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    my god i’ve triggered the “Escortosis” - somebody better alert the WHO! [emoji23]

    mine is a 1300XL. I used to work with some rather serious racecar fabricators and engineers as I worked in composites and prototyping. This included Roaring Forties (who made the worlds best gt-40 replicas….with so much skilled hand work…it was mindblowing). I had the idea of essentially resto-modding my car to look like it was plucked from a racing car workshop from the 70s and I collected all the legit “works” bits and bobs, built my own dash using period kit etc. The engine I have is a custom designed and made head by a company called Vegantune in the UK and the engine builder’s name is stamped into it and the block by hand (supposedly one of only a half dozen of them made). I even worked with a company called Gartrac to produce a custom axle to my specs and a Dutch company that builds dampers for Ohlins from which i had all custom shocks made up. The next step was body/panel work which I started to TIG and braze the proper way - with silicone bronze. But, it all got put on hold when it became too loud for the neighbours…and hence i focused on woodworking.

    Alas the day will come when it finally barks to life again.
    I even have a stick of cocobolo set aside to make a custom steering wheel (to fit in with the “Ford Mexico” theme).


    cheers,

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    Escort .. schmescort ... I asked Lynndy to buy me this for my next birthday ...



    1972 Dino Ferrari

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Quote Originally Posted by derekcohen View Post
    Escort .. schmescort ... I asked Lynndy to buy me this for my next birthday ...



    1972 Dino Ferrari

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Derek, there will be a long time between birthdays: dreaming is timeless!

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by derekcohen View Post
    Escort .. schmescort ... I asked Lynndy to buy me this for my next birthday ...



    1972 Dino Ferrari

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Derek,
    If Lynndy, buys you the Dino, for your bday, I would be more than happy to send you my adoption papers,I’m house trained, can make a great coffee, did I tell you i was a Panel Beater(That means I’ve washed a lot of cars) .

    I also have various other skills.

    Chat soon I hope Matt.[emoji6]

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    Derek

    The Dino recalls adolescent memories for me. I can well remember drooling over the Dino 206. Initially they were only officially referred to as a "Dino," being a marque in it's own right, but in 1974 Ferrari threw it's hands in the air and called them Ferrari Dinos. The 206 was perhaps more pure than the later 246 in that it was less adorned, had an aluminium body and was considerably lighter than the steel used for the 246. I don't know, but suspect, performance was comparable between the two models because of the power to weight ratio. Steel was used to reduce costs . What I didn't know until I researched it a moment ago was that because of an arrangement with Fiat so that company could use the engines in one of the cars (Fiat Dino) all the engines were built in the Fiat factory!

    For me the 206 is more beautiful than the 246 as it is less fussy, but truthfully, beautifull though they both were, neither were very practical. A toiletries bag or two toiletries bags (one for a very close friend ) and a change of underwear and the boot was full and barely enough for a short weekend away. This is not enough to prevent me accepting one as a gift .

    I went looking for an image of the 206 in the colour I remember of the test car back in 1967, but I could not find anything even remotely close. It was a very pale silvery turquoise. Pity that: the solid colours don't have quite the same appeal.

    Never mind: It is an academic interest only.

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    Default Back to the future - EV

    All this talk of 'wish I had' obviously segues into thoughts for the next lemon car.....

    Home - DeLorean
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    At the risk of overstaying my welcome in this thread, a few more pictures ..

    Apprapo the photos of my (late) 356A and (current) Boxster 986 S posted earlier, I love the styling of Porsche. Old Porsche, that is, with the clean and simple curves. Two of my favourite car remain timeless in their beauty as an art form.

    The first is the 356A Speedster. I would be very happy with a replica …



    The other car is the original prototype of the Boxster, which was unveiled at the 1993 Paris Show. Much of the original design ended up in my model, but I find the original much purer in its lines and detailing …





    Perhaps one needs to know them to see the differences. My wife’s eyes just glaze over.

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    I have owned 8 Porsches over the years and I brought 6 of them out to Australia when I moved from the UK, they were all 930 models (from 1984 to 1988) which included a very rare Targa & a Slant Nose, but out of all the cars that I have ever owned the most money I have lost when selling was a Cayenne Turbo, which I owned for 2 years and lost 43K pounds when selling it on, unlike Australia second hand values in the UK on new cars can drop by 2 thirds over a 3 year period.

