NZ Performance Car - - 1980 Ford Escort Mk2 -

SEATS: (F) Sparco front seats, re­trimmed

rear seats STEER­ING WHEEL: Sparco steer­ing wheel,

Quaife gear knob IN­STRU­MEN­TA­TION: Au­tome­ter Ta­chome­ter,

speedo, fuel, volt­age, oil pres­sure, and wa­ter tem­per­a­ture gauges; In­no­vate air/fuel-ra­tio

gauge POWER: Un­known

Start­ing off in the orig­i­nal Ford ‘Stark White’ hue, the car was al­ways meant to be a daily driver and a means of A-to-B trans­port, but much like many builds, the snow­ball ef­fect hap­pened and con­ta­gious­ness set in. Gain­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the UK Es­cort scene, James re­moved the orig­i­nal 1600 cross­flow mo­tor from the car and re­fit­ted the Es­cort with a Zetec en­gine, most com­monly found in Ford Fo­cus and Mon­deo mod­els. James told us that he wanted to keep it Ford in the en­gine bay and keep some cul­tural in­tegrity for the Es­cort, “Ev­ery­one in NZ seems to put SR20 mo­tors in th­ese cars, but I wanted to keep it Ford.” Pur­chas­ing a set of en­gine mounts from the UK and a cus­tom big winged/gated sump, the 2 litre Zetec en­gine was fit­ted in a north–south con­fig­u­ra­tion, rather than its fac­tory east–west lay­out. Ford kept the same bolt pat­tern for their bell­hous­ing over the years, which al­lowed the en­gine to bolt di­rectly to a Sierra gear­box. James de­cided that he wanted some more power and in­creased dis­place­ment to 2100cc. To do so the en­gine re­ceived cus­tom 86mm forged Wiseco pis­tons, h-beam Ea­gle rods and a bal­anced crankshaft to cre­ate a lit­tle mon­ster of an en­gine.

The three piece Sim­mon F90’s were orig­i­nally cus­tom made to fit a Lo­tus 7 kit car, mea­sur­ing 16x7.5-inch

Sport­ing a Sparco steer­ing wheel and seats, the car has been set up to look and feel like a race car. To com­plete the look of the in­te­rior, James plans on in­stalling new car­pets, which should clean things up and add a touch of com­fort

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