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Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

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I have a terrible habit of buying old car brochures. I have loads of BMW ones - but I buy others too. I’ve spent some quality time in the sun at home today leading through these. 

 

I’d still like a Capri 2.8 injection, a Sierra XR 4x4 or 2000E (again!), an original XR3i - and many, many more!

 

 

 

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One of the highlights of my motoring life was picking the spec on my new XR3i, particularly as the company was buying.  Why anyone would pick an Ital when you could have an XR3i is still beyond me. It sat on the road like a brick and went where you pointed it. Boots went off at about 5K miles but I probably had a slightly heavier foot back then

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Yes - my father had a Mk. IV Zodiac for fifteen years. Not one of Ford's best efforts by a long shot, but it was a lovely comfy old barge. My dream car is a Mk. 1 3-litre Granada automatic.

 

And I have a Ford Ka doing sterling service as a garden shed on my drive. Absolutely rotten underneath; it was a fun little thing to drive though.

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39 minutes ago, e60neindanke said:

 My dream car is a Mk. 1 3-litre Granada automatic.

 

As a banger racer many years ago these were my favourite car to race (converted to manual) but hard to get hold of even then. I did manage to find a few saloon, 3 or 4 coupes and even a full stretched limo at one time. If I'd known then what I know now!!!

 

My mate had an original manual coupe in metallic purple on the road. A beautiful car.  His insurance company wouldn't believe it was a factory manual so he had to write to Ford for build confirmation.

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1 hour ago, e60neindanke said:

My dream car is a Mk. 1 3-litre Granada automatic.

 

Dad had this one new, back in the day!

 

 

 

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 I'm a bit partial to an old Ford, my first car was a 1600 mk4 Escort that lasted three weeks until the head gasket let go, that got replaced with a mk3 2.0 Granada, I loved that car to bits and had some 'interesting' encounters in it......

 I had a white 2.0 Saph after that and then a couple of XR4i's, the two of them got scrapped due to the typical old Ford rot which is a bit gutting knowing what they're selling for now. One of them had a tuned engine and some other go faster bits and all that got transplanted into a very clean, very late K plate 1.8l five door Sierra, apart from the wheels and some lowering that car looked completely standard, caught a few people out in it ;). Oh, and at some point during ownership of the XR4i's I got offered a Sapphire 2000E for £300, and turned it down...:angry:  

 When I win the lottery I'm going to build a big garage and put in it a mk1 Mexico, a mk2 RS 2000, a Capri 280 Brooklands, a mk2 Granada 2.8iS and an RS500 Cosworth. 

 I'm wondering that if keep my daily Mondeo long enough will it eventually gain the same following as the above old Fords? :???::lol:

 

 

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, e60neindanke said:

Yes - my father had a Mk. IV Zodiac for fifteen years. Not one of Ford's best efforts by a long shot, but it was a lovely comfy old barge. My dream car is a Mk. 1 3-litre Granada automatic.

 

And I have a Ford Ka doing sterling service as a garden shed on my drive. Absolutely rotten underneath; it was a fun little thing to drive though.

  

 

  The mk1 Ka is an awesome thing to drive, it's much more fun than it really should be, anyone who hasn't driven one really should. :)

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I had one of those when I traded in cars years ago - used it to pull a trailer for a while before I got the Land Cruiser. It was like a comfy armchair. 

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Being a bit older my love of Fords goes back to my first car, a Mk1 Cortina 1200, closely followed by a 1500, then a MkII 1600E. The list goes on through Escorts and Capris and an immaculate Cortina MkIV 2000GT 2-door (which came a cropper when I hit a single decker bus head on on a country lane!)

 

My last Ford was a 2.0 Sierra although I have driven a few Mondeos (or mundanos as I think is more appropriate) but the best ever was  a 1959 MkII Zodiac convertible in two-tone blue and grey which I owned briefly in 1976, by far and away the best boulevard cruiser you could wish for and the sound of the straight 6 on open pipes was a real head turner!

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1 hour ago, pauliexjr said:

Being a bit older my love of Fords goes back to my first car, a Mk1 Cortina 1200, closely followed by a 1500, then a MkII 1600E. The list goes on through Escorts and Capris and an immaculate Cortina MkIV 2000GT 2-door (which came a cropper when I hit a single decker bus head on on a country lane!)

 

My last Ford was a 2.0 Sierra although I have driven a few Mondeos (or mundanos as I think is more appropriate) but the best ever was  a 1959 MkII Zodiac convertible in two-tone blue and grey which I owned briefly in 1976, by far and away the best boulevard cruiser you could wish for and the sound of the straight 6 on open pipes was a real head turner!

 

 

My last ford bar one was a Sierra 2.0 GLX.  It had the twin cam engine in it, and it went pretty well, but lacked power steering.

