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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



On "Black Friday" the streets of Christmas Village got a bit busier. What do you know? Every one seemed to be driving Euro-Fords!



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a really nice diorama Michael, I didn't know you liked model cars. Collecting them is my weakness and I have around 6,000 now of all types and makes. I see that you even have the Australian Cortina GT500 model, the unsold ones were recently sent to the UK to get rid of them. I ordered mine direct from Australia, I could have waited a couple of years and got them from a local shop at a cheaper price!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are you thinking taking them out in the snow????? That just asking for rust problems Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its okay – Christmas Village has a car wash too.

But seriously, I’ve been getting more into this lately. I had vowed not to get into scale car collecting, but when I visited eminent scale Ford collector Dave Turner in England in 2001, he gave me a Vanguards Mk III Zephyr 4. I joked about it at the time, but it looked lonely on the shelf by itself, and then I discovered Minichamps! However ever since I was kid I was fascinated by dioramas, and this year my kids’ interest in setting up a Christmas Village, merged with my pent up desire to put my scale Fords in front of an interesting background and here we are!

Just last week I actually bought a “O” scale model railroad enthusiast magazine, to see what might be possible. Next year’s Christmas Village might be a bit bigger.

Interesting that Classic Carlectables had to ship their remaining Cortina 500 GTs to England to sell them all. I guess everybody in OZ who wanted one, got one – they only built 2,500.

Last night I was checking 1:43 scale Fords on Germany (50 pages) and Holland (80 pages!). Fascinating stuff, but I couldn’t stay up late enough to look at them all.

6,000 scale cars! It would be great to see pictures of some of your scale Fords posted on EnFo Stuff (start a new thread).

Cheers,

Michael


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is an addictive hobby and something I have done since childhood. Of course here in the UK we are rather spoiled for choice with regular toyfairs plus a good selection of hobby shops and of course we all have access to Ebay. My collection is pretty varied as I have no themes, I just like cars, commercials, race cars, trucks etc. Everything from ACs to Zodiacs. My lounge is full of display units. I did count over 150 Anglia 105E models there and that's not all of them! If I wasn't a Luddite I would happily start a new thread but I may need to 'borrow' my friend's teenage son for that!

I have met Dave Turner a number of times, he has a great collection of Ford models. He does have very strict views on the real cars, nothing may be modified from stock! Not even a set of alloy wheels so I keep threatening to put some on my Anglia.

I'm sure your children love the Christmas Village, just needs a railroad! That's a very slippery slope if you get into that scene as well.

If you want to ask about any models feel free to PM me.

Paul Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No worries Paul, I've just started a Scale Ford thread in the Reader's Rides section:

http://www.enfostuff.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3304#3304
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 12:04 am    Post subject: Spring 2011 Reply with quote

Before Sunday, I hadn't driven any of my old Fords since last October. I tried starting the Zodiac in December, but no spark. Finally had the time and weather for a tune up and an oil change. Drove the car yesterday afternoon and if a machine can feel happy, my Zody was happy.


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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A larger image of my new avatar:


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've hardly driven my Mk III Cortina in a couple of years, never seem to have enough time to get it road worthy. So I decided to take it to a local garage that I trust. Classic Ford Parts in Holland is helping me out with parts.


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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you get your car on the road soon and start enjoying it. What engine have you got in yours? unusual airbox Question
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a Fed Spec 1600 Kent, but I don't know what the deal is with that airbox. I once parked next to a Pinto with a 1600 Kent and the this stuff was all different.
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very rare air filter in this Cortina MK3!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yours Truly, Pacific NW Import Ford Meet, June 2011.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see your daytona yellow Mk3 has the early fiberglass heater box. Be careful with that, they are notorioius for breaking.

I have no idea how you managed to find 3 Mk3 cortinas, ive had mine 4 years and only found another one in a junkyard in ontario. Someday Id like to drive my Mk3 down and chat you up, maybe get some parts off you. You have one nice collection Michael!
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks David. When you have your Mk III road worthy you'll have to bring it down to the Import Ford Meet in Hillsboro, OR.

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