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The venerable Ford Escorts is fifty years old this week, the original working man's motor, and the Base for the hot shot RS2000, and not forgetting the Ford Mexico.

 

I still think even the basic 1.3 still has  " je ne sais quoi"

 

There is a programme on tonight about the people that built and still run Escorts, but I think it is a regional broadcast, North West...... God's country.

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17 minutes ago, TerryTibbs said:

Ooh what channel is that then? Had many quite a few mk2s as a youth 

 

It was bbc Inside out at 7:30 Terry, featured a few assembly workers who made them at Halewood 50 years ago, and one current owner who said he would never sell it even if he was offered a million pounds. Dedication? 

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  My first car was a mk4 1.6 GL, and my God, it was bloody awful! That said, when I win the lottery I'll have a mk1 Mexico and/or a mk2 RS2000 in my huge heated garage. :-D

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I thought the mk6 was the biggest turd. My mum had both a 3 and 4 in xr3 form. They were ok but the cvh is a harsh old nail. Equivalent Vauxhall motor was far nicer. 

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Tbh Duncan I'd forgotten how many Escort mk's there are, when I think of them I tend to visualise the mk1 and 2. By the time it got to the mk6 the Escort was probably played out as a range.

 

I remember quiet a few rough Astra's in the nineties, in diesel form as pool cars at work.

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  My mate had a mk6 GTI in that dark red/burgundy colour and I quite liked it to be honest, we did a lot of work on that car, after he ran it with no anti freeze in winter and knackered the engine we fitted a 2.0 engine from a Mondeo, then a spring snapped so it got lowered and the 16" Mondeo version of the 15" five spoke alloys that were on it got fitted at some point as well. At the time it seemed like a properly quick car. He offered it to me for peanuts when he wanted rid and I turned it down as I'd just bought another Sierra and regretted it after.

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1 minute ago, Mojo Jojo said:

..........a little joystick for the stereo.

  

 I'd Forgotten about those!!   

 

 

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On 12/02/2018 at 11:39 AM, vanhool said:

The venerable Ford Escorts is fifty years old this week, the original working man's motor, and the Base for the hot shot RS2000, and not forgetting the Ford Mexico.

 

I still think even the basic 1.3 still has  " je ne sais quoi"

 

There is a programme on tonight about the people that built and still run Escorts, but I think it is a regional broadcast, North West...... God's country.

 

It's a ten-minute segment at the end of this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09rwyp9/inside-out-north-west-12022018

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54 minutes ago, NWJW said:

  

 I'd Forgotten about those!!   

 

 

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That's the one. :D

 

I think there was room for a 5x7 speaker behind that grill in the middle of the dash too.

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Had the same joystick in the mkii Granada 2.8i Ghia x.

Radically for the time, the mk3 escorts had the front speakers in the kick panels which ain't as bad as it sounds.

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13 minutes ago, bigrigbri said:

Had the same joystick in the mkii Granada 2.8i Ghia x.

Radically for the time, the mk3 escorts had the front speakers in the kick panels which ain't as bad as it sounds.

 

 My nemesis in the motor world was our 1984 Granada MK2 2.8 Ghia manual ... It must have been one of Fords Friday lunch time specials .

  Our local Ford dealer service manger would walk away on sigh of it. .. Which was replaced with a Capri 2.8 Turbo ( I never should have sold)  

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