So, I managed to pick up some 185/50/14 Yoko A539s, got them fitted to my Minilites (Performance wheels, 6x14 ET26 on the front ET18 on the rear), tightened up the front suspension, fitted them and drop it off the axle stands.
Been a bit of a labour of love over the past few weeks getting the front end sorted, I guess a symptom of buying a car with an Escort Mk2 front end. Anyway after shortening the TCA and the steering rack, the wheels sit nicely in the unmodified arches (Whitspeed did a good job lining it all up to fit), just had to do a bit of massaging of the inner/out wing rear seam to get it to clear. I have about 1.5 degs of camber and 1.5 degs of castor (based on my clino tablet app) and can get the wheels with a little bit of toe in, so a good starter for ten. Steering arms also seem to be nice and flat.
Also the engine and gearbox are now fully bolted in on their new mounts, so hopefully progress will now start to warm up in the next few months.
I have also purchased a second hand Escort Mk2 4-2-1 Pinto manifold and 2.25" single box, driver's side exhaust system (silly cheap on ebay). I plan to have laser cur a manifold flange and then bend the headers to fit, the pitch needs reducing from 4" to approx 3" so may need a bit of heat, I can then get it welded up. Well that's the plan anyway, we will see how it pans out.