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V8 into Mark 1 Escort ?

Another in the very short series "Orkney car scene in the 80s". Here's an example of how motoring used to be much more fun than it is now. Billy Johnston (BJ) turned up with this Rover V8 engined Mark 1 Escort at the annual vintage rally one year. I think the Craigie boys from Dale were involved in the construction somewhere too. This just couldn't happen nowadays I suppose .... "Hello Norwich Union - I've bunged a V8 engine in an Escort. Quote me happy !!"
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Picture added on 31 December 2008
That wis the days. We need more of these pictures to show the young eens when cars were real and the only chips in them were eaten in the gravel pit.
Added by Dave Marwick on 02 January 2009
You'd be more likely to find a Cossie lump under the bonnet of those, nowadays.
Turbos. More bang for yer buck!
Added by The Hamster. on 03 January 2009
That photo could have been taken about 1986/87, I can't remember if BJ was the first local owner, but it was built by Gordie Stewart in Scrabster, some local owners included BJ, Graham Drever and Stevie Mackay who rolled it during an autocross in South Ronaldsay ending its days.
Added by Eoin Muir on 12 January 2009
Yea i remember the day it rolled! I was a marshall at the autocross which was near the Hope. Great spectator sport when Stevie got behind the wheel!
All i heard wes an engine revving and an almighty YeeeeHawwww!! she rolled over on the bonnet not the roof if i remember so not too much damage was caused, then he kept on going and eventually came to a halt when the engine cooked as no water was left in the rad. I remember looking at it in a shed near The Hope afterwards. What a waste when we think about it now.
Added by Magnus Ritch on 22 April 2009
A quick look on the DVLA website brings up this :

The enquiry is complete

The vehicle details for BBS 35F are:

Date of Liability 01 02 1988
Date of First Registration 01 03 1968
Year of Manufacture Not Available
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 3500CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour WHITE
Vehicle Type Approval
This vehicle can be licensed at a DVLA Local Office without the V5C Registration Certificate

Vehicle Excise Duty Rate for vehicle
6 Months Rate £104.50
12 Months Rate £190.00

Added by Al Hine on 10 January 2010
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