ES­CORT RS 2000

New Zealand Classic Car - - Behind The Garage Door -

Pe­ter Kung of PK Auto Elec­tri­cal in Auckland is half­way through work restor­ing this beauty. He found the ex-racer stacked high on a con­tainer where it was slowly rotting away. He res­cued it and be­gan the re­build five years ago. It’s been a work of pa­tience, as he’s had to source es­sen­tial bits and pieces from across the globe, as well as recre­ate some.

He bought two sets of guards for it, each com­ing from the op­po­site end of Eng­land, so he had to co­or­di­nate the trans­port and ship­ping of those. The mo­tor, which is now also a thing of beauty, is ready and wait­ing to be in­stalled. Seven thou­sand dol­lars’ worth of ex­trac­tors are among the other dif­fi­cult to find, ex­pen­sive, and es­sen­tial bits and pieces that Manon But­ler Mo­tors in Auckland has used to re­build the 268kw Cos­worth en­gine, with com­pany re­spon­si­ble for the work on the trans­mis­sion and sus­pen­sion as well.

The body has also been com­pletely re­built. The body was com­pletely dis­as­sem­bled and mounted onto a ro­tis­serie to make it eas­ier to work on and paint. Pe­ter did all the panel work in-house, and now the once se­ri­ously race-ac­ci­dent-dam­aged shell is once again pris­tine and look­ing the busi­ness.

Slater Fab­ri­ca­tion, on Auckland’s North Shore, did all the seam-weld­ing and in­stalled a roll cage and dry-sump tanks, among other tasks.

The car is now wait­ing for Kavi at JK Panel and Paint in Pen­rose, Auckland, to ap­ply the fi­nal coats of paint. Kavi will do that the only way there is to do these jobs: “his way,” says Pe­ter.

When asked about his work with the car, Pe­ter says, “If you want to do it, why not? And do it your way.” He sees him­self as only the cur­rent owner, or care­taker, and tells us that, “the next owner will get a good car with ev­ery­thing done prop­erly.” We look for­ward to fol­low­ing up on this project when it is fin­ished.

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