1973 Ford Escort Mk I 1300 DELUXE Project


The vehicle was purchased in 2006 at a cost of R6000.00 (+- $600.00) in running condtion. Overall the bodywork appeared to be in very good condition and the motor was relatively quiet although on longer runs, she would tend to run a higher than normal temperature.
On the freeway, the propshaft vibrated slightly when approaching the 110km/h (68mls) mark however she was still driveable.
As a daily runabout she sported 155 x 70 x 13 rubber with genuine chromed hub caps. The rubber was so perished that the tyres required inflation at least one a week.
Her motor was still the original 1300 Kent but she lacked the expected torque. Having had a Mk III 1300L, performance was really lacking despite having a banana branch (freeflow) fitted.
She used a little more oil than usual and regularly left oil pools on many driveways.

The interior was relatively neat on the surface and upholstery was a sporty black based cloth with multiple coloured stripes.
Getting behind the wheen however, revealed a dark secret... sitting in either of the front seats resulted in the bottom of the seat touched the floorpan as a result of the tensioner springs being stretched and or broken. During winter and the rainy season, only the toughest and bravest would dare - the heating unit was faulty and the demister for the windshield did not work. The indicator switch also regularly failed to cancel.

After six months of driving her around town, it was decided that she needed the attention she deserved.
Initially the aim was to repair some minor wiring issues and to overhaul the motor. If there were sufficient funds thereafter a new coat of paint would be considered.
After getting down and dirty on her it became apparent that she had suffered some serious body damage and hadn't seen a full service for some time.

Currently she is stripped down with a new interior being crafted.
The suspension rubbers have been replaced all round and dropped by 40mm (+- 1.5").
Her motor is in pieces with much unrepairable damage to components such as the cylinder head. The water jackets on the block are extremely thin and thus a new motor is being sought.
She'll be upgraded to a 1600 though with a few other little enhancements.

Below are some pics of her. Click the thumbnails to see larger images.

A1
Up she goes
A2
Front spoiler glassed
A3
Spoiler smoothed
A4
Still plenty work left
B1
Marking pen is body putty
B2
Notice the rust spots
B3
Only yellow was removed
B4
Spoiler gets a quick coat
C1
Pics 6 & 7 combined
C2
Front valance rust
C3&4
Engine block
D1
Rear gound to metal
D2
Body rust proofed
D3
The interior
D4
Rack 'n Pinion
E1
Front suspension
E2
Rear suspension
E3
Rear spacer


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