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looking forward to this build.i know it`s only a model but here`s an idea I had for a rat rod Anglia/pop. ,I`m not hi jacking this thread I will remove post if you want




 

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well hurtz you're not a million miles away. here's where we are after today's session. we moved the front crossmember forward to the tip of the chassis, turned it back to front too as it gave another 1". then lengthened the wishbone by 12" to match giving is 103" wheelbase. the shock bracing plates similarly moved forward as is the steering box.
 

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after a bite for lunch we then stripped the rear axle etc and dug out our escort replacement. we added spring perches saved from another one and fitted the transverse leaf, already pre tensioned with our high class spreader tool. this lot was bolted back in and brackets for the torque arms were welded in place. bushed ends were welded to these and along with a new crossmember fitted in place. we cut the rest of the floor, tunnel etc out back as far as the boot area at this stage too.
 

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lastly today after another break for tea and biccies we channelled it 6".
so that's where we are as of 9pm today after a good 13 hour day. tune in tommrrow for the next instalment :tup:
 

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looking good I like this a lot . my plan was to remove all the body work below the bottom hinge then channel it so I built a model to see what it would look like mabey one day
 

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So you didn't que up at wheelsday ? And where can I buy one of those hi tech spring spreaders ?
pretty basic huh, we just measured the gap between the spring eyes when the car was still on its wheels. then cut and fitted the wood to be a tight fit and jacked it up so the weight was off of it, so it stayed put when the shackle bolts were removed, easy.
 

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just stopped for lunch so a quick update. first i must appolegise 'cos i've changed the title to add the word 'look'. we couldn't just throw it together and the more we do the better it's getting. so it'll 'look' ratty but sort of, well.... isn't. so carrying on with the channel job we're boxing the pillars fully to the chassis inside and out and have plated from the sill up to the chassis too rather than leave a gap. it's really stiffened the body a lot. also after some 'talking from experience' suggestions on the nsra forum we've added some hefty bracing to the 'torque arms' at the rear. it is much stiffer now too so thanks to them.
anyway 5 hours into today here we are.
 

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more body welding this afternoon. the wing mounting lip (that's now redundant) was as usual rotten round the bolt holes etc. so that has been done both sides at the rear. also we corrected what we think lets down most fenderless pops by adding an infill panel from behind the rear wheel to the rear valance. this closes up what is an unsightly hole left showing when the fenders are removed. we sniffed some black on the n/s as the car has to go outside after the weekend.
more tomorrow. :tup:
 

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wow Neil, you always manage to do stuff to get our attention. Not bad for 2 days work!
Customers car or one of your own?
What engine you planning to use?


-----------OK, just saw it in your other thread, 2.0 pinto
 

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wow Neil, you always manage to do stuff to get our attention. Not bad for 2 days work!
Customers car or one of your own?
What engine you planning to use?

-----------OK, just saw it in your other thread, 2.0 pinto
hi ian, yes a pinto mate with a manual box. the car's one scott and myself bought to build and sell on. left to a restorer it'd sit and rot and end up parted out. should be a fun car and not dear to insure for a younger driver too. today's jobs have taken longer to do than planned but we couldn't half ass the rust repairs so it is what it is. never mind, should have all the tin work finished and the engine/box in by tomorrow lunchtime.
 

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27 hours now and the channel job's finished along with the o/s 'a' and 'b' post repairs. this side was worse needing more extensive steel replacement. it's done now though and like i said we just couldn't leave it not right. so tomorrow will see the engine and box in place and the steering done too (or at least started).
 

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