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    So I bought a Mk1 Escort

    Basically, I saw an advert on a retro Facebook page and thought fuck it, Iím having that.

    The owner said he would drive it from Sukhothai to Songkhla for me and though I said something along the lines of Ďdonít you fucking dare, Iíll pay for transportí - he decided the transport cash could save him a few quid, bullshitted me and paid someone to drive it the 1,400km Journey. The car made it, just. Some repairs required but nothing too serious.

    So id paid a deposit and the next day I offered a little bit more leaving him 20k + whatever he paid the driver short of the original deal. As far as Iím concerned, Iíd bought the car and he had no fucking right to do that. Anyway, it was all very civilized l and we both agreed on the outcome.

    Here she is:











    Lang may yer lum reek...

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    Why would you buy that?

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    It looks alright for its age. Nice one. Enjoy.

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    Cracking motor

    Makes a change though - most blokes don't buy an old escort - they marry an old hooker.

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    Let me go all 'Strain, and say 'That's a bloody beut mate.'

    That really looks good, and I'm not usually one for classics.

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    The interior looks good but it costs nothing to get that redone. What's under the bonnet?

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    What about the paperwork, if you don't mind me asking....

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    Original 1300L in her.



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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    The interior looks good
    Going all Classic Ferrari tan is always a good addition.



    Thought the Mk1 may have been something like that originally.

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    Blue book, taxed, engine matches etc.
    Last edited by dirk diggler; 26-11-2018 at 10:26 PM.

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    Just got her on Friday and came back to Brunei Yesterday.

    Will get a bettwr feel for it when I get home. Decide weather to keep her restored or do a full makeover.

    Might get a 2 door for that though, although a conversion can be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    Why would you buy that?
    If choosing to go for a Sunday drive in this:






    Or a Vios or Hilux, I'll take the ol' Ford every time.




    Except when it's broken down in the middle of nowhere and I go all Basil Fawlty on it.

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    Turns out that Ford had an assembly plant in Thailand from 1973 to 1976 with was a joint partnership with Mazda called Motor Assembly Alliance (MAA) or something like that.

    The book for for my one has the Thai year equivalent of 1975 and the tin plate says ‘assembled in Thailand’ on it.

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    Theres a bloke in East Pattaya who does these Escorts up - always has 3-4 of them outside his pad.

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    Quite possible the same guy I’ve been chatting with through his fb page ‘Escort Mafia Thailand’.

    Check it out, pretty impressive.

    Cheers.

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    Nice one diggler.

    That was the only car we ever bought new.

    Still remember the day we got it.

    I was 4.

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    First new car my old man ever bought. Absolute belter. Simple Ford engine, very little to go wrong and very easy to fix, although parts might be an issue these days.
    Enjoy it for what it is Dirk, a classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    Quite possible the same guy I’ve been chatting with through his fb page ‘Escort Mafia Thailand’.

    Check it out, pretty impressive.

    Cheers.
    Yep thats the guy. Had a few beers with him.

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    Back seats need slashing and it's missing a few dents but otherwise I've enjoyed driving something similar in my youth...

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    I used to run a garage. We had an Escort come in with a 3 litre Granada engine. It was fast.

    Just saying like...

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    Yeah, that's a cool little car...Thought you'd been to Smooci.com, at first...

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    Are spare parts....both new and secondhand.....readily available in Thailand ? What if you need something basic like a clutch plate or brake pads ?

    BTW, some Escorts had Weber carbies, which are great for fuel economy. Does this one ?

    Cast iron head, or alloy ? Whichever it is, the spots of rusty water on the engine indicate that it has not had coolant (corrosion inhibitor) for a while. First thing I would do would be fit a new thermostat (just because they're cheap, and are the prime cause of overheating problems), then put coolant in it.

    It's manual, not auto ? Change the gearbox oil. People neglect it all the time. In fact, I'd change all fluids (brake fluid included).
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    Rare car now,the twin cam ones were the good ones,got to love those vinyl seats on a hot day.
    After you do it up it will make Ant's Datto a bit second rate.

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    Nice. I have no doubt you can get various new consumable parts such as clutch plate or brake pads from Segedins in Auckland. Songkhla has a few classics lurking around the roads. Vintage VW Beetles and Kombis are not rare, I saw a Holden 179, and theres quite a few yank tanks.
    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    The book for for my one has the Thai year equivalent of 1975
    It will officially be vintage soon. Is it 50 years to be vintage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    Turns out that Ford had an assembly plant in Thailand from 1973 to 1976 with was a joint partnership with Mazda called Motor Assembly Alliance (MAA) or something like that.

    The book for for my one has the Thai year equivalent of 1975 and the tin plate says ‘assembled in Thailand’ on it.
    The partnership with Mazda is called Auto Alliance Thailand and was founded in the mid 90's.

    Fords of your escorts era would have been assembled by Anglo-Thai Motors which was renamed "Ford Thailand" in the mid to late 70's.


    Nice esky by the way, always had a soft spot for them.
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