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Rear axle

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Middleditch Jan 2. 15 Replies

Morning all,Which rear axle is likely to be on my S2 (I know it's escort, but are there any variants or things I can look at to identify exactly which one it is.Then, once I know the axle, are there…Continue

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David Middleditch replied to David Middleditch's discussion Rear axle
"Ok  I think it is Corrine mk2 then as it has got sliding brake cylinders. Are half shaft common with escort or a different length.?"
Jan 2
Big Vern replied to David Middleditch's discussion Rear axle
"For a Series 2 Phaeton it would most likely have been built with the Dutton suggested running gear of MK2 Cortina for the Engine, Gearbox, rear axle with leaf springs & Dampers, pedal box with M/Cylinders and Triumph Herald front suspension…"
Dec 29, 2018
James Doulton replied to David Middleditch's discussion Rear axle
"I don't recognise the position of the shock absorbers. On the Escort, weren't they mounted at an angle from the bottom of the spring saddle? Straight up (where they should be) doesn't look very Ford-like."
Dec 29, 2018
Dave Adams replied to David Middleditch's discussion Rear axle
"your axle looks like its from the earlier series of cars, as the slave cylinder is of the sliding single piston type by the look of you photos... that was also common to the corsairs and i believe the smaller engined Capris.... the later Mk2 escort…"
Dec 29, 2018
Dave Adams replied to David Middleditch's discussion Rear axle
"I have replaced the half shafts in my cars on odd occasions because a few years ago it was easier to replace the whole shaft than to replace the bearings.... i never had any issue where the shafts came from.. the early cars were imperial wheel studs…"
Dec 29, 2018
Adrian Southgate replied to David Middleditch's discussion Rear axle
"cortina axle most likely unless someone welded those tabs on the casing next to the diff. Probably got a full axle in the unit but won't be able to get to it until the move starts in a few weeks, should be able to check length though as its on…"
Dec 28, 2018
David Middleditch left a comment for David Middleditch
"So, £60 quid in foam and leatherette and a superb job by the mother in law sewing them up, and here are the new seats. I've used sticky backed velcro on the back to make them removable as they will get wet and muddy trialling. All good to…"
Dec 28, 2018
David Middleditch replied to David Middleditch's discussion Rear axle
"Here's some pics. Handbrake bracket is just off to one side of the diff. From inner face of brake back plates across is roughly 48 inches."
Dec 28, 2018
Adrian Southgate replied to David Middleditch's discussion Rear axle
"Thats very true Daryl and something i'd forgotten. @ David - If the axle has a handbrake lever mechanism fitted to the diff casing then it's likely to be a Cortina unit as Daryl reminded me. I have one of those in the unit too so can…"
Dec 24, 2018
David Middleditch replied to David Middleditch's discussion Rear axle
"Thanks all. It's an English, and studs are imperial so that confirms it. Not broken, but I want spare half shaft and diff in case I break them on a trial"
Dec 22, 2018
James Doulton replied to David Middleditch's discussion Rear axle
"Is your axle broken in some way?"
Dec 22, 2018
Adrian Southgate replied to David Middleditch's discussion Rear axle
"There are two basic types of axle used on mk1 and mk2 escorts. The most common is the Banjo or English axle. This has a diff which loads from the front (securing nuts face forward) The uncommon one is the one with a cover plate which bolts on from…"
Dec 21, 2018
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Rear axle

Morning all,Which rear axle is likely to be on my S2 (I know it's escort, but are there any variants or things I can look at to identify exactly which one it is.Then, once I know the axle, are there variants of half shaft I should look for/avoid, or are all escort mk1 and 2 the same half shafts?Cheers,DaveSee More
Dec 21, 2018
Adrian Southgate left a comment for David Middleditch
"Worthwhile fitting a drain pipe at the lowest point (not found a dutton that doesn't leak somewhere yet)  Also worth sealing up any sort of wood used for the seat base, maybe fitting a couple of 1cm bits of closed cell foam under it too,…"
Nov 30, 2018
David Middleditch left a comment for David Middleditch
"Ok, no problem. I didn't get time to look, but will need to remount the seat belt lower fixings. Will there be a weld but on the body or need some spreader plates?"
Nov 30, 2018
David Middleditch left a comment for David Middleditch
"Drops down"
Nov 30, 2018

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At 12:37 on December 28, 2018, David Middleditch said…

So, £60 quid in foam and leatherette and a superb job by the mother in law sewing them up, and here are the new seats. I've used sticky backed velcro on the back to make them removable as they will get wet and muddy trialling. All good to go for the Exeter trial next week.

At 19:47 on November 30, 2018, Adrian Southgate said…

Worthwhile fitting a drain pipe at the lowest point (not found a dutton that doesn't leak somewhere yet) 

Also worth sealing up any sort of wood used for the seat base, maybe fitting a couple of 1cm bits of closed cell foam under it too, just to lift it out of any water that may creep in.

Seat belts should mount to captive nuts under the chassis (normally just nuts welded to flat plates, welded to the rails.) but not sure they were fitted to S2's.

At 18:46 on November 30, 2018, David Middleditch said…

Ok, no problem. I didn't get time to look, but will need to remount the seat belt lower fixings. Will there be a weld but on the body or need some spreader plates?

At 18:19 on November 30, 2018, David Middleditch said…

Drops down

At 17:33 on November 30, 2018, David Middleditch said…

Here's the pic with seats removed. I sat in and just cushions would seem appropriate. Confirmation from the experts please?

At 18:19 on November 26, 2018, David Middleditch said…

Yes, triumph front end, Cortina rear end. I'd just been researching and concluded it must be an S2.

At 9:58 on November 26, 2018, David Middleditch said…

I think I need to pull the seats out on Wednesday and have a proper look at my options. I've been looking on youtube and ebay and foam, leatherette and a ply wood base seems a simple way to make a seat at minimal cost.

At 9:08 on November 26, 2018, James Doulton said…

Mine has 'seats' moulded into the GRP tub and the only padding (other than my extensive food reserves) was a slightly padded seat cover that was stuck there.

At 0:49 on November 26, 2018, Adrian Southgate said…

I've got a set of back seats from a peugeot cabriolet to be cut and shut into my S2. Just going to savage the foam out with a sharp knife until they fit in the gap.

I always thought the S1 S2 and B types were just 'cushions'.

At 21:42 on November 25, 2018, David Middleditch said…

I just searched the site and found some pics and dimensions. I'll have to make some (or get someone who's a lot better than me to see some...)

 
 
 

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