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Old 3 Sep 2017, 18:40 (Ref:3764154)   #166
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It would be of interest to get a list of what the Special Saloons weighed in at from 1974 to 1979. I would hazard a guess that Gerry Marshall's car weighed around the ton mark, as did many of the big V8's.

We tried to get Rod Birley's Honda down below a ton some years ago and didn't succeed until the use of Kevlar and carbon fibre was used. Which makes this space framed Escort and the Skoda's super light.
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It would be of interest to get a list of what the Special Saloons weighed in at from 1974 to 1979.
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Old 4 Sep 2017, 05:45 (Ref:3764364)   #168
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We tried to get Rod Birley's Honda down below a ton some years ago and didn't succeed until the use of Kevlar and carbon fibre was used. Which makes this space framed Escort and the Skoda's super light.
A ton or a tonne?
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Old 4 Sep 2017, 07:26 (Ref:3764381)   #169
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A ton or a tonne?
For the 1970's I still use the British Ton measurement of approx 2240Ibs which is approx. 1016.047kg, not the North American short ton or long ton or the Tonne metric measure.

So sod that, just say a Ton and what Geoff Wood's Escort weighed was approx half a ton.
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Old 5 Sep 2017, 19:35 (Ref:3764789)   #170
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Old 6 Sep 2017, 08:24 (Ref:3764885)   #171
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There seems to be chrome plated components in rear set-up, was this original as it was quite expensive to do aesthetically, unless Geoff Wood wanted to achieve a more slippery surface.

If it was original, then I would keep it that way during restoration.
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Looks more like fabricated aluminum lower rear wishbones to me rather than chrome.
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Looks more like fabricated aluminum lower rear wishbones to me rather than chrome.
I did think that as well, but a lot of the other alloy components look quite dull and not this bright and I am sure their are chrome suspension components at the front.

Can you confirm Pete at Spec-R with a pic.
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As the dry sump tank is aluminium,you can clearly see the difference.I would suggest they are nickel plated components.
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Space framed Mk1 Escort.

There is talk on the GT40 forum that indicates some sanctioning bodies do not approve of chrome plating on suspension components as the plating tends to hide cracks and in some cases during the chroming helps to promote cracks in the metal component.

I am quite a fan of powder coating and this Escort would look great with components powder coated for the restoration, especially as it a race car with a high degree of stress during racing, so needs to be safe.
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I did think that as well, but a lot of the other alloy components look quite dull and not this bright and I am sure their are chrome suspension components at the front.

Can you confirm Pete at Spec-R with a pic.

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There is talk on the GT40 forum that indicates some sanctioning bodies do not approve of chrome plating on suspension components as the plating tends to hide cracks and in some cases during the chroming helps to promote cracks in the metal component.

I am quite a fan of powder coating and this Escort would look great with components powder coated for the restoration, especially as it a race car with a high degree of stress during racing, so needs to be safe.
I think there was talk of this many years ago with regard to historic F1 cars, in particular the effect chrome plating can have to the areas around welds...
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