On Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 10:51:27AM -0700, Larry Colen wrote: > > > 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.
My parents had one of these (the 'estate', i.e. hatchback). A good basic car - I drove it quite often. My mother did comment on my driving style once, when I was picking her up after she'd spent a weekend as a house guest at a colleague's cotswold cottage (in Windrush - Cotty will know how nice an area that is). I got the loan of the car for the weekend if I was prepared to pick her up. She compained that she'd been jostled around in the car somewhat as I negotiated a roundabout (we were on the major road, and had right of way, so didn't have to slow down and yield to other traffic), but forgave me when I explained that one of the tyres (US - tires) had blown just as I entered the roundabout, so I was basically driving a three-wheeled car. In 1972 (when I officially left home to take up my first job after graduating I was offered the choice of my mother's old Morris Minor estate (for free) or the Escort (at significantly below fair trade-in value). I opted for the Moggie, and my younger brother purchased the Escort. A few years later he totalled it when he fell asleep behind the wheel and clipped a kerb (US - curb), flipping the car onto it's roof. Fortunately both he and his girlfriend were relatively unscathed. Also, fortunately for him, I was visiting my parents at the time, and I was the one who answered the phone. That meant I was the one to tell his girlfriend's somewhat over-protective father that his precious daughter was currently being treated in the emergency room at the local hospital :-) -- PDML Pentax-Discuss Mail List PDML@pdml.net http://pdml.net/mailman/listinfo/pdml_pdml.net to UNSUBSCRIBE from the PDML, please visit the link directly above and follow the directions.