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Classic Ford February 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

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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13 Issues


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I can clearly remember when I first clapped eyes on my first set of sidedraught carburettors (on a Lotus twin-cam-powered Mini Clubman Estate of all things, at a show back in the late ’80s), and I’m not ashamed to admit, it was love at first sight. Thirty years on, and I still feel the need to have a pair of DCOEs bolted to any classic Ford engine I own, even if a single twin-choke carb would be just as effective. And yes, throttle bodies are better and more efficient, but sidedraughts are still top dog in the classic Ford scene – they look the part, they sound great, and rebuilding and tweaking them is still very much a DIY prospect. If you’re new to the not-so-humble sidedraught, or simply need a refresher,…

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through the tube

Name: Matt Urch Age: 34 Job:Welder and fabricator Location: Dorset Car: 1957 Popular 100E Start condition: basket-case restoration project Condition now: major welding done including MX5 floorpan Estimated date of completion: April 2019 If you’ve been to any track-based Ford show in recent years, then you’ll know Matt by sight, if not by name. His last project, an insane SAAB turbo-powered sit-up-and-beg Pop (featured mid-build in the April 2015 issue) could regularly be seen at obscene angles on the nation’s circuits — particularly in the south west — with smoke pouring off its rear wheels. After Matt rebuilt the car a couple of times, he decided the sell the Pop on at the end of the 2016 season so that he could focus on Urchfab, his custom welding and fabrication business. However, at the start of 2018 Urchfab took…

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great expectations

Can you handle The Great Unveiling? The Classic Ford Show may be moving to a superb new location, but that doesn’t mean we’re giving up on the features that make Europe’s biggest old Ford event so unique — and that includes the infamous The Great Unveiling. Now in its 11th year, this annual event, which takes place on the Sunday of the Classic Ford Show, is designed to showcase stunning classic Fords that have just been finished in time for the show. Hidden under covers until the event, five never-seen-before completed projects will be revealed one by one in front of a huge crowd on the Classic Ford stand. We’re on the lookout for new projects and rebuilds that will be finished in time for the show, which takes place at Santa…

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saved for tv

Salvage supremo, Drew Pritchard returns to Quest to present a brand-new series of Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars in the New Year, and this time there’s a Capri in the line-up. Drew returns to follow his passion for motoring alongside experienced car dealer, Paul Cowland, as they scour the length and breadth of the UK to find some of motoring’s hidden gems and classic vehicles, in order to restore them and sell them on. The 10 cars include a Mk3 Capri, which he attempts to turn from a tatty former boy racer into looking like it’s just rolled out of the showroom. Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars returns to Quest (Freeview channel 37) from Wednesday, January 16 at 9 pm.…

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some (more) front

There’s big changes afoot for the super-popular, Ford-only drag race series, the Old Skool Ford Drag Challenge (OSFDC). From the 2019 season, the OSFDC will be welcoming all British Ford models that were in production before 1990 — this includes Mk3 Fiestas, Sierras, Mk1 and Mk2 Orions and Mk4 Escorts. “We’ve had a lot of interest this year from the owners of these cars,” reckons OSFDC co-organiser, Jo Peters, “and Classic Ford has been including them for a while now too, so it’s only right that they be eligible to race in 2019.” The 2019 race dates will be revealed early in 2019, and the championship rounds will once again be featured in Classic Ford – to register your interest for the series, head over to www.oldskoolford.co.uk or www.facebook.com/OSFDC.…

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rusty corner

Terminally-rotten old Fords This not-rusty-at-all Escort Cosworth was spotted in a covered car park in Malaga, Spain a few years back looking remarkably intact, as Ben Weston confirms: “You’ve sot to give the Spanish kids their dues — if that was in the UK, it would have been stripped within a month,” reckons Ben. 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. “THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN STRIPPED...”…