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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by c1skout, Dec 23, 2018.

  1. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    Yes n no. The GT Escort caliper bolts to my knuckle, it's the one used with the Galant rotor. Escorts use a smaller bolt circle than my car's 4x113 though and a rotor that is thicker across the vents than mine, like the Galant.

    I read something about a guy checking differences between escort and 323 knuckles, wanting to go with a more standard wheel bearing setup or different half shafts or something. I think he didn't go through with it due to tie rod placement and strut mounting differences.

    My rotors are 10.2" but Capris also came with a 9.something front.
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  2. c1skout

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    I let my seat bolts soak in penetrating oil for a few days, then went down and had at them with a manual impact tool. All 9 spun out! Whoo-Hoo! With the seats out of the way I could easily pull the center console.

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    I used the shop-vac to give the carpet a cleaning. It's in good shape yet, no tears or badly worn spots. Should be fine with a good scrubbing.
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    I got the carpet out and vacuumed the floor pan......mice sure make a mess. I thought I'd use my heat gun to soften up the asphalt floor pad to make it easier to scrape up. Just got started with that and the heat gun slowed down, then started smoking out both ends! I flipped the switch off and unplugged it. Gave it a couple minutes to cool down, plugged it in again and nothing, not even a click. Guess I'm heat gun shopping tomorrow.
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    I used my scraper and poked around a bit at the bad spot. I got most of the "soft" metal knocked out. Here's the hole with a size XL glove next to it for reference.
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    That's enough for now.
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  3. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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  4. villageidiot

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    Ahhh yes, the lug pattern changed.

    When I did my festiva, the aspire knuckles made it go from 4x114.3 to 4x100,

    I ran aspire knuckles and rear beam, escort gt calipers and rotors up front, aspire rear drums 9”, and escort gt 14” wheels.

    Couple that with 2.5 coils cut out of the springs and a set of KYB shocks/struts, it was a fun car.

    it also had minimal interior, just the dash, 2 seats and front door panels, no carpet, no headliner, nothing in the back. even removed the stupid auto seat belts, swapped in belts from an escort.

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    and the box stocker i built for my little brother

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  5. greasyfatman

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    Samurai pics or point me at a thread. I am getting obsessed, probably buy one this year.
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  6. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    I ran the wheels that are on your blue one on my wife's old Topaz! I'd still like to have a Festiva someday.
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  7. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    Thanks, I need it!
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  9. c1skout

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    I got out of bed this morning, relaxed with some coffee and a leisurely breakfast, then headed out to do some shopping. I picked up a shiny new heat gun and wire brush cup from Harbor Freight. You'll notice I sprung for the top of the line heater this time. Most definitely a nicer tool than the $9 special that the smoke came out of last night! I stopped at the hardware and got some patching tin too.
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    The new heat gun got put straight to work. I got the tar stripped off from around the hole. Inside,
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    and out. The outside undercoating was a lot nicer to remove than whatever they used on the inside!
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    With all the coatings gone I could better see the extent of the rust. I used cutoff wheels on a grinder and a small cutoff tool to remove the nasty and get back to the good stuff.
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    You can see there's 3 pieces of floor in this picture looking up and forward from the ground.
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  10. c1skout

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    I decided to start by patching the hole on the outside first, that way I'd be able to rebuild the "inner" piece and have metal to attach it to. Seems I forgot to take a pic of that patch from the outside, but here it is from the inside. Kinda hard to get a good shot of that inner channel.
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    I made my odd patch for the center piece, welded it in and gave it a spritz of paint.
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    I cleaned off some more of the tar-stuff from the floor so I could make this inner patch slightly larger than the outer patch. I wanted to be welding to the original floor in a slightly different spot so the metal didn't get too stressed. I'm no welder (obviously) so I don't know if that matters, but it seemed right to me. Here's the start of my floor patch.
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    You'll notice a bunch of hammer-tracks on it. That's how I form the patch into position. I cut the tin to shape, start tacking at one spot, then work my way around the patch, pushing and banging away. I'll hold it tight with a hammer handle where needed to make a tack, and just keep working around until it's all solid. It's the same way we used to do it with an acetylene torch and a coat hanger, but I'm using a flux-core wire welder now.
    I'm not finished welding it in yet, but that's all my knees could take for one day.
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  11. c1skout

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    I'm internet shopping this morning. Looking at replacement sound deadener (the tar stuff that I scraped off) and carpet jute backing. My oh my, there sure is a variety of product and prices! I want to get a waterproof jute insulation, so I'm waffling between closed-cell foam with aluminum backing or Thermozite, which is a recycled plastic product. Decisions.......... I want to get something ordered so I'm not waiting weeks for it to come in off the China boat.

    Any input appreciated.

    Yes I know it's all just added weight that I don't really need :D.
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    I have never gotten anything from Eastwood's that I've not been happy with.
    Their seam sealer is the best I've found.
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  15. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Why? It's a racecar that won't see winter use.
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    Give me an address.

    I have a whole box of it left over from one of my van builds, I’ll happily ship it to you.

    It’s got the tar/sticky shit, and the closed cell foam.
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  17. c1skout

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    I PM'd you. Thanks!
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    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Home Depot sells an insulation called Frost King. Cheap and easy to install. I used it on the roof under the headliner. Two layers and has been in the car three years.
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    I ordered a couple cans of that undercoat you linked, on sale and free shipping! Thanks for that.
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