History of My car (Real Ford Escort Mexico MK1 in Thailand)

The story of this Ford Escort MK1 Mexico was begun when Mr.Sutthikiat Jirathiwat, the owner of Central Department Store, ordered the car for a rally in Thailand. Obviously, the Ford had been modified since it was in UK. In fact, the other Ford belonged to Mr.Chalerm Saranjit was imported for the rally as well. I know the bodyshell of his car has been currently repaired. These two cars have been participated in all rally programs like 24-hour Race at Hua Mark Stadium, Rally Cross at Asiana Circuit etc. At last, the Ford of Mr.Sutthikiat Jirathiwat was succeeded to “The Taxi Driver” as called by the foreign competitors or Mr.Boonchoo Montai, the well-known rally competitors of Thailand. He was called “The Taxi Driver” because he used to drive Toyota KE10 in a International rally event from Thailand to Malaysia. Even, he used the normal 12” radial tires, he was the winner and then his story had been narrated later. At the beginning, the both Fords were applied with BDA engine. Continue reading

I believe It’s Soul mate

Later, my mother and I have learned from Mr.Boonchoo Montai’s wife that he was peacefully passed away. We joined in his funeral ceremony to pay our last respect. After the ceremony, his wife hired a man to cut the grass in a garden. This Ford was unbelievably found! My mother called and asked me whether I wanted to keep the car because it had to be a lot repaired. Without thinking so much, I told my mother immediately that I did. Although the car was very decayed, its components like corner bumper, Up side down shock up, engine, gearbox, limited slip were still in good conditions. Don’t you know even the car was damaged and so decayed, many people wanted to buy it. I can say like this because I used to post the pictures of the car on a website and many persons called me to buy the car, truly said, the remains of the car.
How could I repair this car as it was very decayed? I had discussed this problem with Mr.Vuttichai Sorndaeng, the Thailand classic rally club chairman, and Mr. Jaras Chaengkamolkulchai, the rally champion of Thailand. Continue reading

Ford Escort MK1 Mexico

November, 1970. The Ford Escort MK1 Mexico born in automobile market.and was then named because of Ford Motor Companys won in the London-Mexico world class Rally.
This rally started in London UK on April 19th 1970 and finished some 10,000 kms subsequently in Mexico. Originally Ford intended to take Escorts with the Twin Cam or BDA engine, but after reconnaissance job it was decided that higher speeds and higher horsepower were less significant than dependability and simplicity of servicing; thus the Kent pushrod engine was used in the pipe bodyguard shell – and engine that was formerly praised by Stuart Turner for “Bombproof Reliability”The signature of these cars was a large bubble wing edition of the thick responsibility “Type 49” bodyshell with a comprehensive “A shape” roll cage built in. The engine was the conversant 1600cc Kent crossflow unit but bored away to 1834cc to offer about 140 BHP. This was so transferred to the route via a ZF five speed gearbox and a 4.4:1 ratio Atlas axle. In all Ford entered a squad of 7 cars and finished this grueling rally in 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 8th spot Continue reading

Ford Pinto OHC Engine

Ford Pinto OHC (“Pinto”) Engine : Very often the older congregation of the Sierra scope throughout the years. First introduced to the UK in 1970 in the Mk. 3 Cortina, the Pinto locomotive was the OHC locomotive for the masses with its inexpensive rubber-belt-driven pattern. Over the years it has served millions in the UK only – be it in Escort RS2000s, Cortinas, Sierras, Granadas or the mundane Ford Transit caravan. Initially accessible in 1.3, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 capacities, the Pinto was gradually phased away. Unable to play the rigorous original emissions guidlines coming into personnel over the 1990s, Ford decided the modest Pinto had had enough and replaced it. The 1.3 went first – it wasnt truly suited to an automobile the Sierras size – followed by the 1.8 in 1986 (replaced with a CVH unit); so the 2.0 with an original locomotive entirely in 1989 (the 2.0 8-valve DOHC. The 1.6 eventually disappeared at the conclusion of 1991 with the creation of the 1.6 CFi CVH, though it has been known to discover the infrequent 1.6 Pinto in cars as recently as the 93-model year – cars that were built decent at the conclusion of the output streak were rumored to be “parts bin specials” and this seems bourns away by the aged intruder where a CVH should get ruled. The Pinto shares several niggle with the CVH locomotive (detailed next. Both designs of locomotive can have noisy with age – both are inclined to oil-related problems including accelerated camshaft and tappet wearing caused by filthy oil slugging upward oil ways. Continue reading

Lotus Twin Cam 8v Engine

The material legends are made of, the Lotus TC was The engine of the 60’s, particularly in cars such as the Ford Mk1 Cortina plus the Anglia, which was the best road-type automobile, albeit in prototype kind, to transport the machine. Images of Jim Clark belting bout a race course cocking a frontal wheel go hand in hand with this unit.There are essentially two Ford–derived Twinks, the Mk1 introduced in the Mk1 Cortina in 1963, and MkII, which was fitted in the MkII Cortina Lotus from March 1967 – this edition was too fitted to the 1968 Escort Twin Cam. This is really the best engine since it has a purpose-cast Lotus block (identified with a big L on the position but normally under a engine rise) as opposed to a simple graded Cortina 1500 block. As such, the locomotive was based on a Ford Pre-X/flow with a Harry Mundy-designed, twin cam metal chief, with string effort and 8 valves.Blocks were bored to 82.55 m.m. from the Pre-Crossflow’s basic 80.96mm – hence the Mk2 having a thicker casting to more faithfully transport the increased capability that allowed 1558cc. These engines too had angular mains caps – the same as 711M Crossflows, Continue reading

