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Classic Ford

November 2019

Classic Ford is rammed full of expert technical features, the best feature cars from across the world, a dedicated motorsport section plus all the news, products and information you'll need from across the entire classic Ford scene. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies

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this issue

BEN SZANTO CONTRIBUTOR Prolific project car builder Ben introduces us to his latest build this issue, with his 16-valve Mk1 Cortina. Page 72. JON HILL CONTRIBUTOR Keen to get the lowdown on dry sump systems, Jon shot this edition’s main tech feature, and without making a mess. Page 68. ADE BRANNAN CONTRIBUTOR Ade shot this month’s cover and main feature featuring three fine examples of the Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3 Capri. Page 27. How To Contact Us Telephone: 01959 541444 Email: classicford.ed@kelsey.co.uk Write to: Classic Ford, Kelsey Media, Cudham Tithe Barn, Berrys Hill, Cudham TN16 3AG, UK www.classicfordmag.co.uk…

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It’s safe to say that the Capri changed the face of motoring in the UK. It was one of the best-selling cars for countless years, and with millions on our roads at one point, I reckon pretty much everyone who picks up this magazine will have warm memories of them — I could fill this magazine with mine. To hit the magic 50 is a major milestone, and as the tributes continue to be paid to Ford’s still incredibly distinctive coupé, we’re going out on a limb with our definitive guide to every version and special edition officially produced. It’s an impressive indication of just how clever Ford’s marketing bods were at getting us to part with our hard-earned. Speaking of which, must dash – I’ve got the urge to track…

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against the clock

Car: 1978 Escort Mexico Start condition Stripped and blasted Condition now Running and driving Time taken so far 10 months George Archer is knackered, and he’s got every reason to be. In November last year, his longtime friend, Josh Smith wandered into his workshop and casually mentioned that he’d like his Mk2 Mexico on the road in time for his wedding at the end of August the following year. Nothing out of the ordinary here — only this wasn’t a quick freshen-up. The Mexico in question was a total basketcase needing a complete restoration. Only a few years back the car would have been deemed beyond saving, but Josh is persistent and he had timing on his side — the plethora of new panels and repair sections that have become available for the Mk2 Escort…

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new escort!

First it was the bodyshells, now it’s complete turnkey cars — the Mk2 Escort could be going back into production in 2020, if a plan by Motorsport Tools comes into fruition. Working with Great British Sports Cars, Motorsport Tools are planning to offer road-legal, 200 bhp Escorts, powered by a 2.5-litre Duratec and based on their new Group 4-spec bodyshells. The project will take the form of a forest-arched rally car, tested to IVA requirements so that it can be registered for road use. Motorsport Tools has already built up a rolling shell from new parts, which now sits in GBS’s Nottingham workshop awaiting the engine and a Mazda six-speed gearbox. The braking set-up will feature be AP Racing callipers, while ATR coil-overs will help keep it planted. A roll cage will…

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rusty corner

Terminally-rotten old Fords With the prices for Cosworths — even the more-common Sapphire variants — at now-ridiculous levels, you’d think even neglected examples would be winging their way to the welders as we speak, but as you can see this late two-wheel-drive example, sent in by eagle-eyed reader, Pete Norris, has well and truly been put out to grass. “It’s been parked up for what seems like forever, and the owner won’t let it go. It’s a real shame,” reckons Pete. We couldn’t agree more. Spotted an unloved Ford on your travels? Email photos and details of your find to classicford.ed@kelsey. co.uk or you can write to us at the address over on page 5.…

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back in the day

5 YEARS AGO NOVEMBER 2014 Rewind the clock to the Autumn of 2014, and we find ourselves spending the day with Dave Fisher and his impressive collection of Fords to head up our Readers’ Projects special issue. Dave still owns almost all of the cars featured, and has gained a few more in the subsequent years, proving the old adage, ‘There’s no such thing as too many classic Fords’! 10 YEARS AGO NOVEMBER 2009 Before Homebuilt Hero there was Built Not Bought, aptly illustrated by Dave Gardner’s turbo’d Mk1 Cortina which headed up the November 2009 issue with its do-it-yourself theme, along with Owen Copping and his RS2000 restoration project — the star car from the now-infamous Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels movie. Owen later finished the rebuild, too! Complete your collection of Classic Ford…