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    Quote Originally Posted by mygasser View Post
    Escort struts are 2" longer than Capri, maybe swap the struts and sell the billies.
    I did consider that but the Escort / 2.0 Capri springs are about 140lb, so even through the overall height is taller, I think I'd only get an inch or so. The billies are a good damper and have the stroke to raise it up 2in and with stiffer springs I think I can get 2in lift. If I could buy 4" spring in various rates like the 2.25 I'd be tempted to just stick a set of Capri 2.0 struts in there as I'd rather not convert them but need to make it driveable

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    Helloooo. Is the visor a steel or fibreglass one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockabillyBilly View Post
    Helloooo. Is the visor a steel or fibreglass one?
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    was steel, now sold I'm afraid

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    Okidoki. Nice car by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockabillyBilly View Post
    Okidoki. Nice car by the way.
    There was a guy at the super nats selling them with a sign saying he could make them any size. If you have a bead roller with some large radius dies they wouldn't be too hard to make in 3 pieces

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    Quote Originally Posted by WB54 View Post
    I did consider that but the Escort / 2.0 Capri springs are about 140lb, so even through the overall height is taller, I think I'd only get an inch or so. The billies are a good damper and have the stroke to raise it up 2in and with stiffer springs I think I can get 2in lift. If I could buy 4" spring in various rates like the 2.25 I'd be tempted to just stick a set of Capri 2.0 struts in there as I'd rather not convert them but need to make it driveable
    you know you can get the same poundage/rate spring in +1" and +2" as well as standard ride height didn't you? and escort and capri springs are interchangeable (except on 1100/1300 struts) so you could get more height without the strut being near the top of it's travel using escort struts. an escort spring of stock ride height will give a 2" higher ride than a stock height capri spring of the same poundage when fitted to your capri strut.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    i thought I might be able to do but didn't want to be stuck with the 4" Spring if it didn't pan out. With coil over I figured I could put it where I want it and buy / sell springs until I was happy with the ride......but you got me thinking now, I really don't have the time to convert the struts, so new 4" springs would be handy if I can gain 2in with a different Spring on the billies, as I prefer the self centering you get with stock springs.

    Had a look at Burtons but couldn't fathom which one would suit, any clue if they do them or where I can get them ?

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    I had a hell of a job sorting the camber / castor on my capri billie comversion.
    The consul struts must be almost verticle and when i lent the capri ones back to get settings right etc they didn't go anywhere near centre of original top mount, backwards and inwards towards scuttle kind of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kustom Jim View Post
    I had a hell of a job sorting the camber / castor on my capri billie comversion.
    The consul struts must be almost verticle and when i lent the capri ones back to get settings right etc they didn't go anywhere near centre of original top mount, backwards and inwards towards scuttle kind of thing.
    Same deal with the 100e. My consul had the strut towers cut and moved inboard so camber is fine and position of the ARB should in theory set the castor. It drove ok if a little inclined to tramline and was a little light at speed. The strut top takes a Capri top mount so if I need more castor I can buy or make an eccentric spherical top mount.

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    Ok so good progress on the consul

    First job I did was sort the trans output bush. The car had a rumble at 50mph. Upon inspection there was audible play in the yoke/ bushing. Fairly straight forward job, tail housing off, use a combination of expletives to create this from the old oil seal




    Next Knock out the old bush which wasn't all that bad but clearly enough to matter.




    Knocked the new one in with block of wood and old socket followed by the new oil seal. Gasket on, tail housing back on, speedo drive connected and were good.

    Next job was to start rebuilding the 3.54 diff I have. The car was running a 3.9 with a 1-1 top gear, 205/14/70 rears pulling 4000rpm ish at 60mph. This made motorways psinful, car revving it nuts off and still maxed at 75mph.....

    So the only ratio available is a 3.54 as fitted to Mk2 RS2000 and a few other models. A useable diff in this ratio is £250 all day long. This one had a bent drive flange and 16 thou backlash. Pulling the outer pinion bearing showed rust pitting on the track, so the decision was taken to rebuild



    Next up I need to make a few tools to rebuild the diff. I've done other diffs getting by with levers etc but I made a set of side adjusters for a 9in which worked well so I made a set for the English diff as I think I'll rebuild them both and sell the 3.9. This is just a 60mm disc with a 19mm nut and two 8mm prongs tig welded on. The threaded portion was later cut off



    Next up was a fixture to hold the diff, a piece of 3mm inch box was drill and braced. I used box so I can mount it in the vice and clamp it in each plane so I can measure and torque bolts etc


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