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#31 OFFLINE   quicksilver

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 07:33 PM

This thread reminds me of a book my local library used to have. I think it was called 'Improve & Modify - Ford Escort & Orion' and was published by Haynes, back in the mid 90s when Escorts were cheap and commonplace. Anyway, it was full of instructions for improving* your Escort by fitting stuff like tailblazers, backflashes, louvres, grilles with extra lamps and other such shit. No doubt there were others in the series inflicting the same treatment on other cars too, but such a book just wouldn't exist nowadays.


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Posted 23 September 2018 - 09:13 PM

We still have the one for the Peugeot 205!



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Posted 23 September 2018 - 09:26 PM

I had a massive problem with some of the Tailblazers as a kid. Let me explain....


I also had a problem with trailblazers....

I remember a VW Jetta (on an E plate) which had one between the tail lights, number plate having been relocated to the bumper...


And that was it. It just offended my sense of where stuff fitted on a car, some plates were close to touching the ground as well fitted on like an after thought. In Belgium this was quite popular. I hated seeing plates being relocated because of trailblazers, some if which looked absolutely wank anyway.
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Posted 23 September 2018 - 09:40 PM

A trend which would be repeated in the late 90s with "smoothed" bootlids, handily* replacing the numberplate recess with five kilos of filler and requiring a trip to the caravan spares shop for a new light for your numberplate that's now awkwardly screwed to the bumper.
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Posted 23 September 2018 - 10:23 PM

Lot's of Jap stuff had them from the factory...

 

Honda Civics...

 

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Preludes...

 

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Aus spec Concerto

 

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Mazda 323f

 

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Probably many others too.


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Posted 23 September 2018 - 10:33 PM

Hella twin light grilles are fantastic



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Posted 24 September 2018 - 05:08 AM

I remember those really crappy fragile looking RGA kits for unlikely stuff like Cortinas. I’d be surprised if any lasted longer than the first strong wind on a Motorway.
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Posted 24 September 2018 - 06:49 PM

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 07:18 PM

My little boy is obsessed with finding cars where the 'lights go all the way across', I'll now be able to tell him what they are called! :)

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 07:44 PM

Factory fitted you say?

 

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 07:59 PM

Hey, does anyone remember you used to be able to buy a kit to make your Cortina look (a bit) like a BMW E30?

Or have I just imagined this?
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Posted 24 September 2018 - 09:46 PM

A trend which would be repeated in the late 90s with "smoothed" bootlids, handily* replacing the numberplate recess with five kilos of filler and requiring a trip to the caravan spares shop for a new light for your numberplate that's now awkwardly screwed to the bumper.

surely  le mousse expansif and skinned with  filler for  that smooved  look  

proper barryboys  stuff 



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Posted 24 September 2018 - 10:03 PM

No filler in my tailgate thank you!

 

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 05:22 PM

This picture has just appeared on my Facebook feed.

 

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 05:53 PM

No filler in my tailgate thank you!

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Surely if you had a MK1 Fiesta, you could easily "smooth" the tailgate by fitting one off a MK2?

Whereas you've inexplicably just relocated the plate without touching the bootlid :-D
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Posted 25 September 2018 - 06:43 PM

Off topic, but I have ill will for anybody who repositions their front numberplate to an off-centre position for purely aesthetic 'gain'. It's often a square plate, too, because import, innit.


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Posted 25 September 2018 - 06:56 PM

You could actually buy the smoothed tailgate skins off the shelf aftermarket but most people needless to say bodged it.
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Posted 25 September 2018 - 07:19 PM

You could actually buy the smoothed tailgate skins off the shelf aftermarket but most people needless to say bodged it.


Alot of the time a trip to the scrappy showed a door which had a similar profile to match the tailgate you were doing so no need to use 50 tubs of easy sand, simply take a cut and weld it in then minimal filler
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Posted 25 September 2018 - 07:31 PM

Actually what other factory efforts were there? I can think of Audi 90 ...

 
Yes, my Audi 90 had that. I thought it looked alright, apart from the fact that the bootlid wouldn't shut properly because of a previous shunt that the previous owner had repaired by having it pulled out on a jig, but then hadn't finished the job.....

Off topic, but I have ill will for anybody who repositions their front numberplate to an off-centre position for purely aesthetic 'gain'. It's often a square plate, too, because import, innit.

 
This is the whole Alfa 156 thing.
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Posted 25 September 2018 - 07:51 PM

Off topic, but I have ill will for anybody who repositions their front numberplate to an off-centre position for purely aesthetic 'gain'. It's often a square plate, too, because import, innit.


Best of all is when they fit an import style plate onto a standard UK recess so it doesn't quite fit.
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Posted 25 September 2018 - 09:05 PM

factory you say?

 

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 09:15 PM

Hey, does anyone remember you used to be able to buy a kit to make your Cortina look (a bit) like a BMW E30?

Or have I just imagined this?


there was such a thing; think it's USP was the 'twin kidney' grill 'conversion to the mk4/ mk5 'Tina and a boot spoiler and side skirts; I remember a company advertising in the back page of Street Machine or Custom car, selling various tacky kits and they had felt tipp drawn 'renderings' of the car with one fitted; the artist clearly didn't feel motivated to make a decent job of it, and it looked like a drunken scribble, where the rest of the mk3/4 escorts n sierras were well captured...

I remember looking at the ad n wondering who would actually part with coin for such a thing; how could anyone bar the visually impaired buy the 'its a BMW' ruse...

I actually saw a tina with this 'kit' - all straight diamond white respray to 'everything' - had a Donegal reg. visiting Cavan town one weekend a rally was on; he had gone 'full hogg 'n stuck BMW and 3201 badges on it; the driver and his occupants looked suitably mentally deranged ...
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Posted 25 September 2018 - 09:38 PM

This thread reminds me of a book my local library used to have. I think it was called 'Improve & Modify - Ford Escort & Orion' and was published by Haynes, back in the mid 90s when Escorts were cheap and commonplace. Anyway, it was full of instructions for improving* your Escort by fitting stuff like tailblazers, backflashes, louvres, grilles with extra lamps and other such shit. No doubt there were others in the series inflicting the same treatment on other cars too, but such a book just wouldn't exist nowadays.

 

 

I actually have one for a corsa sitting around somewhere, i'm kindof hoping it was the last iteration of the series. I was bought it by a well meaning uncle or such like, despite never having owned a corsa or shown any interest in corsas.



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Posted 25 September 2018 - 10:22 PM

They also occurred vestigially as an option on the Mk 3 Cavalier.

 

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 12:11 AM

Alot of the time a trip to the scrappy showed a door which had a similar profile to match the tailgate you were doing so no need to use 50 tubs of easy sand, simply take a cut and weld it in then minimal filler

assuming you  actually had the l33t skillz to work the electric pritt stick ... 



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Posted 28 September 2018 - 06:12 AM

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Posted 29 September 2018 - 07:43 AM

The most unlikely car for the full RGA treatment was the Volvo 240 series, didn't stop making them all the bits though. I never saw one outside the RGA catalogue. 

 

Side skirts on a 240? insanity. The Granada Mk2 and Rover SD1 kits were nearly as bad. 






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