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    Duck Mk1 Escort 4wd (subaru Powered)

    This is 1 of my mk1's. started work on it this weekend, getting all the 17yrs of farmyard crap out of the inside of it.
    As you'd expect from being stood in a field for that long its rotted quite badly. even the new sills and front wings it had 1yr before it was laid up have rotted. but it was the best of the 3 mk1's i got from the field.
    Plans are for gp4 spec with a japanese motor fitted, either a Honda S2000 or as im an impreza driver im toying with the idea of an impreza wrx lump but will have to see if i can get it to fit first.




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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    I've seen worse

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    What like my mexico?
    A floor that FRED FLINTSTONE would be proud of!

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Jeepers creepers.I think yours and mine were brothers.I thought mine had a hard life.http://www.turbosport.co.uk/showthread.php?t=111393

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Dave would have that done in no time, some kurust and a quick zap with the mig welder and presto

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    A mere blemish

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    A mere blemish

    hahaha all rite eh,, good luck pal stick in it will all be worth it in the end

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Quote Originally Posted by PERKY555 View Post
    im toying with the idea of an impreza wrx lump but will have to see if i can get it to fit first.
    If not an Escort, I reckon it'd fit in the Capri I parked the two side-by-side a while back and by "squint of the eye" measurements reckon there's enough room, though height may be an issue. If I ever do something really daft and knacker the shell on the WRX, I might just end up with a Capri 4x4 ... somehow


    Have you got a single solid panel on your Mk1 to use as a reference point to work out from when you start chopping and replacing? If not, where the heck do you start?

    Out for a drive on a sunny spring day reminds me why I got this car

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Now you mention parking them side by side look what else i have tucked in my barn!


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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Sure it will come together just fine
    Keep us updated with the progress

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    The wheelbase is fairly similar on the 2 cars, the track is about 200mm wider on the impreza (bubble arches should cover that) if i can get the strut tops in. the main problem i can see is frontend over hang on the escort isnt much, so once the impreza engine and box are in there isnt alot of space for the radiator. i also wanted to use a front mount intercooler, as the bonnet scoop for the top mount intercooler would look abit "billy bolt on" on the escort bonnet. I'll take somemore measurments and pics on the weekend.
    If it wont fit then its gonna have an S2000 engine/box with grp4 suspension set up.

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    go with the S2000 screaming atmo power please sir

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    perky555 , are you old enough to have visited the hen and chicken as a member of amc ?

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Not quite mate, was held in the upstairs room wasnt it?
    used to go to the hospital social club when it was held there,but was just full of old farts talking about the old days and no one competing. We had afew 12 car events which used to be a laugh.

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Quote Originally Posted by PERKY555 View Post
    Not quite mate, was held in the upstairs room wasnt it?
    used to go to the hospital social club when it was held there,but was just full of old farts talking about the old days and no one competing. We had afew 12 car events which used to be a laugh.

    i used to be a member in mid 80's, it was indeed upstairs.i later joined hovac but it all petered out.

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    most the clubs have gone abit quiet now, aint been to abergavenny auto club for about 4yrs now.
    living in pontypool now so isnt worth travelling up there.

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    i thought you might be ,, i could do with a rear 1/2 cage
    when you get a bit done i'd love a look, but wont be offended if you want to stay "hidden" either !!!
    Last edited by alladdin; 12-01-2007 at 00:44.

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Got a mk1 s/d rear cage on ebay at mo any good?
    ok mate, but it wont be progressing that quick as i can only do the car on weekends (wifey say's so), n got another baby on the way in the summer.

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    nice project

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Quote Originally Posted by PERKY555 View Post
    Got a mk1 s/d rear cage on ebay at mo any good?
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    thats why i guessed you had moved i am watching it tho it might well fetch too mutch for me, its a want not a need at the mo!

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Stuck in the house looking after my poorly daughter today so as i cant do the car i thought id put afew pics of my past projects up.

    impreza lightly rolled:




    stolen recovered turbo (interior totally stripped):


    rover 25 for the wife:

    it got knicked then!

    saxo vtr for the wife (hard front damage):

    i put complete inner bay in it.


    mangled vts for reshelling:



    cossy:


    mk2 rally car:



    Plus loads more........

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    sorry about the wonky pics!

