Originally posted by russellw
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After almost 30 years and more than a million kilometres of driving I got to thinking today about the cars that have made so many great memories. Some of them have been for the right reason whilst others have been memorable for all the wrong reasons .... indulge me while I share a couple with you.
Your showing your age now. But anyway, i'll give it a go also.
Ford Escort MK2 Pinto 2L
What a beasty 2L two door. I paid $1800 for it and it already had extractors and a complete exhaust. I re-jetted the Webber with bigger jets and fitted a nice aftermarket air filter. I just loved to hear the induction of that Webber sucking in the air. Rust was the enemy! I cut out almost half the firewall behind the airbox and welded in a new one that I picked up from one of the many local wreckers. In fact I almost changed the whole car, piece by piece, to the point where I knew the wreckers so well I got on a few of the their Christmas card lists. I ended up rebuilding that motor with my dad and it would have run for another 10 years if that pedestrian didn’t run the red don’t walk on Parra road. I ended up selling it to one of those wreckers for $200 and went and bought me some new shoes with the $$$
Holden HG Premier 308 V8
I was never one for blind brand loyalty. If it had the goods and did the job, then I liked it. This one wasn’t the case. I got it because it was stock as a rock, original owner and had been sitting under a tarp in a paddock out Windsor way for 20 years. The engine had never been cracked open and it had only done 40 000km. I had plans of restoring it, but I grew old of the ‘G’ as she became known and sold her to my old man, who did end up restoring it. By this stage imports were staring to come in, and a friend was starting his import business. So it was time to toss out the old carbs, push rods and embrace turbos, multiple cams and injection.
I saw the light, and it was forced induction. The 180Sx was the first of a long line of turbo imports to live in my garage. The 180SX arrived before the AU hit aussie roads and when they were selling for $25000 and boy did it cop some punishment. It was my daily driver to work in the city and also completed circuit and drag strip duties. I managed to run a mid 13sec pass and 1:14 around the old Wakefield circuit. I did replace one motor, fitted a BB turbo and tweaked the ECU; the lesson was ‘technology is your friend’.
Big power + light car = lots of fun. A simple equation led to a weird hybrid that has gone through two engines and still lives in the back of my garage. The body is a mk1 escort and the engine is a 13B with a T04 turbo, completely engineered and road registered. This one has been built for big turbo boost and delivered a flat 12 second pass. The only disappointment came from the response from other escort owners with blind brand loyalty. Being told to, ‘get rid of that fcuking engine’ by a wrecker. It’s a shame really, with an escort with years of R&D, including a front-rear brake bias with in cabin adjustment, 9inch diff cut and tuck, altered driving position to give a 48:52 weight split for circuit racing and so on; the other escort owners could never see past the rotary. But :wgaf: it’s really at home on the track or traffic light grad prix which ever comes first.