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busy couple of days ahead stripping the mechanicals and suspension out  had a price to get it blasted inside outside and underneath and the guy will come tome wich saves me so much hassle so thats the plan then give it a coat of epoxy primer to protect the bare steel whileime workingand rebuilding the shell  nosecone arrived today an ebay purhase along with a spare front and rear screenin very good condition   to be fair 

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pheeew thats done been lying on my back all day shite dropping in my eyes but its all now off just the rear bumper bootlid tank and rear lights and its a bare shell

folded up some new cr4 steel inner sills/floor  did them a bit heavier gauge than standard this is maximum length of my folder at 6 ft  Project images are available to Club Members Only, Click t

got  a bit more progress today  slow going drilling out spotwelds and trying to remove panels without damage apart from the inner A  post that i hammer and bolstered out after drilling spot welds   th

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Hi Herman..the nose cone was an ebay purchase arrived today it also came with a spare front and rear screen  the car it was rmoved from had a v8 engine fitted so ime assuming it was something to do with that maybe  thats also why the front valence had a section cut out of the centre 

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1 hour ago, H-400 said:

Nosecone is looking good, what purpose has got that square metal part that is welded in? 

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I presume it was where they mounted the radiator, as they have cut off the normal rad mounting plates presumably for engine space.

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popped into a tyre place near me  on my way back from machine mart  as i know the father /son rally a few escort mk2s ect and used to rally a manta
i wanted his input regards proposed mods well my luck must have been in as just so happens theres a MSA scrutineer sitting there drinking a brew [all socialy distanced of course] and he lives local to me so i now have his number and he has offered to come take a look and give some advice on proposed  shell mods as ime contemplating  a bit of budget motorsport possibly 

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3 hours ago, stumpy said:

popped into a tyre place near me  on my way back from machine mart  as i know the father /son rally a few escort mk2s ect and used to rally a manta
i wanted his input regards proposed mods well my luck must have been in as just so happens theres a MSA scrutineer sitting there drinking a brew [all socialy distanced of course] and he lives local to me so i now have his number and he has offered to come take a look and give some advice on proposed  shell mods as ime contemplating  a bit of budget motorsport possibly 

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yes couldnt beleive it as i  had thought to myself maybe they would know somebody but to actually have this fella sat there at the time was a bit mental oh and theyre all absolutely barking mad must be a rally thing

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had a little go with the spot blaster gun i do have a pressure pot but just wanted this bit done to see how it would clean up.... if at all this took seconds  ive   come up with a plan ime going to cut out and replace the lower six inches in this area probably going to keep the inner A post also as apart from some heavily pitted  ares which i can patch repair   and looking at other peoples projects its not as bad as i first thought  after spending a full hour with a twisted knot wire wheel  also took a pic of the floor pan from underneath


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before and after still be chopping that holed/pitted 6 inches  out tho the whole car will be getting blasted professionaly but i need to move forward with this area as it holding me up i cant get it on the spit until its done and ime overthinking it and probably turning it into a bigger job than it is

 

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chassis rails...... have these left from a project many years ago. i didnt know if they would be any good now  the car they were on the guy decided to go full cds tube  to make it full space frame
        so i kept them    i knew i had box section to make new rails  so went to my unit wich is like a hoarders paradise. i dont know what the hell is in there all together between bikes and cars and parts i really need to go through and organise .....
anyway these are and have been under the bench and in surprisingly good condition so will be blasting them and rust proofing the outsides.... i only dusted them in standard primer on the outsides when i made them  and now have surface rust 
 these pics were back when i made them  sittin outside my kitchen in the sun after spraying the inside with rust proofer zic rich weld through primer of some sort

 

 

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i know a company that can do it [radius box]  its not a bad price tbh but i know the guy that has it...  he does moan a bit as most of his work is production runs
 but means having a pattern wich i didnt have at  the time
as the important sections were rotted out  and missing
i can fold up a channel as per original with the lips to spot weld it to the floor in up to 6mm thick steel  sheet
these i did approx 10 years ago i was talking to the guys at retropower who gave me the dimensions for these and being i have them may as well use them

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folded up some new cr4 steel inner sills/floor  did them a bit heavier gauge than standard this is maximum length of my folder at 6 ft 

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ah thank you> i will be making a few panels over the coming weeks not  up to the standard of some members here   but will be solid strong and clean lines if not original in apperance  the folds on this piece can be tight like this or looser to replicate the original more ime not bothered about originality  myself tbh i want it stiff/strong

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i already have new floors  i didnt fab them for the manta but they will be perfect they were actually made for the mini in the pic here i made them over length so i could trim back as needed  but i went a different way with the old mini and didnt use these  theyre made from 1.2mm mm steel sheet so a bit thicker than standard and have v ribs so very stiff

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46 minutes ago, stumpy said:

managed to get my hands on a set of second hand quarters didnt really need them for the gold coupe but you have to get these things when they crop up

Indeed, need to be just lucky sometimes when collecting parts.

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folding these up tonight to make a channel   two peices to be joined down the centre   the 60x40 box will then sit inside it  stich weld on the top radiused edges to the channel and on the underside down its length where they join ime intentionally  leaving a 4 mm gap along the join so i can weld them down the centre to the box should be stiff as you like going to crack on hopefully get a few pics when done

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so heres the channel and also the the mounting sections for the box........ the channel is 2.5mm the  sections for the  box are 2mm only because i had a strip already cut  to the width i needed to fold from another job  and is thicker than stock anyway  the box section wall is 2.5mm

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will stitch weld as in pics  doing it this way should keep it looking more like  original but be much stiffer /stronger will be doing a similaire thing for the swan neck and the necks forward 

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