So I figured that, being on this forum for long enough I may as well start a thread on my 1976 Mushroom Beige Escort Panelvan.
I bought the car mid last year with the intentions of doing it up. it was registered and roadworthy but looked very tired and had a bit of rust.
I can now say towards the end that if you dont have the money readily available it isnt really worth buying a project car, but I somehow managed to get through the difficult bits and i am more then happy with the result.
Since buying I have discovered that it is the first of the mk2 escorts assembled in Australia (homebush I think) and that mine is a fully optioned 1.6 XL van. It has the factory ford rally pack spot lights with some cool mesh covers on it and the oroginal brackets and wiring, along with a GHIA adjustment mirror, factory tacho dash, wider wheels (now gone and replaced by genuine bathurst globes), sports steering wheel, swaybar and, something that isnt normally noticed but goes along with the year model of the car, the ford escort 40 badge on the back right door (rather then seperate badges on both doors.
The car has been semi-restored to original condition, with the mushroom beige paint colour (not the most desirable colour now a days but i wouldnt have it any other colour now), original engine with 150xxx on the clock, original box and diff. everything changed on this car is easily replaceable with the original gear though in my opinion matches the car now its on.
I have tried to keep as much as is tolerable original and i have pretty much cleaned up everything, paint up things to make it look new. the only thing is the back load area isnt original, though easily replaceable.
So, I hope you like it, can give me some advice on it and more or less appreciate how far its come on such a limited budget.
The car is an absolute hoot and I dont think I would have any other car (I just wish i wasnt so afraid to drive it in the rain! haha)