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    A Quick Hi

    Just wanted to say a quick Hi to everyone, Iím Steve from Sunderland (no footy jokes Iím depressed enough ) Have MK2 Escort that busy undergoing a major nut & bolt rebuild, so will be looking for advice now and again.
    Cheers Everyone and Have a great 2018!
    Steve

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    Re: A Quick Hi

    Hi Steve welcome

    look forward to seeing pictures of your build.

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    Re: A Quick Hi

    1) pictures
    2) what you are planning to use it for? (ask yourself whats your dream build and do it even if is over your budget)
    3) don't go cheap as it will cost 3 times more at the end (ask me how i know)

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    Re: A Quick Hi

    Will get some pics sorted and start a separate thread as it’s such a big build and will definitely raise some eyebrows and will be like marmite, your going to either love it or hate it. What happened was I bought an ex rally MK2 last year but sold it after a month or so due to the opportunity coming up to buy this RS2000, it’s now completely stripped and on a spit, minus most panels and is being rebuild from bare shell to full car, replacing any parts or panels for new or upgraded. It’s not going to be a concourse car so haven’t kept, Engine, Gearbox, rear seats, door cards, dash etc (all sold sorry), as Im building a fast road, occasional track day, weekend toy, very much (as you said chrisis) my dream build, full of totally unique and personal ideas of what I see as my dream car, it’s going to be a very long project and a case of starting the next stage after I’ve saved up for it.
    To give you an idea of the direction I’m going, it’s getting a non ford turbo lump in it, will be caged out, straight cut box, fully floating Atlas Axle, etc, you get the idea, I’m also not falling for the buy cheap buy twice ethos, that’s why I’m saving up for the best parts I can afford. Won’t say much else as would rather save it for its own thread where you guys can see the transformation and then tell me how much you either love it, or hate it.
    Im fully aware of some people’s thoughts regarding historic cars, that they should be kept original and to divert away from that is some form of sacrilege, but I see any major build as a very personal thing, where you put your own stamp on a car and if you want to do something different or radical, then do it. That doesn’t mean that I don’t admire those that choose to keep things totally original and spare no expense to do that, because that’s their vision. What makes the car scene so exciting is we are all different and all have different ideas, I’m the type that likes pushing boundaries and I know in that process it will annoy some people who will hate the build. But my saving grace is “I don’t care” not because I’m an arsehole, but because I always say, it’s down to the person who’s wallet the money is coming out of and not someone else’s idea of what the car should be.
    Unfortunately my health has been extremely poor, so nothing has been done on the build for a while, whilst I recover, but once I start again, I will copy and paste what’s already on my laptop and then continue to update the thread I will start. Let’s just hope there’s at least a few out there that will see the uniqueness and passion that’s gone into designing the build.
    Thanks for reading this and hope to learn from some of you as I go along, always open to new ideas and suggestions and no doubt criticism.
    And chrisis as you mentioned it, I have to ask “how do you know about it costing 3 times the amount in the end, by buying cheap?” You have me intrigued.
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    Re: A Quick Hi

    Hey Steve,

    Personally i prefer keeping it stock with "period"engine and brake modifications, but as you mentioned is your money, so use them as you prefer to build something that you want to look and drive every day and not how the others will like it to be. At the end of the day the escort RS brand came from motorsport and lots of modifications for rallying so i don't see any right and wrong modification to any build.

    In my case i did fully rebuild (or i thought i did) a 1300gt engine with new crank bearings, new pistons/rings etc choosing a well known company and my engine lasted 200km before water got into the pistons. (i did ask for a good price and i got it)

    then i decided to go 1600 crossflow buying lots of parts for it and i ended up building a lotus twin cam (properly) costing me big time, but at list i will ended up with a professional build engine from Graham (Penguin Motors).

    hope you got the idea

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    Re: A Quick Hi

    Hi Steve and welcome

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