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From The Archive: On The Limit! Mick Chittenden’s Ford Escort Mk2 leads Pete Stevens’s Vauxhall Carlton V8 out of Clearways at Brands Hatch during the 1992 season 🏁 #Thundersaloons (📸© Nigel Clark) https://t.co/SqAm2unr3g

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Gonna start this thread. What is the most Badass sounding car ever made? For me? Ascari A10 What’s yours? @FtcRacing @ConnerSpeed6 @robi4tv @FTCHooper #Thread #cars https://t.co/8WFIp8sHDu

@nosateki @DeadCarWalking @GeorgeCochrane1 @Rockstarscars @YesterdaysDrive Yes, true. Though it would have given them a chance to jump on the cabriolet bandwagon. https://t.co/mAl4uv7fdM

@AJ_MetalGauge @FtcRacing @ConnerSpeed6 @robi4tv @FTCHooper Something so tribal happens to me when i hear the sound of a Ford Escort MK2 Rally car, gives me all of the good feelings. Link for pure sounds of violence.... https://t.co/bqICbotmbv

@TALUpdates @BlickyIan Strange, I have one of those as well, in a previous life the documentation was the insides of a Ford Escort Mk2 owners manual? Do you think they poisoned the Ink for [TOP SECRET} purposes?

@TheCeefax @BlickyIan When I was researching for my TSR2 book I certainly saw things I had never seen before. A mummified mouse surrounded by shredded documentation for one 🤣

@addict_car @DeadCarWalking @GeorgeCochrane1 @Rockstarscars @YesterdaysDrive I guess, but remember Ford & Opel/ Vauxhall used 3 door hatchbacks as the basis for their Escort & Kadett E (Astra Mk2) cabrios, as did VW & Fiat with the Golf & Ritmo/ Strada. Renault could equally well have based a cabriolet on R11(Encore). Hatches in US a bit low-status then.

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Which classic car would you love to own?

Very difficult question for me. There are so many. American muscle car? Probably the 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge, in orange of course. They are as rare as rocking horse shit. I owned a 1980 Turbo Trans Am for a while (here in England) and that was fun but it wasn't a proper muscle car. It was made about 10 years too late and was far too slow. I always loved the second generation Pontiac Firebird and the 455 HO or 455 SD from the early 1970s would be nice too. Also, pretty much any of the high performance Mopars. Anything with a HEMI. British classics? There are so many too. Any of the British built Fords from the 1960s - 1970s. Ford Cortina (Mk1, Mk2 or 3). Ford Capri (Mk1). Ford Corsair. Probably the most desirable and rarest are the Mk1 Ford Escort RS1600 or RS2000 or the MK2 Escort RS1800. Also, an RS2600 or RS3100 Capri or Mk3 Ford Zodiac Executive.

What is the most ludicrous modification you've ever seen done to an automobile/car by its owner?

