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  2. notenoughtime

    Australian Twincam Thread

    I use a 185/60/13 but depends on what you want?
  3. Ray

    number plates

    I now know that im looking for the number 1 as in the piccy below, if anyone has any for sale I would greatly appreciate it
  4. Rally Pack 2000

    Australian Twincam Thread

    That's awesome Marcel. I can definitely relate to being the fifth wheel LOL. You really shouldn't go raiding your own mums car for wheels though LOL Mine would happily give anything of mine car related away to anyone that came knocking. Car stuff was always regarded as annoying clutter that takes up space in her shed. The Twincam is stored under her carport in the prime place her Camry should be and she gripes about that often and im half certain if one of you guys ever went to her door and said that car looks nice she would reply instantly "Its yours!" The colour of the wheel made me laugh as I have a Twincam engine photo that would work with that wheel perfectly! That image is really how I remember most of the Twincams I drove over the years. They weren't these pristine coveted things you see today. A Twincam was just spare parts for Elans and other things back and more of a curiosity to other Escort owners than a car many sought after. The going rate for an RS2000 in the mid 80s was bout 6 to 7 thousand Australian dollars (Under 4000 pounds) with Twincams around 5 thousand AUS (3000 Pounds) mine was only 2 thousand pounds, the ring gear was gone in it and had to jump start it to get it home.
  5. Rally Pack 2000

    Australian Twincam Thread

    Whats the usual size tyres you guys prefer to fit to these 5.5in RS rims. My usual 205/60 13in is going to look a bit weird and tight on them I think.
  6. Rally Pack 2000

    number plates

    Your plate system does confuse me somewhat. Your plates aren't supplied by the roads authority that you pay taxes / registration fees too? Even if you ave a worn plate here you can simply order replacements for a fee and swap them over at the Roads and Traffic Authority. Putting on plates made by third parties is illegal. The up side is they make a whole business out of it and will make all sorts of plate words and numbers with various designs. Its become a bit of a profitable cash cow for them.
  7. Rally Pack 2000

    Pinto Exhaust Manifold Gaskets

    LOL I totally understand your thoughts on this manifold. I went through all those exact same thoughts and confusions when I started looking at them closely so everything you say is perfectly valid. I had one for over a decade in the shed before I noticed the odd bolt holes. When I noticed it I posted a thread on here even asking if there was a sleeve missing or something? It was Col who first put me on to the thermal expansion idea and that it was the way it was meant to be. I now have three of the manifolds and sure enough they are all the same and the word on the net is they are that way to help prevent cracking. But given many are cracked still suggest you are absolutely correct, you can still tighten them too much that they still crack. The CI manifold cracking problem seems to happen with alot of 70s cars here. Before I bought the other manifolds I investigated getting the first one welded and found out virtually no one will do it as years of exhaust exposure contaminates the metal that makes a permanent welding solution not realistic. Many I approached recounted a list of cars known with the same problem more notably the Ford / Holden straight six cylinder cars popular here during the 70s. The dozens I asked about it simply said scrap the manifold and buy another and that's what I did. But when I found one that wasn't cracked I didn't want it to suffer the same fate so I tried the ceramic coating idea in hope that did help at least I didn't think it would hurt and looked better than a rusty manifold. That's still in the trial phase as its only been on a couple of days. I may well find I have to go back to a tubular manifold. The original all shiny does look nice when you pop the bonnet though. Its been tough weighing up the originality vs performance and efficiency thing with my cars in general. While I try keep the car original where I can some things on it are just so poorly designed that I forego originality and correct the problem with a better solution. Things like the crappy low first gear in the Type E box, horrible Australian mirrors and wheels, dash illumination etc. In the case of this Manifold im on the fence still deciding if its worth it or not. You dont use gaskets on your Pinto manifolds? lol
  8. anglia58

    Australian Twincam Thread

    hi rallypack2000 just got lucky, i found number 5, it was in my mums car as a spare, i will put a 6 inch in it as a spare, they don't cost me anything, so it's no problem for me, just his postage will go up, cheers marcel
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  10. stephens_xpack

    number plates

    I think Tippers also supply the digits if you want Ray, below are the style they use and the 1 is more of straight line as you mentioned. I know the below style of plates may not be exactly what you need, more to just show the 1 digit.
  11. notenoughtime

