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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby Terry » Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:18 am

Hi Conrod
I see your mate has a nice mk 1 Escort too,(a 'proper' rally car), rear valance adjusted & trimmed by rocks first ? tinsnips 2nd ? :lol:
There appears to be a plate fixed beneath the pax door, are NZ stages really that full of rocks ?
The rear bodywork /engine cover on the racecar don't look right, presumably it's a 'new' Ford GT not an original GT40 ?
If push comes to shove you could always 'roll' the edges of the Transit rear arches.
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:32 am

Been a while since I last updated this, mainly cos' I have been so busy and the old Transit has been gathering dust in its lockup! Anyway, dragged it out today, brought it home, and spent a few hours fitting the bumpers. The front one is a NOS one I bought a few years ago for the LWB van, it was sold to me as a diesel bumper, only opened the wrapping about a month ago and discovered it was a petrol one! In this case that worked out well. It was painted, so I had it stripped, polished and chromed. Fark me that was an expensive excercise! About $900 (£450) in all to get it chromed. Factor in the £200 + shipping that I paid for it, and it is an expensive piece! Rear bumpers were slightly less exorbitant, both NOS items but original chrome on them, cost me £150 for the pair. I had the bumper irons coated in a very tough satin black coating (like paint, but much tougher) and had the bumper bolts chromed too.

I also had a shipment of go-faster goodies turn up from Summit Racing, but that is for the next instalment :)

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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:18 pm

The other thing I had done since last time I posted was a bit of interior trimming. I managed to find some black loop pile carpet, which as any of you old Ford nutters will know is the correct carpet for any self respecting 1970's Ford, and had a carpet set made, as well as a vinyl engine cover. As well as looking quite good, it has cut down the cabin noice quite a bit! I have a nice set of black trimmed high backed seats which I am also going to fit :)

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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby RustWidow » Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:30 pm

Nice foot pedal you have there ! Like it
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Sun Feb 15, 2015 4:00 am

RustWidow wrote:Nice foot pedal you have there ! Like it


It's actually out of a boat, the throttle is hydraulic!
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby RustWidow » Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:11 am

Flash so and so! ;) nice work though, well done
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby robbie.cee » Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:40 pm

Very very nice, man!
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Tue May 19, 2015 9:26 pm

I just received notice that the first part of the mini series we did last year is set for release on May 31st- looking forward to that! You can just catch a glimpse of the Mk1 at 0.38 in this TV trailer:

www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/ ... l-westside

Talking to another production company at the moment, they want to use both of my vans in a UK based documentary set in 1980. These vans will be seasoned pros soon :)
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby Altransit » Wed May 20, 2015 10:52 am

Will they get their own IMDB page :?: :lol:



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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby transitandy » Thu May 21, 2015 8:32 am

Very 8) 8) 8)
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:31 am

It's now a star! Several scenes on Westside last Sunday night at 8.30:

http://www.tv3.co.nz/WESTSIDE-Season-1- ... fault.aspx

And I have just delivered this and my white Sundowner to the signwriters to be vinyl wrapped for their next role. This is for a TV production that will be UK based, so not sure if or when it will be shown on NZ TV, but I really can't say much more about it than that, due to confidentiality agreements with the production company. It will look like a standard Mk1 for this next role, so I have fitted some standard steel wheels to it, shown here about to be delivered to signwriter:

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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby RustWidow » Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:20 pm

Nice one mate!
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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:08 pm

Lots more of the old silver Transit in last nights episode of Westside, my white Mk2 also features as the paddy wagon used in the "dawn raids" as well as Jackson's plumbers van which is the armoured cash van. A few pics from the set:


http://www.tv3.co.nz/WESTSIDE-Season-1- ... fault.aspx



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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:16 pm

The last appearance tonight of my van on Westside Ep. 5 below, the Sundowner is the armoured cash van in this episode, and Jackson's yellow Mk2 is the getaway van. Dougal tries to blow the doors off the back of the van to get the cash inside, and unfortunately has also manages to blow his head off :(

But happily no Transits were harmed in the making of this production :)

Click this link to watch the programme:

http://www.tv3.co.nz/WESTSIDE-Season-1- ... fault.aspx

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Re: Conrod's 1972 Mk1 V8

Postby conrod » Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:28 am

Made a list and spent today on the Mk1. It has always been a bit scary to drive. When the previous owner fitted the power steering, he used a Ford Falcon power steering box. The input shaft rotates the wrong way for a Transit, so he fitted a gearbox on the shaft to reverse the direction. The gearbox has some freeplay, and coupled with the freeplay on the steering box, it made for an interesting drive! It also has a Falcon steering column, complete with column shifter.

The plan is to ft a Mk3 Transit power steering box, Mk5 column an switches, and Lokar floor shifter. I have all of these parts already.

Todays task was removing the offending items!

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