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I can hear the death rattle of it to this day and sorry to be crude, but the best description of that 3.0lt engine at high revs I have ever heard was suggested in the following terms by an old pal as,

 

"Like a skeleton having a  w***  in a biscuit tin"  :o

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a mate had a rs1600i with the cvh lump. Chassis was good but cvh horrid in fine fettle. This had a worn cam it was appalling 

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I noticed "The Sweeney Car" (NHK 295M, the Consul GT) has had all the crappy bits removed from its engine.

 

I remember Dad's Zodiac really sounded abysmal above 2,500 rpm; likewise, anyone else here remember the asthmatic thrash of V4 Transits of old?!

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10 hours ago, Blobby said:

The best upgrade at the time was to fit a Rover V8 to it.. A much lighter engine being all aluminium with more power and doesn't sound like a bag a nuts in a blender at higher RPM thanks to the hydraulic tappets.

 

Round my part of the world the most common 'upgrade' was a Perkins diesel.

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The reference  to the old V4 Transits brought back happy memories of the 'races' that used to take place on most Friday afternoons on our brand new M1 motorway.  All of 40 miles long then, the Transit participants managed magically to gather at the 'country' end  at about 3.00pm and race their way home to Belfast.  Slipstreaming was the order of the day as we stood upright on the fast pedal trying to extract the last couple of mph.  It has just occured to me that nobody was ever pulled over by the 'Q cars' which the police operated in those days.  Most likely reason being that although it seemed extremely fast with breakneck overtaking we probably were just about on the 70 mph limit at best!

 

 

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The standard Essex V6 only made a very asthmatic 138bhp and never liked revving anywhere near 5000. But they could be made to work very well, 3.0 Capri's cleaned up in Production Saloon Racing and Group 1 Touring Cars through most of the 70's and into the 80's.

I used them for 11 years in the race car and served me very well winning 4 championships. Started out in 1987 with 185bhp and later on had 300bhp revving to 8200rpm, with the close ratio gearbox it never came much below 6000, so a slightly different animal to standard !

 

Was behind this tidy looking Sierra Estate on Monday, still not seen another E34 Touring this year...

 

sierra.jpg

 

 

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I will dig out some pics of my xr4i and xr4x4.... my old xr4x4 is still going.....

Sadly I don't have any pics of my mk1 3.0 escort......that was  a job and a half, whole new gearbox tunnel and the professionally cut down prop lasted 2 days so we made one ourselves. I think my mate has some pics …...

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1 hour ago, Sarnie said:

The standard Essex V6 only made a very asthmatic 138bhp and never liked revving anywhere near 5000.....

 

 

  Apparently, the Essex V6 was originally designed to be a Diesel and fitted to the mk1 Transit but they scrapped the idea and made it a petrol engine, however, a hangover from the diesel design was that it had flat heads with the combustion chamber in the piston rather than the other way round on most petrol engines. My mate used to do trials in a Land Rover fitted with a 3.1 Essex as he reckoned it was stronger than than the all alloy rover V8 and being a shorter engine than the V8 it could be mounted further back in the chassis keeping it out of harms way should the front of the Land Rover smash into anything, which it quite often did by all accounts.....

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Another hangover from the diesel design was the larger crank journals which meant high surface speeds if using a lot of revs. Used to change my bearing shells every 6 races.

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I'm not sure - but I could be wrong - about this "It was meant to be a diesel" thing for the Essex engines. Consider the cars they first went into were on the drawing board in 1962 (the Mk. IV Zephyr/Zodiac), diesel saloon cars were virtually unheard of back then, and would certainly not have been the right 'fit' for an executive car. You couldn't fit a straight six in a Mk. IV. Mind you, I seem to recall the Transit is contemporary - 1966.

 

Sadly, my copy of Allen* is inaccessible now for me to look it up.

 

*Consul, Zephyr, Zodiac, Executive  by Michael Allen, pub. Motor Racing Publications Ltd.

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20 hours ago, Essex boy said:

I will dig out some pics of my xr4i and xr4x4.... my old xr4x4 is still going.....

Sadly I don't have any pics of my mk1 3.0 escort......that was  a job and a half, whole new gearbox tunnel and the professionally cut down prop lasted 2 days so we made one ourselves. I think my mate has some pics …...

 

Many years ago (I'm talking nearly 30 now) a mate of mine used to like modding cars and he had a book from which he told me that Ford had actually considered a factory 3-litre Escort, but deemed it "irresponsible". How the world has changed.

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3 hours ago, e60neindanke said:

 

Many years ago (I'm talking nearly 30 now) a mate of mine used to like modding cars and he had a book from which he told me that Ford had actually considered a factory 3-litre Escort, but deemed it "irresponsible". How the world has changed.

Ha it makes you laugh...irresponsible and to think now a 1.9 tdi would leave it for dust. It is great to look back and realise how people thought back then

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 I would have thought though, the torque of an Essex 3.0 being transferred through a leaf sprung live rear axle into a pair of skinny tyres with nothing but the light weight of an Escort pushing them into the tarmac with no power steering and no traction control or abs to get you out the shit could be quite interesting to say the least......:grin:

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Hi,

 

Some of you will need to get bidding !

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Fiesta-Mk1-1978-957cc-Only-140-Miles-on-clock-and-Unregistered/153063334555?clk_rvr_id=1568204078951&rmvSB=true&clk_rvr_id=1570085234120&rmvSB=true

 

I'd only buy a big American Ford again, had a little tip of where there's another nice F150 Harley Davidson! if it comes about, it'd be the 3rd one! Wouldn't mind a nice big F350 Harley Davidson either!  

 

Cheers, Dennis!

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