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Thread: My RWD solid axle front engine Escort MK2 build

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    Default My RWD solid axle front engine Escort MK2 build

    Hi all, this is my first thread here, I have been looking for a little while and posted here and there, thought you guys might be interested to see what I spend my hobby time on currently :)


    For full thread of the evolution of the project and all my thoughts process (including almost starting from scratch a couple times) see this thread:

    http://www.scale4x4rc.org/forums/showthread.php?t=73820



























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    I have also found this nice schematic of an mk2 unibody, all in separate pieces. Kind of neat for a quick view of the sizes and proportions!



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    Mini little small update, I made the axle mounting shapes and drilled one hole (yes, only one lol, got a "baby interruption" event). For reference purpose, the hole drilled in one of the pieces is smaller than an M2 bolt.

    I also buffed the knuckle thingies on both ends, all SDI axles have them but I just trimmed them off on the bench grinder.





    9-16-2014







    I also modded the jaws on my bench vise to extend them so I can fold the floor pan, please ignore the complete utter mess of my bench :)












    I think next I will be soldering the floor pan together so it is solid enough to then add the frame rails underneath, then mount front fenders and do the driveshaft tunnel. Still lots to do! But from now on I plan to do a little every thuesday night, so stay tuned :)


    9-17-2014
    Here is the modification I made to the bench vise, makes it possible to fold long pieces :








    9-23-2014


    Hey guys! As promised, here is Thuesday's update :)

    It may not look like all that much but I soldered the chassis floor, and added a few reinforcements here and there, most importantly around the wheels arches to make it stronger given the many bends.

    I decided I was probably not going to do the chassis rails with sheetmetal. It was already hard enough to solder simple shapes, I don't see myself soldering the origami thing I planned for :)

    So I am using a steel piece instead, solid, about 1/8" thick, bent to shape to reinforce the thin floor. I only made one for now, and still need to make a front section, not sure how yet.I will bolt the two chassis pieces to the floor.


    Ok enough talking and let's see some pics :)















    Thanks for looking folks!!

    Fred

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    I made the second frame rail, and bolted them to the floor pan. I also made a hole for axle so it does not interfere when I do the suspension:








    The space between the frame rails is exactly the space required between the two link boxes, I slit the floor where the boxes will be (dremel):






    Then knocked out the pieces:



    I cut the 4 link boxes and bent everything to shape:






    And used the existing frame bolts to hold them, note there will be a reinforcement in front of the boxes:










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    I made the second links box and made one of the lower links attachments to the frame.

    That allowed me to actually mount the axle and I did some more mock ups :) and test the four links with the new chassis.

    Did I say I was glad I re-did the chassis that way? :) I am starting to like how it looks!












    Some comparison pics :)






    I mounted my machined F104 wheel in the back and it looks like it will fit! with a slight fender pull.

    Not that it is the most scale correct wheel and tire but it is a different style and I would like to be able to swap styles easily. I see these tires as a nice drag setup, with very narrow front wheels. Or a kind of time attack car with big slicks all around. Of course I still keep the original idea that this will mainly be a rally car a la Simon McKinley and dirt rally style.







    I trimmed the body approximately. It looks like retroracing will never ever respond and send me my back half like they promised, so that one will have to do. Thrown some wheels and tires for the pics. I should have an actual update tomorrow :)



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    I completed the body trimming (front half) and bolted it to the rear half.

    Also I made the second bottom link mount, with a much better design. Instead of being awkwardly facing front, they would have been torn on the first rock :)

    1st version:




    New version:





    And a poser shot :)





    Better view of the trimmed front and shell bolted (with temporary bolts)



    I will probably do some more tomorrow night. Good nite all!

    Fred

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    Sooooo... ! Here we are, this is where I am at right now with this build, sorry for not starting a thread here when I started this project, I did not know of the site actually lol And also I have to say there are so many top notch builds here that I even after I discovered this site I was afraid of posting my stuff. But now I saw the light and thought it'd be cool to put it here too.

    Let me know what you guys think, and thanks for looking!!

    Frederik

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    There's no need to be afraid Frederik! That's some extremely impressive fabrication and engineering. I really like how you've taken the actual car and used it as an exact inspiration for your build.

    FANTASTIC!

    Can't wait to see more.
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