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Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr

Hi Guys,

My first car was a 1980 RS2000 4 door that I bought back in 1995. I then wrote it off sadly but bought a shell and transferred the bits across into a 2 door RS.

I then bought a MK 1 RS and another MK 2 RS.

Then in 2003 I found out I had Leukaemia and ended up just selling all 3 for about $3k. (Something I regret everyday).

Anyway, long story short, I thought screw it and bought another escort to rekindle the passion. I couldn't afford another RS so I bought a 1978 4 Door. I think it might be a rally pack but not sure. It has

2 litre
4-2-1 Extractors
4 speed
32/36 weber
Globe? mags
Front spoiler with escort written backwards

I bought it from a lady in Shepparton who has owned it for 8 years. It has remarkable little rust for it age. There is a bit in the firewall at bottom of heater bubble.

All the electrics work and the interior is great.

Here are some photos below.

Immediate plans are just to fix a few thingsup and just general tidy up.

I have replaced the head as the old one was rooted and fired it up today. I have a vid i'll try to upload.

Will do engine and gearbox, suspension down the track

Look forward to comments.

Cheers,

Matt

P.S. Have forgotten the joys of driving without power steering. Jesus!!



Engine bay after replacing head (2 sparkplugs were frozen in) and a bit of a tidy up.



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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/01/14 21:14:19 (permalink)
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    Will post some more pics tomorrow as I can't seem to get it to work tonight.

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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/03/26 20:38:13 (permalink)
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    Painting of the headlight surround



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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/03/26 20:47:08 (permalink)
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    New suspension bits and pieces

    Rear Bilsteins



    Front capri struts with camry (I think) Koni inserts. These were chosen as they have the same diameter as the escort / capri ones but are a but shorter. There fore the strut has been chopped a bit shorter than normal and harder than normal (285lb) springs added to account for the shorter stroke in the shock.

    Eurospeed strut top added as well. Though it is for the MKI so I will have to redrill the holes or just get another eccentric top




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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/03/26 20:50:51 (permalink)
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    Bought 2 SAAB rims today with pretty good tyres for $50. Offset is designated by ET39.

    Need another 2. Anyone holding some they wish to part with.







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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/03/26 20:55:37 (permalink)
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    Seats from a Cordia GSR. Bit dirty but will clean up well


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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/02/06 16:06:31 (permalink)
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    Got some wheels of a SAAB. Offset is ET 40 but they just fit.

    Look pretty cool too

    Matt





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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/02/06 17:12:49 (permalink)
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    I really liked the Globes you had, but if you paint the SAAB rims white and stick some OZ Racing decals on them, I reckon you'd fool a few people!
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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/02/06 17:26:08 (permalink)
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    I still have the globes. I intend to get some track tyres for them.

    I was thinking the same thing about the new rims. I would know though they were fakes.

    Cheers
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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/03/06 15:14:09 (permalink)
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    More photos









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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/03/06 18:48:08 (permalink)
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    Like the wheels, it's rare something useful comes of a SAAB! [:p]

    Do you know what colour that is on your engine? I wouldn't mind copying that.
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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/03/06 19:37:16 (permalink)
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    Yeah, I agree the rims are a bit different. They have a pretty big offset though so I may need to sort something out or just do 30 point turns.

    Pic of the paint I used. Got it at Supersh#t Auto for about $13.00. One can is heaps

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    RE: Matt's 78 MK II 4 dr 2011/03/06 21:42:00 (permalink)
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    Cheers Matt.
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