MK2 ES­CORT VAN

BUILDER: TERRY WARD FROM: UK

Classic Ford - - READERS PROJECTS SPECIAL -

Planned spec: re­stored shell, 2- litre Pinto, up­rated sus­pen­sion

What’s the story: “This van had been in dry stor­age for 16 years be­fore I made a start on it,” says Terry. “I have col­lected 90 per cent of the parts for the restora­tion in­clud­ing a 2- litre Pinto in need of a re­build, and a four- speed out of a 2- litre Capri.”

“First thing first though, I need to re­pair the shell — the driver’s floor­pan is shot, so I have cut it out ready to let in a new panel, but other than a bit of sur­face rust here and there it’s re­ally very solid for its age, and I have a brand- new wing still in pack­ag­ing to go on. I have also re­moved the bat­tery tray as I was go­ing to have bat­tery in­side the van, but I am in two minds at present whether to re­in­state it.

“The van was orig­i­nally white but it has since been blue, then white, then blue, then white and I’m now go­ing back to blue again!

“Sadly, I have four or five other projects to com­plete first, one of them be­ing the new garage that I’m build­ing around the van at present be­fore I can re­ally get to grips with this project!”

Van needs the usual A-pil­lar re­pairs. Pinto will be re­built and re­fit­ted.

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