SI­MON WOOD

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classic -

Si­mon Wood bought his Es­cort 1600 Ghia auto four years ago and straight­away wanted it to be a lot more fun to drive, so he’s in­cor­po­rated a raft of up­grades. ‘I’ve fit­ted a 2.0-litre Zetec en­gine and an up­rated ex­haust sys­tem to al­low it to breathe bet­ter and im­prove the sound it makes. The fly­wheel has been redrilled to take a Pinto clutch and there’s a Sierra five-speed gear­box for re­li­a­bil­ity and more re­laxed cruis­ing. Fit­ting a bias pedal box and re­mov­ing the servo has ti­died up the en­gine bay – it works out cheaper and the brakes still work well. The car is also low­ered all round and has Gaz Gold in­serts plus poly-bushed sus­pen­sion, so it han­dles well too.’

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