Bantam's MK1 Escort 2 door
Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:56 PM
1970 1300 Super done 80,000 miles.Little old lady owner since 1973, who said it was in excellent condition, untouched and runs well. She must have seen me coming! Her old man, since departed this life hand painted any rust with with PA10 by the looks of things. It has saved it from to much rust, but the cancer is still there.
Has chrome trim down low. Fancy hubcaps and wheel trims
Had the BBC World service pumping out of this custom install. Speaker wire was cloth covered and a fire risk, so out that came.
Under the sheepskin covers the seat were almost mint. Interior is in great condition, so less expense here.
Boot area is great under mats. Needs rubber around edge.
The engine had a bit of a miss when pressing the pedal to the metal. Cleaned the carb and gapped the points( special order at superchp and repko New plugs and now runs ok.Note the 1970's alarm mounted on a wooden block.
So the plan is this:
All on a $3000 budget.
Minilites, spotlights, panel and paint=done. In a year or so, I will get a 1600 kent engine. Two years, I might go for the full monty and get a 1600 twin cam.
Had Coby extractor fitted with just the one muffler.
Wow the power.
Panelbeater will take the car in 3 weeks time.
I want the car on the road all the time with no major parkups. The last car took 7 years to get back on the road and revinned. The Miniltes 13x6? will be a big expense. Ive brought a B&C inlet and downdraft twin throat Weber ready for the 1600. Will send to Weber Specs to rebuild.
Got some Minilite style wheels and tyres for $600 on TM. 13" x 6" with good rubber. Came with MK2 studs so rang around Saturday morning and Mag & Turbo Panmure got some in before closing for me. Sweet! Looks the part now.
As you can see, I also scored some new Hella spotlights off TM. Was going to cut front bumper and shape it like the quarter bumpers, but it was handy for fixing the lower spotlights. The upper ones I found some sliding door brackets in my garage that were suitable for them.
Got this Weber twin throat, K&N air filter and Berry & Chung inlet from TM. Carb jetted for 1600 at moment. Will get that changed. The inlet is very porous(?). Shouldn't effect the running.
Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:50 PM
Ended up using a MK2 manifold.
The old standard setup worked ok, but going for that 1970's boyracer look
Heres the new beast looking a million dollars
Removing the old manifold wasn't to hard. Did break the breather hose connector, was corroded. Had to drill it out and retap it. The heater hose connected was stuffed too. Got some new brass fitting from a hose shop in Neilson St, Onehunga.
New gasket and on it went.
Had to get new breather hose as it wouldn't reach around the cable mount. The old cable mount was on the rocker cover, where the MK2 is mounted on the manifold.
Easy job for a clown like me.
Now the moment of truth. Checked I hadn't knocked off any wires, and everything looked safe. Turned the key and full choke................
Fired up first time.A few minutes to warm up and check for fuel leaks. All good, so off around the block. Run brilliant. Feels a bit more top end.
I must give full credit to Weber Specs
Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:51 PM
Posted 03 January 2012 - 04:24 PM
My son giving a hand.
Got some MK2 Capri front struts and brakes to go on
To replace these antiques
Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:26 PM
Long overdue update. 1600 is running well after a quick change to the timing. Had to mod the sump to fit.
Have being taking it easy as had no rev counter. Thats changed thou, after hunting the net for instructions on how to wire a Smiths RVI, I made my own diagram. After 40 minutes it was working. Have being well off the rev limit when changing so should see some improvement.
Black and Green were earthed
Red/White for the rev counter night light went to the light switch parking wire
Red for power went to the key barrel wiring ring ignition wire
White with red tip went to the coil. Take wire off the negative terminal that has a wire going to the dissy. Plug it into the wire end.
White with black tip goes to the negative plug on coil.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:31 PM
Didn't want to take the pleasure of listening to the motor lol
Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:34 PM
Posted 29 April 2012 - 03:43 PM
After much swearing and spanner flying I finally got it bleed and running today.
Also had an alternator fitted to replace the generator. Idles heaps better now. Will get an electronic ignition fitted too.
Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:59 PM
So off again with these ones
Had to drill holes then use a jigsaw to cut the inner sleeve out. The outer sleeve then came out easy
30 minutes later
Stiffer than a porn star. Will be cutting off the u bolts don't worry
Now the to replace the front shocks and bushes
Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:14 PM
Got a WOF, just. Different testing station, but they knew it was a 1600cc. They let it thru as my mechanic mate took it in. Need to get cert.
Mechanic got pissed off with it as the dissy is worn and the 32/36 is much the same so he had trouble getting it running right. $$$$$$$ might get a new 32/36 off ebay when $$ come my way. They are selling new eletronic dissy's on TM for $220 so might get one.
Fitted a MK2 throttle cable which is quite a bit different to a MK1, but got it sorted. Just need some fine weather now.
Ahh the joys of classic motoring:/
Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:55 AM
New electronic dizzy fitted
New sports coil fitted
Weber carb issues sorted
New lower and stiffer front springs fitted
New electronic rev counter fitted
New genuine RS Escort three spoke on its way from UK
Dizzy and coil have made a huge difference. Runs smooth, starts easy.
The 4 carbs I was playing with, the correct one was the dirty worn looking one I didn't try. I was trying to get the carbs with two acclerator pumps so both barrels were getting fuel, but only one was open until second butterfly opened. Now idles smoothly and great mid range power.
Thanks to Billy for spotting carb issue and helping fit the springs.
Am starting to build a centre console for some gauges, fuses, and radio.
Looking forward to track day at Hampton Downs.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:33 AM
The Escort made it to the track, first hurdle overcome! Took the rear seat out and pumped the tyres up to 42psi, bit of octane booster in the tank, new engine oil and filter, gearbox and diff oil topped up.
Being 20 years since I've being on a racetrack.
Car ran like clockwork, no engine or tune problems. Revs straight up to 6000rpm 1st,2nd,3rd, hitting 85mph before braking at turn1 with only about 5300rpm. Handling wasnt too bad, tyres were melted at end of day.
Developed a loud rattle coming off the motorway close to home. Checked this morning, two extractor bolts were loose plus one that fell out yesterday sorted that:)
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