Hurmeez

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  1. Who's coming this month? I'm keen to catch up again after my first meet last month!
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    d.p.n.s mk3 discussion

    No worries, only too glad to get my fix helping others while I'm stuck with my withdrawals.
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    d.p.n.s mk3 discussion

    That's a good point. Personally I'd use your current setup as a jig (so to speak) to make two new standalone mounts and a new cross member. That way you don't need to put the motor and box back in and you can do away with the extra mounts at the same time.
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    d.p.n.s mk3 discussion

    I'd say while you have it at this stage with it on the spit it should be easy enough to drill the original mount spot welds out and shift them back a bit to better match up with the box. Then you can make a straight across cross member and make everything nice and strong.
  5. I might have to grab a burger after school then and see what's shakin...
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    Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    Thanks very much mate, I appreciate your support. Just for future reference, we don't post on each other's build threads here to help keep down the clutter and make each thread easier to follow. By all means, head over to my discussion thread and have a yarn though. There's a link in my signature.
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    A DOG's 83 Toyota Starlet KP61

    As in body fill lead? Does it help take some of the harshness out of it?
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    Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    Which brings me to something of a bittersweet post. With the handbrake all sorted, I shifted my attention to sorting out some last few half-finished things. For example, I made final confirmation of my driveshaft angles at ride height and fully welded the rear spring pads to the diff. The welder sure does sing at full noise like that but it was super satisfying to get it sorted. With that back in and bolted up, I put the front end and doors back on. The guards and doors are bolted on as normal but the front panel, slam panel, rad supports, etc are all tek screwed on. Also, the bonnet went back on, radiator in, and the latch mechanism made to work. Moving inside, I threw my dash topper pad and heater box in, As well as front and rear seats. Next, I pulled the front wheels and bolted up my princess calipers. They're just the bare housing at the moment because I haven't got round to putting my rebuild kit to use. Finally, I pulled all my spare parts out of storage and stacked them in the back. Everything from my spare V6, to spare wheel covers, to the cover for the torsion bars that hold the rear door up. Pretty much everything I'll need to finish the interior. After all that, I was finally able to stand back. As I said at the beginning of this post, this is a bittersweet moment. It was awesome to bolt everything to the car and see it down on its wheels again, but the reason behind it is less awesome. Having finished school at the end of 2017, I've spent most of last year bouncing between seasonal work to make a bit of money, but not doing anything about really starting a proper job. That's been great for working on the car since I've been living at home, but not so great for starting a career. So this year I've enrolled in a Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering in Auckland. Living in an 8mx8m flat leaves little room to store the car (or even an engine stand for that matter. That much has been made very clear by my better half) so I'm forced to leave it all behind. The complicating factor in that too is that my parents are selling up while I'm gone, so I need to have all my car parts packaged up ready to be transported down the road to our dry storage. Hence bolting everything on. I figured everything takes up the least space if it's bolted up where it's supposed to live, and it makes it far more difficult to lose parts that way too. So, nothing else to do but push it into a corner, throw a cover over it and wait until we can afford somewhere with a closed in garage. My old man has said he's happy to look after it until then so hopefully sometime next year we'll be reunited. Thanks to everyone for their advice and support. Cheers.
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    Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    I went ahead with the hand brake system and got it all assembled. Next job was to make something for the cables to pull against. So I folded up some 2mm steel to emulate the original Mondeo bracket. Then I plug welded it to the underside of the transmission tunnel to keep the cables as sucked up out of the way as possible. The bracket is the same thickness as the original Mondeo setup so the standard retaining clips will work well. Finally, I needed to shorten the cables. Since these are just mock up units that were already damaged when I pulled them off the car, I had no qualms about cutting and welding them myself. Obviously, when I come to final fit up, I'll get some brand new cables professionally shortened to match. With that done, it was time to throw it all together and give it a quick adjust to test it out. After a bit of fiddling, I managed to get it so that with five clicks on the lever, I can't move the car by hand. That's not too shabby for rusty disks and pads. It still needs a couple more tabs to keep the middle of the cables tucked away neatly but I've just left them cabled tied up for now. With it all assembled and installed like this, I'm far happier with the slot in the bolt. With the whole system under a bit of tension all the time, there should be no way the cable can come loose and slip out.
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    Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    That is an interesting idea. My thought though is that it is essentially the same as what I've already got, though a little more simplistic. I've done a bit more work on the cable today and I'm far more confident in the slotted bolt now I've seen it under tension; there's no way the cable would slip out. I think the added complication of the system I have is worth it, over making a whole system like you suggest, for the fact that it uses almost entirely factory consumable parts and can therefore be easily replaced when the time comes. The sheathed cables out of the Mondeo make it easier to route the cables round curved paths too without them binding up. Something for me to think about though so thanks.
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    Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    With the benefit of hindsight, of course, the front rotors would be totally different with a larger braking area so they would have been completely useless to use on the rear. In any case, I didn't bother with them and moved ahead with making up some wheel spacers. I started with some alloy plate and roughly cut it to shape before chucking it up and beginning the turning process. With the spigot sorted on the front, I bored a recess in the back to receive the spigot on the axle. Then it was as simple as drilling the holes for the wheel studs and countersunk holes for the mounting screws. Finally, I put a couple of tapped holes in the back side of two of the wheels and mounted them up. I ended up with a little over 9mm of spacing and still 12 or 13 turns on the wheel nuts, so plenty of thread engagement. I'm still a bit annoyed about the fact that I had to drill and tap the wheel for a wheel spacer but such is life. I mean, there's nothing holding the brake rotor itself on other than the wheel nuts, so why does the wheel spacer need to be "mechanically fixed" while the brake rotor doesn't? Moving on though, with the wheels fitting over the brakes properly, now I could continue with mounting the calipers in a more permanent fashion. I machined up eight bosses to replace the temporary wooden ones and slapped the whole lot together. The thing I learned about the Mondeo handbrake system is that it has an auto(read: crap)adjustment system built into the lever itself. Which means the cables themselves are neutral in the system and have no adjustment mechanism built in. If I want to use them, or a shortened version of them, I need to design my own adjustment system. So I did. It's not particularly complex but I think it should get the job done. On the bottom is the original Mondeo cable splitter that took the lever's action and turned it into a pull on both cables. I figured this would be the easiest place to make an adjuster since anything acting on this would affect each cable equally. On the top left is a piece of steel tube I squished into shape to fit the standard Escort handbrake lever clevis pin. This has a keyhole shape cut into it to allow the cable end to slide in. Next in line is a threaded boss with a similar slot cut to allow the cable to slide in which will be welded into the end of the tube. Then is a locking nut, and finally, the adjuster bolt itself. This has a hole drilled up the center and a slot cut to allow the cable to slip in. When assembled, the lock nut just needs to be loosened and the bolt wound into the housing to tighten the cable. The idea behind cutting slots in everything is to allow me to use a standard Mondeo part without modifying it, which should help keep the certifier happy. On the other hand, I'm not so sure about how easy it seems for the cable to slip out the side of the adjuster. I might cut the end off the cable and remake the adjuster bolt with a hole up the center only. Then I'd get a new end soldered on the end of the cable with the adjuster bolt made a permanent part of the cable. I'm not sure if this is legal or not though. Let me know your thoughts here:
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    Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    And that wouldn't solve the hub centric problem either. I figure if I need to machine up a ring to match the hub spigot to the wheel, I might as well make a whole spacer up for that extra hella mad sick stance as well.
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    Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    Interesting. I'll be down in Auckland for the first week of the new year so I might have to go to a wreckers and have a bit of a look. No Focuses in the one down the road unfortunately.
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    Hurmeez' 1977 Mk2 Escort Estate

