From rust to thrust

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From rust to thrust

Postby custommoggy » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:55 pm

This is going to be a mid engined 2 seater maybe a coupe' but will almost certainly take a while, so here's the start.


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Just an idea of what I have to work with, but it's ok, most of the rust is held on by more rust. the engine & gearbox are on fleabay and are currently at £2.20p
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Postby MM » Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:15 pm

Well, at least the roof is in good condition!
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Postby morrisfixer » Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:18 pm

This looks like it could be really cook project :D what engine and box have you decided to use! Could you not get away with the complete floorpan from a rover MGF. Or MR2  just a thought?  Keep the pictures coming  :D

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Postby plastic orange » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:48 pm

Or TVR :wink:

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Postby woodywoodchipper » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:00 pm

Oh I do like a challenge, not much to save there,


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Postby custommoggy » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:03 pm

That's cheating, it's just a cut n shut but the other way on! Got a zetec to go in, low mileage, 1 lady owner ford focus, gonna use sierra rear arms & hubs on our own chassis, debating the coupe idea as it'd provide a lot more engine access through the bigger boot, rad in the front with fan and an air escape route then the rest of the bay could be used as a boot, spare wheel can go in the back, gonna build in some ali tubes to carry the coolant from the rad to the engine, they'll run underneith, not sure about front supension, may use moggy setup lower it a bit and get a disc conversion, servo is a must. The zetec will go transverse, the drive shafts can be cut & mated with the sierra shafts to fit the hubs. easy!
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Postby morrisfixer » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:50 pm

Nice one! :D  :D I bet you only sleep for 1 hr anight, the rest of the time your dreaming up weird ways to improve the Morris. Lol    :D  :D
You could've used a Morris pickup better access to the engine bay.?!! (at the back??)

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Postby custommoggy » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:17 pm

I like to be different
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Postby custommoggy » Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:18 pm

Begun the strip down, here are a few photos of what we found.

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cant get the tank out so cutting it out with the plasma cutter. it turned out to be half full of petrol after it dropped!


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A small-ish hole in the foot well


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This pic is upside down but that's the front of the spring hanger, through the floor, apparantly this car was towed for 20 miles like this! do we think it's an mot failure?
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Postby MM » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:02 pm

Sure sounds like a dangerous way to remove a fuel tank! :shock:

Would it not have been easier/safer to drill out the mounting screws?
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Postby jonathon H » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:20 pm

We were taking cover, and we're 20 miles away !!!! :D
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Postby custommoggy » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:08 pm

thought it would be empty!
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Postby MM » Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:48 pm

In future, best to syphon out any fuel then fill the tank with water. Empty tanks can often be the most dangerous, as there's more surface area to potentially evaporate the fuel and combust.
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Postby custommoggy » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:31 pm

Ah but it's all good fun, I was far enough away! and I have insurance  :lol:
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Postby morrisfixer » Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:20 pm

Well if it exploded you wouldn't have had to cut the floor out!!   :lol:  :lol: lol

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