Performance Vauxhall - - PVS 2018 -

Fly­ing the flag for heav­ily mod­i­fied old-school cool was Martin Woods and his bril­liant low-mileage 1976 Viva HC load-lug­ger. He bought the car in March 2016. Back then, it was off the road and in a to­tally stan­dard state of tune save for a set of JBW Mini­light thir­teen-inch wheels. “I’m a fan of old Fords,” he says, show­ing us pho­to­graphs of his bub­ble-arched mod­i­fied Mk1 Es­cort es­tate. “I bought the Viva and quickly fit­ted a Pinto lump, but en­gine technology has moved on so much since those pow­er­plants were de­signed and built. Want­ing to use more mod­ern machin­ery, I de­cided to take on the chal­lenge of fit­ting a two-litre ‘Black Top’ Zetec in­line­four lifted out of a Mon­deo.” Mated to a Sierra Type 9 gear­box, the project re­quired a Mag­num rear axle, cus­tom en­gine mounts and rerouted fluid trans­fer pipework. GAZ GHA ad­justable coilovers were fit­ted, as were Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R mo­tor­cy­cle carbs, a cus­tom ex­haust, a Mk1 Es­cort brake servo, af­ter­mar­ket seats and Smiths gauges be­fore the car was sent for its MOT test just two days be­fore PVS. Thank­fully, Martin’s cool cargo car­rier was given a clean bill of health. Not bad for an old Vauxhall which hasn’t seen the road for al­most thirty years!

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