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2018/01/28 15:45:07 (permalink)
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MK1 Mexico replica

Hi guys , new to the forum and the country. 
From the UK where ive done lots of escort . 
This is my first project in oz .
Picked up a 72 2 door yesterday and just starting to strip .
Getting rid off the 711M set up and will probably go for a cosworth but undecided as they seem to be pretty scarce here. 
Body is original and never welded so a good basis for a rebuild .
Ill post some pics shortly .
Cheers 
 
Bruce
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/01/28 19:05:08 (permalink)
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    Hi Bruce,
    Welcome to the forum, and to OZ, looking forward to getting seeing some pics of the car as it develops. Whereabouts in the country are you located? good pickup already to get a Mk 1 in decent nick.  yes, Cossies are not easy to get hold of and worth drug money here, Zetecs and other stuff readily available, but costs a lot to get gear from UK, as you may already know , unless you have some good contacts. Cheers, Len
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/01/28 20:12:21 (permalink)
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    Hi Len , 
    Im in Shellharbour NSW . 
    Couple of pics attached so far , engine is out . 
    Not decided on the engine as yet , never really considered a zetec as there probably the most abundant engine in the UK so often overlooked. 
    Have my eyes on a lotus engine to keep things pure which i normally dont care about. 
    My last mk1 was running an evo 8 set up inc 4wd but the laws here confuse me . 
    From what ive read getting a set up like that  passed here is impossible so i may stick to the norm .
    I do have contacts in the uk so parts are not a problem , I ship caravans here monthly and they have heaps of spare room in them .
    Cheers 
     
    Bruce
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/01/28 20:39:13 (permalink)
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    For such a great nation our car choice is limited and our new laws so restrictive. I don’t know what the authorities were thinking when they changed these car laws. People in all other countries can do amazing conversions with engineers of high quality approving. Here we have decided to not even trust our own engineers. It really is such a shame. Keep it as natural as you can for the resale but again in 5 to 10 years it will be another reason panel and motor engineers will close up shop as manufacturing anything here will be a thing of the past. I might just start mowing grass there’s an abundance of that and it’ll grow back.
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/02/18 17:13:02 (permalink)
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    Hi guys ,
    Well i have the shell stripped now , found a few holes but nothing major so its time to order parts . 
    Im going for the flared / bubble  arches in steel and will probably repalce 1 right side front floor panel as its not good . 
    Boot floor is like new as is chassis . 
    Inner wings are 100% but ill change the front panel anyway as going round headlights. 
    Ive amassed already a pile of parts i am not going to need such as all running gear , 2 sets of interior and pretty much everything else . 
    I will list it all on the for sale section when i get a moment as i need it gone ( limited room ) and I have my carousel coming next week . 
    I have found a semi human engineer so going for the cosworth engine and he seems fine with it so far !! 
    Ill get some pics asap .
     
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/02/18 18:19:29 (permalink)
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    As for your build. Give MD conversions a call. Their in Blacktown Sydney. He might surprise you of what you can still put in, I know he still does V8 escorts maybe not 302s and the like. Worth a call though. He has some crazy escorts himself. He is an RMS engineer to inspect cars so if he approves it it gets registered. Cheers
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/02/19 11:36:47 (permalink)
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    I would love to see photos of this evo 8 escort conversion, recently sold my evo 7 and picked up an escort to have atleast something in the garage.
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/02/19 16:00:16 (permalink)
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    Bonus, I have a relative who has a workshop in Fairy Meadow, not far from you, who builds Rods and does other modifications. I have been surprised at what he has managed to get engineered. 
    If you are interested send me a PM and I will find some details for you.
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/02/22 19:59:46 (permalink)
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    Thanks guys ,  
    Can anyone suggest anywhere in oz to get decent replacement panels ? i need a couple of floor panels asap and dont really want to wait till they ship from uk . 
     
    Cheers 
     
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/02/23 04:06:08 (permalink)
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    Try these guys, I have used panels from them and they are good to deal with.
     
     https://smckaperformance.com.au/
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/02/23 16:55:54 (permalink)
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    Try Rare Spares they stock a few various replacement panels for mk1 its an Aussie company that deal in aftermarket parts for classics
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/03/03 19:07:16 (permalink)
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    Thanks Guys .
    I ended up ordering it all from Gartrac in the uk as they had the steel front wings with pressed bubble arches in stock and the rears .
    Engine has been purchased but not arrived yet going for the SR20DET . 
    Ill post some pics when things start happening. 
     
    Cheers again 
     
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/03/17 21:43:13 (permalink)
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    Spent a fair age sorting the floor of late .
    It was OK to start but far from perfect. 
    Its not far away now so threw a coat of paint on it to see what it would look like today . 
    Pretty tidy for nearly 50 years old .
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/03/18 12:42:13 (permalink)
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    Nice when some pain goes on.
    what color are you likely to go for Bruse?
    Classic White and Blue stripes and silver minilights?
    (I know I'm boring, but it's like the Matchbox car you grew up with)
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    Re: MK1 Mexico replica 2018/03/18 20:35:46 (permalink)
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    Not sure yet Deano .
    I was thinking RS orange with either a white stripe or black .
    Do love the white and blue also but ive done one before that colour .
    Often thought about doing a white one with a green stripe like the mk1 lotus cortina .
    A lot of guys in the UK are doing them modern colors ,metallics and such or that horrible green thats from the focus rs but im not into all that. 

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