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Type49's '68 Escort Van

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I should've decided to outsource the panelbeating long ago... Progress is coming along nicely.  Auto tunnel is now fitted.  

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One of the main things that has been bugging me since i bought this project is the panels that have been fitted in the sides to turn it back into a van. They were just a big flat (ish ) panel which were pop riveted into place and bogged over. The original sides have a raised centre section which gives the panel alot more strength. Here is what the panel beater started with.

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He removed the panel and rolled on edge into it to see what it would look like. As it turns out he can reuse the original panel with some clever magic he does when I'm not there taking pics! 

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While Phil had been tending to the bodywork more progress has been happening with the rear axle. I started from the outside and sandblasted the brake drums and machined them in our brake lathe.  

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On 16/01/2020 at 22:07, Type49 said:

 

 

On 16/01/2020 at 21:34, Type49 said:

He removed the panel and rolled on edge into it to see what it would look like. As it turns out he can reuse the original panel with some clever magic he does when I'm not there taking pics! 

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For those eagle eyed spotters out there, well done for seeing the steel sport/twin cam front flares in the back of the pic which will be grafted into the front wings. I've had these sitting around for about 25 years! It is now their time .

 

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Panelbeater has been busy this week,  both side panels have been removed,  rolled and prepped ready for refitting.... He has also prepped the steel sport front arches ready for grafting onto the front wings. 

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Both side panels have now been rolled and bonded in.  Just waiting till the bonding agent cures before it comes off the hoist.  

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Another nice little mod I'm going to do is fit Hillman Imp/Hunter front indicator/park lights. All the works Mk1 Escort rally cars ran these lights and i also fitted them to my rally car when I built it. So after I made I template of the light unit I set about modifying the front panel. 

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Gotta love a long weekend for working on the van.  Converted the dash to RS spec with correct dash bracket and etch primed. 

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