1970 Mk 1 Escort in Ermine White with Zetec conversion

Having restored and converted several previous vehicles - Mk 2 Fiesta's, Capri Laser, Mk1 & Mk 2 Escorts, P100 Pickup and Mk4 Escort Cabrio, all fitted with engines that we planned to change for the 16 valve Zetec, this time around it seemed more logical to buy a "complete" car, needing work ( but without engine & gearbox ) and rebuild it from a shell upwards.

One was found that seemed ideal, a Mk1, 2 door Escort, tax exempt, complete with good original interior, chrome bumpers, straight body, roof & wings and with a 2 ltr Zetec engine & Retroford fitting kit and 5 speed gearbox also up for offers.

The post code indicated somewhere south of Glasgow, so we telephoned, made an appointment with the vendor, went to see him and bought the lot !

Collecting it all was another thing, but we hired a good trailer & drove up in the trusty Volvo estate, the last 25 miles or so over single track roads with grass growing down the middle.

What follows is a pictorial set of snapshots of the restoration and conversion of our Mk 1 to a Zetec powered Mexico replica.

This car is now sold. Please contact us for more details.

Car as bought, seemed OK

Until you looked closer

Front under wing & strut top repairs

Engine bay prep & paint "in house"

Mexico front wheel arches fitted

Rear axle lowering blocks & radias arms

Car in paint shop

Bare shell back from the painters

Engine & gearbox fitted from underneath

Engine bay after paint & Zetec conversion

New radiator, fan & cooling hoses

Engine installation and 'bike carbs

Awaiting badges & decals, suspension settling nicely

Interior & boot refitted

Rolling Road setup & Power Run

Completed car ready for the Classic Ford Show


Chester Sportscars Ltd
Unit 30, Garden City Industrial Estate,
Sealand Avenue,
Queensferry, Deeside CH5 2HW
Tel. 01244 822244
Mobile Duncan 07554 319432

Chester Sportscars. Tel. 01244 822244

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