NZ Performance Car - - Refinish Experts At Your Door -

It’s not al­ways easy find­ing a mint stocker with a pre­vi­ous owner in the el­derly age bracket, but Ge­off Lay­bourn man­aged to do just that when he pur­chased this im­mac­u­late MkI Ford Es­cort. The Es­cort didn’t last long in that state though, as Ge­off was pretty keen to see a bit more power un­der the vin­tage hood. The old boat an­chor was re­moved and re­placed with a black-top Nis­san SR20DET en­gine out of a Sil­via, with a few more ad­di­tions to get some de­cent grunt out of it. The cho­sen GT2871R turbo, sit­ting on top of a cus­tom steam-pipe man­i­fold and HKS cams, should make be­tween 260 and 300kW once it’s tuned by E&H Mo­tors, near Ge­off’s home in Pukekohe.

To get that power to the ground the S14 five-speed gear­box has been mated to a chro­moly fly­wheel, five-puck clutch, and a limited-slip Hilux diff. With over 260kW and a feather-light kerb weight of 900kg thanks to the all-al­loy SR20, Ge­off’s Es­cort will be a rapid ma­chine once it’s com­pleted.

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