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  1. All cleaned up ready for Gaydon, just preparing the FOR SALE NOTICE.
    5 points
  2. Sadly I had to take the gearbox out the Mex so mine wasn't there But still went along and there was some amazing motors there.
    4 points
  3. More progress over last few weeks. Test fit front end before plug welding upper bulk head in place. Getting there slowly. [emoji16] Wings and bonnet next and gaps, gaps gaps. Sent from my MAR-LX1A using Tapatalk
    4 points
  4. First video of the engine running. Still needs set up correctly but I'm getting closer to actually driving it! VID-20210722-WA0000.mp4
    3 points
  5. Hi All, Paul here, little info, live in the Ironbridge gorge over in Shropshire, apart from my wife the love of my life is Annabelle my mk1 escort, completely original 1973, no welding as of yet. Hoping to pick some brains and get info from all you professional old school Ford drivers, added a few photos, Paul.
    3 points
  6. Nothing like peer pressure to influence your car choices. Here is part of the gang that I belonged too purchasing my Mk2 2 weeks after getting my first full time job with a bank loan. There were seven of us but not all there on that day. The owner of the Blue 1.6 Ghia went on to own another Mk2 Ghia and 4 Mk1s destroying them all. About the only friend Im still in touch with from those days and every time I drive mine over to his house he still has a dig at me about never thrashing my cars like he did. Both mine survive his six all destroyed. Hmmmmm
    3 points
  7. First drive off the trailer, We had a working clutch / gears and brakes 👍 the engine soon cleaned up and sounded lovely a few minutes later 20210626_152320.mp4
    3 points
  8. this may be of some worth, i pulled this clock console apart to put this stereo in. The two units side by side. It was from a Ghia i believe And another shot with stereo included, to see how it all sits. Didnt realise i did not have any decent photos of it installed
    3 points
  9. One day we wanted to have a fang through the pine forests on the other side of the Blue Mountains. They held rallies there which was what had given us the idea. But even though secluded it only takes one grouch to report you to the police so the logic was if you made the car look like a rally car from a distance everyone would think regular rallying was going on in the forest and no one report you. (Chav logic 101). So the night before with nothing but materials at hand in sheds and garages we created this! The coloured stripes were shop window trimmings from a photographic company I worked for at the time and authentically complete with cardboard roll cage made from centre rolls of fabric bolts from mums sewing circle. Totally destroyed the paint and the real Rally Pack stripes when I took them off which I didn't put back for over 3 decades after that and almost 2 before it was ever all white and shiny again. Most of the photos I took that day were on slides rather than negative film but a friend took this one that can still be viewed without a projector. While it looks lame upon close inspection it could fool from a distance as we pulled into a servo behind a friend in another Escort who was queuing for drinks and snacks and we rushed up to the counter in our overalls made to look like racing suits and the Italian lady behind the counter signalled us to the front of the queue shouting with an accent "I must serve them first to help them win the race!". My friend at the back of the queue who had gotten there first was so annoyed he tried to tell the shop lady and the rest in line it wasn't real it was all just fake but they told him to shut up. Boy was he pissed for hours after that! LOL Strapping a huge Cibie to the metal between the front apron vents, ruining the stripes and destroying the paint for decades to come for a weekend forest fang I think qualifies as a laugh rather than in investment I think! 😀 But of course RP2000 sill exists today with stripes!
    3 points
  10. 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
  11. working on fitting front crossmember to chassis rails. coming on sweetly,
    2 points
  12. Ordered new sensor-went to fit and wrong type-only 2 pin and wrong size connector. Re ordered the right one listed as RPM/Crankshaft sensor with 3 pins and bingo. Easy to get at also which was nice.
    2 points
  13. Old Vs New :
    2 points
  14. A sweet car with gorgeous red upholstery. Always remember, if it can be carried into the garage £10, if it needs a trolley £40, and if it drives in always less than £1,000. (£500 if you think you can get away with it, running spares cars are £100, obviously).
    2 points
  15. Yes I know, I couldn't work like that 🙄 I have offered to help clear up, but he's not ready yet. His work however is second to none 👍
    2 points
  16. in england we have shotguns deadly at close range and frighten the shit out of most people when trying to break in or burgle you
    2 points
  17. BACK UP ON THE SPIT TO FINISH , UNDERNEATH TUNNEL TO FLOOR STEELWORK, FINALLY GETTING SOMEWHERE.
    2 points
  18. If i my car wasn't fully painted and underseald underneath and all the chassis rails wax injected i would consider a tension strut kit but i am not risking catching the thing on fire as i nearly lost it due to a welding fire while I was restoring the dam thing 😔
    2 points
  19. I'd go FWD Street sleeper. Definitely a Zetec or ST170 conversion and keep the outside of the car stock looking. It's a cracking looking motor so fair play to you guys for rescuing it.
    2 points
  20. 160 round trip to Southampton, didn't miss a beat...
    2 points
  21. So real life got in the way of this install and didn't get much done during May and biggest end of June. Last week managed to get the exhaust manifold properly fitted and the custom exhaust is now built up until the axle. Just the bends around the axle to make then attach the nice oval stainless steel box I picked up. Coolant system was also custom made with stainless steel pipes so finishing part of that will be the 'T' join to put the bottom heater box hose into it to complete the circuit. Hoping to have a further update in 2 weeks.