 

Others we've had between Mrs and I have been a Mk4 Cortina 1.6GL Estate, a couple of Mk4 Escorts, a Mk6 convertible and a Mk5 1.8Si. We had a Mk3 Capri (only a 1.6). Sierras 1.6 LX, 1.8 LX, two 2.0 Ghias (1984 and 1992) a 2000E and a 2.9 Ghia 4x4.  We had an Orion 1600i Ghia, a Probe 2.5, a couple of 2.9 Granadas and a 2.9 Scorpio.  Also several Mk1 Mondeos, mostly 1.8 LXs, but also a 2.0Si and a 2.5V6 Ghia.

 

Finally, my Wife has had a Focus CC3, and is now driving a Kuga Titanium X.

 

So - Many more Ford cars than we've had BMWs.  My favourites were the Sierra XR 4x4 and the 2000E.

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I had two Fiestas (both 1.1L) and an Orion (1.6 Ghia) back in the 90s, but I must admit having owned BMWs since 2004 I don't look back on them too fondly. They rusted to pieces and the auto box went on the Orion. They all cost me well under £500 each though so can't complain too much :)

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Still lots of love for Capri's, never been without one since 1981, had many over the years but only have the race car now, owned it since 1986 although I think the tailgate is all that remains from the original car.

 

Out testing last year, first race in a couple of months after a long break.....

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Had a Granada 2.8i Ghia X back in the 90's, great towing barge....

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Driven a few but never owned one. 

 

My my grandad bought a mk2 Capri gear new in 1978 he had it zeibarted from new but sold it in 88 for buttons as it was "getting old" they were pretty ubiquitous then but in hind sight was probably worth keeping. 

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22 hours ago, NWJW said:

  

 

  The mk1 Ka is an awesome thing to drive, it's much more fun than it really should be, anyone who hasn't driven one really should. :)

 

Couldn't agree more - lots of smiles per mile!

 

Mate of mine had a Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 and at one point, he bought my sister's accident damaged 205 GL with the thin tyres and the 1124cc engine, straightened it up and put it back on the road as his wife's car. He said that it was far, far more fun to drive than the GTi!

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On 6/4/2018 at 1:44 PM, The Flying Banana said:

^^^^my very first car when i was 17 !

 

3.0 Ghia - Arizona Gold with BVR .. Was exactly like The Sweeney car ! i would have another in a heartbeat !

 

Had a coupe version too which i thought i would love but strangely i prefereed the saloon

 

Have you seen the ongoing rebuild of NHK 295M (the Consul GT) over at Mid Beds Vehicle Restoration on Facebook? By the time that car is finished no-one will want to let it even go outside - it'll be better than the day it left Dagenham!

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19 hours ago, Calypso-E34 said:

I had one of those when I traded in cars years ago - used it to pull a trailer for a while before I got the Land Cruiser. It was like a comfy armchair. 

  

 I would put the mk3 Granada right up there with the e39 in terms of comfort. I was offered one of the later bug eye Scorpios for scrap value, it was a V6 and had full black leather and was sooo comfy, the rear seat was literally a sofa. As it was cheap I decided to buy it but when I went to pick it up and got reminded of what that front end looked like I changed my mind and let it go to the scrappy and get put out of it's misery, poor Scorpio....:(:lol:

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Ashamed to admit that my name has never appeared on a V5 for a Ford.

 

I grew up in the back of dad's Mk2 Escorts, Mk 4 and 5 Cortinas. The Mk5 Crusader got chopped for a wrong wheel drive Cav and then started my dads dreary company car Fords, several two door Mk4 Escorts, then a Mk5 Escort which was voted the worst car in Top Gear one year. I drove the Mk5 the day after I passed my test at 17.  My wife owned a Mk6 Escort which with power steering and air con actually made it a nice thing to drive.

 

I wanted a late Sierra 1.8 LX as my first car for work. Couldn't find a clean honest one as they were at best 7 years old by this time. Got the Sennie instead and it was way way faster than any 1.8 CVH engined Sierra.

 

We have soulless Diesel estate Focus at work. I leave them and take my own car.

 

I would love a V6 2.3 Cortina to restore.  Any V6 pre 1985 Granada to do similar.

 

The Mondeo being wrong wheel drive just leaves me a bit cold, driven all of the different Mks.

 

I can't recall the last time I saw a Sierra on the road let alone a proper Cortina or Granada. The tin worms got to them in this part of the country 

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1 hour ago, NWJW said:

When I went to pick it up and got reminded of what that front end looked like I changed my mind and let it go to the scrappy and get put out of it's misery, poor Scorpio....:(:lol:

 

52 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

They weren't much better from the back!

 

Happily, my Scorpio was an estate. Better looking from the rear anyway!!

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10 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

I think I'd like a mk IV Corina 2.0S in signal yellow with the fishnet recaros of all the old fords. 

 

Those fishnet headrests are worth a mint now!

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