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    I'd buy that for a dollar!

    Just collected the windscreen for the Escort.
    This was bought through TradeMe (NZ's answer to EvilBay) for a whole Dollar (that's about 50p!):



    I couldn't just give him a dollar, so I handed him a $5, and he then gave me three other windscreens from various 1960's/70's Vauxhalls!

    Also went to see the bare Escort shell mentioned above. Rear panels/arches are good enough. Sills are excellent, door pillars are excellent.
    Almost a shame to cut it up, but with scrap at the value it is at the moment I'll get my $200 (!) back. Anyone want a Mk1 2-door roof?

    Gotta love New Zealand!
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    Carrying on with the carb mods, I decided that I'd also convert the fuel bowls to dual feed, so pulled out the 'plug' on the secondary:



    Turned up this little aluminium doohickey:



    Which is pressed and sealed into the bowl (will also be pinned!):



    The other thing I did today was take the car to it's new home:



    Hopefully now it's in a nice, cosy double garage I can get on with it a bit quicker!

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    Great stuff keep it coming
    Caravans are cool

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    Picked up some wheels for the beast yesterday. 15" split rims, 10" wide rears and narrow (probably too narrow) fronts.
    Need a polish but otherwise perfect. $80. Man I love New Zealand!!!!!
    Pics soon.

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    Carb all cleaned and polished.
    I know this is all bull****, but it doesn't hurt if the bits look nice!



    I can't really build up the carb until I know which power adder (turbo or blower), so I'll leave the final spec/build until I've bought one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by legendlives View Post
    I've built circuit-race saloon cars, classic and sports cars.
    Drag race doorslammers.
    Rally cars.
    Been involved in professional restorations and produced one or two concours winning cars.
    And a few Hot Rods.
    Probably the majority of work I've done has been designing/manufacturing components (both from an engineering standpoint), and bespoke laminate work.
    My last personal project was a street-legal Escort that ran 9's in full street trim.
    Any pictures? PLEASE........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamed Cortina View Post
    Any pictures? PLEASE........
    557ci with a 14-71 blower and still road legal. Built everything - engine, box, axle, brakes, chassis, some of the body mouldings, wiring and plumbing.:

    Willys Coupe. Built chassis, narrowed front and rear axles. Lots of clever stuff. (unfinished)

    Anglia. 427ci. Built chassis, cage, engine, gearbox, axle, wiring, plumbing, some of the body panels. Paint:

    Engine that was destined for the Willys. 472ci with some really nice bits:

    Spent a year in group 'C' and did a load of fabrication work on these two:



    Built this up from a standard road car into a class winning race car:

    Designed and fabricated all of the body mods on this (compare it with a standard one):

    Designed and fabricated all of the structure on this. 427ci with Hewland trans-axle. Won it's very first race:

    Built this from literally nothing. Fabricated chassis from scratch. Very light and stiff car that (again) won it's very first race:

    Built the european chassis test jigs for the Dodge Viper:

    Designed the body mods for these two and moulded most of the panels:




    There's loads more from a 40 year career....

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    The other thing I did today was take the car to it's new home:



    Hopefully now it's in a nice, cosy double garage I can get on with it a bit quicker![/QUOTE]


    **** did you really tow it like that. LOL.

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    It's been really busy at work over the last couple of weeks, so not a lot worth reporting, but today I got the big scissors out and started cutting away the bits I don't need. So far I've cut away everything forward of the 'A' pillars, and I can't believe how much it weighs! It really will be a whole lot lighter with the new chassis.

    On that subject there has been a slight change in direction. I was fortunate enough to score a part-built tube-frame chassis for less than the cost of the materials, so the box chassis is now assigned to the storage unit (for use in a future project no doubt) in favour of (what will be) the new tube chassis. Can't wait!

    Also now have all of the front and rear suspension (except for the front shocks and all of the springs), and most of the steering. This thing will have big brakes so should stop on a sixpence.

    More pics soon!

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