    Australian Twincam Thread

    Iā€™m slowly collecting mk1 RS alloys and getting them refurbished with correct colour insert if you want some let me know
  12. eeb43

    Pinto Exhaust Manifold Gaskets

    gaskets on a pinto exhaust manifold!!!!!!!!!!
  13. Xp197777

    number plates

    I have two old raised letter plates here Ray , the letters are 3 inches approximately and I have two 1s on each , they are just plain straight 1s though james
  14. colr6

    number plates

    Couldn't find the plates, by the way it's bloody freezing šŸ˜± I'm 99.9% sure it's a straight 1
  15. Ray

    number plates

    wicked, as long as I know the straight is correct then that's ok just seemed that they went to a lot of bother to get the others correct, that I found it hard to believe they didn't with the 1 or I
  16. colr6

    number plates

    I'll have a look to see if I kept the plates off my mgb they had some 1s in. Manufactured alloy backed reflective with speed clipped digits. Seem to think they were of the straight 1 as against the shaped 1 just had a thought the silver 1s were a shaped 1 on the old black plates.
  17. Ray

    number plates

    ok, here's one for the old gits on here, its a question regarding classic number plates I'm in the middle of making a pair of number plates for my blue car, the ones on there are Tippers classic 70s style, as the car came with modern plastic junk, but the tippers repro plate is still far from how Hills or Bluemels done it so I've bought 2 Hills number plates, (random, they weren't off the same car), removed the letters etc, paint stripped them, they are having all the holes welded up at the moment, then once all the correct digits are sourced, I will send them to Tippers for their number plate restoration service, as they seem to be the only ones that can paint them in the correct reflective paint, and hey presto I have proper classic plates problem I have, I've sourced all the digits bar a matching pair of 2"s and 1s, the 1s being the bigger issue, i.e., harder to find, unless I'm barking up the wrong tree, so the question I have, did the number 1, look like a 1 or an l, bear in mind these are the 3D raised black letters approx. 3" high, I can find them that double up as 1 or I, i.e. look like l, but I cant find the 1 itself, which I find strange when they went to a lot of trouble to make all the other digits quite complicated by todays junk, so which is correct, and if its the 1, does anyone have a matching black pair to sell
  18. katana

    Pinto Exhaust Manifold Gaskets

    How else can you shut an engine down - nicely with gentle persuasion ? It's a CI manifold bolted to an even bigger lump of CI - the engine block...... which has no cracking issues. I think the manifold is just a piss poor design as plenty of other manufacturers use CI manifolds that don't experience cracking! I wonder how many have cracked after having the manifold bolts tightened TOO tight so allowing NO expansion and contraction?
  19. accord83

    Just plain wrong!

    I thought that was for carrying your small change purse Col.šŸ˜‚
  20. colr6

    Just plain wrong!

    NO !, us low life have one of these
  21. accord83

    Just plain wrong!

    Doesn't everyone have a shooting brake for the staff to deliver the luggage?
  22. meXEco

    Australian Twincam Thread

    That's more like it-beautiful as well.
  23. meXEco

    Australian Twincam Thread

    Yes they look like Lasers on the silver Twink-the metal thickness around the nut holes looks the same as the spoke thickness-easiest way to spot from afar. As Vista said we had chrome gutter trim and possibly front/rear screen rubber inserts but no sill, boot or window trims on our RS models.
  24. Rally Pack 2000

    Australian Twincam Thread

    Ahhhh I get you now! Yes you are right. There are simple versions without the extra bling as well.
  25. Vista

    Australian Twincam Thread

    That's what I was saying, "but" for the gutter trims we don't have all the extra chrome bling.
  26. Rally Pack 2000

    Australian Twincam Thread

    My car is orange so if I were to put original wheels on it, it would look something like this Are these Capri Laser wheels as well do you think? I didn't look that close on the day.
  27. Rally Pack 2000

    Australian Twincam Thread

    Remember too that Twincams were sold here 2 years longer than the UK. (We never got the RS1600 to replace it) and with that came the yearly styling changes that came with the model line-up. My 1970 Twincam doesn't have reverse lights or overriders either but the later ones got them. In 72 the cars weren't even called Twincams but instead the GT1600 to bring it into like with its Falcon GT and Capri GTs as the reference term for its sporting models
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