GARAGE LIFE | Raging Bull Fabrications | MkI Escort Build

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Late on Thursday night I got a message on Facebook from a friend asking for my number as he’d lost it. Next thing I see is his dad ringing me wanting to know could I pop out to a garage Friday evening to get a few photos of an Escort that was going to paint on Saturday. They wanted a few pictures pre paint, during paint (which will be coming during the week) and then a nice full shoot afterwards. Needless to say I had to go for a look. The grand total of information I got on the car was that it was a MkI with some nice fabrication done on it.

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I have to say when I walked through the door and saw a very tidy shell, full steel arches, an amazing cage and some serious suspension, I was well impressed.

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Even after all these years, the MkI Escort is still a good looking car. Personally I think they can look aggressive if done right, this one is definitely heading in that direction.

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I love where the cage is attached to the a pillar, even the rest of the cage behind it is a work of art.

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Here’s a nice close up view of the rear suspension fabrication.

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The boot hasn’t been neglected. Even the rear tubs and rear firewall are just done so well.

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The other side of the rear firewall and the rest of the rear tubs.

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I know I’ve said it a few times but the cage is a serious piece of fabrication but you can really appreciate it from this shot.

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Here’s another view of the rear suspension setup.

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On a few of the pictures you might have spotted a scale model. The reason behind this would be the paint job. The car will have a paint job very similar to the model. There will be a few differences but I’m not sure on what these are just yet.

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As mentioned above the main point of being there was to get a few shots of the Escort before it went for paint. While I was there I was shown an Audi S3 that is being built alongside the Escort. The car was pretty much mint as a road car but the owner has decided to build a track car out of it. If you ask really nicely I’m sure I can get permission to keep an eye on this build also. You do have to ask though :P.
 
The man behind all this work is Rob Hilton of Raging Bull Fabrications. If you’d like to get some work done like this give us a shout here at Autolifers via the comments below and we can pass on Rob’s details.
 
Words & Photos: Martin Cunningham
 

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