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Old 11-27-2002, 18:47   #1 (permalink)
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RedED's previous rides.....

Hi all.

Thought I'd post some pics of previous cars/bikes that i've owned.

My first car, which I bought just before I turned 16, was a 1979 MKII Ford Escort. I did a lot of work to this car, and before it's demise (it got a pretty big defect on it, so sold it for fairly cheap) it had a very worked 2L motor in it, Monroe GT Gas shocks all round, Heavy duty lowered front springs, lowering blocks in the back , sports steering wheel, custom interior (including 3 autometer gauges - the tacho can be seen in the rear Right hand side view of the car sitting on the dash all chromey and shiny)
Nice Pioneer stereo and a few other minor bits and pieces....
The 2 pics can be seen here:

http://members.optusnet.com.au/~mare...rhs%20view.jpg

http://members.optusnet.com.au/~mare...rhs%20view.jpg

After the Escort, I bought a Nifty 50 scooter to get around on for a while. I don't have any pictures of this, but I guess u all know pretty well what a crappy Nifty 50 looks like!!!
Whilst I enjoyed the 'riding' aspect of the scooter, I found that it was extremely underpowered and quickly became bored with it. I then proceeded to go for my motorbike 'L's and when I had passed the test, I bought an XT200 Yamaha trail bike. Pretty standard, but I did a full motor rebuild on it so it went allright in the end. Pic here:

http://members.optusnet.com.au/~mare...t200%20rhs.jpg

This was OK for a while, but I got bored of the power/handling of this bike, and I was after a road bike. So I sold the XT and bought a 1988 model Suzuki RGV. This had a mildly worked motor and HPF exhausts (very very noisy!!) This was a great little bike and really booted through the twisties. I had it repainted due to an unfortunate low speed gravel slide out incident....
Pic:

http://members.optusnet.com.au/~mare...lmet%20rhs.jpg

After riding in all forms of weather for a little while, i thought it was time to get a car. So I went and got myself a loan and bought a 1985 model ZL Fairlane. As comfortable as it was, the motor was stuffed and it was probably the worst purchase i've ever made! I ended up selling it for about half the initial purchase price, even though i'd had to spend a bit of money on it to keep it going..

http://members.optusnet.com.au/~mare...ront%20lhs.jpg

I sold the bike before I sold the car, and after that needed another form of transport and was after a bigger bike as I had just received my full bike licence.
That's when I bought my GSXR750. An ex race bike, this '88 slingshot was very fast, even though the motor was a little tired. It already had some trick stuff on it (like a $2500 McIntosh swingarm, braided lines, full race glass and worked motor). I just put new EBC-HH brake pads on the front and got new Michelin Pilot sport tyres (hence the 'Michelin man' stickers...) and enjoyed the ride.

http://members.optusnet.com.au/~mare...ront%20rhs.jpg

http://members.optusnet.com.au/~mare...gsxr%20lhs.jpg

After selling this bike, I had a yearning for a Fast car again. After looking through the trading post for a few weeks, I found an Escort RS2000. Not any normal RS2000 though. This had a fully balanced/blueprinted 2 Litre, Fuel injection manifold from a Sierra - controlled by a Wolf 2D injection computer. It had a Nissan Skyline Turbo bolted on and a close ratio Sierra 5 speed gearbox in it. This thing was q-u-i-c-k! For some reason unknown to myself and everyone else, I didn't take any pictures of this car....
This car was great fun, but little bits and pieces kept going wrong with it, so I sold it to a mechanic who has since fixed it up. I have seen him driving past me once since selling it and it looks and sounds a lot better.

After this I thought I would go for a more reliable and comfortable car. Again, doing the rounds of the Trading Post and the local 'Advertiser' newspaper, I found an EAII Fairmont Ghia. This car was sweeeeeeet. Bog standard, apart from a completely new suspension setup, this car handled like a dream. Living quite near the Adelaide hills I would go through there quite a lot and it was very easy to put this car through a corner at a much higher speed than the yellow signs told you to....
Suspension setup was as follows:
Aurora heavy duty lowered springs front/rear.
Not sure of the brand of shocks, but they were very tight.
K-Mac adjustable camber kit at the front.
Pic:

http://members.optusnet.com.au/~mare...ront%20rhs.jpg

I owned this car for over 6 months, then sold it to go the UK for a while.

I am now back from the UK (have been for 6 months now) and now own a Red ED Falcon GLi - specs of which can be seen here:

http://discussions.fordforums.com/sh...threadid=27275

It is currently having a full suspension overhaul. It is getting Monroe Reflex shocks all round, Heavy duty 2 and a half inch lowered king springs at the back, the front springs already are 2 inch lowered. It already has a camber kit but this will be adjusted when the new suspension has been put on for Optimum cornering performance. Pics soon to follow......
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that is 1 mad lookin car dude!!!
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