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  1. stainless steel baffled catch tank all finished.
    5 points
  2. First I´d like to thank this forum as the many restoration / project -threads here has inspired me to start my own build. This is mainly the reason I want to share my progress. In my opinion there is no such thing as too many pictures and information about different steps and how-to. The car on this restoration is originally a 1974 1100 model, it has been upgraded since for 1600cc crossflow and front disc brakes. I remember this was MOT´d last time 2016, drove that summer and since that it was left waiting for small rust repairs ( that´s what I thought back then.. ) I took it to workshop now, started to get it ready for blasting.
    4 points
  3. Got to thinking earlier (as you do), about a MK1 Escort 3.0 SuperSpeed that my brother looked to buy back in 1984 (ish). It was up for sale fairly locally at First County Garages in Southall for around £2900! It was a white car with black stripes fitted with similar looking wheels as the MBG V8. But my brother bottled it as he really wanted an RS2. Anyway, several RS's and other Fords later between us, in 1986 we decided that we wanted to build our own 3.0, my brother was the money man and I was an apprentice at Fords ready to fook it up. Our family were all in the motor trade and a white 1975 MK2 1.1 pop soon fell into our laps for £300, shortly after, a lad up the road smashed up his 3.0 MK1 Capri which I think we gave about £80 for, so we were all set😋 At the time and without the internet, doing this stuff was a bit hit n miss and meant spending many weekends trawling through the breakers yards. According to magazines at the time, they way to do it was to weld in the Capri tunnel so as the box would fit. But as luck would have it I realised that the MK1 Granada/Consul 2.5 had the type E (rocket) gearbox with the longer 1st motion shaft, so this was mounted as per the RS2 with an RS2 prop-shaft, so the original tunnel remained. The 2.5 bellhousing was retained with a slight bit of relieving around the tunnel,/bulkhead area. We made up direct to chassis engine mounts and then modified the exhaust manifolds so they sat tighter to the block. The sump from memory was from a Zephyr MK4 , once it was in we soon had it up and running! The Escort was finished off with Billys all around and a set of 7.5" RS Alloys And the reason for this long winded explanation, is that I just found some old pics of it lol 😂 About a year later, we sold the car to an oil rig worker, who when come back from a stint on the rigs the Escort was gone!!!. And I only know this as the guy rang up asking for its full spec for the insurance company. It was quite sad to hear after the work we put into it! I never knew if he ever got it back or not 😒
    4 points
  4. Politicians are the same world wide. They are all like pigs in a trough, handing out shady contracts to friends & family!
    4 points
  5. Does this count as an OSF 😝 My 1970 Ford Torino Type N/W outside Koni UK.
    4 points
  6. Another nice little find at another local breakfast meet. Torque Moto Cafe, 10b Graylands Estate, Langhurst Wood road, Horsham RH12 4QD 20211017_103128.mp4
    3 points
  7. Made a rollover-jig from old pipe-rack. I used old brake discs to make a stopping device, other disc is fixed to the rotating frame. you simply put a bolt through any hole and it stops it from spinning. The less there is sound deadening, the easier it is to blast the shell. So I removed most of the material by using dry-ice. It freezes the sound deadening material so that it shrinks and cracks off almost by itself. 10kg was enough for one car.
    3 points
  8. Hello All again, I am now confident I have everything sorted to fit the RX8 5 speed gearbox to my AJ30 engine. I have had it all together, it turns over on the starter nice and easy and the clutch operates/springs go over centre mid travel of the slave cylinder. The parts I have used are: Freddy's adaptor plate Mondeo flywheel Jaguar Starter Ring Jaguar starter motor Mondeo clutch cover Generic 23 spline Ford clutch plate (sold as a TVR spare) Mazda 6 slave cylinder Crankshaft to flywheel spacer Crankshaft pilot bearing and flywheel locator adaptor Adapted RX8 clutch arm pivot All that's left to do is to get the flywheel and spacer statically balanced. I have now moved on to making the air intake plenum chamber. I am going for a classic looking plenum chamber sitting on top between the cam covers. The next update will be in a while as I am now back working abroad to get more pennies! I have attached some pics to show what I have been up to. I am very close to having a kit for full rebuild.
