Ford’s feel­ing flat and de­flated

Three wheels on James’s wagon – and there’s not a ser­vice sta­tion in sight

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - JAMES SADLIER MAN­AG­ING EDI­TOR


I’ve had very lit­tle to worry about since buy­ing the Mondeo in Novem­ber be­cause it’s in fan­tas­tic con­di­tion for its age. I’ve been quite lucky with re­gards to re­li­a­bil­ity too – un­til now.

I set off for the Stib­bing­ton Diner clas­sic car meet one Sun­day morn­ing and thought that the car felt a lit­tle more slug­gish than usual – cer­tainly, it felt like I was fight­ing it more than I needed to around round­abouts and cor­ners. I put it down to noth­ing more sin­is­ter than dodgy Cam­bridgeshire roads and car­ried on to the clas­sic meet.

As I ar­rived, I was im­me­di­ately gut­ted to spot a Ford Cortina MkV ex­it­ing the car park. I would have loved to line the two Ford fam­ily cars up to­gether – all we would have needed to com­plete the col­lec­tion was an early Sierra. How­ever, I was soon dis­tracted by a Tri­umph TR7 con­vert­ible and a Lo­tus Elan +2 and their proud own­ers. I thought that they wouldn’t be par­tic­u­larly en­am­oured of my 1990s sa­loon, given their much older Bri­tish metal, but they both shared their mem­o­ries of how much the Mondeo had im­proved on the Sierra 24 years ago.

As­so­ciate edi­tor David Brown then no­ticed that the Mondeo’s near­side rear tyre looked ex­tremely flat, which would ex­plain the slug­gish drive on the drive to Stib­bing­ton. I didn’t think that the Mondeo would make it to a ser­vice sta­tion, wor­ried that it would go com­pletely flat en route. But be­fore I could fret too much, David re­turned with a Ring Au­to­mo­tive air com­pres­sor, plugged it into the cig­a­rette lighter socket and set the psi. It started pump­ing away and had the tyre back up to its cor­rect pres­sure in just a few min­utes. Much to my re­lief, it was still fine af­ter I’d en­joyed a good feed in the diner.

Why, I was so im­pressed, I bought the com­pres­sor!

DB gets to work. The tyre was back to its nor­mal pres­sure within min­utes.

The Mondeo basks in the clas­sic glow of a Tri­umph TR7 and Lo­tus Elan +2.

I’m not rac­ing any­thing with go-faster stripes like that!

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