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.

List of jobs to do

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Even though the Escort is on the road we still have a list of jobs that require to be done at some point in time.

December 2008:

  • 2 x new front wings and front panel.
  • 2 x Windscreen wiper blades. Done - January 2009.
  • Sort out nearside water leak to inside of car. Completed - June 2010.
  • Sort out rear water leak to boot. In progress - March 09.
  • Clean seats and carpets.
  • Sort out why heater fans do not work.
  • Obtain and fit missing grill clips and screws.
  • Obtain and fit center console. Decision not to fit - April 2009.
  • Sort out oil leak. No leak - requires new rings - February 09.
  • Make good rest of bodywork - in progress.

escort parts2March 2009 - Pictured above is a Goodridge braided hose kit for the brakes, a new fan belt, some ARP bolts for the lightened flywheel and a steel crank pulley.

Getting the car ready for MOT continues..

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The MOT work continues with nothing short of the odd hiccup here and there.

steering rackDecember 2008 - Existing steering rack removed and the second hand steering rack bolted back up after getting a quick clean down and the Polyrace bushes fitted.
Offside strut removed. Brake calipers, disks etc. transferred to the secondhand one and refitted. Another couple of tasks completed.
rear fogMOT regulations state the car must have a rear fog light from April 1980. As the Escort is August 1980 we had to fit one as it appeared at some point to have been removed. Luckily I had a spare one in the garage and the Escort wiring was still in place. A quick clean up, new nut and bolt and the job now complete.
mot lightsNew lights were fitted and needed adjustment prior to MOT. Here you can see the kind MOT tester making the necessary adjustments prior to starting the MOT. Notice the legal front coloured number plate!!

Getting the car ready for MOT

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mot failed
The MOT had just run out when the car was purchased. Before it was trailered home I took it for a MOT to see what needed doing to the car. This would give a list of tasks which required to be carried out and give me an indication of how good the car was underneath, joints, bushes etc.

November 2008 - VOSA Refusal of an MOT Test Certificate.

The Escort failed its MOT which was to be expected as I knew a couple of items such as one of the front lights was not working and the number plates were not the correct colours for the year. 

The list is not as bad as it looks. There are 5 points that need attention.

1. Front and Rear number plates.
2. New steering rack.
3. Sort out the offside light as no side, dip or main beam.
4. Sort out the alignment of the nearside light.
5. Requires an offside front shock absorber.

Collection Day

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Collection will be carried out in two phases. First phase is to collect the car from the owner and drive it back to Stourport from Redditch. Second phase is to hire a trailer and take it home, only 174 miles! each way.

escort stourportNovember 2008 First phase complete. The car has been driven back to Stourport where my son and I had big grins all the way. Here is my son standing proud by his new car. He is looking forward to his 17th birthday now more than ever.





escort collection1The day started when we left home at 6:45am on Saturday with hired trailer hooked up ready to collect the Escort. escort collection220 minutes in we pulled into the Fuel Station to fill up with diesel. Just before 8am we stopped in McDonalds to get breakfast. Car and occupants fueled!! it was time to make head way. Arrived in Stourport ready to load up about 11:15am.Loaded the car on to the trailer and strapped it down before having a coffee and heading back home. Stopped once on the way home to get some chips about 1pm. Belly full and the last bit of the journey to do. Arrived home about 2:30pm. All that had to be done was off load the car and take the trailer back to CLH Trailers. Second and last phase of the collection complete.

The Beginning

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Well, you can not blame Ebay for this one!! Found this one on www.theoldskoolford.co.uk website. A few emails, phone calls, a visit and the deal was done. This is a first as the car is running, MOTed and taxed. The car needs two wings, a front panel and the MOT is just about to run out.

To start with, here are some of the Mk2 Escort pictures taken from theoldskoolford.co.uk Forum website in November 2008.

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Here we have a new front panel, 2 newish wings that need a bit of a tidy up and 2 new headlamps.

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