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Re: Project anyone?
« Reply #15 on: 29 November 2016, 10:26:32 »


Perhaps not, as you can buy a new 2.0 ltr Zetec engine wrapped in new metal, electronics and modern comfort for a similar price.  ::) 

It still wouldn't be as fun to drive though!  ;)

Exactly. That's the appeal. The only thing that stopped these cars being a total hoot to drive back in the day is that they didn't have enough power to induce gratuitous oversteer on demand.* Oh, and that often they didn't go at all. Problems that are easily solved today. :y

*- actually, my mate's 1.3 Chevette did. I hate to think how lethal the HS was. :o
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« Reply #16 on: 29 November 2016, 10:30:19 »

Yeah - I think the Mk1 is a beautiful car, too, not to mention iconic. I'm not even a Ford guy and I'd still love to own one.. but I think I missed the price-boat by a few years ;D
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« Reply #17 on: 29 November 2016, 11:38:28 »


Perhaps not, as you can buy a new 2.0 ltr Zetec engine wrapped in new metal, electronics and modern comfort for a similar price.  ::) 

It still wouldn't be as fun to drive though!  ;)

Exactly. That's the appeal. The only thing that stopped these cars being a total hoot to drive back in the day is that they didn't have enough power to induce gratuitous oversteer on demand.* Oh, and that often they didn't go at all. Problems that are easily solved today. :y

*- actually, my mate's 1.3 Chevette did. I hate to think how lethal the HS was. :o

But it was very easy and relatively cheap to have a lot of power, well set up suspension and an LSD, which made them seriously quick, with superb, forgiving handling. Steering on the throttle everywhere you went. Much more fun than todays cars which are a lot quicker on paper.
The HS handled superbly on dry roads. Wasnt much that could keep up with it. On damp or wet roads though it was a nightmare. Short wheelbase meant that when you lost the back end, it had rotated a couple of times before you realised what was happening.
I spun it on a slowish S bend one evening, and came to a stop in the middle of the local garage forecourt.
The garage owner - a former F3 driver for Lotus, gave me a sarcastic round of applause. My face was as red as a strawbery.   :-[ ::) ;D
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« Reply #18 on: 29 November 2016, 11:54:40 »

Exactly. That's the appeal. The only thing that stopped these cars being a total hoot to drive back in the day is that they didn't have enough power to induce gratuitous oversteer on demand.


You must have driven some seriously knackered Escorts! Even a basic GT spec 1600 cross flow as used in mk1 Mexicos and mk2 Sports gives a lovely progressive switch from understeer to oversteer with just a flex of the right foot. A stock injected Pinto in one makes for a car that is seriously quick over the ground and easy to drive.

It's the progressive bit that is missing from modern cars, although a lot of that is due to massive tyres that have lots of grip until they suddenly have none.
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« Reply #19 on: 29 November 2016, 14:22:03 »

It's the progressive bit that is missing from modern cars, although a lot of that is due to massive tyres that have lots of grip until they suddenly have none.

Yes, that's very true. It's evident with Emma's new MX5. The Mk 2 handled beautifully on its' 185/60/14s but the MK3 has "Drug dealer" wheels and its a complete guessing game. And we wonder why drivers don't have a clue how fast they can take a bend these days. ::)
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« Reply #20 on: 01 December 2016, 09:34:32 »

This Mexico needs a bit of a polish!  ;)  It's still attracting plenty of interest though!  :o
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« Reply #21 on: 01 December 2016, 09:45:44 »

This Mexico needs a bit of a polish!  ;)  It's still attracting plenty of interest though!  :o

Added to my watch list just to see what it goes for. Any guesses? I reckon 15k..
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« Reply #22 on: 01 December 2016, 10:43:14 »

I recon there will be a few watching this one Opel
Me included  :)
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« Reply #23 on: 01 December 2016, 17:17:51 »

Who ever takes this project on will have to have very deep pockets and a good understanding of auto-electrics!  ;)
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« Reply #24 on: 01 December 2016, 23:03:33 »

Who ever takes this project on will have to have very deep pockets and a good understanding of auto-electrics!  ;)

Hmm. Always fancied one of those. Would need to change the colour, and develop a habit of wearing tweed jackets and smoking cigars, but... :y
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« Reply #25 on: 04 December 2016, 10:07:49 »

Isn't Nick W a Capri aficionado?  ???
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« Reply #26 on: 04 December 2016, 12:52:06 »

Isn't Nick W a Capri aficionado?  ???


I've had a Capri or ten ;D


It isn't that long ago that a 2.0l in that state would have been a hard sell at 495!
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« Reply #28 on: 03 May 2017, 10:12:32 »

Struggling to decipher the description, TBH, but looks interesting. :y
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