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Wilkos mk2 1.6 Ghia

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Welcome my protect thread will try to keep this up dated as much as possible.
 
Start with a bit of history.
My dad bought the car in 1982 after his beloved mk1 got written off, a oldish lady decided to pull out of a junction in front of him hitting the front passenger side causing the engine to shift into the passenger foot well and flipping the car 3-4 times, luck has it he survived otherwise I would be here
 
He decided he want slightly more comfort so bought the mk2 for £1200 from the original owner. In 1992 he had the sill welded up along with in inner front wings (not very well might I add) and had the engine rebuilt with brand new Webber twin choke carb and bored out (apparently to about a 1.7).
 
Unfortunately and the end of 1997 start of 1998 it need more work the rear arches started to get eaten by the dreaded rust ford used to supply free of charge, and as he was not working and at university doing his PhD he could not afford to get the work done so he parked it up in his garage for 15 years. It then got moved to a family members farm into a barn.
 
In October after years of begging he reluctantly handed me the keys and said it’s your do what u will. ( was this or to be scraped as family member wanted it gone to make room for new tractor) so with a mate we dragged it to mine.
 
My first task was to see if the engine was ok. Luck would have it because it got rebuilt few years before being parked up the motor wasn’t seized. So I changed the sparks,ht leads, points and condenser and hooked up a make shif fuel tank out of a lawnmower and with a bit of help with carb cleaner and easy start she fired into life for first time in 20 years. Carb needs adjusting a bit but she lives on.
 
Over Christmas nothing got done then my second child was born in January so the last two weeks I have started to strip her ready for it to be welding.
 
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I am hoping also to find an original grill. In had the chrome edged on with the letter FORD instead of the badge to match the boot. The original broke in 1990 and dad could source the original and I’m failing to as well
 
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Hi Wilko, I see you took my advice on the Mk1 Golf forum, welcome. The people on here are a mine of information, support and help. (even the ones with Vauxhall engines! :shock:) John.

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15 minutes ago, accord83 said:

Hi Wilko, I see you took my advice on the Mk1 Golf forum, welcome. The people on here are a mine of information, support and help. (even the ones with Vauxhall engines! :shock:) John.

Good job I'm not sensitive .....lol

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Yea that’s the ones

This is off google but it’s what mine originally had. Because I was told if the boot has a oval badge the grill did, if the boot has the lettering under lock so does the grill. Dad is convinced he had this one
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Got a few hours in today. Removes all wiring loom from dash to boot, fuel tank out and all badges removed from boot. Also removed the door card without breaking any clips (result) so tomorrow night will label up the few wires in engine bay and get it ready to me removed then will remove the fuel and brake lines


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Trying to remove the chrome door window scrappers with out any damage as I can’t find anyone who sells them. How do these come off e26f809cdee522ec0a7b74a48cd05307.jpg


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Been trying to remove the calipers for the last week so took off the whole suspension leg for better access. Still won’t budge. Socket is starting to slip. Any one know the actual head size. Or any tips. Doing my nut in12b3953c0637d42b8682acf0a29e8eaf.jpg


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Tried everything I gave up called defeat. Went to a local garage and they used a impact gun on them in seconds didn’t charge me. Now gonna buy one


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Ah, sorry I should have thought of that, I have an air driven one, but still use Plus Gas. If all else fails I still have a local blacksmith/steel fabricator in the town who will NOT be defeated!:-D

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While taking engine out I obviously had to remove the master cylinder and servo. Took it all out in one inc the bracket l, as soon as I levelled it up it leaked. Obviously the bracket can be cleaned up and restored and I have seen new master cylinders for sale but can you still buy new servos as can’t find any that look the same via google. Any help would be appreciated


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Just had a google, lol .....classic car spare advertising reconning servos and also sleeving master cylinders. Might be worth a call for some prices 

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Just the headlining to remove tomorrow then it’s being picked up to get front end cut off. Then it’s off the the blasters

 

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It also seems that a mouse has made its way through the vents and made a nest in the heater matrix. I have got most of it out but can it be taken apart to clean out properly

 

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Great Project to take on, 

Those grills are getting rare now, seems to be quite a lot in interest in it here in SA as well. 

keeping it in all ghia trim will keep the car a little bit special , well to me anyway, 

 

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Thanks yes those grills are impossible to find.

I’m restoring it back to how it was when it rolled out of factory. So all chromed up and original engine. Not many non modified ones about lol


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And she is off to the blasters then body shop. Busy few months ahead sorting all the the useable parts and the engine, then buying all new parts.f8c166ad6b17a403675701b26e9092d5.jpg
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I look forward to seeing the progress on this, it looks a solid car.  It's a nice colour (the paint name is Jupiter Red in case you didn't know) and a bonus that it's fitted with the Tan trim which always makes a MKII feel a liitle more upmarket.  I'd say it will of had the FORD lettered chrome surround grille as not only does the boot lid have the letters but also the steering wheel is the early one with Escort on it, the MKII's with the blue oval on the grilles also had a blue oval on the steering wheel.  The FORD lettered grilles do come up on ebay from time to time.

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Thanks for that I was pretty sure about the grill because of what you said about the boot, however I never knew about the steering wheel. I just presumed all mk2s had the same wheel apart from the Mexico’s and rs200s, didn’t realise they ditched the escort bit


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On 2018/05/01 at 02:27, In The Pit said:

I look forward to seeing the progress on this, it looks a solid car.  It's a nice colour (the paint name is Jupiter Red in case you didn't know) and a bonus that it's fitted with the Tan trim which always makes a MKII feel a liitle more upmarket.  I'd say it will of had the FORD lettered chrome surround grille as not only does the boot lid have the letters but also the steering wheel is the early one with Escort on it, the MKII's with the blue oval on the grilles also had a blue oval on the steering wheel.  The FORD lettered grilles do come up on ebay from time to time.

Yes, thats correct, 

Post 1978 , Ford ( Well in ZA ) binned the chrome beadings, and replaced them for the black strip lower down the body line. The lettering were completely removed. Color coded wheel caps were replaced by the std steel rims and chrome rings. 

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