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    Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Hi Guys,

    So I'm now gona build my all time favourite Escort.

    I've wanted one of these since i was 16 so as i've just turned 40 the time is now.

    I've started off with a complete mk2 2door and she's all but stripped now.

    The finreglass body kit has been ordered and on its way from the UK from old ford autos.

    All work is being done by Sandy Bowman at Bowman Motorsports of Aussie Racer fame inc paint panel and roll cage etc..

    I'm super pumped and will update this as the project develops.

    Few pics of when i grabbed the shell and when it's been pulled apart.

    The plan is to use the running gear from my current 4 door in the new car.

    Here's how it was when I collected it

    Cheers,

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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Here it is after stripping. Not too much rust which is good

    Matt




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Body Kit from Old Ford Autos


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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    I've picked up some Brembos to fill out the larger wheels

    I'l be going 305mm rotors from a Peugeot so just to malke a bracket and it's all sorted.














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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    More parts gathering. I currently have a very tired celica 5 speed box to go in but then this came up and I couldn't go past it. it's a freshly rebuilt Supra w58 g/box. Apparently the type with the steel sandwich plate has some minor internal differences, and it is believed to be slightly stronger (some wider bearings, some wider gears, slightly different gear selection mechanism, etc.).

    I've also ordered all the rust repair panels from Motorsport Tools so we can get moving on the body work.

    Here's the 2 boxes together




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    So the rust repair panels arrived finally today and the apprentice is hard at work removing all the sound deadener and cleaning up the shell ready to get blasted.

    40 meters of roll cage tube has arrived so things should start moving hopefully.

    Few pics....

    Hard at work




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    Picked up a fuel tank too. Internally baffled.




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    Picked up a fuel tank too. Internally baffled.




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Interior cleaned up now to see how bad the rust is. The firewall is not that great so may need replacing as will the g/box tunnel.

    Few pics

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    pedal box arrived today. Very impressive.




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    Starting to cut out the rot.












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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Few more pics. The plan is to get rid of the bubble completely and just leave the panel flat






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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    21 circuit EZ Wire wiring turned up too




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    More rust has been found and cut out. The seat cross members have been removed and we plan to use cross bracing off the roll cage to the transmission tunnel to mount the seat off to maintain the rigidity. The new floor pans will be welded in this week hopefully so work on the roll cage can begin.




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Few bits and pieces




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    The part hunting is still going strong. With the above tip, these turned up - 15x8.5 & 15x9.5 so big rubber required




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    And as I'd already ordered them these turned up too. 15 x 9 & 15x10 so will need even bigger rubber than those above








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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Then I saw a fiberglass boot so grabbed that too. I've been looking everywhere for the the Zakspeed Spolier to no avail. Anyone have any ideas?




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Lastly I'be humming and haahing about gauges so thought screw it and picked on of these sexy units. Just need to think about how I'll do the indicators and high beam lights etc....


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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Stack Dash turned up today too. It's awesome bit of kit




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    The engine is having it's final assembly before being dyno'd off the car






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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Got some front end stuff today. I'm going to go to rod ends instead of tie rods so had these pins made up so i can adjust for bump steer. The black dealies are the adapters for the steering arm (M14) to the rod end 1/2").




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Bottom end complete


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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Back to the shell





    Last edited by Matt75; 30-01-2017 at 10:43.

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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Starting on the Roll Cage










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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    More pipe...














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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Few more bits and pieces

    Hilux diff with 5.3 LSD!! May be too low but we'll see for now.

    I'm running Brembo rears to match the fronts so just gave them a paint and new stickers

    Cheers

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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Few pics of the arches screwed on.

    To say I'm excited is an understatement




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Few pics of the arches screwed on.

    To say I'm excited is an understatement




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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Carbies all cleaned up. Im running twin 48 DHLA's with 42 mm chokes.






    Head all set up and ready for assembly to block





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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Anyway that's up to date as of today so thanks for looking and let me know if you have any questions and I'll keep updating

    Cheers

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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Hi matt...been waiting for you to get started...going to be a nice build...and i recon at this rate your finish before im half way....

    looks a super strong cage....ive never seen a double front cage post...

    What is the plan for color...

    keep updating ..cheers mark

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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Quote Originally Posted by madragon199 View Post
    Hi matt...been waiting for you to get started...going to be a nice build...and i recon at this rate your finish before im half way....

    looks a super strong cage....ive never seen a double front cage post...

    What is the plan for color...

    keep updating ..cheers mark

    Yeah, CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motorsport) have changed the regs to allow the extra front brace if the front leg has a bend in it

    Going to do the Castrol Livery as accurate as possible but different sponsors

    Going to try to copy your rear spoiler too.

    Cheers

    Matt


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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    More info on the cage -

    Windscreen Pillar Reinforcement: For National Championship and National Series level Race, Rally and Off
    Road competitions (and recommended in other competitions)
    (i) A windscreen pillar reinforcement member shall be fitted on each side of the front roll bar if dimension “A” is
    greater than 200mm (refer Drawing J-17).
    (ii) The windscreen pillar reinforcement member may be bent on condition that it is straight in side view and
    that the angle of the bend does not exceed 20.
    (iii) Its upper end shall be less than 100mm from the junction between the front (lateral) roll bar and the
    longitudinal (transversal) member (refer Drawing J-62 for the measurement).
    (iv) Its lower end shall be within 100mm of the front mounting foot (refer Drawing J-62 for the measurement). If
    this reinforcement intersects the door bars, it must be split in several parts.

    Click image for larger version Name:	GQ11-Schedule-J-2017-1_10.jpg Views:	621 Size:	7.3 KB ID:	80158

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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt75 View Post
    More info on the cage -

    Windscreen Pillar Reinforcement: For National Championship and National Series level Race, Rally and Off
    Road competitions (and recommended in other competitions)
    (i) A windscreen pillar reinforcement member shall be fitted on each side of the front roll bar if dimension “A” is
    greater than 200mm (refer Drawing J-17).
    (ii) The windscreen pillar reinforcement member may be bent on condition that it is straight in side view and
    that the angle of the bend does not exceed 20.
    (iii) Its upper end shall be less than 100mm from the junction between the front (lateral) roll bar and the
    longitudinal (transversal) member (refer Drawing J-62 for the measurement).
    (iv) Its lower end shall be within 100mm of the front mounting foot (refer Drawing J-62 for the measurement). If
    this reinforcement intersects the door bars, it must be split in several parts.

    Attachment 80158
    Makes sense ...

    Did the castrol car run with the big wing...or are you mixing to get the best...cheers mark

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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    No, it didn't run the wing but I do like it although I'm not sure I can run it in the class of racing I want to run in. Just sprints to begin with

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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    42mm chokes? is it a 2.3? 42's are big for a Pinto.

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    Re: Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Quote Originally Posted by Erikmex View Post
    42mm chokes? is it a 2.3? 42's are big for a Pinto.
    Apologies, they are 40mm. This is a touch over 2ltr but has extensive work done and should have around 180 - 190hp hopefully going on other builds my man has done

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    Matt's Mk 2 Grp 2 Zakspeed Replica

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt75 View Post
    Got some front end stuff today. I'm going to go to rod ends instead of tie rods so had these pins made up so i can adjust for bump steer. The black dealies are the adapters for the steering arm (M14) to the rod end 1/2").



    Cool project Matt! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    May i just ask if you made these pins yourself? Or bought them somewhere?

    Im searching for the exact same items myself for my mk2.

    /David

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