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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:

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:

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....

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..

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.

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.

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:

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......

It may look good and it may be good, but it's rubbish!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-15-03, 04:30 AM
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that is 1 mad lookin car dude!!!
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