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Not quite, spaceframes are not allowed, the basic shell has to remain as manufactured ie bulkhead can't be modified to move engine back, floor can only be locally modified for relocating suspension mounts, outer panels can be changed.

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9 hours ago, Sarnie said:

As the suspension/drivetrain rules …….  I thought what better than M3, lots of measuring and head scratching though :blink:

 

How much cutting etc was involved?  Was it fairly straightforward or the head scratching meant bespoke plates etc being made? 

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On 21/07/2019 at 22:29, duncan-uk said:

Agree a 2.8i Ghia X estate is a cool thing emoji41.png


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Yip! My uncle had a red one back in the day, he had it on Merc 5 spoke alloys with low profile tyres. Need to see if my dad has a pic of it somewhere? It was an awesome car back then 

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22 hours ago, nealpina said:

 

If it is who I think it is - this is also a massive assumption: He is a trader who imports rare retro Fords from Australia and South Africa

 

No it was personally imported by the owner of the XR8 as he moved back from SA or Oz to Scotland and because my dad’s friend had been involved with Ford for a long time and also support various rally teams too with escorts and Sierras, he knew them inside out. So he restored it back to being a useable rare classic car with original spec etc. He wasn’t a trader in any shape or form. 

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45 minutes ago, GStarrr said:

He wasn’t a trader in any shape or form. 

 

There is someone in that part of Scotland who does import rare Fords I therefore  put 2&2 together and got 3 ;)

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17 hours ago, nealpina said:

 

How much cutting etc was involved?  Was it fairly straightforward or the head scratching meant bespoke plates etc being made? 

 

Not too much cutting, was a surprisingly good fit, I chopped off the four big housings for the subframe mounting bushes as I was welding it to the shell. The front upper arms needed a bit of clearance so floor was slightly modified. Most of the head scratching was lots of measuring to make sure it was exactly right before welding, and yes some plates to help tie it all in to the shell.

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10 hours ago, Sarnie said:

 

Not too much cutting, was a surprisingly good fit, I chopped off the four big housings for the subframe mounting bushes as I was welding it to the shell. The front upper arms needed a bit of clearance so floor was slightly modified. Most of the head scratching was lots of measuring to make sure it was exactly right before welding, and yes some plates to help tie it all in to the shell.

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Interesting read.  If I can think of anything else to ask you, you can be sure I’ll be asking ;)

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On 23/07/2019 at 20:31, bigrigbri said:

I have a pic of my mkii Granada 2.8 ghia x in Champagne gold.

 

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Manual or auto?

 

Also any interior photos?

 

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On 25/07/2019 at 00:49, nealpina said:

 

Manual or auto?

 

Also any interior photos?

 

It was an auto and had Velour interior not the "executive" which had leather with over cushions. 

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23 hours ago, oldjohnny said:

My last two Granada Scorpio 2.9i models, 1991 and 1994,

 

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Like the wink of the indictor ;)

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^^ With the mk3 Granada I've always thought that the pre-facelift front end looks much better than the more rounded front end of the later models but the tinted rear lights and boot panel of the later models looked much better than the quite plain looking back end of the earlier models. Coincidentally, my last Granada was a pre-facelift but I fitted the later style rear lights and tinted the front indicators to match, I still miss that car and wish I hadn't scrapped it but the diff had smashed itself to pieces, it was rotting and worth bugger all at the time so off it went to be made into bean tins... :(

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Why so many Granada models were scrapped was mainly down to the rear arches being a water trap and rusting the back end if not cut out and replaced.  This was a serious problematic design fault on these otherwise seriously good value for money luxury saloons.  If not scrapped then they met their fate in a 'demolition derby' somewhere, like this sad mark 2.

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A previous track car we used to own was a mk1 Fiesta that had a 2ltr Zetec in it. Was a very good little car. Not the prettiest but didn't half go well and upset a lot of bigger things. Was a solid car underneath just needed tidying up.

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After having some experience of owning a track car and having more time and funds I wish this was kept and made better. It was on eBay recently looking in a really sorry state. Tempted to buy it back and restore it into what it should have been but it went for a little too much and I don't have the space. I would have another and could be tempted with one as a daily when the time comes to change my 1 series. Which brings me to my girlfriend's current car. Not quite a retro Ford but at 1998 knocking on a bit and it has a Crossflow engine so that is retro! It's a mk4 Fiesta in very good condition which is surprising! I am tempted to have this once she is done with it and drop a 1.7 Puma engine in. Keep it looking poverty spec too with the dented front wing that someone did Christmas morning and didn't own up to.

 

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On 09/08/2019 at 18:50, KitsonRis said:

A previous track car we used to own was a mk1 Fiesta that had a 2ltr Zetec in it. Was a very good little car. Not the prettiest but didn't half go well and upset a lot of bigger things. Was a solid car underneath just needed tidying up.

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After having some experience of owning a track car and having more time and funds I wish this was kept and made better. It was on eBay recently looking in a really sorry state. Tempted to buy it back and restore it into what it should have been but it went for a little too much and I don't have the space. I would have another and could be tempted with one as a daily when the time comes to change my 1 series. Which brings me to my girlfriend's current car. Not quite a retro Ford but at 1998 knocking on a bit and it has a Crossflow engine so that is retro! It's a mk4 Fiesta in very good condition which is surprising! I am tempted to have this once she is done with it and drop a 1.7 Puma engine in. Keep it looking poverty spec too with the dented front wing that someone did Christmas morning and didn't own up to.

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Nice like the race car.

 

The Puma engine in a Fiesta cool

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My old Mk 2 3.0S. I believe she is still around, restored (and silver with black stripes). Back then, 2.8i wheels and some spot lights seemed a great idea :o

 

I also had a Mk3 3.0S.

 

I love Capris and would have another if I had somewhere to keep it. My wife says my spectacles are heavily rose tinted and that I wouldn't enjoy driving one now. I think she's wrong ...

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5 hours ago, Retset said:

My old Mk 2 3.0S. I believe she is still around, restored (and silver with black stripes). Back then, 2.8i wheels and some spot lights seemed a great idea :o

 

I also had a Mk3 3.0S.

 

I love Capris and would have another if I had somewhere to keep it. My wife says my spectacles are heavily rose tinted and that I wouldn't enjoy driving one now. I think she's wrong ...

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I'm loving that Jon!

 

DVLA has it as taxed till Oct 2019 but MOT expired in June this year presumably as it's now MOT exempt as it's as old as me give or take! Good solid enough MOT history, it's been looked after.

 

Although the DVLA think it's red though!

 

My dad coveted a 3.0 Capri, nearest he got to one was giving me a yellow Matchbox 3.0 S!

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