a couple of bolts through where they'd fit. Once it was reinforced with a couple of clamps it was solid as (ish). It did feel bloody good to at least get it looking close to how it should. With the engine and box all together I slung them both roughly into place. Sits a nice long way back But not far enough obviously. The bell housing was fouling the tunnel and not allowing it to sit as far back as I want it to. So I bit the bullet and made a small hole into a really bloody big hole. This made everything fit much nicer. This is the box roughly in position with the shifter in 4th. Even with the stick in the position most likely to foul the hand-brake, there is plenty of space for activities. Also note the stock Escort boot in place. I reckon it'll be cool to have everything looking close to stock until you pop the hood. While I was in there with the grinder out I started to look at where the new tunnel would meet up with the existing one. Due to the way we replaced the side panels of the tunnel last time, there was going to end up being quite the patchwork quilt of different panel plug welded to each other over and around the tunnel brace hoop. I wasn't happy with the thought of this so I pressed on and cut even more of my tunnel away. Hey remember when I said this? Yeah me neither...
  10. Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    That could be very serendipitous. I have a mate who's driving up from Invercargill so he may be able to pick it up for me. Let me know if anything comes of it and I'll see if I can organise for him to swing round on his way up.
  11. And as promised, the photos of the head. So as you can see, it is definitely in a bit of a state. What was left of the oil was solid as tar and the lobes were absolutely much worse for wear. I'd hate to think what the bottom end looked like. So for now, I'm still on the hunt but not overly urgently.
  12. Shit happens mate. No hard feelings whatsoever. Like I said, there'll be plenty more chances.
  13. What a bummer. Got to zebra and found the car fairly quickly. Was presented with a head that looked awful for our trouble. I'll put a picture up tonight once I get home but if the head was that caked in crap then the engine was obviously abused over its lifetime and wasn't worth getting. Bit stink but such is life. There'll be more fish in the sea.
  14. Well that was short lived. The car must have been scrapped between when @1963 AP5 looked and today cause it ain't there no more. We're heading over to zebra manuka now because there's supposed to be another one over there. Anyone still keen can meet us there.
  15. So the adventure begins. I'm heading in to the pick a part now. Wish me luck