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    GAS FAB Mk1 Escort

    After Simon's GTR got picked up, a Mk1 Escort materialised almost instantly in the shed. It sat for a couple of weeks before I could start in on it.

    Here is how it arrived.
    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_001 by Garvice, on Flickr


    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_002 by Garvice, on Flickr
    Last edited by garvice; 21-03-20, 11:38 AM.
    GAS 260Z RB26DET
    GAS 1600 3SGE BEAMS

    #2
    First job to tackle was the heater bowl area. Some of the rust had previously been cut out before I got it.

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_003 by Garvice, on Flickr

    Formed up a new panel from some flat sheet

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_004 by Garvice, on Flickr

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_005 by Garvice, on Flickr

    Made a bigger hole

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_006 by Garvice, on Flickr

    And welded it in

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_007 by Garvice, on Flickr

    Bit of time on a grinder/finger sander later

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_008 by Garvice, on Flickr

    Made up a new cylindrical section

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_009 by Garvice, on Flickr

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_010 by Garvice, on Flickr

    Welded in

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_011 by Garvice, on Flickr

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_012 by Garvice, on Flickr

    Had to fill a few holes where the last heater bowl had been drilled out but didn't take photos.

    Replacement heater bowl section wasn't a real good fit to the shape of the car.

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_013 by Garvice, on Flickr

    But was an easy fix to modify

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_014 by Garvice, on Flickr

    And this will eventually get bolted into place rather than welded.

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_015 by Garvice, on Flickr

    GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_016 by Garvice, on Flickr



    GAS 260Z RB26DET
    GAS 1600 3SGE BEAMS

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      #3
      Customer doesn't want to run all the chrome/stainless? trim around the windows, so next was removing the clips and filling the holes on both sides.

      GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_017 by Garvice, on Flickr

      GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_018 by Garvice, on Flickr

      GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_019 by Garvice, on Flickr

      Was pretty happy with how they came up

      GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_020 by Garvice, on Flickr
      GAS 260Z RB26DET
      GAS 1600 3SGE BEAMS

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        #4
        Started stripping the boot to do the same with the holes in the back and to attack a small section of rust. Found quite a bit of bog but a relatively straight section of panel underneath. I did find some rust in the frame of the boot lid that i'll have to attack later.

        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_021 by Garvice, on Flickr

        Few holes to fill and a couple of sections of rust

        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_022 by Garvice, on Flickr

        Didn't realise how shitty this photo was till just now. Was trying to show the rust under the boot skin.

        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_023 by Garvice, on Flickr

        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_024 by Garvice, on Flickr

        New boot frame section

        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_025 by Garvice, on Flickr

        Welded in, i'll leave the weld bead on the inside of the frame and grind it back on the outside.

        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_026 by Garvice, on Flickr

        New skin repair section welded on the corner

        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_027 by Garvice, on Flickr

        Holes welded and primed as it'll sit till next week. Still some frame sections to fix on the boot and one more little skin repair to fill.

        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_028 by Garvice, on Flickr
        GAS 260Z RB26DET
        GAS 1600 3SGE BEAMS

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          #5
          Watching with interest.
          Rust is lighter than carbon fibre.

          My Italian 510

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            #6
            Nice work mate

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              #7
              Always nice to see your quality work. Given the faded paint the Escort looked mostly original, and then you find the bog from 30 years ago, to prove you wrong.
              Last edited by Alan M; 21-03-20, 04:38 PM.

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                #8
                Nice, has it got the standard mk1 Escort crumpled sills from where people have used the wrong holes for the jack?
                Imagination is more important than knowledge.

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                  #9
                  I would love to see you do something like this...
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kau7VLwqavE

                  This guy just wears some video recording glasses, talks occasionally, and just shows the work he does.
                  Great to watch someone who obviously puts in a lot of attention to detail. Great way to learn the tips & tricks.
                  He's gathered quite a large following from it.

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                    #10
                    Thanks guys.
                    Ben, can't recall the state of the sills , believe one needs replacing and one is OK.

                    Mwp, cheers those videos look pretty cool, though those panels come off so much easier then old rusted panels, I very rarely have them pop like that as they have no strength left. Unfortunately if I did a video like that there would be a lot of editing in my videos to take out all the time I walk in circles swearing about why I can't find the pen that's actually in my back pocket.
                    GAS 260Z RB26DET
                    GAS 1600 3SGE BEAMS

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by garvice View Post
                      Unfortunately if I did a video like that there would be a lot of editing in my videos to take out all the time I walk in circles swearing about why I can't find the pen that's actually in my back pocket.
                      Hah, i wouldn't mind skipping through things like that to see the good stuff

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                        #12
                        Only a small update today as I only got a short go on this car this week.

                        The boot frame had rusted out in a few more sections.
                        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_029 by Garvice, on Flickr

                        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_030 by Garvice, on Flickr

                        I had to pull the boot skin back a bit and cut out the rusted frame sections, the sealant between the panels had left a spot for the rust to rest.
                        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_031 by Garvice, on Flickr

                        I fixed the last hole in the skin while I had access to the back of it.
                        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_032 by Garvice, on Flickr

                        Cleaned up the back of the skin and treated the rust.
                        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_033 by Garvice, on Flickr

                        Made 2 of these repair panels.
                        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_034 by Garvice, on Flickr

                        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_035 by Garvice, on Flickr

                        Welded them in (only took photos of one side)
                        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_036 by Garvice, on Flickr

                        Ground flush (hard to take photos of shiny metal)
                        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_037 by Garvice, on Flickr

                        And skin folded back over and all primed.
                        GAS_FAB_Mk1_Escort_038 by Garvice, on Flickr


                        GAS 260Z RB26DET
                        GAS 1600 3SGE BEAMS

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                          #13
                          Nice work dude.

                          Pity you're up there otherwise I'd have a couple of cars for you to do.

                          an easy fix is get a mate to drive in front of you at 60 then 80 then 100 and mark in on your speedo with some liquid paper.

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                            #14
                            Cheers gtrboy.
                            Car transport isn't that dear in the scheme of things. Hell once this shutdown finishes you could even do a trip under the guise of a family holiday. QLD is a great holiday destination. ;-)
                            GAS 260Z RB26DET
                            GAS 1600 3SGE BEAMS

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                              #15
                              Remind me after beer flu chaos is over if you want to do a vk...logistic side will be tricky with my fucked up roster.
                              an easy fix is get a mate to drive in front of you at 60 then 80 then 100 and mark in on your speedo with some liquid paper.

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