Ford Escort MK1 GT Turbo Mexico Stripe Kit

Ford Escort MK1 GT Turbo Mexico Stripe Kit

Jeff Watson’s 1970 Ford Escort MK1 GT Turbo was photographed for ClassicFord UK Magazine last year and I really enjoyed to work with this car and its owner. This was Jeff’s restoration project and I must say that he did top job on it considering the fact that the car was sitting in the shed for about 25 years. Needless to say, the car is street legal but easily can do a quarter-mile in 12 seconds. Some interesting specs and photos are under the cut. Enjoy

Body:
Australian 1970 Mk1 Escort GT, Mexico stripe kit, Mexico badges, factory stainless steel trim.

Paint:
Ford Vermillion Red

Engine:
2-litre Pinto, ACL pistons, standard balanced crank and rods, factory cylinder head, Crow camshaft, dual heavy duty valve springs, Quaife steel Vernier gear set, Cometic race grade gasket set, modified Spearco four-barrel intake manifold, EFi conversion, 70 mm throttle body, custom steampipe turbo exhaust manifold, GT30 turbo, 0.63 A/R turbine housing, 40 mm Turbosmart external waste-gate, 3 inch stainless steel pipes, Ultraflow stainless steel system, 2.5 inch tailpipe, Microtech ECU, Bosch 440cc fuel injectors, modified Toyota 4AGE big port distributor, Toyota 4AGE igniter and coil, modified high amp factory alternator, Aluminum heavy duty radiator, 14 inch electric thermo fan, factory fuel tank, Bosch 044 fuel pump, 8an braided Earls fuel lines, 6an return line, Aeromotive fuel regulator

Transmission:
Single rail four-speed gearbox, custom 3 inch tailshaft, Exedy heavy duty clutch, Falcon Borg Warner 78 diff, 3.89 gears, four-pinion LSD centre, Moser 28-spline heavy-duty shafts

Suspension
Front: Capri struts, 1.5-inch lowered King springs, custom strengthened crossmember, anti-dive kit, new rubber kit
Rear: Rebuilt Escort leaf springs, extra leaf added, custom rear axle anti-tramp bars, Gabriel sport dampers

Brakes
Front: 300 mm disc rotors, Holden VT Commodore callipers
Rear: 10 inch Falcon drums

Wheels And Tyres:
Mustang Magnums, front 6×15 (front), 7×15 (rear), with 185/55R15 and 225/50R15 tyres

Interior:
Six-dial dash, custom retrimmed with GT wood grain trim inserts, Autometer oil pressure and water temp gauges, new roof lining, OMP bucket seats, factory original
rear seat, new door cards, Microtech ECU hand controller

Photos: