Archive for October 7th, 2009

Nice car, not so nice price

October 7, 2009

Apologies for the lack of posts from my end lately – been quite busy with other things, though I have been hammering out a few articles in the back of my mind for eventual submission to the blog, and today’s mini-update somewhat relates to one of them.


here we have a tidy little “Series 2″ (or Mk4) Escort RS turbo, nice car ‘n all, but upon closer inspection the price is enough to give anyone a heart attack. And that’s pretty much it; I’ve never really understood what makes ’80s “European” Fords any more desirable than their Aussie or Japanese counterparts, but I can tell you now if I tried selling my TX3 for a similar amount I’d probably get laughed off the face of the earth.

Silliness and bullshit aside, stay tuned for a new ’80s turbo talk article in the coming week(s). By now you’ve most likely guessed what it’ll be about!

Ford Escort RS turbo for sale »

Being that I’ve been finding so many little bits of drama here and there on my way around the car, I figured it would be stupid to not take the rear window out after all the effort going in to remove problems from other areas.  So, today I whipped down to E Hayes & Son and got some White Spirits, I was greeted and served immediately.  It’s a lovely place, been around for ages and friendly staff, other than being a little slow on it.  Not that it mattered, it was a wonderful day today, a nice break in the horrible weather of late.  So I scooted home and began pouring some of the White Spirits onto the gap between the metal and the glass.  After a little while the White Spirits starts eating into the dry and horrible sealant keeping the window in place and it becomes extremely tacky, but with that, able to be sliced into with the aid of a wide putty knife.  Once I’d made a little gap, I poured some more in and let the spirits do it’s thing, then a run around the edges from the inside of the car, sliding between the glass and the sealant and I’d cleared enough for the glass to lift out with ease.  Albeit entirely messy, it gets the job done well and it doesn’t risk cracking what is quite a rare rear window to have to replace.  Once that was done, I was left with this;

Oh my, messy.

Oh my, messy.


Once was Hilarious

October 7, 2009

Was searching through some old photos on the computer the other day and stumbled upon one of my old C110, not long after it’s cover-up respray by the looks and wearing it’s standard grille along with a set of what looks like Ward mags.  It’s just that little bit hideous, jacked on shallow slots.


Period correct, yet... ...entirely wrong.

Thank custard those days are behind it.