    2 points
  22. you hid that well, where is it 👍
    2 points
  23. I Blame the Japs, there's some real classics out there with heritage and good value for money . The values of Mk1 and Mk2 are crazy now, and every little original bit costs and arm n leg
    2 points
  24. My first car "Betsie" was a beige mk2 1300L and i did about 80k over the 3 years that i owned and loved it, spending all my apprentice wages on modding it. I went everywhere in Betsie and loved every minute of it racing all the other lads around in their Nova SR's, Astra GTE's and Mini 1275's and even in about 1993 trying to take on the first YB powered Mk2 I'd ever seen, proper fast and made me look like I had selected reverse as it went away from me lol. Sadly the rust took hold so shoving plastic bags into the A posts to stop water from splashing all over the girlfriends feet and the 1300 on a twin choke didn't cut it anymore so I bit the bullet and bought a XR3, great car but no more pretending that I was Ari Vatanen. The XR lasted about 9 months before I couldn't take anymore and bought my first RS2000 "ACX388V" but still not the same feel as "Betsie the 1300" Part of the charm for me with the mk2 RS i own currently is that 22 years ago they were so cheap and that and people wondered what the hell I was doing buying the piece of shit as Cossies were the fashion but I wanted to relive my youth. Sadly the outlaw/underdog feeling I had has long gone and I cant afford to drive it like I stole it anymore. 😁
    2 points
  25. Ive gone one like this, it looks kinda oem but when you jump in it hooks up to bluetooth and lets me use maps/handsfree etc which is nice and handy. I also set it to green to match the rest of the console. It also has a small ford logo along with the numbers on the screen so when its off it looks non digital. If i was to be picky the ford logo is slightly blurry, im pretty ocd and ive let it slide but if you want everything perfect it wouldnt do. Not sure if its just mine or. Also the photo resolution is horrible, its def not that bad Its not a cheap unit, although id imagine they wouldnt be that expensive to make but they are going for a niche market. Speakers wise i have some pods on my rear parcel shelf held in by the restraint holes/bolts. Tbh i didnt like them much but wasnt sure where else to put them and put a nice ford racing emblem on them and they are painted to match my car. ill get a photo next time im close to the car, i dont have any on hand I got it from, they are australian based which is nice https://www.retrosoundusa.com.au/index.php?l=search_list&s[title]=Y&s[short_desc]=Y&s[full_desc]=Y&s[sku]=Y&s[match]=all&s[cid]=0&s[search]=ford+escort
    2 points
  26. working on other side crossmember mounting now.
    1 point
  27. Cheers chinkamon , thanks for the comment
    1 point
  28. How does it work with you Ausie boys and number plates. It seems you can have whatever you like?
    1 point
  29. Never realised they even did this-car looks tidy by the way.
    1 point
  30. I'd love to see how you fit them. I bought some off eBay and was very confused how to fit them. I found a way. But definitely not THE way to do it 😬
    1 point
  31. Great work m8 [emoji108][emoji106] Sent from my Hammer_Energy_18x9 using Tapatalk
    1 point
  32. I meant V5 wise-obviously insure it as what it will be modified as...i'm pretty sure there's loads of cars out there highly modified and insured with 'standard' V5's?
    1 point
  33. If We do DT yr be the first to know 😆
    1 point
  34. Yes it was the one on eBay, Darran at escortec was selling it, not cheap, but they don't come up too often. As my Finnish import came with one from new, but it had disappeared somewhere in the last 56 years, I thought I'd like one 😀
    1 point
  35. We get Weever fish in our waters down south, which have spines on their backs and are mildly venomous. I know as i stood on one years back, quite painful and the area swells up quite a bit, but bathed in as hot a water as you can handle draws out and eases the pain. Only lasts a few hours if you can get to hot water. But something that can actually kill you - that woud freak me out. And that spider is fookin mental no thanks - i don't even like our house spiders which are about 1 1/2 inch lol.
    1 point
  36. I picked up this original ford fit stone guard the other day.😄 Does anyone know what the factory original colour was ? It does look like it is in it's original colour , but I just wondered if anyone had a definitive answer 🤔
    1 point
  37. In this episode, I try to make the interior a little nicer, and quieter, with the addition of carpet and some underlay for sound insulation.
    1 point
  38. No need just go down the road and turn left!
    1 point
  39. Brilliant, thanks for the info! I will look at the Autotecnica ones now! Kind Regards Joe
    1 point
  40. Mine was the same but on Mex Steels, RS front and rear black spoiler and 1/4 bumpers Swapped all chrome bits for black
    1 point
  41. Such a great idea old look stereos, I also went with hiding mine in my hot rods like browny in the past, everything from amps and speakers under seats and stereos hidden under the dash, if u want sound and don't want anything obvious they do speaker units specifically to hide under seats now, even active subwoofer ones to make enough noise over your exhausts 😂 I've been very clever with mine in my cortina and it's hidden in plain site now😎 at first glance you couldn't tell,
    1 point
  42. If you look at an ACR Lucas alternator, there are three mountings lugs, you take out the 3 through bolts, and spin one half of the case to align the front lug with either one of the two other lugs to give you either L.H or R.H mounting, it takes about 3 mins if it is off the car, its that simple.
    1 point
  43. thanks for the comments guys 😇
    1 point
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  45. This car's got some beans under the bonnet! I can almost accept the bean can bodge as a get you home temporary repair.........but holding it in place with plastic cable ties?
    1 point
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