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Bam's 1980 Mk2 Escort 1600 Sport


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OK team, it all starts this weekend and I thought I would kick off my first build thread post. 

I got my first car when I was 16. A poo brown 1979 Mk2 1300 4 door. This was alright for a while but it wasn't long before I managed to find a red 1980 Mk2 1600 Sport. This was purchased for $1000 and had a wof and everything. I put in my race motor and raced round the streets of Wellington. I think it was the loudest car around. Unfortunately rust was ripe in the Sport and I figured, being an apprentice mechanic, I would strip it down, fix the rust and rebuild. Well stripping it down I found it way worse than I imagined and it got brushed to the side while I found myself a new toy. The car got sold as it was and that was it. 

What an idiot I was. I always regretted selling it and when I finally decided to try and get my hands on another, prices had skyrocketed and I have spent the last 17 years always keeping my eye out but the dollars asked for anything close to what I want was well out of reach. 

In December, my wife was dropping a colleague home and spotted something red with a Ford badge in the corner of their garage. She asked what it was and it turned out to be the husbands 1980 Mk2 1600 Sport which had sat there for around 10 years. She came home and told me about it. I had her arrange a visit for me despite the car not being for sale or anything and a week later he had pulled it out of the corner and I was looking over this thing. It was stunning. It had a pretty average respray on the exterior which was starting to bubble but all the usual rust spots were incredible. Then, he asked if I wanted to buy it, things fell into place and it now has a new owner. 

The idea is to take it back to showroom condition. The photo of the paperwork it has is pretty much a testimate to just how good this car is. I will build a bit of a build list but will pull everything out, start a shopping list, freshen the motor, rebuild brakes and do a respray and see where we end up. 


I will keep this as up to date as possible but I can not wait to be out cruising the streets of Wellington with my wife and daughter in what is pretty much my dream car. 







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Got her home last night thanks to a good mate Tony. Pretty much spent the night sititng in her and making car noises while remembering all the stuff I used to get up to in my last one. :blackeye:


Leaving the garage she sat in for over 10 years.

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Today was a great day. Thought I would go and see if the engine would turn over. I removed the spark plugs, checked oil and connected up a battery. A few taps on the starter and solenoid got the engine turning over nicely. I could hear it picking up speed and knew oil was starting to get around the engine and then the oil pressure light went out. Excellent. 

Well if that went well, let's try and fire her up... 

Back in went the plugs, some fresh fuel in the tank and I was flicking the key. Cranked with good, even compression but no start. I had fuel at the carb, but no spark. I have spent the last 16 years working on things with fuel injection/electronic ignitions so it took a little while to remember how a points ignition system worked. 

A bit of fault finding and found the points needed a good clean and adjustment. We have spark. Put the cap on the distributor, turned the key and she fired into life. 

Next test she passed with flying colours too, it moves. Brakes will want a bit of work to them and a new clutch but I am beyond happy!!!


While she was out in the drive I gave her a quick wash. 

Video Proof






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