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    I have a friend who owned and drove an unrestored one of these some time in the mid 70s . He paid something like a couple of grand for it . He had to take it off the road and drive something more practical and wanted to store it if his Old Mans shed . But his Old Man had other more important things to keep in his shed . His Cardboard box collection as my friend calls it . He likes talking of how well it drove and accelerated. Sounded like a nice experience. I love hearing him re telling the story of it .





    It amazed me the driving experience with some of these old cars compared to the new modern smooth experience.
    They are so individual and unique .
    I never drove a Porsche . But I own an unrestored MK 2 3.8 Manual overdrive Jag . Original numbers BRG with Tan interior.
    When I had that on the road for one year in my mid 20s I was roaring around town with my Dog next to me . Ill always remember racing up the Dandenong ranges at night slipping from 4th back to 3rd and giving it everything until the next corner.
    I gave an English mate a drive one day . He put his foot down and exclaimed " S**T! it aint half got its full quid of power " as it started going sideways . It was wet as well which didn't help .
    Ha, I loved hearing that .

    One of these but looks the opposite in condition. No wire wheels. Its now sitting out back in a shed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derekcohen View Post
    At the risk of overstaying my welcome in this thread, a few more pictures ..



    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    No problem at all Derek. Fortunately, I have another shirt if the drool factor becomes too unacceptable.

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    Someone was bound too bring it up, but I personally are glad we have moved way from the F word.

    I know I know but come on it’s what Red bloody males do.

    No mane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplicity View Post
    Someone was bound too bring it up, but I personally are glad we have moved way from the F word.

    I know I know but come on it’s what Red bloody males do.

    No mane.
    If it makes you feel better, I took my licence test in an Anglia. You recall those - with the reverse slanted rear window? They were before the Escort. There was nothing more desirable to a 17 year old looking than a hot Anglia with lowered suspension and mags.

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    Rob, my dad had one, a 1965 3.4 MkII in pale grey. This one off the 'Net ...



    It was an automatic, but still moved very rapidly when you put your foot down. My couple of my mates used to have the Fiat 124S, which was a hot little car, and the MkII left them for dust from a standing start. But a bit scary at speed on narrow roads. It was a heavy vehicle. I did not have a car and "borrowed" my dads. He was always complaining about the fuel consumption, for some reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplicity View Post
    Someone was bound too bring it up, but I personally are glad we have moved way from the F word.

    I know I know but come on it’s what Red bloody males do.

    No mane.
    Matt

    Are you trying to get my thread banned with indiscriminate use of the F-Word even if it is what males do !?

    May I return to Porche for a moment? I have been fortunate enough to watch the Le Mans 24Hr race twice at the track. What a spectacle. Both times I was impressed by the Porche effort. The first time it was by the 917s. The long tailed versions were hitting 240mph on the Mulsanne straight even back in 1971! I think the slower (only on top speed), short tailed version came home first, but it was my visit in 1974 that impressed most. It was the first appearance of the 911Turbo. Entered in the GT category against sports prototypes, it still managed a worthy fourth place (I had thought it came fifth, but it appears my memory did the dirty on me) despite having lost top gear. Just to finish at Le Mans is creditable.

    Porsche 911 Turbo. 1974.jpgPorsche 911 Turbo. 1974 rear end.jpg

    The impressive aspect was that while the other vehicles blasted past threatening to burst your ear drums and loosen your teeth, the Porsche Turbo just "whooshed" pass with a hiss that makes Gollum sound like a woos.

    So if I went down the Porche track, I think I would chase a turbo of some sort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derekcohen View Post
    Rob, my dad had one, a 1965 3.4 MkII in pale grey.
    It was an automatic, but still moved very rapidly when you put your foot down. My couple of my mates used to have the Fiat 124S, which was a hot little car, and the MkII left them for dust from a standing start. But a bit scary at speed on narrow roads. It was a heavy vehicle. I did not have a car and "borrowed" my dads. He was always complaining about the fuel consumption, for some reason

    Regards from Perth

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    Nice Derek . The 3.4 was said to be the most well balanced out of the three Mk 2 Jags . The 2.4 3.4 and 3.8.
    Powerful but smooth I think the books I read said.

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