MK2 Escort Mexico Rally Car Restoration

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MK2 Escort Mexico Rally Car Restoration

Post by Dan492 on Fri May 07, 2010 2:51 am

Well, I thought I would share with you the restoration work that we have had going on with the MK2 Escort.

It is a 1978 Ford Escort MK2 Mexico.....yes, a Mexico trim! Oh, and although badged up as a 1.6 it holds a two litre pinto in its engine bay Smile

Being a rally car it has obviously been stripped out, has bucket seats and a roll cage. It also sports gorgeous "Wide Forest Arches".

My dad bought the car in 1996 and his first ever rally was in October 1998 at Croft. He rallied up until 2004 which is when he realised he couldn't support my stock car racing and his rallying at the same time silent

To name but a few, my dad has raced at Croft, Great Orton, Three Sisters, Weeton, Festival Stages, D.C.C. Stages and Knockhill.

Anyway. Last summer the Escort went into the garage to be well and truly ripped apart and strengthened. What was supposed to be a summer job has ended up taking over 8 months!!! But it shall soon be worth it!

Although sadly I don't have many photos of the car during strip down process, I do have some of the new strengthening (chassis rails etc).

Here is the car before it went into the garage:



And here it is amidst its assault with grinders and welders (it is a sorry sight):





Looking a bit better:















No longer sure what part of the floor was already there....





On Friday the Escort finally rolled out of the garage under its own power and went to the MOT Station. It passed (despite having no passenger door or bonnet Laughing
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Post by Dan492 on Fri May 07, 2010 2:53 am

The 2.0 Pinto has been painted and fitted in the like-new engine bay:





The Pretty Blue Floor:



Finally Out on the Road (in need of a wash):



First Wash in 9 Month:





1977 Fiesta MKI & 1978 Escort MKII United:



Harnesses Fitted:



Grill & Wings Fitted:



Bonnet Pins Fitted:

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Post by 419 Leanne Kellett on Fri May 07, 2010 3:00 am

i want a go Smile , its looking very nice lovelly , although i have seen it on my phone :)x
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