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2016/06/26 20:28:18 (permalink)
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MK2 restoration attempt

Hi Guyz,

I'm new to the forum but not that new to the amazing world of the escort! Was a rally navigator a few years back and my early navigation was in a mk1 - amazing stuff sideways always! Anyway many years later, I've gotten a 1978 mk2 which I would like to slowly attempt a restoration to a road car.It came from someone who was not interested with it anymore and a mate and I took it off him. I may decide to drop in a roll cage and do some hill climbs or historic rallies but all that depends on finance....and the Mrs :) Had a look at it yesterday and was wondering if I anyone could point me in the right direction to get the following parts:
- Exhaust down pipe (piece that joins the manifold to the rest of the exhaust)
- Brake pipes -from the master cylinder
- Rear seat
- Drivers side mirror

I've attached a few photos of the car and I'm pretty sure I will need more parts as the restoration continues. I also have a set of Webers and an inlet manifold which I'm not sure of as they did not come with the car. Looking forward to your comments, advice, ideas etc.

Cheers!

Steve.

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    Ionix
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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2016/06/26 20:55:17 (permalink)
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    Hi Steve
    Where abouts are you located as I could help out with brake pipes and rear seat
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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2016/06/27 07:36:26 (permalink)
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    That is a factory Ghia , by the looks of it the only thing missing in the engine bay is the battery tray,
     
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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2016/06/27 09:21:30 (permalink)
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    Welcome aboard,
    Most exhaust shops should be able to make the new pipe. The mirror shouldn't be too hard either, they're the same as Falcon and Cortina, you'll just need to use your plastic spacer to get the fitting angle right. If you've still got the old brake lines you can have them cut to length and bend them yourself using the old ones as a template. As for the seat... gumtree...
    Keep the progress pics coming, nice to watch these old things being resurrected.
    Cheers Drew...

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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2016/06/27 18:03:04 (permalink)
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    Thanks guys. I'm based in Victoria - Traralgon. Spoke to the local exhaust guy who says that he may have a card for it and will let me know if he can fabricate one. Cheers!
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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2016/06/28 18:06:51 (permalink)
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    Hi Glenn,
    That's very kind of you and I really appreciate it mate! My brother lives in Narre Warren and I can ask him to pop in and pick it up from you. You can let me know via PM the details.
     
    Cheers!
    Steve.
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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2017/01/24 22:34:35 (permalink)
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    Hi Guys,
     
    Its been fun and games for the last few weeks! For starters, I found out that the previous owner had changed the engine compartment firewall - and put one from an automatic car. This means the clutch cable access to the pedal was non existent! Anyway, I got that installed and gears engaging OK apart from reverse probably because my gear lever is not in good shape at all..not sure where I will get another one from:
      
     
    I got a standard exhaust manifold (Many thanks to Glenn) and a complete rear seat from a shed clearance sale that was going on in my area. The seat was the leather one and mine were the sued material but for $20, I figured I would just take it. He also had a set of these which he off loaded to me as well :)
     
     So unfortunately the standard manifold was removed and this was fitted :). I attempted to crank the car last week not expecting it to start but it did at the first kick :). Realized immediately that there was no water circulation happening. Thermostat seized - should have realized that and checked it:

    New thermostat installed and system flushed. If you notice from the photo, the thermo vacuum switch connected to the housing has 2 broken slots :(. Pipes leading to and out of the auto choke were clogged and it took some time to get this going. Stripped the heater box to get to the heater core. The 2 intake pipes had detached from the core. Luckily, its the metallic one. A quick visit to the radiator guy and he welded them back in no worries and pressure tested :). Heater box also cleaned, foam material replaced as well.

    The water temperature gauge was also not working but after getting a new sender and facing same issue, I changed the cluster. Luckily, the car came with an extra cluster as part of the package :). This resolve that issue.
     
