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Pe-arce's Mk1 Ford Escort Beams Powered Race Car


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Got happy with the grinder.

 

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Origonal plan was to use steel bubble arches and do a more normal build with 13" wheels and a hot xflow that came out of my old mans rally car but things changed.

 

Decided it needed 15" wheels for big brakes. Wanted lowness so had to chop the rails..

 

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No officer thats not modified at all...

 

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Used standard escort round turrets and trimmed them to suit.

 

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Set back into the chassis rail to make more wheel clearance incase i decide to go to 10 or 11 inch wide rims.

 

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Welded in and cleaned up 

 

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Setting up 4 link.

 

 

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Anyone know why my photos are being rotated by the uploader?? seems to be only the portrait ones.. and only on my imac..? odd

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Modified the cross member to be beefy as and re-position the tca attachment point to fix roll centre with max lowness.

 

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New billet steering arms. shorter than standard for more lock.

 

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With drop links on steering to fix bump steer issues

 

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When deciding on an engine i saw the beams and like any misguided young fool thought oh sweet theres an easy 200hp thatll do.

 

Unfortunately i hadnt read one of romans sweet why you shouldnt go beams rants. I discovered one the other day on another thread and i identified with the whole lot and was pissing myself laughing.. Its been over 2 years and will cost well over 10k by the time it runs.. 

 

Got the engine and was stoked..

 

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Test fit.. tight as teeth but could make it work.

 

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Then i had a mate tell me it was too far forward for a race car..

 

I immediately felt like i had no nuts... So..

 

 

Out came the angle grinder.

 

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Much better

 

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It was about now that i realised for it to go back behind the crossmember and for me to be sitting in front of the 4 link and not on top of it, I was going to need to dry sump. I hadnt planned on this because it was supposed to be a 'cheap' self built car. But the firewall was already chopped so out came the $$$

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Got engine mounted.

 

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Had a go at making some headers the other day.. Turned these out. Bit of a tight squeeze and not that happy with how equal the lengths are.. bit too much difference for my liking when im used to doing sheetwork within 1mm.

 

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Cleared a few hours this arvo and went hard on the escort.

Got watts link all tacked in and braced so it's a bit stronger for moving around untill I have time to finish it properly.

Then i spannered up all the nuts and bolts through out for cartage so I didn't lose anything as most things were only finger tight.

Then loaded up and off to get some work done while I go on holiday for a week.

Things that will be done.

-Epic as roll cage. I'll find a drawing of what it's getting.

-New steering column made up and mounted to roll cage dash bar

-Drive shaft. It's too short for 2 piece so has to be a solid as 1 piece to handle revs.

-New sway bar made up to clear the steering drop links.

Happy days

We are a ford family all the way. That's my boss 'work' ute for the boss, and dad's xr6 sedan.

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This is the cage it's getting..

It won't have 3 back stays though just 2 as the tub is in the way of the bottom 3rd one.

And it won't have the brace between the main hoop as I'll be putting a crossmember through there made of sheetmetal to tie 4 link boxes and tunnel to the outer panels just behind b pillar.

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