The Cosworth YB Engine

The YB series of 1,993 cc (121.6 cu in) from Pinto OHC Based and were introduced in the road-going Ford Sierra Cosworth in 1986 with 204 bhp (152 kW). It was the best route going engine that developed much than 100 bhp (75 kW) per litre, with 5,000 units built for Group A homologation purposes, both for rallies and racing cars. Racing versions could produce about 400 bhp (300 kW). A modest version development example was introduced in 1987, the RS500, with ability now exceeding 550 bhp (410 kW) in complete racing thim. The RS500 came to rule touring car racing in its prime. Today there are many route going YB engines developing over 800 bhp (600 kW) and there are several rallycross Sierra Cosworths utilizing YB engines tuned to over 900 bhp (670 kW.) The Rev Hard drag racing squad take a Cosworth YB in their Escort Cosworth automobile that develops 1,100 bhp (820 kW) whilst yet retaining the old 2,000 C.C. capability.Further evolutions of the YB included a reduced-emissions route edition, as easily as the block used in the Escort RS Cosworth (which used the Sierra floor pan. The engine model stopped being used on original cars in 1997, with the Focus WRC and road-going Focus RS relying on Zetec E engine designs

The BDA engine (Belt Drive A-Series)

Cosworth Engineering increased its association with Ford in 1969 by developing a DOHC 16-valve four cylinder locomotive for route consumption in the Escort. Base from the Kent X/flow block, Cosworth created a 1,601 cc (80.96m.m.x125.2m.m.) for homologation purposes. The twin camshafts were driven by a toothed belt, hence the figure BDA (Belt Drive A-Series). Running in Group 2 and Group 4 on either rallying or touring automobile racing, this engine could be expanded to a maximum of 2,000 cc (120 cu in.) The nominal homologation at 1,601 cc. capability (in fact the engine displaced somewhat little than 1600cc) meant that BDA-engine cars competed in what was normally the best course (1600cc and upward) then were qualified for utter victories quite than course wins.In 1970, the BDC development received fuel injection for the best moment. Two years subsequently, the BDA series was being used in Formula 2, first at around 1,840 cc., until reaching a maximum of 1,975 cc in 1973, as the developed BDG kind of the engine, which too received an aluminum block.The block could too be abbreviated, starting with the 1,599 cc Formula Atlantic engine in 1970, followed by the 1,100 cc and 1,300 cc variants for SCCA club race and sports automobile racing.In the 1980s the BDR 1,700 cc., used in the road-going edition of the Caterham , and the 1.8 L BDT, which powered the never raced Escort RS1700T and the more aggressive Ford RS200, which was created for Group B rallying. A  2,137c.c. development example was developed by Brian Hart just as Group B was cancelled by the FIA. The BDT-E turbocharged versions gave over 600 bhp (450 kW) in Group B rallycross shape.In 1970 Ford asked Weslake and Co of Rye to construct the BDA Engine for them and by the conclusion of 1970 the output cable had been installed at Rye and output was under manner. The Hart 420R owes more to the BDA series, being basically an aluminum-block derivative using related cylinder heads.

Kent Crossflow,Kent Pre-Crossflow


This engine was introduced in the Ford Mk2 Cortina and differs from the early units by having the carb on the left and the exhaust on the right – hence, ‘crossflow. ’ They too varied from Pre-X/Flows in that the burning chamber was shifted from the Top cylinder head to the bowl of the piston and were recognize as BIP engines (Bowl In Piston). Early cylinder heads too boast a tiny burning chamber in the chief overly. Marks on block is 681F and capacities you’ll discover are, 940, 1098, 1298 and 1599. You’ll discover a X/Flow fitted to Mk1/2 Escorts, Mk2/3 Cortinas, Mk1/2 Capris plus later Transits. Most cars came with an unmarried clog Ford IV carb although the 1.3 and 1.6 GT models had a 32/36 DGV Weber twin choke.1970 saw the large difference to the thicker-walled 711M block with angular mains caps, big diameter followers, and wider cam lobes and modified crank stamp. Also, the chief was now totally thin. There are two principal capacities of 711M, determined by block altitude – the 1600 is 7/16” taller and you can view the disagreement between it and the 1300 by the place between the water pump and cylinder head. Also, the 1300 has 711M 6015 AA casting in the position whereas the 1600 ends in BA. The engine was too fitted to 1.3 and 1.6 Mk1 Fiestas in the 80’s with a 771M casting. These characteristic no position engine mounts plus an abbreviated water pump and timing string/crank region. The closing versions, OHV, HCS and Endura are related but shorter versions and share really few if any inter-changeable parts and reverted backwards to the new pre-X/flowing pattern of a three bearing crank. Continue reading

A.V.O (Advanced Vehicles Operations)

A.V.O It seems possible that Ford already had plans to develop a higher performance Escort to equip in the scope between the 1300GT and the Twin Cam and RS1600, but their victory in Mexico provided a perfect program to establish such an example. The engineers at the recently formed A.V.O (Advanced Vehicles Operations) rapidly developed the Mexico, its stipulation being the Type 49 bodyshell as used in the Twin Cam and RS1600 with the 1600cc Kent crossflow engine and 2000E gearbox. Hence the Mexico was essentially as re-engined Twin Cam/RS1600.Production of the Mexico lasted until the shutdown of the AVO shop at Avely, Essex in January 1975. Significant changes occurred to the example during those years, firstly in 1972 the battery was relocated from the boot to the engine bay position as seen in all o the mainstream Escorts. Later, in 1973 the whole Escort scope had a revised rear suspension layout to ready the example for the changeover to the Mk2 which was to be introduced in 1975. Continue reading