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RESTORATION FOR VERY RARE ESCORT MK6


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Hi I'm in Scotland I have the very last escort 1.8 turbo diesel equipe and he needs help!!! I'm looking for a reliable mechanic to do full restoration why he needs it here's the back ground story 

09/04/2004 19.31 pm my mum bought me my escort for passing primary school a white ford escort 1.8 turbo diesel equipe just passed mot new brakes all that's needed rust on rear arches nothing to bad colour perfect diamond white sounded like a tank but perfect to me <3

04/04/2005 12.39pm just failed mot :-/ on welding lots of brakes and exhaust took home later that day mechanic from mot station phoned wanting to meet up to show me something brought round cctv of mot he'd been fired so wanted to get his own back on the cctv it shows the owner of show smashing holes into my escort with a crow bar and digging holes out of sills with screw driver replacing my brakes with old ones and smashing my exhaust with what looks like a pole (the garage no longer trades and the owner has died :-SS)

07/04/2005 10.22am took him to car repair shop they charged 978 to fix :-) happy days took 7 months but came back with passed mot (unfortunately he died to old age)working perfectly passed every mot no advisorys till 

07/09/2010 13.41pm water pump went poured water onto belts chucked belts off jumped timing first engine knackered replaced with this one 19/09/2010 15.57 pm engine worked perfect done exactly 46791miles since new then later the same day when got home junkies smashed all the windows put sugar in my tank kicked in my bumper and bonnet due to ill health has layer for 5 years without touching

09/08/2014 10.29am john aird picks him up to do full restore :@ horrible job cut,burned and bypassed wires bypassed pipes replaced cills wrong way round replaced rear arches not welded firberglassed on :@ two inches two wide cut out gap so doors could shut cut up the carpets drilled holes in my dash board and painted him with blizzard white paint for plastic not metal one coat no primer no rust proofing rust coming through and flakes off and lastly put mixture of 5pounds worth of diesel with 20 liters of cooking oil from his chip pan in my escort wich contaminated the fuel tank and new not 6 months old fuel filter and diesel injection pump theyve been replaced but destroyed head gasket (I had asbestos head gasket) and bad wiring made him jump timing again and may have knackered engine now non runner gearbox gone too I don't know phoned round no one wants to know

so if anyone can help will be grateful there's more behind this story as to why I need him restored just not posting it any help will be gratefully received thanks I'm in Scotland

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  • 3 weeks later...

Gemma - cut your losses. Given the problems and bad luck I fear that you will spend £,000's you will never get back and every chance that it will get vandalised again. It might be the last but you have to know it's not your role in life to save it.

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Yeah I respect your opinion everyone has a right to there  opinion but if I wanted I would have asked for it is had my escort for 12 years known you for never guess who is gonna pick if anyone is willing to help restore then great if you have opinions about my escort I don't care :-)

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You've had some serious bad luck there Gemma I hope you can find someone local to you to bring it back to life for you

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I think I can (at least partly) understand how you feel about your car. A car that has been with you through some critical or important times gets linked with those feelings, Then losing the car makes you feel like you are losing part of yourself. One or two of the cars I have had, though nothing special, have triggered that feeling in me, though it did not last too long. But this one seems to have a very special meaning to you.

Is the car in a dry garage, or suitable shelter? If not, I think that is priority 1. I do not think there is going to be a quick fix to this. From what you say, it is a bit like the proverbial old kettle, which is fine apart from needing a new lid, new spout, new handle, and new body.

A full restoration on any older machine or vehicle can take years of painstaking work. And quite a lot of money. It needs to be a labour of love, but one that is possible and affordable, or it will just lead to more tears. It is something I know a little about, my father used to restore vintage motorcycles. It was a major part of his life, often frustrating, sometimes rewarding.

I am not convinced that any commercial garage can do the job. For a dedicated enthusiast to take on a job like this, there has to be some reward, and that is usually to own and enjoy the result of the restoration afterwards, and that may not be acceptable to you.

If you can protect the car to gain time, then there is a chance someone will eventually appear to take it on.

Have you considered learning the skills, like welding, machining, and general car mechanics? There are courses, it would take money & time. But it seems some people (more men than women, but far from 100% split) have a natural aptitude for mechanical things, and many more don't. It would be no good trying to do something you just can not do.

If you want to restore this vehicle, then first stop further deterioration, look at all the options, keep looking for help, and be prepared for a long, possibly hard, journey.

Good luck, I hope you eventually resolve this in a good way.

Peter.

 

 

 

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Hi yeah my escort has a lock up in doubled my efforts but no joy so far I can't do the mechanics I'd love to I have 4 years training but couldn't finish my course due to two car accidents I can no longer lay on my back and bend over or kneel but so far he is safe in an undisclosed location :-) I'll wait for someone to come help in the meantime I need a donor for him if you know anyone with a turbo diesel let me no if you wanna take him on the money's good you can take a look :-)

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7 hours ago, Gemmatdi said:

I can't do the mechanics I'd love to  I have 4 years training but couldn't finish my course due to two car accidents

That is the trouble with working on cars, it so often involves getting into very awkward and uncomfortable positions, to fit or remove difficult to get at parts. It was easier for me quite a few years ago, when I was more flexible, but my back and other joints are less tolerant of abuse these days!

Not so bad once you can get bits off, and up onto a bench to work on, but a lot of work has to be done on the car.

My advice, for what it is worth:

Keep hold of your dream or plans, but don't let it dominate your life. It may take some time.

Keep plugging away at forums & local advertising.

If someone does step forward, do some investigations first, or give them a small part of the project initially. You do not want another john aird job!

Good luck,

Peter.

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Given the problems and bad luck I fear that you will spend £,000's you will never get back and every chance that it will get vandalised again.

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hi gemmatdi, if you still have the car and want it restored 100% l know the perfect person for the job, in thee picture shown he has restored the Mk 6 l now own, the Mk 5 xr3i is at 90% just a few bits left to track ( replacing interior bits ) also as seen in the picture at the point of time an Austin metro which you can see he was working on, the only thing is it would have to be brought to him. In Hull ? He probably would have everything needed apart from the the engine ( probably has a hidden 1 😂 ) stored, he's a ford parts hoarder so if you was will l know he definitely would as he can't help himself when it comes to fixing a ford.

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