- Ford Escort Vid Gordon Murray commissioned Resto/Mod
I know a few of us like Cars, and a few of us like Old Cars.
I’m not usually YouTube vids, but this series is lovely.
In short, Gordon Murray (legendary designer of a lot of McLaren’s most dominant F1 race cars and the McLaren F1 road car) fancies a Mk1 Escort, but not just any Mk 1 Escort. A completely ground up restored Escort with the ‘feel’ of the original car but at the same time modern, a ‘RestoMod’ as the Americans call it – so, a Cosworth build Duratech engine, independent rear suspension and modern heating and ventilation system – I shudder to think what it would cost, but I’m sure it would have been cheaper to walk into McLaren and buy one of their 720S Cars, but still…
Oh, fair warning, it’s an on-going job so if you’re the type to rush ahead to the end, don’t bother, it’s not finshed yet – only 3 eps so far.Posted 1 year agoyorkycslMember
As a lad a remember MK1’s going through Dalby, Hannu Mikkola at his best !Posted 1 year ago
Can’t beat a Mk1 or Mk2 on full chat with a BDA in it, never owned a mk1 but was very fortunate to have a Mk2 mexico and a RS2000, would dearly love to own the mexico again FHD 595S, diamond white 5 1/2 RS alloys totally un modified.
I know a pukka Millington is better than a duratec, even one that’s been breathed upon by Cosworth.
Isn’t a Millington Diamond a redesigned Cosworth YB/BDA engine?
Maybe overly simplistic, but I’m sure Cosworth could produce a better engine than one based on a design they came up with at the end of the 60s? They’re sort of good at that sort of thing.Posted 1 year agobigdeanSubscriber
Millingtons are highly strung race engines, modern duratec can be tuned to 300bhp naturally asperated (though close to race spec) amazed no one said BDA..
Have started the series twice and not made it through an episone yet, constantly panning camera and more waffle than a hope promo.Posted 1 year agoeddiebabyMember
Just been chatting to a bloke darn the pub I have vaguely known for a couple of years. Turns out he hasn’t always been an antiques valuer . He started as a metallurgist and at one point worked for a military vehicle operation at Chobham but he had his most fun working with Ford in the 70s at Advanced Vehicle Operations in Essex. He had loads of great stories. I used to work for British Non Ferous Metals so everyone else was a bit bored as we got a bit technical but sod that, he was fascinating. Until chatting to him I didn’t realise my Escort Mexico wasn’t fully seam welded but actually was the normal spot welded shell that was delivered to them and then brazed.Posted 1 year ago
Enjoyed that, it’s going to take ages but at least ‘we’re’ moving forward now and not repairing rot (well mostly).
I do wish the suspension guy learned to listen though, it was driving me nuts (it’s a real bugbear of mine) it seems when he’s nervous he can’t stop talking.
Fairly clam (and very interesting on his own) – mentioned that he doesn’t know nearly as much about it as Murray, holds off on the decision until Murray has seen AND THEN TALKS ALL OVER HIM WHILST HE TRIES TO EXPLAIN IT TO HIM 3 TIMES!!!
If I was in his shoes, I’d shut the **** up until spoken to, takes notes and say thank you at the end ha ha.Posted 1 year ago
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