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Hi,

Am currently helping my Dad get his 1968 Mk1 Escort van back on the road. He's owned it since new, paid £400 for it.

It's done 68k miles since new, with every receipt, MOT, tax disc etc etc 

Just posted on another thread about trying to find an OEM exhaust for an 1100 crossflow engine, if anyone can help.

 

Cheers

 

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tbh, youll be better off having a stainless one bespokely made at a specialist centre, what your after isnt going to be an easy find, there are a few nos original and pattern parts you could probably chop about to make what you want on e bay, but unless your lucky and theyve been stored really well, they wont last long, as theyll either be rotting from inside out, or the mice have been in and chewed all the wadding out, and yes im talking from experience, the last one i fitted, had to be weld repaired before fitting, and lasted about 9 months before it was no choice but to have a stainless one made

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I agree with Ray. With classics often sitting idle for long periods bespoke and stainless is the way to go these days. The initial outlay may seem high but it will save you in the long term. Especially if its a long legacy family keeper like yours.

Inversely is that hardly any cars here, beyond the 7 years that OEM manufacturers are required  by law to supply parts, are the only pattern exhausts available. Everything is basically made to order at any exhaust place. The use crappy Chinese mufflers and the likes to save money but most of the cost is them making it up for you. Its always been that way for Escorts here. Even in the 80s when I bought the car there was never any option but to have them made bespoke. I think the UK is just luckily spoiled in that respect and that custom made exhausts seem expensive in comparison whiles its simply taken for granted here. Interestingly is that Car manufactures charge such high prices on their parts that a bespoke exhaust is generally cheaper

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hi,

thanks for the above. It turned out that the old man had a stainless exhaust from Classic car parts back in 2012, stashed away in the garage. He was convinced it wouldn't fit, but actually it was an almost perfect fit with very minor fettling.

 

Engine is back together now, exhaust on, turns over lovely, just no spark. Next step is a new Ignition Coil and fingers crossed.

 

 

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