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Thread: My RWD solid axle front engine Escort MK2 build

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    Small update!



    It did not end up like I wanted but I made the watt's linkage.

    First I mounted a screw in the back bearings of the sdi axle, and made a small pivot out of sheetmetal.





    Then made the supports, one with brake line and other with aluminum L bar. I also made one of the shock mounts at the chassis.

    Problem is I positioned it hanging too low, the taller one would hit the ground before the suspension fully compressed, it does not make sense with the car and ride height (I need to put it like 0.5 / 0.75" higher). But you get the picture, I will do two new brackets, shorter.











    I would have liked to do more and complete the shocks mounts but didnt have time. Thats it for now, hope you guys like it!

    Fred

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    I got a back up shell from a buddy, in case the mk2 breaks, or just because, to swap styles :) I was glad to see it seems to fit pretty well on my chassis!! For those not familiar with this car it is an MK1 ford Escort. I mocked up F104 tires in the rear fender and it looks hot, might have to do a drag setup with the mk1 with these f104 tires abd skinny tires up front.





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    Here is an update of what I did last night! I was eager to complete the rear before going to bed! :banana: I think the aluminum L pieces for the watts linkage look out of place, I will re-do them later probably in steel tube, but for now they do their job and I can move on.

    Good part of the work was to make the axial axles shafts work with the SDI axle. Needed to shorten the shafts and machine the area where the hex go, down to 4mm instead of the stepped pattern. I kept the notch and that's what prevent the shaft from coming out of the axle :) I also had to grind a bit of the inner axle tubes on the wheel end, to make some space for this notch between the tube and the bearing.

    I took some measurements in the process so if someone wants to attempt this you have some guidelines:





















    Thanks guys for following!!

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    I have uploaded my videos to youtube instead of photobucket so I can embed them, hopefully it works:


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    Some great engineering going on here Frederik!
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    Thanks for sharing the Axial axle mod! Great work all around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imthatguy View Post
    Some great engineering going on here Frederik!
    Quote Originally Posted by pardonmyn00b View Post
    Thanks for sharing the Axial axle mod! Great work all around.
    Thanks guys! :) I think the next work is going to be in the front! (Chassis and struts area)

    Fred

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