1980 Mk2 Ford Escort Ghia

1980 Mk2 Ford Escort Ghia (25)

The Escort had a 1700 xflow engine and a few rusty panels. The car has competed in the Old Skool Ford Drag Challenge with some success. More power is always required so the car is now being rebuild with a Turbocharged engine with the aim to hit somewhere between 300 and 340bhp.

Front end replacement

08 July 2011 1980 Mk2 Ford Escort Ghia 427

A new front panel replacement panel is going to be fitted. A few little rusty areas need sorting out first before the new panel is fitted.

outer bonnet strippedJune 2010 - Bonnet removed and soda blasted by a local company.  It was used to trial different media which is why there are different shades to the panel.
inner bonnet strippedInside on bonnet also soda blasted, saved a lot of work.  The bonnet was found to be in very good condition.
os frontpanel repairJuly 2010 - The lower part of the rear front panel has been cleaned up and a coat of POR15 painted on for protection. As you can see the corner of the left hand side will need to be cut away and new sheet metal fabricated in place.

Fitting new drip rails

08 July 2011 1980 Mk2 Ford Escort Ghia 558

New drip railes were purchased as the ones were too bad to repair. However, we will not be using every part of the new rails.

driprail removalApril 2010 - Removal of spot welds to get the wing off begins.
os driprailMay 2010 - Wings removed revealing the drip rails showing signs of ill health!!
ns driprail repairAugust 2010 - New drip rails is cut to suit required portion and welded into position.

Renew front end panels continues..

08 July 2011 1980 Mk2 Ford Escort Ghia 882

Here we continue with the nearside repairs. This side should come a bit easier after learning the different layers from the offside. However, this side needs more repair work.

frontend rust1May 2010 - The front end gets stripped in readiness to remove the front wings and panel. Here you can see the rust on the edge of the wing and front valance.
ns rustywing removedNearside wing removed showing that extra work is required. Drip rail and A-post repairs will need to be carried out before the new panels are fitted.
fw ns front1Nearside needing some attention, time to start careful cutting away the inner cill.

Renew front end panels

08 July 2011 1980 Mk2 Ford Escort Ghia 896

Before going racing this year it was decided to tidy up the front end and install the new wings and front panel. This was meant to be an easy job but after removing the wings we were faced with needing to repair the drip rails, bottom of a-posts and the front of the cills.

os wingMarch 2010 - The front end gets stripped in readiness to remove the front wings and panel. Here you can see the rust on the edge of the wing and front valance.
os rustywing removedOffside wing removed showing that extra work is required. Drip rail and A-post repairs will need to be carried out before the new panels are fitted.
fw os front1April 2010 - Offside wing removed has revealed a bit of rot at the front of the cill / A-post.

Offside bodywork

08 July 2011 1980 Mk2 Ford Escort Ghia 534

In continuation of the nearside bodywork this page will show the progress of the work being carried out on the offside of the Escort.

bw os rear1May 2009 - Bottom of rear arch was sanded back the other week while I was doing the new fuel line. Clean metal but exposed a couple of small pinholes. The area was coated with Zinc 182 on a temporary basis. The holes will get welded up and ground back.
bw os rear1fSmall holes welded up, primered and a few coats of Solar Gold. Looks a bit better even though I missed covering all the primer. One for another day as this is only a temporary measure.
bw os rear3The rear part of the cill shows a previous repair and some rust. This will get sanded right back to bare metal to also see the full extend of the rusty area.

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