THE SPE­CIAL­IST: Yester ford

Aus­tralia’s finest old Ford parts em­po­rium pro­filed.

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Here in the UK there are a num­ber of iconic clas­sic Ford work­shops. Travel south of the equa­tor, and head down un­der to Aus­tralia, and there is one name most of our south­ern Ford cousins know and love — Yester­ford.

From Es­corts to Anglias, Corti­nas to Capris, no mat­ter the part, chances are Yester­ford has it or at the very least knows where to find it. When you drop passed their small Ford em­po­rium you will be sur­prised at how much the shop feels like the ones in the UK. A pile of Cross­flow heads on the bench, a sweet Mk1 Cortina on the lift, a stack of 13 inch tyres over there. There is some­thing very re­as­sur­ing that comes from fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings — mi­nus the funny ac­cents, of course.

The Yester­ford story is a great one, and it all started back in the mid ’80s when a young Mike Kirk­patrick’s was of­fered the es­tab­lished busi­ness by the orig­i­nal owner. “At the time I was mad keen on early Anglia parts, and was a reg­u­lar cus­tomer,” ex­plains Mike “I used to sell the parts to the boss too, and one day he said I would make a good owner, and next thing you know I was run­ning the place. I have never looked back, be­cause this place is a great place to work and the cus­tomers are fan­tas­tic.”

World­wide

Fast for­ward 29 years and Yester­ford has gone from strength to strength, and is now ser­vic­ing cus­tomers through­out Aus­tralia, New Zealand and beyond.

“PARTS ARE OF­TEN HAND­MADE AND PUT TO­GETHER WITH IN­CRED­I­BLE AT­TEN­TION TO DE­TAIL”

Yester­ford like many clas­sic Ford work­shops has a spe­cial­ity, and there is without a doubt their abil­ity to sup­ply hard-to-get en­gine com­po­nents. They are also well-known for re­build­ing tricky parts like water pumps, al­ter­na­tors and starter mo­tors. Parts are of­ten hand­made, hand fab­ri­cated and put to­gether with the in­cred­i­ble at­ten­tion to de­tail.

So good are the parts and ser­vice, there is a very good chance that if you have built a car or are in the process of build­ing a clas­sic Ford in Aus­tralia that you have used Yester­ford in one way of an­other. It’s not all about off-the-shelf parts though, be­cause when the phone rings it’s quite of­ten or not Mike’s decades of Blue Oval ex­pe­ri­ence that is im­parted to that guy re­build­ing a GT-spec We­ber or Es­cort win­dow wind­ing mech­a­nism in some re­mote part of this wide brown land.

When we dropped past, Mike had a num­ber of things of the go. There was a cool Mk1 Cortina in for a ser­vice; he was putting to­gether a side­valve Anglia mo­tor; there were parts be­ing cleaned; parts be­ing shipped; and parts ready to be dis­man­tled. It was a hub of ac­tiv­ity, and one that we could have stayed and stud­ied for hours. Yester­ford is one of those cool work­shops that is made up of a rich ta­pes­try of highly-de­sir­able Ford parts, the smell of en­gine ma­chine oil, new old stock boxes, and decades of me­chan­i­cal ex­per­tise.

Skills ’n’ thrills

Yester­ford has been re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing thou­sands of clas­sic Fords tick­ing over on Aussie roads for many many years. Their well-de­vel­oped skills, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to the small Ford bri­gade is the stuff of leg­end, and their loyal le­gions of re­peat cus­tomers pay tes­ti­mony to this lit­tle ’shop’s huge im­pact on the scene down un­der.

Rare and valu­able is the best way to de­scribe our clas­sic Fords, and af­ter decades of op­er­a­tion it’s also the same, very fit­ting de­scrip­tion for the busi­ness as well.

They sup­ply and re­con­di­tion parts, but Yester­ford can also work on cus­tomer’s cars, too.

Mike been run­ning Yester­ford for 29 years and is still mad keen on old Fords.

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