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31 minutes ago, JJ0063 said:

That looks fantastic. 
 

Id love to be one of those people who’s details get passed to people when they mention they have a car to get shot of. Jealous! 

I'd love to be that person who can make the move when he gets details of a viable old car!  When I was in Cyprus I managed it a couple of times, and it was a great feeling.

Brilliant work @trigger :)

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8 hours ago, trigger said:

Randomly we got a message of a lady down my road who got our details from the antique centre because she had her departed husbands old Escort to sell and asked if we knew anyone interested in it, me obviously being a sucker for a old Ford and having just sold the Mondeo agreed to take a look.

I was surprised when she opened the container where it had been stored since 2010!

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So the story is her husband used to work for Tescos and cashed in his shares in 1989 to buy this XR3i Cabriolet from Dagenham Motors, It was his pride and joy and he used to go cruising on Southend seafront and around Romford and Dagenham in it during the 90s before getting a company van in 2000 and parked it, his plan was to recommission it when he retired but he sadly passed away in 2021 aged 59 after laying down for a hour as he felt rough and passed away in his sleep, very sad indeed.

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For a car which hasn't seen the road for 24 years it seems VERY good, there no rust on the body or arches or behind the kit that i can see, the rear floor has a lot of surface rust but I'm hoping that will clean up ok.

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I agreed to buy it so yesterday my mate came over so we could collect it, it was a bit of a faff as the rear brakes had locked on but we managed to drag it onto the trailer, eventually!

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The first time it had seen light for 14 years! as you can see it's very of it's period! I personally think it's a Dagenham Motors demonstrator as its shows two previous owners, not one, i know his wife registered after he died but I'm thinking the garage owned it for a bit too, especially as it's all skirted up, shame that the paperwork hasn't turned up yet and carbaba doesn't give keeper change dates anymore as I'd be really interested to know if it had a keeper change in 1989.

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What's peoples thought's on the wheels? they are 15" Oscam Windy alloys which have been on it since new, I'm quite tempted to get them refurbished again.

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Half leather Recaros! very posh! and check out the hifi!

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big Alpine speakers in the car too, just a shame the stereo isn't in it, the lady thinks it's in the loft and will let me know when she finds it. i think it's a special edition model as they only made a few in Aquafoam blue and with the high spec of leather and electric roof back in 1989.

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we managed to push it into the garage, tomorrow I'll make a start on seeing what parts i need and the condition of the belt before turning it over.

and here it is in it's glory days when it was brand new

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Chodtastic 

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I am lucky, for once the timing was just right as I had sold the Mondeo and had the money to pull the trigger on it.

It's funny as the Capri came from a lady only 5 doors up fron the Escort lady, and both being on the same road as me, I did get offered a '20000 mile 3 door Escort' last year from the antique centre too but that turned out to be a 120000 mile P reg Mk5 Escort 1.6 auto Encore with terminal rust so you can't win then all!

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The alloys fit the general styling of the bodykit perfectly. The fact they've been fitted to the car since new and you have photos of it back in the day with them just adds to provenance and will reel 'em in when you eventually go to sell. I see you've still got the Capri - that one is the ultimate find out of the lot for me. Amazing transformation. 

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On 28/01/2024 at 11:37, wuvvum said:

Phwooooar!  That's a bit of you that is Trig.

Maybe @LightBulbFun can use his special tool to find out about the keeper changes?

Its sadly not much use there

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as its missing the crucial 2nd keeper acquisition date

 

but I think you should be able to directly ask the DVLA on which date did each keeper acquired and then disposed on the vehicle, I dont think thats considered personal data.

I know I have managed to get them to cough it up for an Invacar... (as well as the general town each keeper resided in)

 

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You legend! I really appreciate you looking it up for me, even if it hasn't helped on this occasion, it's so annoying Carbaba has now removed that option!

With a bit of lucky the lady will find the paperwork and that will fill in the gaps.

Oh and the wheels are Oscam Windy's, it seems.

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Oh my good God this thread is amazing. 

What a find that cabby is, I've never seen those wheels on them before, they look fantastic IMHO, really suit it. Should be nice to smoke around in when the weather gets a bit nicer, let's hope this summer isn't as wank as last year...

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On 27/01/2024 at 23:58, trigger said:

Randomly we got a message of a lady down my road who got our details from the antique centre because she had her departed husbands old Escort to sell and asked if we knew anyone interested in it, me obviously being a sucker for a old Ford and having just sold the Mondeo agreed to take a look.

I was surprised when she opened the container where it had been stored since 2010!

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So the story is her husband used to work for Tescos and cashed in his shares in 1989 to buy this XR3i Cabriolet from Dagenham Motors, It was his pride and joy and he used to go cruising on Southend seafront and around Romford and Dagenham in it during the 90s before getting a company van in 2000 and parked it, his plan was to recommission it when he retired but he sadly passed away in 2021 aged 59 after laying down for a hour as he felt rough and passed away in his sleep, very sad indeed.

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For a car which hasn't seen the road for 24 years it seems VERY good, there no rust on the body or arches or behind the kit that i can see, the rear floor has a lot of surface rust but I'm hoping that will clean up ok.

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I agreed to buy it so yesterday my mate came over so we could collect it, it was a bit of a faff as the rear brakes had locked on but we managed to drag it onto the trailer, eventually!

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The first time it had seen light for 14 years! as you can see it's very of it's period! I personally think it's a Dagenham Motors demonstrator as its shows two previous owners, not one, i know his wife registered after he died but I'm thinking the garage owned it for a bit too, especially as it's all skirted up, shame that the paperwork hasn't turned up yet and carbaba doesn't give keeper change dates anymore as I'd be really interested to know if it had a keeper change in 1989.

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What's peoples thought's on the wheels? they are 15" Oscam Windy alloys which have been on it since new, I'm quite tempted to get them refurbished again.

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Half leather Recaros! very posh! and check out the hifi!

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big Alpine speakers in the car too, just a shame the stereo isn't in it, the lady thinks it's in the loft and will let me know when she finds it. i think it's a special edition model as they only made a few in Aquafoam blue and with the high spec of leather and electric roof back in 1989.

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we managed to push it into the garage, tomorrow I'll make a start on seeing what parts i need and the condition of the belt before turning it over.

and here it is in it's glory days when it was brand new

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One of my old neighbours back in the late 90s had a H reg XR3i cabriolet in red.

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On 12/02/2023 at 12:46, loserone said:

That was me, it was a great car and brought my eldest home from hospital.

 

I swapped it with @Jim Bell for a Suzuki Alto, he sold it to @JohnK who I seem to recall killed it 

I didn’t actually kill this one! I sold it to a Polish guy and I believe it got exported. I had that mapped and it was rapid.

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