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Old 10-22-2013, 11:52 AM
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This thing is epic!
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:56 AM
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Thanks a lot! Yesterday I started working on the leaf setup but not pic worthy yet. Mostly modding current chassis in preparation.

I need to move the center brace towards the rear (the large aluminum plate holding the two pieces of frame together) so I have something closer to the axle to mount the leaf on the chassis. Started making the leaf attachment on the axle, it will be a small part cut from the same autobody sheetmetal used previously on the axle.

It looks like with the leaf suspension, I will be able to remove the springs from the shocks, and they will fit at their normal location, behind the axle on each side of the diff. That is great news scale wise me thinks And with the leaf suspension the chassis will have a much lower profile and nothing poking out upwards lol

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Old 10-23-2013, 03:36 PM
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Sounds pretty good, I need to try something like this one day.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:34 PM
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Hey Fred, take a look at this! Haha! My first 1:1 was like this except that the roof was also white! Bought it back in '83... Sold it in '87.

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Old 10-24-2013, 05:11 PM
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That's one clean Escort! Shows some details of the engine bay too, not sure how close to actual I'll be able to make the engine bay but I'll see how I can do.

The only thing with the video is there is that wierd LSD feel to it lol with all the distortion, I was having some visual hallucinations. Is that an effect of the new cell phones cameras or what?
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:15 PM
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Ha! Yea..I kinda got that feeling as well..! LOl! Also thought you would like the brief suspension shots as well..!
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:02 AM
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Loving this thread. Makes me miss my old mk2

Any updates??
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:06 AM
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Thanks bud! It has been pretty crazy at work in the last months and did not have much time to work on this. I ordred a bunch of bolts from boltbase on ebay in uk, pretty good price I think compared to what can be found locally... All Allen screws but some different heads types, and in m2 and m3 size. I realize I should have also gotten 2.5mm but I think that will be a good start. I also got m3 Nylon lock nuts, but the m2 size was too expensife and I got regular nuts, and made another order for m2 nylon lock nuts from a china seller, much cheaper, we will see how the quality turns out when I receive them.



The place I am at is working out the 1/4 elliptical leaf springs but I needed more screws. Thanks for following my (slow) build!

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Old 11-30-2013, 07:31 AM
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Woohoo! Freddie's back!

Hope you get the time to get back on this! Lol! I know how that could be...
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:33 PM
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I got some nice drawings of the mk2 chassis, that should help me do this a bit more scale just need to print them out so I can do my guesswork more accurately lol




And based on this did more cardboard tests for the front of the chassis:


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Old 11-30-2013, 12:42 PM
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And a pic of the inner fender I used for reference. I hope to be able to do that in sheetmetal



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Old 11-30-2013, 12:49 PM
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Woohoo! Freddie's back!

Hope you get the time to get back on this! Lol! I know how that could be...
Haha yes, even when I am not working on it actively I am still thinking about the design and having ideas and Ideas about how to re-do the whole thing lol
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:46 PM
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Wow! Where in the name of all that's holy did you find those drawings? Lol. Nice score man!
Ha! This is just gonna get better and better !
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:35 PM
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Google picture search! With search terms "escort mk2 chassis". I spent a few hours doing that haha

Google is a nice tool!
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:12 PM
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I have been doing more cardboard modeling to test how I will have to cut the sheetmetal to get as simple and effective design for the front of the chassis, and still somewhat look like the 1:1 chassis. Cardboard is easier to work to sort problems out, and can be done on the kitchen table during my little boy's nap

It is a different piece from the previous cardboard pic, actually 3 pieces in the pictures, top of the strut area, side of the strut area, and front grille thingy. It will be bolted to the aluminum chassis at the bottom.











I also had to narrow down the front frame a bit, there was not enough room for the strut and also the suspension arm was too short. With this model I was able to somewhat test the suspension movement with a short arm (screw directly in ball joint, held by my fingers while moving the strut lol) and it looks like the suspension travel and fender clearance will be all good.

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