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Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:51 am

I bought another one of these damn things last week, told myself I wouldn't buy any more, but this one was too good to pass up [:)] (ever said that to yourself before?)

Anyway, short story is, previous owner bought it in 1976 from DB Breweries who were the first owners. At this point it still had the 2.0 V4. Shortly after he purchased a written off XA Fairmont, and took the running gear out, as well as a lot of other parts. Over the next 8 years (!) he fitted the engine, trans, nine inch disc braked LSD (from a Lincoln Continental) into the van . The job was completed in 1985. He then used it as a service vehicle for his Gp.4 Escort rally car. It was parked up in 2006 and not driven again. I first spied it a couple of years ago, and he had made noises about selling it, and I have been in his ear ever since. Spoke to a friend of mine last week, and he said he was over at the Transit helping the owner get it started, and to come over, to which I replied " I know how this is going to end!"

Anyway, we got it running on 8 year old fuel(!) and by the next day a deal had been done and I owned it [:)]

I went to his place yesterday, fitted a new battery, poured in some 2014 vintage fuel, and fired her up. I drove it up the road to make sure it had brakes etc, seemed near enough so drove it to my storage unit about 25 minutes away without incident.

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Something that occurred just after purchasing it was, Mk1 Transit SWB, flat front, with a 5 litre V8. Sound familiar? To me I instantly thought of this, the iconic Transit Supervan 1:

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So after collecting the van yesterday I swung past a friends place and picked up a set of wheels off his Pantera, thats 15x10 fronts with 285/40x15 tyres and 15x13 rears with 345/35x15 tyres. It is just so happens by pure luck that the Pantera has the same Ford 5 stud bolt pattern as the Falcon running gear that has been fitted to this van, so on they went:

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followed by a set of works Escort arches:

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So the plan at this stage is to get the van roadworthy, nothing major, new front brake discs and pads, sort the intermittent starting issue, get both sides repainted, good groom and use and enjoy it over summer. Then will start on the Supervan conversion next year sometime :) Happy days.

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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby Luke » Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:58 am

8) 8) 8) looking forward too this one 8) 8) 8)
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:05 am

I forgot to mention, it sounds SOOO badass!
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Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby RustWidow » Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:38 pm

Nice one conrod
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby Neil » Sun Sep 28, 2014 4:10 pm

REAR LIGHTS 8) 8) 8)
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:52 pm

Neil wrote:REAR LIGHTS 8) 8) 8)


XA Falcon ;)
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby transit jono » Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:51 pm

I like both sets of wheels, lucky man.

What's the anti roll bar off?
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:54 am

transit jono wrote:I like both sets of wheels, lucky man.

What's the anti roll bar off?


I think it is off a Lincoln Continental, same car the diff came out of. I bought this setup for my other van from K-Mac in Australia:

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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby Altransit » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:59 am

conrod wrote:I bought another one of these damn things last week, told myself I wouldn't buy any more, but this one was too good to pass up [:)] (ever said that to yourself before?)

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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:33 am

Been working on the van a bit. Front brakes were quite rusty from sitting around, and wheel bearings were knackered, so I bought a new pair of slotted DBA rotors, and Ferodo DS2000 pads, and overhauled the calipers at the same time. new wheel bearings fitted too.

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I gave the wheels a good polish, wet sanded them working from 320 up to 800, then finished them off with a polishing mop in my battery drill, only took about 40 mins per wheel and they came up mint :)

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and swapped out the orange front indicators for a pair of clear ones I had, as well as refitting the headlight bezels:

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Got a kit for the carb on its way, gaskets are all dried out and accelerator pump not working properly, giving a big flat spot when the throttle is cracked open. Look forward to getting that in, should make it much better to drive :)
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby Altransit » Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:27 am

Nice job with the wheels 8) 8)
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby transitandy » Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:47 pm

Great thread :) 8) 8)
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby robbie.cee » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:36 pm

Wow nice motor matey
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby derv23 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:07 pm

Mmmm uber 8) :mrgreen:
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby Vandalism » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:51 am

yes and yes! 8)
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