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so the 32 is tucked away in the back of the garage awaiting funds. that's where these 2 come in.
i like a classic ford and i like 'older' bikes. these are both right up my street then. the bike's getting done first as it needs less doing. it's a jap import yamaha srx 400, we got the full fat 600 here in blighty but a few of these 400's have made it here too. it's a sort of jap interpretation of a cafe racer for the 80's. like the honda xbr500 but with less gubbins. they're kickstart only on these early ones (it's a 1986) and no main stand either.
anyway i've had a look over it for the mot and fitted a new set of indicators already, one was busted and the rest were an assorted 'set' with not a matching one among them. while the headlight was out i reconnected the sidelight that had come apart too. once it's tested the reg will be sold, it's A8 DUM. i've been quoted £500 for that and it'll go back on a 'C' plate so that's fine. i need to see if the battery will charge and hold said charge and get the test booked.
here's some pics of the bike.





the escort is a typical been laid up for years old ford. the engine ran fine after the carb was freed off, the points gapped and cleaned, some fresh petrol and a new battery. even the clutch wasn't stuck and the gears all selected and worked too. so the engine and box got listed on evilbay and young ifan millar off here bought those for his better half's new car he's doing for her. so it sit's waiting for the bike to get out of the way so it can get fully stripped in the garage. i've been buying parts for it while it waits. i have a good 2.0 pinto from the eagle kitcar i'm selling on here, a type 9 5 speed box, a 6 dial dash and top, a set of very clean deep dish 7x13 revolites with good 185 60 13's on, a pair of late capri front struts and a pair of mexico wings to cut the arches from and weld to my stock wings. i'm not mad, one is rotten down the back edge and the other is a new one that's been fitted and crudely removed and bent. but my car has at some point had new stock wings that fit nice with good gaps so i'll swap the flared mexico arches onto them. oh and i just bought today a new bonnet cable and a secondhand bonnet release lever as mine's broken.
i'll get some pics of the escort in daylight so you can see the patina that's staying.
cheers, neil.
 

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Nice Yammy Neil ! ( I was 14 when that was new. eek ! ) I know a few people who would suit that number plate . I 8 Dum (I be... ) would be perfect though .... :crazy:
 

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Yaay! Classic bikes rock :smoke:

Dunno where you get the time! Mate had a Escort estate and are a lovely motor :D
 

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Not so much a thread, I thought I'd take a leaf out of grizz' book and just post what I'm up to. I jump about so often from one thing to the next I thought one thread fits all. I may even post stuff when I work on the garage itself.
Those yamaha and Honda big singles have always floated my boat, I've had a few ft500's and a couple of the xbr500's too. I love the torque.
As for the escort it's an estate and I love estate cars. They're just so practical, I mean look at the Anglia estate I built :pmsl: seriously these old escorts make stupid money these days and if I do it all myself I can make a good amount towards my 32 gasser budget.
The bike, once the plate is sold I'd like to keep but you know what I'm like........ :shake:
 

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so today i drained the stale fuel out of the bike and put a gallon of super unleaded in to spice up the dregs ;). also pulled the battery to charge it up, not sure if it's any good, we'll see tomorrow once it's sat 24hrs. if not as there's no leccy start it's not expensive for a new on at under a score (that's £20 for the children out there :lol:). oh, i booked the mot too, not this saturday but the next :tup:.
on the escort the new bonnet release cable arrived, just waiting for the s/h lever and i'll be able to open the bonnet without mole grips :D the courier collecting the capri struts for me (dpd) didn't even bother to knock the guy's door, they just slipped a 'while you were out' bla bla note through the door the wan*ers. got to get them to go again but send a driver with a brain :shake: we'll see how that goes :(
 

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here's a taster of the escort, it's taken 47 years to look this good. i'm planning to mop the 'paintwork' with the minimum of repairs sympathetically blown in to match.




 

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So I made a list and bought all the front end stuff for the escort today. Gaz adjustable coilover struts, adjustable tca's, eccentric top mounts, 4 pot willwood brake kit, a quick rack and ends, poly bushes for everything and a bias pedal box. That lightened the old wallet :eek:
 

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The body panels on the escort look pretty straight , and the chrome seems ok too . The patina suits it . Are you going to do much with the motor / trans ?
Would be a fun daily as is . Not jealous at all :D
 

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as far as the outside bodywork goes it's getting the arches from mexico wings grafted on and any rust through cut out and new steel welded in. some sympathetic paint touchins to match as best as i can then mop the whole car and wax it. any surface rust, body 'blemishes' etc will stay. it's getting a full length roof rack as where it had one before it marked the roof. i've bought the 8 suckers and the 4 clamps i need, just got to knock up the rack. mechanically it's all change. 2.0 pinto, 5 speed box, gaz coilovers, wilwood brakes, adjustable tca's, eccentric top mounts, bias pedal box, one peice prop, lsd, rear discs, polybushes throughout, 7x13 revolite wheels etc. so old on top, new underneath. should make a nice car.
 

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Here's a quick Windows paint " Colouring in " picture I knocked up . Very basic I know but I likey ! :D



Easy to colour in seeing as its white :pmsl:
 

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That was a saloon then judging by the shape of the n/s rear side window.
 

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It certainly was ! Well spotted :D
I tried to find a " simple black & white " one for my manipulation ( I do get a tad bored "resting my poorly leg " LOL ) ,
but I guess there's not too much call for colouring in pictures of estates ....
Well ... saying that there are these ones
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An Opel Astra ...?? WHY ? :pmsl:

This Stude looks rather nice I think
I have hundreds of "line drawings" to print off and do designs on - like flames and "racing decals" etc .
I only use the simple windows paint , and some of the jpg / gif / bitmap ones are ...rather laborious to block fill (with the little bucket icon) due to the 500...(!) shades of grey. )
 

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i just print off a black and white pic and use felts. nobody's shown me how to do photoshop :S
so back to this morning, the bike went straight through the mot, woohoo! :D
 

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forgot i also ordered an auto (larger) trans tunnel for the escort too. stops the 5 speed box hanging down so far and catching when it's stupid low.
 

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so i'm still buying escort parts, last night it was new alloy rs2000 engine mounts and a set of bike carbs with inlet etc.....
i can't help myself when things are 'cheap' :shake:
 
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