Car builds I'd love to do #7 - Ford Escort Mk.II

Disappointingly, there are very few large images of Mk.II Escorts, and those that are, are of RS1800s being driven on rallye stages.
Disappointingly, there are very few large images of Mk.II Escorts, and those that are, are of RS1800s being driven on rallye stages.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these… oh well.

A car that’s quite popular in Britain, but sadly, not so popular in continental Europe: the Mk.II Ford Escort. I don’t know what it is but I just love its boxy shape and (having seen what is probably too many AdamC videos) I know this thing has great potential.

The engine

Ford - Car builds I'd love to do #7 - Ford Escort Mk.II - British Cars

As I don’t think I’d ever have the money (or would want to spend the money) to buy an actual RS1800, I’d improvise using a slightly more modern engine from a Japanese legend; the BP-4W, the 1.8-litre out of the MX5. The plan is to turbo-charge it and fit it with ITBs to retain a little of the old raspy, un-filtered, carburettored 4-cylinder sound. Basically, it’s a resto-mod. I won’t turn it into a rally car though… more of a street car that can go fast.

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