That could be me. It involves overheating and paving slabs. The overheating? My first car was a Hillman Imp. They had a (deserved) reputation for overheating and blowing their head-gaskets. Mine was no exception. (Far better than mine!). First time it overheated, I had the head skimmed. That cured the problem for a few months. Second time? Skim the head again! Ditto the third time. I never thought to check things like the radiator or water pump. (Rear engine with the rad in the rear too, hence the tendency to overheat). I must have had an 11:1 compression ratio…? That thing was ,fast! ,I had to run it on high-octane four star and even five star when I could get it, as it pinked like crazy otherwise. I took the hint the car was giving & stopped skimming the head. I took it to University for most of my time studying. The trip from London up-North would result in the car catastrophically overheating by the time I got part way, usually to Sheffield where my Grandparents lived. I’d crash for the night & replace the head gasket next day. Then, it’d be fine pootling around until I drove back to London & (if lucky) arrived in a cloud of steam. New head gasket again... I lost count of the number of head gaskets I fitted. I could eventually change one in less than an hour. It finally died when the worn-out head-bolt threads in the (alloy) block stripped-out & I couldn’t clamp the head back on properly. Paving slabs? I had a mate who had a decrepit old Vauxhall Cresta. They were vaguely trans-Atlantic, so despite all the jacked-up Cortinas & Escorts that existed back then, this needed to be lowered. Paving slabs in the boot. Easy. So, I thought: The front end of my Imp is too high. (They had a swing-axle front end with no weight on it). About 100lbs of paving slabs sat in the luggage compartment above the fuel tank in the front sorted that! I had the good sense to realise this was a, terrible, idea, so they didn’t last long. So I took the front springs off and reinstalled them after hacking a couple of inches off them. Poor old ,EAR986G,! To replace it, I made the sensible decision to buy a 1962 MK2 Jag. For £180.00. It was Maroon & lovely, except for rust in the front wings/fenders. So I fitted glassfibre ones & painted the whole thing a metallic Orange, respraying it in the street. (Actual colour was Ford Tawney Metallic). I found a Jaguar ‘S’ type with wire wheels in a scrap yard. The front splined hubs fitted no-problem, rears didn’t. So I had wire wheels on the front & steel wheels on the back for about 5 months, until I could afford the proper Mk2 rear splined hubs. Even the ‘wrong’ colour, (& glassfibre front wings) it eventually looked pretty good! I sold it in about 1983 for (then) half-decent money, as old Jags were appreciating in value by that point.

Why did the Ford "Pinto" OHC engine make a distinctive growly sound?

there are a lot of reasons that engines sound the way they do. the cylinder head design, the size of the ports in the head, compression ratios, inlet manifold and exhaust manifold/system designs, even the carburettor (or throttle body/plenum on late versions with fuel injection) can all make a difference. most from the factory didnt make a ‘growly’ sound. the ones that you hear on videos of cars like Mk2 Escorts being rallied have twin 40 DCOE weber carbs on them with no airbox to silence the intake noise, and different than standard exhausts. in factory trim, a mk2 Escort with a 1600 or 2000 pinto engine sounds different to a mk4/5 Cortina with the same engine as the exhausts are different and the 2000 Escort was an RS model, so had a more performance biased Carburettor than what was fitted to the Cortina, from memory. finding a completely factory spec Pinto powered vehicle is close to impossible. compare the Escorts in Rallies with a car from the ‘factory’ (oem style mild steel exhaust with correct silencers, factory airbox and filter etc) and theyre almost unrecognisable as being the same engine from sound alone. but the sound on ANY engine is made up from the same basic principles.

What was the most memorable car you had in your family when you were a child?

The family car I remember most was our yellow ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Allegro, The U.K may have a fine pedigree of good racing drivers, but when it comes to cars there been plenty of terrible mistakes (Robin Reliant and Morris Minor anyone?). The Austin Allegro* was a mistake. It came with such luxury features as seats and a steering wheel. I live in a hilly part of the world, our Allegro didn't cope well with hills, our speed would easily drop to 20 mphs when there was 4 of us in the car. Quite dangerous when I think about it. I have distinct memories of all us trying to will it to go up the hill by pushing on the seats and (flimsy) dash. Oh and it leaked which in the U.K is a very bad thing. It leaked to the point where you have puddles in the footwells.. It had a radio that didn't work and squarish steering wheel (!) *Recently voted the worst car in Britain. We moved on to a beige Ford Escort MK2 (,Ford Escort (Europe), it had a red interior. My mum dented it within the first month. It also leaked...

What cars have been mass produced in large numbers, but as time has gone by have become very rare?

Mk1 & Mk2 Ford Escorts. All Ford Cortinas. Ford Capri. Ford GB churned out millions of cars in the 1960s and ‘70s. Fords were literally everywhere. The most popular cars on British roads for many years. Everyone had or new someone who had a Cortina or Escort. These cars all rusted and were scraped in the 1980s. Now they are as rare as hens teeth. Mk1 Escort 2 door body shell without doors, boot, bonnet (trunk/hood) selling for thousands on Ebay. This stunning Mk 1 Escort RS2000 (if a genuine original) would sell for many times what it cost to buy new. Such is the demand for these classic cars. It's the same thing that happened with all the beautiful American muscle cars from the ’60s and early ‘70s.

