The new Mk2 Escort RS shell, Just back from the bodyshop, had a thick coat of epoxy primer after the fabrication work as it was bare metal after been sandblasted. We wanted the steel protected ASAP to avoid any surface rust and and contamination. Next step will be the dry fitting of the Duratec engine, gearbox, exhaust system etc. Also drilling holes where required for the pipes, loom etc.Then back to the bodyshop for the serious bodywork including fitting the alloy arches and the final painting process.
NEW Escort Mk2 RS Fast Road Project
Today we took delivery from the fabrication shop, the fast road RS Escort Mk2. The main body shell fabrication is now done,
Base plates for the 6 point cage
Anti tramp bar brackets
Panhard rod tower
Under floor skids
Engine bay strengthening and gusset plates
Engine chassis mounts
Radiator cutouts and mounts
Fuel tank mount
Inner arch extender for alloy arches
Next job will be dry fitting the engine and gearbox, exhaust system etc before its sent to the bodyshop for the alloy arches and spoilers to be fitted.
So here we have a brand new manufactured Escort Mk2 bodyshell bolted down on to a special jig to ensure that the shell is all straight and true to original Ford specification. This shell will have Group-1 modifications done including alloy tarmac arches for 8x13" wheels that we plan to use.
The initial plan is to insert a 2.0 Duratec engine on throttle bodies with a type-9 gearbox and probably an English axle with tramp bars and panhard rod. It will have a basic bolt in 6 point cage and the usual bodyshell mods including large gearbox tunnel, bulk head and strut top plates, gussets, tank stand etc. More details soon...