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    nice one perky , you are the man

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    And my mk1's:


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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Have to say youve got bottle even bothering to look at some of the MK1 pics, I would have just binned them, scare the crap out of me LOL

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    The way current prices are going, they are all worth saving.
    Never throw anything away if you got the space to keep it,costs nothing to store them, they dont eat, they dont drink, they just rot!

    Had to make a list of the panels needed on the green one:
    front panel
    radiator x/member
    slam panel
    n/s+o/s wings
    n/s+o/s strut top plates
    n/s+o/s drip rails
    o/s splash panel
    n/s+o/s outer sills
    n/s+o/s inner sills
    n/s+o/s front+rear floor pans
    n/s+o/s seat x/member
    n/s+o/s rear arches
    tank well
    lower rear panel
    Not much really !!!!

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    its the wings that are a killer these days....

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    1st update in 2 months, havent really done much since january when my daughter was ill with menegitus so life was on hold for a month or so. (shes back fully fit now but was a scary time for me and the wife).
    Then started building work on my front room as i couldnt take much more nagging off the mrs!

    Any how back to the cars, sold my red impreza paid off credit card and had abit left to start on the escorts.
    Decided that the Mexicos shell was to far gone to save properly so im using that shell to try fitting an impreza floorpan in to. (dont worry its not a type 49 shell, its been reshelled before).
    Got this bargin on ebay the other day for 100 and its M.O.T'd for 6 months, cd player and wrx alloys!.


    Although a base model 1.8 the shell is the same as the WRX, so once the floorpan is fitted i just have to find a written off WRX to rob of engine and running gear.
    Be a little while till next update as still got to finish the front room, but will try and sneek afew hours work on the ESCORT WRXICO.

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    glad the little ones better. cars are less worry.

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Quote Originally Posted by PERKY555 View Post
    i just have to find a written off WRX to rob of engine and running gear.
    That should'nt be too hard...
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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Theres usually afew wrx's at the salvage auctions going for around 1000 mark. but i may just import a damaged newer and better spec Sti from Japan. But thats along way off yet, just see if anything cheap turns up in the meentime.
    got afew months of welding to do 1st!

    Im gonna try and weld some temporary bracing bars in the mk1 this weekend to keep everything where it should be, before i cut all the floor out. Any tips/suggestions on where to put bracing bars? Whats the best to use, ive got some 1" box section.

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Perky,

    Thats one hell of a project you're taking on!! I know there's a Mk2 with Subaru running gear in Ireland, but it'll be great to see a Mk1 leave things standing at the lights making Scooby noises

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    The infamous "Fubauru".

    i think getting a newer sti i a good idea - 6 speed and stonger gearbox for one.

    what you need is a ej25 in there mate
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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    this does look interesting m8,will keep an eye on this one i think m8.good luck tho

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Picked the subaru i bought off ebay up lastnite, mot til end of october, brand new sony cd player, 16" wrx alloys with mint tyres, it was even taxed!
    All for 100! drove 100 miles home faultlessly.
    Felt sorry for the seller, new to ebay and his listing was crap and finished at a stupid time!

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    his folly is your gain.
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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Managed to sneak up the barn for afew hours while the mrs was in work this afternoon, started stripping the mex shell ready to cut the floor out.
    Took off the sump gaurd, fuel tank, all the dash and switches, 1 wing, boot, bonnet, backseats, doorcards etc...
    Got to get the windows out during the week ready for bracing bars to go in before the big "DAVE ROBERTS INCISION"



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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Quote Originally Posted by PERKY555 View Post
    This is 1 of my mk1's. started work on it this weekend, getting all the 17yrs of farmyard crap out of the inside of it.
    As you'd expect from being stood in a field for that long its rotted quite badly. even the new sills and front wings it had 1yr before it was laid up have rotted. but it was the best of the 3 mk1's i got from the field.
    Plans are for gp4 spec with a japanese motor fitted, either a Honda S2000 or as im an impreza driver im toying with the idea of an impreza wrx lump but will have to see if i can get it to fit first.



    im all for restoration but surely thats a spacefrom only project now.

    i used one liike that as a donor car but scrapped it it was too bad




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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Surely you're going to be chasing the tinworm all the way through that? I can't image there's going to be a single place on the car that doesn't have major structural rot, going by those pics!

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    Re: Mk1 Escort, It All Starts Here!

    Been talking to a guy on scoobynet forum, he's done a simalar conversion on a Mk1 golf gti, heres the youtube video of it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5YvxmVyrxc
    Last edited by PERKY; 26-03-2007 at 22:30.

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