'76 Escort RS continual project.

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Joe O'dMoors
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Re: '76 Escort RS continual project.

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As I was pulling the old fuel line from inside the car, I was relieved to see the majority of the line run, was copper pipe, with a clear pvc outer chafe guard.

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The trunk is getting further sorted out.
Decades of repairs and fuel spills back there all to be cleaned up.

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A little hazy in the shop as I burnt through layers of paint and rust.
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Brett Wilkie
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Re: '76 Escort RS continual project.

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Will you be keeping the fuel line running through the interior or relocate it to under the floor?
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Joe O'dMoors
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Re: '76 Escort RS continual project.

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Yes Sir! I'll be running the new line inside the car again.
I plan to use this car, as intended on a fair amount of gravel/dirt courses so the protected lines will benefit for sure.
The goal is to run stainless braided PTFE hose the entire way.
There's regulation limitations on what one can use for piping, and the stainless should be the easiest to install/etc.
Joe O'dMoors
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Re: '76 Escort RS continual project.

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Working my way forward, with the fuel line out of the way and with the fixed fire fighting system out of the car, it was a great time to make sure everything was happy in this spot and do a repaint.
Not surprisingly, it wasn't!
Luckily, nothing but a bunch of surface rust.

All the rust was found by scraping away old sealant and paint.
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All was blasted, or ground out and POR15 to the rescue!! Bead blasting inside a car works fantastic, but makes a hell of a mess :lol:
Top coats of semigloss epoxy was applied later on.
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The rear firewall was patched, and a PTFE hose fitting coupler was fitted. The other 2 holes are for battery Pos and the rear section of the chassis wiring harness.
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Joe O'dMoors
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Re: '76 Escort RS continual project.

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The fuel line was totally removed from most of the car, but the access to the feed line, where it enters the engine bay was limited.
I've always thought the engine bay needed a refresh, and this was a good time to pull it out for a reaseal, and to respray the bay.
There's also no heat insulation on the area where the exhaust manifold and down pipe run up against the firewall.

The engine getting ready to be pulled.
A very easy job. The car has a quick release bellhousing, so in just a few mins, the transmission is separated,
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Here's a temperature shot of the floor after a small drive.
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With the carbs off the head, it's easy to get a picture of the fuel feed line.
The line passes through a welded in strengthning plate, so I'll have to run the new line at a different spot.
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