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9 hours ago, Blobby said:

 

8900 RPM from a Ford V6 :o

  

 Mental isn't it! The Essex and Cologne engines would (usually!) barely rev past 5.5k, the engine in the vid sounds like a modern high revving V8 (it sounds a bit like an e92 M3 IMO) rather than an old Ford V6, albeit a very highly tuned one.

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On 7/1/2018 at 3:11 AM, Sarnie said:

Ex Works Capri with Essex V6 based Cosworth GAA, 450bhp @ 9000rpm.....

 

 

That thing sounds gorgeous and handles well for a crapi :-)they weren’t know n for going round corners, it looked like it was on rails!! 

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The Works 'Group 2' Capri's had a Watts Linkage and Coilovers at the rear, the leaf springs were just glass fibre dummies.

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4 hours ago, Sarnie said:

The Works 'Group 2' Capri's had a Watts Linkage and Coilovers at the rear, the leaf springs were just glass fibre dummies.

It worked really well, it looked so solid!! 

 

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5 hours ago, Essex boy said:

It worked really well, it looked so solid!! 

 

It had to, they were racing against CSL Batmobiles :lol:

 

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22 minutes ago, Sarnie said:

It had to, they were racing against CSL Batmobiles :lol:

 

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Ha that makes sense of it. That’s impressive engineering for their day....if they made the road cars like that less of them would have ended up in ditches :-)

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Correct!    Many moons ago, even a big bag of cement in the boot of my old BMW 316 didn't always prevent a visit to the ditch during frosty winter days.   My Ford Zodiac with its WAFFER thin tyres wasn't as bad.

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7 hours ago, oldjohnny said:

Correct!    Many moons ago, even a big bag of cement in the boot of my old BMW 316 didn't always prevent a visit to the ditch during frosty winter days.   My Ford Zodiac with its WAFFER thin tyres wasn't as bad.

Ha yeh the cement didn’t really cut it. I had a mint xr4i that didn’t hold that well either!! It used to snake well from a standing start;-)

 

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On 7/9/2018 at 12:18 PM, The Flying Banana said:

I would love a Cortina 1600E ..prices are rising steadily so I don't see it being anytime soon but in meantime I bought something rarer than a 1600E which is infact a 1600E but sadly I cant get in it as its in 1:18 scale .. only 300 produced tho so rare :) 

 

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Where's the rust? :lol:

My dad had a new one in '68 and it had rusty front arches after 3 months!

 

Nice model by the way B)

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The XR8 was a rare breed. Built for the South African market due to South Africa not having the Cosworth/XR4i nor the 3 door version of the Sierra. Top of the line was the 2.3 V6 (Cologne) but South Africans wanted more. They made an XR6 which used the older 3.0 V6 engine (Essex) from the Cortina (petrol was cheap) which replaced the 2.3 V6 (Cologne). The Essex engine was upgraded and the name was changed from XR6 to 3.0i RS. However, the XR8 was fitted with a 5.0litre V8 from the Mustang. Only 250 of these were produced for homologation purposes.

 

XR8 competing in the touring car racing in South Africa against BMW 745i, Alfa GTV, Nissan Skylines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceP-DP2NME4

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Surprised that the Ford Corsair hasn't been mentioned here after all the threads.  Perhaps it's to do with my having exceeded my three score years and ten and there are not a lot of us left.  If i'd have known I was going to live to this age I would have taken better care of myself.

 

A recent jolt to the coconut has brought back memories of a Corsair 2000E I had for a while in the late 60s/ early 70s.  A four door saloon with bench seat and 4 speed column change, it was rear wheel drive from a 2.0lt V4 engine and it went like stink.  The acceleration was fantastic but cornering was not for the faint hearted.  This one was a left hand drive and I used to scare the shite out of my front seat passenger who suddenly discovered other cars flying at them instead of the usual kerbstones.

 

Strange I can recollect the car but have no idea what I did with it.  Could be dementia but I can't remember!

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On 7/4/2018 at 5:18 PM, NWJW said:

  

 Mental isn't it! The Essex and Cologne engines would (usually!) barely rev past 5.5k, the engine in the vid sounds like a modern high revving V8 (it sounds a bit like an e92 M3 IMO) rather than an old Ford V6, albeit a very highly tuned one.

 

The red line on the Zodiac was at 5500rpm, but it sounded like a sack of spanners being dropped into an empty skip above 3500 rpm!

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On 7/9/2018 at 12:18 PM, The Flying Banana said:

I would love a Cortina 1600E ..prices are rising steadily so I don't see it being anytime soon but in meantime I bought something rarer than a 1600E which is infact a 1600E but sadly I cant get in it as its in 1:18 scale .. only 300 produced tho so rare :) 

 

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Same colour as my Dad's Zodiac - Amber Gold metallic :)

 

I think a mate of my brother's discovered the hard way that these didn't handle as well as his previous car - an Escort Mexico.

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19 hours ago, DerekJr. said:

The XR8 was a rare breed. Built for the South African market due to South Africa not having the Cosworth/XR4i nor the 3 door version of the Sierra. Top of the line was the 2.3 V6 (Cologne) but South Africans wanted more. They made an XR6 which used the older 3.0 V6 engine (Essex) from the Cortina (petrol was cheap) which replaced the 2.3 V6 (Cologne). The Essex engine was upgraded and the name was changed from XR6 to 3.0i RS. However, the XR8 was fitted with a 5.0litre V8 from the Mustang. Only 250 of these were produced for homologation purposes.

 

XR8 competing in the touring car racing in South Africa against BMW 745i, Alfa GTV, Nissan Skylines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceP-DP2NME4

 

Also, don't forget the V8 Perana Capris - I saw one of those only recently. I wondered how a Mk. 1 Capri was on a plate later than 'K'...

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On ‎7‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 9:57 PM, oldjohnny said:

Surprised that the Ford Corsair hasn't been mentioned here after all the threads.  Perhaps it's to do with my having exceeded my three score years and ten and there are not a lot of us left.  If i'd have known I was going to live to this age I would have taken better care of myself.

 

A recent jolt to the coconut has brought back memories of a Corsair 2000E I had for a while in the late 60s/ early 70s.  A four door saloon with bench seat and 4 speed column change, it was rear wheel drive from a 2.0lt V4 engine and it went like stink.  The acceleration was fantastic but cornering was not for the faint hearted.  This one was a left hand drive and I used to scare the shite out of my front seat passenger who suddenly discovered other cars flying at them instead of the usual kerbstones.

 

Strange I can recollect the car but have no idea what I did with it.  Could be dementia but I can't remember!

Corsair.jpg

My brother had one of these...ugly things with a not so salubrious v4 engine, yum!! Unfortunately his got vandalised, with his anger he threw the wheel brace at the car...it bounced off and hit me right in the chops smashing 9 teeth, I don't let him forget that!!! :-)

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