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#1 escortnutwoody

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 12:02 PM

hi i have just been given a 1987 1.1 d reg escort cabby shell checked via dvla vechicle enquiry service. The shell has rust where the battery tray is and needs changing also has a hole on rear n/s sill but as far as i can tell that is it. I will be trying to get the car shell chemically dipped if possible. I am thinking about putting a 1.7 ford puma engine in it if i can but don't really know where to start. I  will be looking at buying a complete puma in and ripping it a part for all the running gear but is this a good idea or keep it with a 1.1. any advice is welcome



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:06 PM

You might be better getting an Escort of a similar vintage to use as a donor car, like a 1.6/xr3i/ rs-turbo (CVH 1.6L ) more of the parts will fit on, including running gear/ trim etc you could also fit the xr/rs trim/ bodywork etc to the cabby

 

Apparently there are more rs turbos left than xr3is - even though there were a lot more xr3is made (they used to fil our high streets/ car parks on sat nights!)

 

It would be a lot of hassle to go to to just have a 1.1L, i would fit at least a 1.6L and probably looking for an rs-turbo (Escort mk3 1.6 CVH RS turbo ) if it was me - the Focus ST225 motor might fit (Volvo 5-pot) that would be interesting!    



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:27 PM

Apparently there are more rs turbos left than xr3is - even though there were a lot more xr3is made (they used to fil our high streets/ car parks on sat nights!)    


That's because they were all bought by boy racers as they were cheaper, and they ended up crashed in hedges.

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 07:45 PM

That's because they were all bought by boy racers as they were cheaper, and they ended up crashed in hedges.

Didn't crash mine! :P



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:48 PM

A 1.1 cabby?
Must have been changed to that possibly for insurance purposes, but they certainly didn't come from factory like that!
Would have had a 1.6 Carb or 1.6i version originally.
As said if you use another escort as a donor you will have far less issues and most parts will just bolt straight over, although the loom will be a little different with yours being a Cabby.
I'd go for either a scrap or abandoned project RS Turbo or XR3i, should get a runner for £500-800.
Possibly go Zetec or Zetec Turbo at a later date.
Good luck with it & get some pics up!


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