Classics Monthly - - Reader Restorations 2018 Round Up -

It’s hard to imag­ine that Mick Stad­don’s con­cours con­di­tion Château Grey MkII Con­sul was pur­chased back in 1974 for £85 and used as a daily driver un­til en­ter­ing semi re­tire­ment a few years later. Buy­ing a mod­ern re­place­ment as the fam­ily’s main set of wheels could have meant the end of the road for the big Ford but by then the Con­sul had firmly es­tab­lished it­self as a fam­ily friend. As the new fam­ily car wasn’t pow­er­ful enough to tow a car­a­van, the Con­sul was brought out of re­tire­ment and pressed into ser­vice for a few more years as very ca­pa­ble tow car. How­ever, by 1987 time was start­ing to catch up with the Con­sul, so it was taken off the road once more and Mick em­barked on what was orig­i­nally planned to be a brief ‘tidy up’. From strip­ping out and paint­ing the en­gine bay, work pro­gressed into a full-blown nut and bolt me­chan­i­cal restora­tion and a bare metal re­spray, with all the work, in­clud­ing over­haul­ing the car’s 1703cc in­line four be­ing un­der­taken in the owner’s sin­gle garage.

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