    There is lots still to be done but I was hoping to get some pointers on the following:
    - What can be done to the gear lever? New bushes? Replace lever with original/quick shift? (Was hoping to keep car as standard as possible)
    - Where can I get the thermo vacuum switch? Ebay has not been my friend on this one.
    - I'm still in search of the front left brake pipe and drivers side mirror
    - The pink resistance wire in the harness is getting hot when the ignition key is in the ON position. I'm assuming this is when the points are in contact. Is this normal? I had left the ignition in ON position for sometime when testing something else and this wire become so hot I thought it would melt through. Luckily I had undone the harness. It would have probably have melted through if that bit of the harness was wrapped up. Is this normal? The resistance across the coil is 1.6ohms, so I assume I need a resistor wire. Otherwise, the car starts up with no problems and when running the wire does not get hot.
    Would be great to here from someone who has gone through this restoration or has some pointers :)
     
    I'm sure there is other stuff that will pop up as I go.
     
    Cheers!
    Steve
     
     

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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2017/01/24 23:03:01 (permalink)
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    Looks like the ball in your gear lever has perished, which is not uncommon. I think Rare Spares sells one for a Falcon lever, but I don't know whether it fits Escort gear levers too (be nice if it did - let us know if you ever find out). Not trying to burst your bubble, but the seats you have are vinyl (or "man-made leather" as car brochures like to refer to it these days). Nothing wrong with vinyl; looks similar or the same as leather, and probably lasts longer. I mention it only because you see ads pop up from time to time of people selling Escorts with "leather" interiors, when it simply ain't so. The Ghia seats used velour fabric, which was very chic back in the 70s, and no doubt coming back into style one day soon. I can't see signs of a battery tray in your car, which makes me think someone did a really good job of removing it (unlike one of mine) or it originally came with an air conditioner. There would be signs of the latter in the boot and the interior if that were the case, so probably not. Keep at it; they are great little cars.

    WTB: Recaro seat - any condition considered
     
     
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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2017/01/25 11:52:31 (permalink)
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    Steve you are doing well.
    I am following your thread with interest, and am just behind where you are at. I hope to have my semi refurbished 2l installed this weekend, for the first time, once some bits arrive.
    My gearshift is about as buggered as yours.
    If it helps, on advice from the guys here, I will be putting a quickshift in it once its up and running.
     
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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2017/02/08 22:44:28 (permalink)
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    Was out in the shed today. I have a couple of 4 speed shifters that might do the job. They are in better condition than your one.

    Bloke who looks after my vehicle fleet: http://www.hillsmeadeautomotive.com.au/
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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2017/02/08 22:45:31 (permalink)
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    Pretty sure i have a black ghia rear seat too.

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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2017/03/15 23:12:18 (permalink)
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    I would be interested in getting a 4 speed shifter off you Steve if you still have them. Let me know. I kinda knew that the seat was not real leather but it felt good to say it :). Fitted it over the weekend and it sits well. Run the car for some time also to check for any temp issues and so far so good. Fuel gauge also seems not to be working will have to figure that one later. Does anyone know the best way of restoring the "leather like" material that they put on the roof of these cars? The elements have taken a toll on mine. Cheers!
     
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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2017/03/15 23:25:03 (permalink)
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    the roof is vinyl. I still have the shifters. ive sent you a pm

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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2017/03/18 14:46:47 (permalink)
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    The vinyl on your roof can be refurbished just like door trims etc.  use sugar soap or something similar to give it a thorough clean, a couple of times if necessary, if there is a heavy build up of crud. Use good quality vinyl spray like UHT. couple of light coats with a time gap between to allow to dry fully, until you're happy with the colour achieved, satin is usually the style, rather than high gloss. Then Armourall or some other protectant to keep it looking good. Len
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    Re: MK2 restoration attempt 2020/12/21 16:37:13 (permalink)
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    After many moons, which includes changing jobs and moving house, I'm back to this project. Got a bit of a setback though. The day before I moved house, I prepped the car to be trailered but that night we had some wild weather and the kids trampoline was uprooted from its anchors and it landed on the escort :(. Cracked the front windscreen and for some reason (dont know how), the radiator as well :(. The front grill has only a small crack - go figure.
    Anyway, I'm currently looking for a standard serviceable radiator for this car. Does anyone have one?
    Cheers! - Steve  
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