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Thought it was about time I put a few pictures up of Essy, she's an old girl but doing us proud. Pictures were taken last weekend but have since changed the black wing mirrors for colour coded ones. Other than that, she's had:

 


  • 40mm Lowering Springs fitted
  • GTi Side Skirts
  • 17" Team Dynamics replica Alloys
  • Rear Arches rounded out
  • Sports Back Box
  • Laguna Splitter
  • Clear Side Repeaters
  • Spotted Front Bumper
  • Induction Kit to give it a little grunt - let's face it, a 1.4 CVH engine needs all the help it can get

 

I also have the GTi rear spats waiting in the garage to be primed, painted then fitted and also the GTi spoiler. Bump strips are going to be removed and the door handles will also be colour coded. Have a few more decals to fit, will be doing that this week.. nice long ones to fit along the stretch just above the skirts.

 

After that I'm not sure on what to do.. We're limited with it only being a 1.4, I've heard of people fitting a 1.6 head to them.. but the perfomance difference is supposedly minimal?? Correct me if I'm wrong on this please as all advice/help is welcomed. The dent in the wing was there when we brought her this time last year.. it is on the 'to do' list, just a case of sorting out the £££ flow before hand as we've just moved back to Milton Keynes on Monday and are planning on getting married this year.. so the wing is down the bottom of the list :(

 

http://www.fordcarclub.com/escortnew/Picture%20002.jpg

 

http://www.fordcarclub.com/escortnew/Picture%20005.jpg

 

http://www.fordcarclub.com/escortnew/Picture%20006.jpg

 

http://www.fordcarclub.com/escortnew/Picture%20009.jpg

 

http://www.fordcarclub.com/escortnew/Picture%20010.jpg

 

http://www.fordcarclub.com/escortnew/image%20004.jpg

 

http://www.fordcarclub.com/escortnew/image%20005.jpg

 

http://www.fordcarclub.com/escortnew/image%20006.jpg

 

http://www.fordcarclub.com/escortnew/image%20007.jpg

 

Thanks for looking, comments welcome :thumb:

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1.6 head wouldnt work. would mess up compression ratio and reduce power. best things to do is exhasut system, induction kit and make sure it has good plugs leads etc. also 17's will be slowing you down as more rolling resistance. you'll get better acceleration on 15's IMO

 

other than that dent, good looking car

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Thanks for the comments guys, and for the advice on the head. It is a shame about the wing being damaged, but truth is that's why we got it at such a snip - only cost us £355 last March, since then I've put about £300 into it on extra's etc and was recently offered £1000 cash for it. Sadly we can't afford to be without a car though, not even for the short time of selling this one to find another.. had it all setup as had a lad from FFOC was going to sell us his Focus but it all fell through due to him not being able to get the car he wanted.

 

As they say.. there's always tomorrow!

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1.6 head wouldnt work. would mess up compression ratio and reduce power. best things to do is exhasut system, induction kit and make sure it has good plugs leads etc. also 17's will be slowing you down as more rolling resistance. you'll get better acceleration on 15's IMO

 

other than that dent, good looking car

 

stop advising people by making things; up the 1600 head can give gains on the 1400 due to being freer flowing and having bigger valves, ffs fancy plug leads don't make you go faster

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1.6 head wouldnt work. would mess up compression ratio and reduce power. best things to do is exhasut system, induction kit and make sure it has good plugs leads etc. also 17's will be slowing you down as more rolling resistance. you'll get better acceleration on 15's IMO

 

other than that dent, good looking car

 

stop advising people by making things; up the 1600 head can give gains on the 1400 due to being freer flowing and having bigger valves, ffs fancy plug leads don't make you go faster

not making it up. if it works so well why havent ppl with 1.6 escorts put 1.8 heads on, or ppl with 1.8's put 2.0 heads? it doesnt work. never said plug leads make you go faster, they just allow for a better spark, allowing a cleaner burn.

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Can't do that bud, insurance would be crippling and the car is the misses' motor. I don't drive, I'm into bikes but Essy I make an exception with which is why I've done to it what I have so far. If I do any mods to the engine, they need to be fairly straight forward.. a case of changing one part for another, replacing the odd belt, sorting a few tensioners and seeing where we end up.

 

Engine transplants aren't in my vocabulary, not with cars anyway! I wouldn't dare try it Lol :D

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1.6 head wouldnt work. would mess up compression ratio and reduce power. best things to do is exhasut system, induction kit and make sure it has good plugs leads etc. also 17's will be slowing you down as more rolling resistance. you'll get better acceleration on 15's IMO

 

other than that dent, good looking car

 

stop advising people by making things; up the 1600 head can give gains on the 1400 due to being freer flowing and having bigger valves, ffs fancy plug leads don't make you go faster

not making it up. if it works so well why havent ppl with 1.6 escorts put 1.8 heads on, or ppl with 1.8's put 2.0 heads? it doesnt work. never said plug leads make you go faster, they just allow for a better spark, allowing a cleaner burn.

 

people have done some of the swaps you just mentioned sadly though most people in forum land are idiots who repeat things they read, very few have actually done anything for themselves or had any direct experience. I'm not reccomending the 1.6 head on 1,4 block personally but it can be done and there are benefits, altering compression ratios is not always a bad idea.

and I'm wondering how the spark will get bigger when the same coil is producing it, get a meter and measure the resistance of standard £10 spark plug leads then masure some £100 splitfire ones, then tell me theres a difference... higher quality maybe but bigger spark better burn, marketing crap better to buy standard ones for standard ignition and pocket the difference

 

Looks nice mate. I really like the colour coded heater knobs! Nice touch.

 

Steve - surely if he has the correct tyres on his 17's then they will roll pretty much the same as the 15's?! :)

 

the 17s will have wider tyres on which does lead to slightly increased rolling resistance, that makes rock all difference to acceleration its the increase in unsprung weight that will make the difference, you pick up a 17" alloy, even a light one with a tyre on it then pick up your 14" spare which do you think the transmission can turn the easiest

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Looks like a nice car bar the dent, I think RS Turbo engine MAY use the same engine mounts so that could be worth looking into.

 

the cvh rst round in the mk3 .4 escort and mk3 fiesta will fit right in but there is a lot more to it than that as those who have done it can testify chamone

 

Also sorry to be the grim bringer of reality but the things you have done so far could be invalidating your womans insurance unless you've informed your insurance so i wouldn't go altering the engine etc.

if you are into bikes you must know that even the little things like crash bungs and tank protectors can effect premiums

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