John Sessoms wrote on 8/10/18 10:22 AM:
The Escort was a great economy car, but if it ever overheated enough to pin the gauge, you were looking at a new engine. Aluminum cylinder block warped. The dealer advised me it would be cheaper to replace the engine than to try to repair it.

I don't think that the '69 Escort was ever imported to the US. It was a replacement for the Ford Anglia and had a cast iron "Kent" motor, same as the Cortina, pushrod Pinto, and same base as Formula Ford and a bunch of Lotuses of the time.

I think that you're thinking of the later front wheel drive Escort rather than the rear wheel drive.

Plus that Escort had a plastic radiator that could "leak" bits into the new engine to block coolant flow, causing the new engine to fail as well.

I don't think plastic radiators had come into usage by then.

YMMV, but that's how *my* Escort wagon died.

On 8/10/2018 00:02, John Coyle wrote:
That's a terrible tale of woe, Larry - you have my entire sympathy!
On a similar note, in 1975 I changed the head gasket on my 1969 Escort, using original parts from the local distributor. All seemed to go well, but then, 60 miles into a two-week planned holiday visiting several places in the UK, the temperature gauge hit the stop, steam issued from under the bonnet, and when I popped the lid, the engine looked very, very hot! It took us hours to get home, topping the radiator up every twenty miles: when we did eventually get there, I took the head off again and found that the new gasket had only had the water channels punched out on one side, so all
four cylinders were getting no proper coolant flow!
Needless to say, I had a few cross words with the supplier.

Hope you get yours fixed, too,

John in Brisbane


Larry Colen 

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