Escort repaired bulkhead

MkII Escort Restoration – Part 2

MkII Escort Restoration – Part 2 700 467 Steve SVG

You may remember from a post back in November that SVG had taken on the restoration of this Mk2 Ford Escort. The car was imported from South Africa and was to be dismantled and stripped, by the owner, to bare metal before coming back to the SVG workshops for restoration.

In that post, we sounded a cautious note that you never know what you will get back from the stripping process. It can reveal a multitude of sins.

When the car first arrived, SVG and the car’s owner were very happy with how good it looked. Convinced the car was a good one, the restoration was expected to be light and quick. We didn’t expect this! Underneath the tidy exterior lurked something very different. This car had a history of dodgy repairs and rust – lots of rust.

The pictures tell the story so far. The battery had leaked and there was a repair needed, but below that, the front chassis rail barely exists in places. Replacement chassis rails have been bought and will be welded in. The bulkhead has now had a huge hole filled and the front floor pans on both sides have been replaced. A door pillar on one side which was largely full of filler is about to be replaced.

Part 3 of this project will be added to the site later in the year.

Ford RS1600 Restoration

The Escort looked good when it first arrived

Escort chassis repair

Stripping revealed previous repairs

Escort rust hole in transmission tunnel.

Rust hole in the transmission tunnel.

Escort rusted front chassis rail

Very rusty front chassis rail.

Escort replacement chassis rail

Replacement chassis rail

Escort new door pillar.

New door pillar being prepped for welding

Escort damaged and rusty wheelarch

Wheelarch showing damage and poor rust repairs

Ford RS1600 Restoration

MkII Escort Restoration

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SVG Motor Sport will soon start the restoration of this MkII Ford Escort for one of our customers. The car has recently arrived at our workshop in West Sussex having just been imported from South Africa. It is a genuine RS1600 and completely standard and unaltered and in remarkably good condition.

This will be a total restoration begining with the car being completely dismantled before the shell is stripped to bare metal. The shell looks to be in very good shape but you can never be sure what the stripping may reveal of its past life and any repairs it may have had over the last 40 years.

When the car is back in the workshop our client then has a big decision to make. Will this restoration keep this a rare road car or will it become a race car.

See part 2 of the restoration here.

Ford Escort Mk2 RS1600