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Thread: My RWD solid axle front engine Escort MK2 build

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    I also think it is not too badly overweight, I will measure but the structural parts (struts area and small hardware) is automotive bodywork metal, and the floor pan/firewall is much thinner, it is a piece of air duct for house aeration systems.

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    Update! I thought I would have to use the tamiya avante ball links instead of the RW4WD ones, but they ended up giving just the right amount of movement, provided the arms are short enough to give some negative camber when compressing, and positive camber when in droop (which is what the real escorts do anyway with their short arms).

    I made the lower cross member as well as another cross member up front where I will attach the sway bar (which will at the same time triangulate the control arm).

    I think I got the geometry pretty right! The wheel tucks in the fender nicely when compressed.


    Here is the first cross member, kind of dummy for now but it helped put the main cross member and keep the right width between frame pieces:




    The main cross member partially made:



    And the pretty much finished piece:

























    And here is a short vid of the strut movement, of course I will need a link to prevent the link from moving fore-aft:




    Here is a pic of the tranny/motor/driveshaft, I will need to lenghten the SDI driveshaft a bit... I will disassemble it to see if it is simpler to replace the shaft, or make an extension to put at either end (between joint and shaft). Hopefully ar least one of the two ends is easy to replicate so I can make an extension. If. I recall correctly one end has a hole with a pin, kind of like a wheel axle, but I am not sure about the other end.





    That's it for now! The cross member was pretty long to do, I did not want to mess up the dimensions and geometry, I am very happy with the result!

    Fred

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    Borderline insanity!

    I LOVE IT! Great stuff sir.
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    I agree with Matt, absolutely nuts. How much does it weigh?


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    Quote Originally Posted by imthatguy View Post
    Borderline insanity!

    I LOVE IT! Great stuff sir.
    Haha! Thanks a lot Matt!

    Quote Originally Posted by crawl330h View Post
    I agree with Matt, absolutely nuts. How much does it weigh?


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    Thanks buddy! :) glad you like it, Last time I put it on the scale it was a 4lbs. That was with a bunch of the stuff I plan to put on it such as battery, motor, transmission, driveshaft, servo etc (I just put them on the scale with the car).

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    Oh wow, that's actually pretty light considering its all metal


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    Yes it's not too bad I think! I measured the steel I used, the floor pan, firewall, 4 link boxes etc are thinner steel (air duct material) of 0.015" and the structural parts (strut towers and various other bits like the cross member, shocks attachments) are automotive bodywork sheetmetal of 0.030". For the overall weight, it helps that the larger area is of very thin steel.

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    Amazing work.
    I think any extra weight will only make it ride more realistically anyhow.

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    Thanks Headquake!! Yes I am not too worried about the weight, well except I don't want it to be too fragile because of the weight (I plan to try and go fast a bit with it lol!)

    Right now I am looking to find very low profile touring car tires to put on the fake tire sidewall wheels you see in the last pics. I want to be as close as possible to actual escort MK2 overall tire diameter, and they tend to have tiny wheels and tires.

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    Remarkable! What a nice car.
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