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  1. You should do! The Mk6 escorts are much nicer to drive than the mk4, especially on motorway trips.
  2. They commonly go walkabout! You still have the mk6 Ollie?
  3. Hi, No unfortunately. The cab that was being broken did not have the full tonneau with it. Its a hard to find part on its own. Ford, surprisingly have it as NLA. At least the mounts should help it hold up better.
  4. Pic of the eyelets now in place! Off subject - whilst working on the car, did a part service - air filter, spark plugs and cleaned out the inlet of carbon. Also got hold of a genuine Ford new ignition coil and gen Ford HT leads, as the car has now done 145K, so thought it worth updating those. Has made a difference, acceleration is noticeably improved. So happy with the result! Oil change next and service rear brakes and brake fluid change. Then its MOT time :-)
  5. Hello all A Long time since I last posted. But a couple of years back I sourced a full tonneau for my mk6 cabrio. Now my car did not have this option from the factory, so I brought some tenax pegs and after careful measuring, fitted them into the dash. So far I have been using the cover with just the tenax pegs to secure it: It looked ok,but sagged in the middle as I could not secure it to the b pillar as intended. I have now managed to source a fitting kit from a cab that was being broken. I've got the a pillar eyelets, b pillar eyelets (both sides), the a pillar rubber, b pillar rubber, b pillar plastic cover and the rear passenger cards (which has the Velcro fastener riveted to it Managed today to get the easy bit out of the way, fitting the a pillar eyelets. The a pillar rubber has the cut outs from the factory, where the eyelet is mounted, so that the trim does not get in the way.. This meant I did not have to cut my rubber trim and made the job more straightforward. Next on the list to is remove the rear cards and rivet the Velcro bits to the back (where the badge goes). Then next is to fit the b pillar mounts. Not sure if the holes are there or if I need to drill some. As with the a pillar trim, the b pillar rubber and plastic surround have the cut outs in place already, so should speed up the process,
  6. The cockpit cover comes in handy on hot days. I use mine with the roof up. Keeps the sun from ageing the plastics!
  7. You might be better off getting the corect changer for the escort. CD auto-changer was an option for ford escorts and was located under the passenger seat. I brought a new old stock one for the ford focus from fordparts uk last year (check them out, they may havesome left). These are compatible with RDS5000,6000 radios. The kit comprised of the auto-changer, wiring, and mounting brackets. All for £20. The mounting brackets between escort and focus seats are different through, so worth bearing in mind, Best is to source a cabrio in the breakers with the autochanger option and take the whole passenger seat and wiring.
  8. Thank you Nick, nice to have met you on the day. Great photos, but you're right, shame about the rain though.
  9. Would it not be easier to remove the dash to make it simpler? The dash comes out quite easy on mk4's. I need to look at mine, but I will end up doing the ratchet whist the dash is out.
  10. Hello and welcome:-) Imperial blue suits these cars well. The wipers do not auto wipe following the washers. For the clock you will need to remove the dash binnacle and remove the clock, but it does sound like a loose bulb. Be careful removing the binnacle as some of the retainers have a habit of flying off, never to be seen again. Most radios should have an output to the power aerial. This is usually a blue wire, but probably best to check your radio handbook.
  11. Hi Ollie Hope you are well. Please put me down too. Looking forward to this!
  12. Hi Mk6 bumpers do not have any black plastic moulding on the bumpers. How you got a pic? It may be a Mk5 version?
  13. Crikey, that car has been keeping you busy! But nothing major there I see, all the stuff you'd expect from an older car. Mine (deflector) just sits in the boot most times, otherwise its indoors. Both tonneau's just stay indoors as they don't get used much.
  14. Mines a MK6 and used daily trhoughout all weathers, usually on bike carrying duty. I like the fact you don't see many escorts on the road now (even the MK6 type as I have), so its nice driving something different to most of the population. The only downside is the post 1990 fords seem to rust more than pre 1990.
  15. allblue


    Great news on the rot. Are they keeping the windscreen and glass in? Looking forward to seeing the finished result. :-)
  16. If you're having electrical problems, another culprit is the fusebox. Worth checking that out. The boxes for MK5/6 escorts were poorly made and the solder joints dry and crack over time.
  17. Hello, I have one of these covers. Does not see much use though. Mine was not fitted as standard, I retro fitted it. Check you get the rear support bars too, as these quite commonly go missing.
  18. Nice work with the roof. Don't think I'd be brave enough to fit one myself. But its more satisfyling doing it yourself, even though there is plenty of swaring to be had in between!
  19. I think you are starting to have fusebox issues. Had a similar problem with the headights back in the day, but resoldering all joints on the box fixed it.
  20. These cars are not numbered so there will be no unique number to it. 4000+ were made altogether. How much one is worth is really down to condition and how well it has been looked after. There was a 35K mile all blue at auction no long back, but the condition was awful for such a low mileage car. Clearly had ben neglected. A dealer brought it for 6K thou and the car was relisted one bay soon after. 6K for a 70K mile cabriolet IMHO is too much. I would have thought 3.5K max. 6K is what I would pay for a very low mileage example (<30K miles), that has been exceptionally looked after, with all original panels, etc.
  21. There are loads of variants of these boxes, all dependent on year and also spec levels. I doubt that will work on your model as the part number is different. You need one that matches the one you have already. Or you can do what I did and resolder all joints. I did this eight years ago on mine and it is still going strong.
  22. Insurance is nuts these days. I pay 250 fully comp for my 1.6 cabrio (90 bhp) Just got quoted for an Mk3 focus RS (that I'm considering buying new - 300 bhp) - £300 fully comp. You work that one out. But all in, I'm actually happy with that :-)
  23. allblue


    v5 - not always, depends how the original ford dealer filled out the forms for DVLA. Cat C means significant accident damage which was deemed uneconomic to repair, but capable of being repaired and put back onto the road. This affects it's resale value - if you are interested in it, check carefully where the repair/s have been carried out and quality of work. This car has been on ebay for some time now, so no doubt people in the past have walked away from it.
  24. Stu, A credit to you Sir! . Cab looks fantastic.
  25. allblue

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    Hello and welcome. Nice to see some more post 1990 models about. Looks clean. Rust is always an issue with these cabs.
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