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1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby Works » Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:34 am

Thanks,

This axle mounting surely is the nastiest part of the whole build so far.
If someone plans to do this modification: Do weld the struts on spring cups before you remove it from donor van, you save yourself from some real headache later, just saying. :roll:

Seems like the mountingholes on front leaf spring mounts werent at identical position, theres seems to be ~5mm difference. Going to have to cut & relocate the drivers side mounts forward as the strut tops dont line up identically at all. Theres like ~30mm! difference at strut top mounts using the same angles on both sides using camber 0 deg. / Caster +1 deg.
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby Works » Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:13 pm

Strut top mounts are now finished finally.
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Some front axle parts are still bathing in citric acid
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Also started the fun part: to bolt new stuff on the ready cleaned & painted parts, all new gaskets, struts, wheel bearings, brake dics & pads etc.
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby 00353theking » Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:12 am

Well done nice job there

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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby Works » Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:59 pm

Back on the wheels again.

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Flipped rear axle on top of leaf springs to reduce the hot rod look. Brackets are still work in progress.
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Got a set of 15" steelies which are going to be widened:
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby Works » Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:54 pm

Oh no, rust in a transit, how can this be...
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After some patching the floor , before the paint was even dry, i took the first test drive.

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Feels alot better to drive it already, think this paid off well.
Finally i can start putting things back together
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby Works » Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:49 am

Patched two more rust holes i found, one at rear end and one underneath, thats all welding done for now.
Some finishing touches still to be made in hiding some cables and also some plastic interior parts needs to find their places.
gps speedometer also ordered.

Just need to get all the papers from ford needed for MOT. :cry: (easier said than done)
Next week going to get the wheels aligned, hopefully i have the papers by then and then off to mot.

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Added ammo box for windscreen washer reservoir/tank.
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby ned » Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:38 pm

Can I ask what the car is top right in this picture
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Another year WITHOUT needing welding 8)
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby Works » Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:09 pm

ned wrote:Can I ask what the car is top right in this picture
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Sure, i guess?
It's a -75 Granada Coupe w/ V6 boa which i rebuilt from a scratch few years ago.
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby Works » Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:56 pm

Got the modded rims back and wheel alignment is also done now.
All i need now is the required papers from ford for mot, while waiting its good time to finish the rims

Fronts are mild ~8" and back almost 11" wide. Color options i was thinking: Black, White(probably wont look good with white walls), Silver, or strip them from paint and just let em rust?
Also have only 2 hub caps, got to find another pair and think how to fit them, as theres nothing on the rims that they could hook into.
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As for wheels i was looking for something like: Front 205-215/60/R15, Rear 235-255/60/R15 Reinforced and maybe all season, but got to see more whats available.
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby Works » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:48 pm

Rims done&painted and finally got the wheels back. Still missing half of hub cap clamps which i ordered from ebay few weeks ago.
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Had a chance to take a family picture while cleaning up my garage:
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Have all the papers from ford for MOT now aswell.
Some minor things still need to be finished:
-Rev counter
-Leaf spring/axle mount plates
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby Works » Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:06 pm

Forgot the wheel specs that are: front 215/60R15 & rear 245/60R15
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby Works » Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:38 am

Thought i was getting to get this thing mot'd this week but "found" again something to fix while scraping some flaking undercoating off from rear wheel tubs (or what turned to be rather something called swiss cheese):

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Well ive known the previous owners nasty repairs all the time ive had the van and had in mind to fix them some day, but never did, so guess its time to fix them now:

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Sawed old ones off and bent new ones from 2mm thick zinc plated stuff:
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Some paint & undercoating and its done

Engine bay is finished for now. Found some use for the ammo box at right as a windscreen washer reservoir, drilled a hole for pump on the box at rear right corner. Working like a charm:
Added new brakelines front to back.

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Then have to think how to get the wheels bolted properly on.
As the rims are from newer transit (2000+?) the holes for wheel studs are bigger (m14) + and surface is flat on the rim, so cant use normal cone nuts.
First i thought ill drill the hubs and insert bigger m14x2 wheel studs, but theres no centering hub at rear.
Also tried to find some wheel nuts with washer like in the picture with smaller diameter centering sleeve, without luck.

Closest i found was the ones in the picture, M12x1.5.
Plan is to shorten the sleeves to 4mm (same as rim thickness) and drill the lug holes bigger on rims from 16mm->18.5mm (same as the sleeve on the nut)

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As for the hub caps, i had some granada mk2 GL hub cap clamps, which i re-bent them a bit and drilled 5x9mm holes in rims. They seem to hold, but lets see after i get this on the road for proper testing.
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby 00353theking » Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:14 am

Great job ,looks very nice ,
Is that mk2 escort you have there for sale by any chance

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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby Works » Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:36 am

00353theking wrote:Great job ,looks very nice ,
Is that mk2 escort you have there for sale by any chance

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Thanks,

Escort is my first car and have been building it for 15 years now, so unfortunately its not for sale, it has just too much sentimetal value to me. :wink:
Sierra and Consul have been for sale for a while now, i just dont have time for all of them.
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Re: 1982 MK2 100L ex. Mil. ambulance

Postby DG-Unit » Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:14 pm

I love everything about this build :D
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