    3 points
  9. As you know, I used to go to all of the big summer shows when organising the stands etc for OSF - CF Show, Retro Car Show, Ford Fair etc... Sometimes we had over 200 cars on our stand!! But they all started to get a bit 'samey' if that is a word..... but from around 2006-2008 they slowly started becoming the Performance Blue Focus ST show, rows and rows of cars you were seeing at your local supermarket. Couple that with the 3-4 hour drive each way and they lost their appeal, selfishly if it were closer I'd probably go again, but I get why they host it in the middle of the UK to make it viable for all corners of the UK. Plus it seemed like the whole thing has lost its initial reasoning, for getting Classic Ford owners together, it seemed like it was more about how much money they could make. I don't have the perfect answer, but keep it classic!! perhaps don't invite the Brand New Focus ST brigade who's cars are on finance, and limit it to pre 90's cars only, that way it would keep it a smaller affair and more in line with the title of the show CLASSIC Ford Show. Not bothered about having a live event there such as drag racing or track time, or a Funfair like atmosphere with rides and £15 burgers! just a relaxed chilled venue that you could chill with loads of like minded classic Ford nuts and chat to and admire the cars. For those that want Focus & Fiestas ST's and the like, there is Ford Fair and others for more modern cars Why not have two smaller proper classic events? one in the north and one in the south? Hey that's just my opinion. I'll wait for the abuse 😁😁😁
    3 points
  10. Had a bit of time the other weekend and managed to have a tinker. So pleased the custom Type 9 is back in, shortened tail housing to get it into the original tunnel without having to butcher it and still use the original gear stick hole, so much better now it's been rebuilt Plus finally got the new seats in, soon comfy, kept the original Mex low backs just in case. More jobs to do include pop on the new door cards if I can find the lugs I've misplaced Put the centre console/coin tray back in. And a few other odds and sods including ordering a new exhaust Love it 😀 VID-20210925-WA0018.mp4
    3 points
  11. Took the car apart, who would have guessed that there is a lot more rust than originally thought... Its going to be a long road with rust repairs. I took front end off quite harsh, as there is nothing to be saved, both mudguards have more body filler than steel. luckily inner wings and suspension tops seem to be in decent condition. I will need to source better doors as I don´t want to replace or fix outer skins.
    3 points
  12. Weekend Offenders having their bath with a splash of Castrol R under their chins, ready for a ride 😁
    3 points
  13. In quarantine BUT I am allowed one place and one place only as long as I take the direct route. To get a half way progress report Im allowed to go to a drive through testing station. I so really really wanted to snap a photo in the queue for you but there was no one else there so drove straight in and had me filling out forms and shoved a stick up my nose before I could snap a photo of their tent so I just snapped one on the way back to show I went in RP2000! (no outside shots possible im in a car bubble) Car went well but didn't start the best from sitting idle so long. But I got out in it!!!
    3 points
  14. at the beach today, was a fantastic day tbh, very busy and good weather after a lousy forecast
    3 points
  15. Found a a little Gem of a breakfast meet on Friday so popped along Sunday morning, local and a nice little run out. Earlswood Lakes near Redhill in Surrey - 10 mins from Gatwick Didn't snap all the cars, but there were some tasty motors there
    3 points
  16. Same, 30 years now and counting. Would have to be in dire straights I think to consider letting go. I like the idea above of going out in a blaze of glory. Once my daughters are all fully grown up, I wonder if my death wish streak I had a young adult will return to finish me off before the dribbling begins...I fooking hope so.....😁 Having kids really makes you grow up and stop acting like a total prat.
    2 points
  17. Waited months for these from Retrobolts but Webcon supplied filters finally arrived. Glad to finally have some way of stopping all the dust and crap being sucked into the engine. Had to modify the outer diameter of the trumpets to fit them inside, but all good.
    2 points
  18. Im actually more attached to my Rally Pack than I am to my Twincam (I know weird huh?). Its nice and all but the Mk2 was my every day road car I have had for over 35 years. Its been through my touring the country phase, my university days and times with friends before everyone started families and gave up their OSF so that its now the last car of my original teen/20s gang. Too many memories that money cant buy even if its total pain the ar*se at times and ridiculous parts prices of late. Mine you 30 grand AUS is only 16k Pounds Sterling for an original 2lt Rally Pack that still has its original engine when its insured value is well over twenty I think even if I wasn't attached to it I would have passed.
    2 points
  19. Set superlites 13x7 with 175 60 13 tyres.less than 300 miles so as new really.no marks etc taking off my mexico £400 pick up only or arrange your own courier.can get better pics if needed.cheers
    2 points
  20. Thats because its a Kin....... MAZDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mazda CAROL 360
    2 points
  21. Got different wheels since that pic
    2 points
  22. So weve booked tickets for the Saturday night special at the pod on the 23rd oct, got the light bar fitted and finished the wiring, also fitted the passenger seat, my youngest son has never had a drive of it, he is only going round the pits in it, but i still dont fancy crouching in the passenger side without anything to hold onto, so the seat is in for now, might even chuck a belt in it so maybe could take a passenger up the strip, got a couple of bits to do still, but also got a week off leading up to it so should be ok More soon 😜
    2 points
  23. Carrier Van, fully stocked
    2 points
  24. Out of Santa Pod and Mallory Park, I preferred Santa pod. I did quite enjoy the 'live action' part of the event at both sites, as it gives an alternative to just looking at cars and if you wish to get involved you can, that said I like nothing more than mooching around a field all day talking about cars! I think a north and south event would encourage different people to go and they should DEFINITELY make them pre 90's only.