    I got my axles back from the machinist for an unbelievably good price so I can start getting them set up to go back into the diff. I made a start by pressing the brand new bearings on. A handy thing about the skyline axles is they have identical bearing faces to the Falcon axles I got rid of out of my housing. So two brand new Falcon bearings later and I have a fully together diff and a rolling chassis once more. Next, I threw my mockup brake setup on. I quickly noticed a problem when I went to bolt the wheel on. The caliper actually sticks out further than the wheel mounting face. I'm not exactly sure how the Mondeo wheel looks, but I'm getting the idea that it must have a bit of offset with a mounting face the same diameter as the brake disk. The Cheviot Turbos that I have have a mounting face that is bigger than the brake disk face, so it doesn't sit down properly. My best solution for this is a 10mm wheel spacer. I made a mockup out of MDF to test my hypothesis. According to the Hobby Car bible, this would meet almost all the requirements of a wheel spacer. It also has the bonus effect of making the wheel hub-centric, because the turbos have a larger center hole than the standard Escort sized hub spigot and are do not transfer the load to it on a normal English diff. The only thing I'm not sure of is the requirement for the spacer to "be set-screwed or attached by another secure mechanical method to either the wheel or hub face." Does the fact that it is clamped by the wheel nuts not cover this? Or would I have to drill and tap countersunk screws into the mounting face of the wheel to ensure they are compliant? In any case, I threw the mockup spacer on to check fitments. Here you can see that it provides a mounting face with sufficient clearance to the caliper. And the hub centric support: In the final version, I would probably make the center a blind hole that sits snugly over the axle spigot for extra support. And finally, the wheels fill out the arch much better in my opinion with just that 10mm extra track width per side. And with the center caps on, you'd never know the difference. While typing all this, I had the thought that Mondeo front disks may have a different offset between the braking face and wheel mounting face which may solve this whole thing. It wouldn't solve the hub concentricity issues though. I think I'll still go to the wreckers and have a look but I'm open to suggestions. Cheers.