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Ford Reminiscing

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Never actually owned a Ford despite my family having lots over the years. Though the first thing I drove was a Ford cargo on scout camp and then my mums xr3. Once I'd passed my test she had an xr3i which I was allowed to borrow on occasion

My own early car history was all Vauxhall. I think the ohc engines of the 80s in the Vauxhall were cracking. The cvh was dire.

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Never actually owned a Ford despite my family having lots over the years. Though the first thing I drove was a Ford cargo on scout camp and then my mums xr3. Once I'd passed my test she had an xr3i which I was allowed to borrow on occasion

My own early car history was all Vauxhall. I think the ohc engines of the 80s in the Vauxhall were cracking. The cvh was dire.

I just remember Vauxhalls all being rattlers and smokers. Yes they went well enough.......for a while. I agree the cvh was a bit the same so most of my old stuff was either Kent, pinto or cologne, all bullet proof!

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Oh yeah, just remembered because Vauxhall tended to be wrong wheel drive they always seemed to have clicky clicky cv joints!

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Always had Fords in the family, from the old man's 100A Prefect van back in 1960 to my Escort Mexico in 1978 and finally the wife's XR3i in the late '90s.

 

Loved my dad's Fords, as I remember them:

 

100a Ford Prefect Van

Consul 375

Consul Capri (the two-door fastback version of the Consul Classic, not the later Ford Capri)

Corsair

Zodiac Mk IV

Cortina MK1 1500GT

Corting Mk2 1600E

Capri MkII 3.0 in metallic lime green with a black vinyl roof

Granada MkII Estate

Escort MkI RS1600

 

I'm sure there were others, but there's a few there I wish I still had, warts and all!

 

 

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3 hours ago, Nomis said:

I just remember Vauxhalls all being rattlers and smokers. Yes they went well enough.......for a while. I agree the cvh was a bit the same so most of my old stuff was either Kent, pinto or cologne, all bullet proof!

  

 The 'old' ohv engines were way better than the cvh, nasty rough, coarse, noisy thing. And they liked to chew camshafts up for fun.

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3 hours ago, Nomis said:

Oh yeah, just remembered because Vauxhall tended to be wrong wheel drive they always seemed to have clicky clicky cv joints!

 

 My previously mentioned Cavalier had a worn inner cv joint, if I went round a roundabout a bit too enthusiastically it would try and pop out and the whole car would start vibrating, I had to sharply steer back to the left to pop it back in. :D

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 The 'old' ohv engines were way better than the cvh, nasty rough, coarse, noisy thing. And they liked to chew camshafts up for fun.

When I got my 1600 ohv Kent it had been stripped down to every nut and bolt. All I got was a block and a large cardboard box with the rest in it! I built it up with a Kent cam and duplex timing gear. Then had a mate gas flow and port the head. Iirc I used that engine in 3 different escorts and was a quick thing with a twin choke Webber (32/36?) I then sourced some Webber sidedraughts with a manifold which make it sound amazing but I never managed to get them set up right so it wasn't any faster and used a hell of a lot more fuel The sound and the looks of them made them worth while though

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I ran a 1200cc Cortina in the late 60s and rebuilt the engine on the kitchen table after a rebore and crankshaft regrind. I even fitted main bearing cap supports to cure the famous crankshaft whip and added a short shift gear stick but eventually I moved on to a Triumph 2000 and started a long love affair with big Triumphs. In the 90s I ran a 2 litre Granada for a couple of years and that was a good old bus with lots of room and a high top gear. I currently have a Puma which I use a couple of days a week alongside the E39 and E88. I also bought a nice stolen and recovered Mk 1 Fiesta XR2 as a summer project to do with my son many years ago but while we were working on it the boy racer business sent the insurance premiums sky high and what started out as a profitable deal actually cost me a few bob when I came to sell it.

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