What are the most common lies customers tell car salesmen?

My first car was a Ford Escort Mk2, a normally aspirated 1.3 with the Ford OHV Kent Engine. Note, photo is not of my car but same model and colour. Spent a few weeks genning up on Escorts before I bought, one salesman went the whole hog on lying his pants off Salesman : “Really nice car this sir, low milage and full service history" Me : “OK, let's have a look” Salesman : “Been recently serviced, new cam belt, new spark plugs, electronic ignition set, low mileage, one lady owner" Me : “New cambelt ?, this model has an overhead valve pushrod top end, doesn't have a cambelt, as for electronic ignition - doesn't have that either" On close inspection, the paint was different shades of red , the cills were patched with fibreglass and the front window pillars were obviously damaged and a cut and shut roof fitted. Obviously some customer had stitched the salesman up with this deathtrap ! Second hand car dealers were really shady in the eighties, called them Arthur Daley's

Why was the Ford Escort changed from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive with the MK3 when the MK1 and MK2 were so successful?

Because throughout the 70s, front wheel drive was becoming fashionable, car manufacturers had realised that it held many advantages for road-going cars including a lighter drive train, less drive train losses and better traction in adverse weather conditions. Escort Mk II: Same colour as mine but minus the searchlight batteries, great fun The lighter drive train was afforded by the absence of the reasonably hefty prop shaft and definitely hefty differential axle; drive train losses, once again, courtesy of the absence of the prop shaft/diff axle arrangement and better traction because the engine was directly over the drive wheels. Escort Mk III: Not the same colour as mine - great fun but not really a great car The UK motor industry was actually late in catching on, with the first UK front-wheel drive car , the Vauxhall Chevette, not launching until 1976 while the German VW Golf Mk I and the French Renault 5 had already been in production for 3 - 4 years. But catch on it did, eventually, and Ford Escort Mk IIIs started shipping out of Köln and Dagenham in late 1980, suggesting a design and incubation period starting somewhere in the late 70s. Like most who’ve owned both, I preferred the Mk II, it was just all-round more fun. The Mk III had pretty sharp handling matched by its appetite for front tyres but the XR3i’s CVH engine was coarse, didn’t like being revved and was a bit gutless in mid-range.

Is the Ford Cortina Mk4 the least fondly-remembered of all the Cortina models, and how does its popularity compare with the Escort Mk2?

For me, as somebody who hit the roads in 1976, yes the Mk4 Cortina is remembered as a very “ordinary” car. The Mk2 Escort - which I once owned a 1976 version of - was a car with a much better ‘image’ - largely I guess due to its success in rallying, though the Mk2 Escort hurtling sideways through Kielder Forest was a ,very ,different car to the one I owned! One car in that Telegraph ,article, stands out head-and-shoulders above anything else as the worst car I have ever had the misfortune to drive, though to be fair the specific car I drove once may have been a particularly poor example! I was a student at the time in the late 1970s and had a summer job at a local garage. The job entailed cleaning cars, moving them around, driving to the bakers’ to collect bacon sandwiches in the morning, going to collect the sales manager’s car from whichever pub car-park he’d left it in the night before, that sort of thing! One of the used-cars they had for sale was a horrible Simca 1100 - a van I think too - and in a disgusting pink colour. I confidently expected it not to be sold during the summer break when I was there. But one day some idiot actually bought it. The salesman offered to deliver it to the customer’s house, and kindly ‘volunteered’ me to drive it there. The seats were dreadful - like sitting on a tea crate, and the gear-change has to be the worst I have have ever encountered. Vague does not adequately describe it - this was like stirring porridge. If you occasionally ‘found’ a gear you were doing ok. If you found the ,right ,gear you were doing well! Nasty, nasty car!


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