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Panko

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Panko last won the day on February 9

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  1. Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    more progress on the car. Back panel is in, but not welded. just getting things all setup before being welded in. more little imperfections being sorted out. factory creases from panel and body joins being smoothed. tonight after hours, we made a start on the underside of the car. got most of it done and prepped. (this was after only a short amount of time) Awaiting a conclusion as to how far Mark wants me to take the underside. Or rather, how far I think I should go with the underside of the car. given we got so much of it cleaned and back to bare metal tonight, id imagine another solid day and it will be ready to go underneath.
  2. Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    As i sort of tried to say above. like for like, and this is coming from watching an engine builder (also fellow RSOCV club member) who specialises in building fast escorts, a 1600 on a low budget can produce more power, and rev better than a pinto with the same low budget spent on it. This is a guy who builds them with his own custom cam grinds, and engine dynos each engine and tunes them before giving them back to the customer. a stock 1600 (for arguments sake Ghia spec with 32/36 factory) vs a 2L Ghia Pinto (same carby) makes not much less power than the pinto. stick a mild cam, some basic porting, balance, side draft carbs into a 1600, and its making some solid power. its been proven by said engine builder, Pintos take more time, money and work to make the same sort of gains than it does a 1600. the 1600 is also a lot lighter than a Pinto. and it is a stronger engine. An old school trick was to stick 1300 pistons in a 1600. I have a set of 1300 pistons here. It raises the comp ratio significantly. I wasn’t going to explain why shifting the Pinto back on the mounts Doesn’t work, but Rod already explained it for me. It also would be mighty close to the heater bubble, if it were to clear at all, when shifted back on the mounts. They are a long engine. as for engineers, yeah wouldn’t need it. But there would be expense in upgrading brakes. Im pretty sure a Pinto wont fit with the original Mk1 booster like it is. Or if it does, the headers would be mighty close to the booster arm that bolts to the firewall.
  3. Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    yeah but ive said this before. Im not cutting the shell to make it fit. and to be honest, the OHC Pinto are an ok engine. but they are surprisingly hard to balance when you start modifying them. believe it or not, a 1600 is easier to balance, will rev harder than a pinto, and can make more power than a pinto with the same money put into either engine. and i dont need to cut the body shell. This is why im not keen on doing a zetec into this car either. it means no cutting. remember that I am modifying my 5 speed gearbox to suit the shell, rather than the other way around. simple, im not cutting this car to make things fit.
  4. Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    Correct. The KA runs a Kent engine. Sadly produced less power and torque in the KA than in stock form in a Mk1 Escort in the UK they used the Kents also in the original Mk1 Fiestas. I wish we had them here. yeah well some of us dont work full time. And had 8 months of no income last year i know $2k is cheap. im looking at the prospect of $5k for transmission, transfer box and clutch rebuild in the Disco
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    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    fecking cars...or should i say, fecking english cars quick connector for return fuel line broke and popped off...thankfully low pressure, but diesel everywhere
  6. Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    hmm maybe I see a future build coming on My original (gold) Mk1 which i never finished, was always meant to be a daily driver, and i stupidly didnt jump on an MX5 driveline into escort conversion when I had the chance, to turn the gold nugget into a reliable modern daily.
  7. Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    we will see. give it a few years, if you still have it sitting around
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    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    if there is ever a time i get another escort, that starts as a rolling shell, then id look at doing an engine swap like that.
  9. Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    I love the idea of a Zetec, but i think i do want to keep the 1600 pushrod engine in this car. i am intending to fuel inject it one day, using an injected carby, but for now a carby fed 1600, tuned right is the way i will go.
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    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    I havent really looked into it in depth. But I would need a sump from the UK, which are expensive, coolant pipe to suit RWD applications, either individual throttle bodies, twin carbies or a forward facing plenum with single throttle body, ECU. Mark has just done it to his Mk1 panelvan. Like i said, engine is cheap. but then there is probably upwards of $2k in parts to make it happen
  11. Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    yep. the bolt pattern is the same from Kent (my 1300) through to zetec. the block is basically the same block, but alloy, and OHC
  12. Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    Tempting. I could pick up a Zetec for about $200 from a wreckers. Its all the supporting shit thats expensive. then again, a built 1600 is well into the thousands
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    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    They are expecting they will be ready to paint the outside at the end of the month. I still have to get a block and the gearbox over there, which is fine, to mod the crossmember mounts right. As long as Mark is ok keeping the car, i can delay some of the work until i have the bits needed.
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    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    I went and saw the car today. It was pretty surreal to see it stripped down now with glass out, the rear panel been cut out, and see some bare metal. to put a bit more pressure on me, i said to Mark im not sure how i will go fitting the engine and gearbox without scratching the new paint in the engine bay, to which he said, HE would much prefer me to fit the driveline there at his workshop, with the use of his hoist, by dropped the subframe out, putting the engine and box on that, and lowering the car down onto the subframe, how they were built from factory. BUT, that means I have to find a 1600 before the car leaves the shop I have also been given free run of the workshop. I am picking up a key and alarm code from Mark on friday night, and a couple of us are going in on saturday to clean up the underside of the car, to get ride of all the oil, dirt and surface rust, so they can spray the underside in subframe black. filthy work, but it needs to be done. ¼ panel repaired. The reason it was so full of bog was because when it was repaired previously, the shop that did it had use a slide hammer, then never bothered to fix up the spots the slide hammer attached to, so just used bog to smooth it all over. antenna hole is filled. I had told them not to put an antenna into the new guard. when mark told me they had ended up repairing the original guard, i figured they'd leave the antenna hole...nope. rear panel gone and floor all straightened out again. the one spot of rust in the entire car. the spare wheel well. i thought that would be the case. someone had done a pretty bad backyard repair job in there to try stop it. now its been stripped its brought it right out.
  15. Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    absolutely. and I am keen to continue to approve more work on it. at the end of the day, as long as the shell is in perfect condition, if that is where all my budget goes, just into the shell, im fine with that. the extra stuff like engine upgrade, steering rack, brakes etc, can be out of pocket in the future.
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