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Few years ago i was on speed hunters and came across this article! I always wanted a mk2 escort but didnt buy one when i was younger. 15 years later and few extra dollars spent i had one!

Luckily it came up with the exterior just finished, Didnt run well but ran and had a 4 door interior crammed in!

I put in some fishnet recaros i had retrimmed, had the wheel redone in leather.





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Simmons wheels of the early 70,80,90s have a cult like following in Aus and i was lucky enough to find these.

Unfortunately they were 9-10inches wide so i had to split them and resize.

They ended up 6.5 on the front and 7 on the rear approx +13 offset










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Collected some parts for a complete suspension overhaul.

GRP4 front struts with bilstein inserts, rear shocks and every bush replaced with superpro bushes

King lowered rear leafs

Dropped the ride height overall

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new suspension2.jpg



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Plans for the car post renos are a brake upgrade!

Ive been looking at the Reyland motorsports site and sent off an email - seems they can make what ever size disc size i like. The difficult thing is in Aust i need a caliper that retains dust boots, which limits the amount of AP calipers i can use.

Have purchased a gartrac pedal box and managed to piece together the rear disc kit from a r31 skyline caliper kit - common calipers used in aus for rear disc conversions.

Will see how it all pans out post reno!

And a parting shot - holding good company at the mechanics



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Unfortunately my inlaws had some recent bushfires come really close to their house. Crazy times.

But took the car out after having it in storage for 6 weeks due to our house renos going on



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