Mk1 escort.....

  1. wacky7791

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    Mate that SIP was a pain in the ****. It was my first MIG and I just couldnt grasp welding with it. Did the feed roller brace, seperate PSU mod (constant laptop type) with added solenoid, even replaced the circuit board with a new PWM board but just couldn't get a decent constant weld with it. Ended up buying a 'euromig 200' secondhand cheap and its just a different matter altogether. So many people must use SIPs and just give up.
    As for escorts being throwaway back in the day I have no problem believing it, they were just cheap crappy and not very complex family runabouts that rusted quickly. What I struggle with is the ridiculous prices they swap hands for these days, goes against the whole escence of the car as a cheap easily modified working mans daily driver turned competition car which is what made them so popular in the first place. Ironic really
     
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  2. slim_boy_fat

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    Slightly :offtopic:, but a local chap has one of these tucked away - we only see it out on 'high days & holidays', and def not in the Winter or rain.
    He knows his stuff so I assume it's properly stored when not in use.

    It's a while since I saw it, but I'm pretty sure it's a Sport model, in this colour too.........

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  3. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Yea prices are crazy...my first car was a mk4 escort! Like a muppet I thought buy the mk4 because it would be an improvement on a mk3. I learned that lesson the hard way. Aside from the body rot and being able to see the road through the floor whilst driving...the engine wouldn't run in the wet.

    My mate had a mk1 estate 2 door...it was a heap of poop....hate to think what that would sell for these days!

    My neighbour's son got a MK2 1600 sport as his first car back in the day...it was beautiful....until he recked it a few months later. What a car though...bright yellow with the sport sticker down the side.
     
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  4. wacky7791

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    Had this one back in the UK in the 90's, when they were still cheap. Struggled to get £1000 for it when I sold it and always regretted selling it. Then prices went stupid lol. The beige four door turned up out of the blue on a facebook buy/sell site so I thought meh why not. Been doing car mechanics and electrics for a couple of decades but cutting my teeth on bodywork on this four door
     
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  5. armalites Member

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    If we'd all known we would have sheds full of Mk1/2 Escorts and VW Campers from when you could buy them for £250. One of my mates went through a handfull of MK2 RS2000, they were £700-800 with an MOT then. Drove them till crashed them doing something stupid.Another mate had a Mk2 with a full X-pack that he bought with no engine for £300, imagine what that would be worth now if you'd put a Cossie lump in it when you could buy Saphire Cossies for £1500-2000
     
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  6. Wallace

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    Thanks to the Escorts corrosive nature I funded many of my bike and car projects back in the 80's welding the holes up! :D
     
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  7. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    My dad used to have a yellow mk2...got that after his mk1 capri. I remember I used to sleep on the rear parcel shelf under the rear window. Might be a tight fit these days :p

    I'd like a mk2...probably cheaper to just import one from the ex-colonies as they'd be RHD too. I do quite a lot of travelling and they do seem quite common in some countries still.
     
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  8. wacky7791

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    Bit more done....
     
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  9. Migmac

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    We had a mk4, rust bucket. The drivers door lock fell out one morning when the wife slammed the door shut after it misbehaved itself again. Got traded in shortly after that for 1.8 diesel fiesta.
     
  10. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Yea after my MK4 I was so annoyed with fords I didn't buy another ford until last year when I bought the fiesta st3....I must say they have come a very long way in terms of build quality.

    It still fogs up though just like my MK4 used to....Jap cars don't seem to have the fogging issue for some reason!

    My MK4 had a huge hole in the boit...the last straw was when the wing fell off one day!
     
  11. Cobbler

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    My future father in law had one of the very first mk1's around as a company car. He'd had it about 2 weeks & it went in for the 500 mile check over & service on the Friday, ready for driving to Germany over the weekend on holiday. The mechanic took it out on test & bent it. The garage had to work all night if I recall trying to straighten it out as best they could. It didn't look too bad unless you looked closely & it was sorted properly when they got back. It caused a stir in Germany wherever they went, as it was introduced here before there & no-one had seen one.

    It was a Saluki Bronze "F" reg I think 1100 2 door
     
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  12. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    I really liked that 1970s bronze..still do. It was a cool colour I think...
     
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  13. wacky7791

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    Attempting to shape a spare wheel well from a flat piece of plate. Could do with an anvil to beat it on i reckon
     
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  14. wacky7791

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    so, its been a while. lost my mojo with it for a while then moved from near sydney to near brisbane a year ago, life and the heat of summer got in the way a little (need an AC unit in the garage) but winter is upon us so finally got around to a little more work on the old girl
    front panel removed, new one to go on but getting the paint and underseal off the front end first to etch prime up. more rot found as per usual but some pics attached of a little more work on it. plan now is to get the front and rear in primer then reattach the spit brackets and get it flipped for the laborious and thankless task of stripping the underseal off it.
     
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  15. Onoff Member

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    I believe there are more MK1 Mexicos on the road than were actually made by Ford.

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  16. tom2207 Member

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    lots of the old 70s colours seem to be making a come back at the moment ,,, anything has to be better than the gloss primer look that was popular a couple of years ago.
     
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  17. wacky7791

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    glad its not just me that hates that polished primer colour, seen a few classics abused by it hoping its just a fad.
     
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  18. ranchero Member

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    me too i tell people my zefira is primer grey love the reaction when they got a car in that non colour
     
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