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Name: Char­lie Barker Car: 1979 Club­man Es­tate Lo­ca­tion: Brighton

Here’s my re­cently-con­verted Ford Eco­Boost Club­man. I've owned the car for a few years now, go­ing from an 850 en­gine to a Metro Turbo. It’s my daily car though, and many years of the daily grind took its toll on a highly strung A-Se­ries en­gine and gear­box. I was work­ing in a Ford main dealer when the first 1.0 Eco­Boost en­gines came into pro­duc­tion, and af­ter see­ing one in a Fo­cus with a six-speed box I started to eye it up as a con­ver­sion.

It’s so small I thought it would be a per­fect setup for a Mini. The en­gine, gear­box and an­cil­lar­ies was just £300 from eBay, and six months later, with much help from friends, it was on the road. With 150bhp and 205NM torque it’s ex­tremely fun to drive with the re­li­a­bil­ity and econ­omy of a mod­ern car.

Is Char­lie's Clubby the first ever Eco­Boost Mini?

Chunky arches house split-rims.

The Ford mo­tor looks right at home.

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