    2 points
  25. Bit more done. Slow goin. Sent from my MAR-LX1A using Tapatalk
    2 points
  26. Jumping forward 20 years is a magazine from 93 with the prices of some second hand cars inside. I think I had either a XR3i or a Nova SR when I bought this magazine and had just sold my RS2000, as the missus had spun it twice and was carrying our daughter then. I also had an MOT failure 1300 MK2 Escort that I bought for about £50 at the same time, which I left on a car park in Bulford Camp when I got posted to Germany. Annoyingly, I visit that camp monthly and go in the exact same workshop that I worked out of back then, but the car is not there now
    2 points
  27. Ive escaped! But wouldn't you know it my first trip out after imprisonment I get pulled into a lineup by the cops to ensure I was leaving the house for legitimate reasons under lock-down. Of course none of the gaggle of Toyota Corolla's in front of me got asked to pull over, no bias there at all! Still made it away though! 😀
    2 points
  28. I’ll have 10 Mexico’s and 10 rs1600s please 😆 I wish
    2 points
  29. If ever there was a story to define the saying 'making a mountain out of a molehill' this is it! It was all media hype and doom mongers that kicked it all off - I heard of one guy who queued for ages just to put £1.76 in his tank - that's how mad people have become, probably the same folks who were buying bog roll by the gross last year! Social media is the other bane of sane people - the 'panic buyers' are announcing what garages have fuel and in particular deliveries of fuel - then the locusts descend and literally drain it in a couple of days, if not sooner! We normally fill up once a month and were getting low and I should have needed a full tank to do a 350 mile round trip - that didn't happen, only got filled up yesterday morning - by the evening that garage was out of fuel & closed again! F**k it - no petrol, no deliveries, no turkeys for chrimble - just cancel the whole shooting match, no point sitting at home anyway as no one can afford to run their heating with the gas and oil prices going up - Happy New Year from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse !
    2 points
  30. Largely from media induced panic. There's not actually a shortage of fuel, more a shortage of drivers to deliver it. A few filling stations reported running low on supplies in certain areas of the country, largely due to shortages of truck drivers, and the media escalated that into a nationwide panic with everyone rushing out to fill their tanks. The myth then came true, also self perpetuating.
    2 points
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  32. Going to Hastings next weekend, always a good weekend! not so good if it's raining though! but lots to keep us busy in the old part of Hastings, off to Cortina-De-Ampezzo next September so plannig for that will start soon - and guess most of the shows and events will be on again next year....
    2 points
  33. They do get you, and being away makes it more difficult for those at home to have to deal with it. My daughter moved back home with her cat and when she moved out again she left him behind🙄 I call him the "Ginger Cu n t" coz the little bastard leaves muddy footprints over all of my cars and uses them as a slide in the wet 😒 But will probably miss him when his time comes!
    2 points
  34. What do you do in Australia if a feral cat wants to do his business in your garden? Let him!!!!!!! ...........................
    2 points
  35. Ready to go in the paint booth now
    2 points
  36. I been a bit of a busy boy lately, took the door off and managed to get it painted at work inside and out, got it re fitted tonight, so made a start on the drivers side stripes, rear brakes have new brackets made and the discs have had a bit of a skim more soon 😁
    2 points
  37. And the next thing i did was , i put en boot carpet , but it was 30/35 mm to short , i don`t how a original carpet fits , luckly the battery and the jack sits before the end. But it looks much better than the old mk2 boot carpet , the only to do is to place some isolation under it to fill it up.
    2 points
  38. I've been talking about it for ages - but in this episode, the Anglia finally makes it onto the dyno! So - how does it turn out? Did it make decent power? Did it all explode in a big fireball? You'll have to watch the video to find out!
    2 points
  39. I lived in West London back then, there were breakers yards everywhere!!! We used to drive from one to the other on Saturday mornings, it was like a ritual lol! "Hunters" in Perivale was the most organised, but like you say, you had to go three or four high wobbling about 😁 There was also a massive one in Park Royal that was on the land of a demolished factory, they had acres of land and nothing was stacked. But they were all so busy that they constantly had burger vans outside of them.
    2 points
  40. Only practical as city only cars - even a commute would kill them without a recharge + unless you go the slowest route you'll never keep up with reasonable traffic flow = a car with no useful purpose - typical French car then LOL!
    2 points
  41. I expect the ****s blocking the m25 will buy them.. then they can just drive around the m25 flat out or run out of battery and stop the traffic...
    2 points
  42. I used to love trawling through the breakers, 9 times out of 10 there would me a MK2 there, I had mostly MK2's back in the day and remember climbing 3 or 4 cars high to remove boot lids and bits and bobs, top car swaying a bit in the wind 🤣 Atkinsons in Wimbledon South London was a regular haunt as was Bridges down the M23 Oil everywhere, bag full of spanners and screwdrivers and always somewhere to take a piss, normally in something French 😉
    2 points
  43. Its one of Fords "Grabber" colours (or should I say colors), that was offered of performance models, much like the RS colours and they were quite similar as well Like: Grabber Green - Modena Grabber Blue - Monza Grabber Orange - Vista Grabber Yellow - Daytona Grabber Lime - Monaco Grabber Light Blue - Olympic As for the hinges, they are more like a modern car hinge, not just a pin through two bits of metal like the Escorts etc. They are more robust, but they can still drop!
    1 point
  44. I cannot believe I'm seeing this! My dad owns the VKL30, has done since before I was born 34 years ago so this was my dad you met, Chip. He had it sat in his garage for years and since lockdown has started working on it again, it still runs very well and think there's only 38,000(ish) miles on the clock.
    1 point
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