Okay, stop the laughing. This is my diesel
Escort. It's no normal oil burner though, 17" alloys, in car
adjustable boost, a sound system to make your ears bleed. What more
could you ask from a car?
I brought it a few years ago when I was working in
East Grinstead. I wanted a turbo diesel Escort, but I also had to
have a two door. Ford however didn't make to many two door TD's, so
this one was a lucky find. Driving 84 miles every day in a Renault
5 GT Turbo wasn't too cheap on petrol (220 miles to a tank if I
didn't boot it), so this car saved me a lot of money. I must admit
that when I test drove it, I was shocked at how nippy it was in
standard form. But there is a difference between nippy and quick,
and believe me you can make a diesel quick.
Standard the turbo was pushing out a kittens
breath 8 psi. Hardly anything to be proud of. This was sorted out
with a nice bleed valve taking the boost up to 15psi at first. Then
came a nice electronic switching valve on the injector pump.
Basically it means that at a flick of a switch inside the car, I can
have the fuel pump work over time, or have it be lazy. That meant I
had a car that could go fast, or a car that could drive over 450
miles to a single tank!
I then needed to sort out the sounds. Out came
the nasty standard Ford stereo and in went a nice Pioneer head unit
and limited edition 6 disc multi changer. I also stuck some nice
100 watt Pioneer speakers in the back, then two 12" Sumo Subs in the
boot, a nice Alpine amp, and a purple neon to light it all up with!
The amp needed a lot of power so I upgraded the battery to something
you could power your whole street off. It's huge. I also needed to
use gauge 4 cable to run the amp. This stuff is so thick that it
looks like a tow rope. And it's all connected up with some nice
The wheels were next on my list. When I brought
the car it came with some nice Wolf Race Genisis alloys. Being only
15's they looked silly in the arches, so I needed something bigger.
I'd seen a couple of cars with Wolf Race Voodoo's and I think they
looked great. I went to the local Wolf Race factory and they sold
me a set of 17's for £25 each! That's £100 for a set of brand
spanking new alloys! RM Tyres in Strood then sorted the rubber out
for £65 a rim, so I was laughing.
With my car fast, loud and gorgeous I wanted an
alarm better than the standard Ford jobbie. I brought the whole kit
for a couple of hundred quid and fitted it myself. It took the best
part of 8 hours to do, but I am still well impressed with the job I
did. I now have interior and exterior motion sensors, a tilt and
knock sensor, power drop sensor and a few other toys which were a
sod to set up. But it's all installed neatly without a hanging wire
As I'd had the car for a while now, and I sold my
Renault 5 GT Turbo. I started to get bored with the performance of
my car. I then fitted a nice boost gauge on the dash, got a police
speed trap detector, some RS2000 side skirts and some clear
repeaters. I'm still yet to do the side skirts and repeaters (busy
with other things). I also turned the boost up to 20psi! A diesel
running 20psi boost! Cool huh? You should have seen the black
smoke it chucked out when you booted it under load. Loads of
un-burnt fuel all going to waste. The fuel economy dropped to 380
miles to a tank, and the boost pipes needed bigger clamps to hold
them on! Since then the car is just sat lonely on my drive way
though. I plan to do some more work to it soon, get it ready for
the winter so I can leave my MR2 in the garage. But as ever, if you
want to know more about the car, drop me an
Ford 1.8 Turbo Diesel engine
Garret T2 turbo
Bleed Valve, adjustable fuel pump regulator
17" Wolf Race Voodoo alloys.
Colour coded bumpers, mirrors. RS 2000 rear
Coming soon: RS2000 Side skirts and front bumper, clear
Neons under dash board, TIMS white boost
gauge, police laser and radar detector, electric windows added
Pioneer head unit, 6 disc multi changer,
Alpine amp, 2x Longmill Sumo subs, Neons in boot.
Ford factory alarm. Other alarm and
immobiliser that I forget the name of.