The Mexico came to us in February 2015 for the body work and to be returned to its original colour Sebring Red. The Mexico has seen a lot of action over the years, as you can see from the rally list below.
The car went on a road test and evaluate before stripping down. Found - suspected the gear box mount had excess play. Oil pressure low , temperature and fuel gauges did not work. Engine second choke seemed flat. Timing 20' @ idle 30' maximum advance. Plug leads loose. Breather cap falls apart and leaks into water overflow bottle. Compressions 145, 145, 110 and 115, suspeced bad gasket between 3rd and 4th cylinders. Gearbox mount has excess play. No oil cooler. Electric fan poor (old Kenlowe).
Following the check over the car was steam clean to remove all dirt before stripping down. Engine and gearbox removed, complete drive train was removed and assessed. All external and internal parts and fittings, roll cage, wiring switches and all glass. All parts and fittings were catalogued and condition noted and photographed. Steam cleaning axles, suspension, engine etc. before stripping down into parts requiring blasting. Body shell and parts (blank of parts) were media blasted and on return, excess media removed and assessed, the parts were repaired as required then sorted ready for either powder coating or painting. On inspection of the body shell is was quite evident that there was a lot of work required to bring this Mexico backup to spec. A long list of panels and repairs was drawn up.
Work on the body shell began with the front panel and inner panels, full floor, inner an outer sills, front wings and full quarters to name a few of the Magnum panels that were fitted and made to align with the existing body work.
Further information and pictures on this project to follow.
History of the Mk1 Escort Mexico
Purchased by the customer on the 21/10/2001, having 12 previous keepers.
Car was bought to compete in road rallies and used competitively 2002 to 2014. In 2014 decided that 12 years of rallying had taken its toll as well as rust etc. February 2015 sent to Chris Martin (Classic and Retro at Sible Hedingham, Essex) for body work. Car was re-painted white (very badly) in 1986, now being returned to original colour Sebring red. The pictures below are of the customer and his car as it used to be and some rally action shots and damage.
Below is some of the rally race information for the Mexico
|11/12th May 2002||East Anglian||N||CMC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||45||Expert||1 ||7 |
|15th/16th Feb 2003||Kent||N||Sevenoaks||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||11||Expert||3 ||6 |
|26th/27th April 2003||Funky Elephant||N||Wessex||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||12||S/Expert||0 ||0 |
|10th/11th May 2003||East Anglian||N||CMC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||26||Expert||1 ||18 |
|24th/25th Jan 2004||CarpetBagger||N||Bournmouth||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||40||2||Retired - Exhaust||0 |
|24th/25th April 2004||Funky Elephant||N||Wessex||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||15||S/Expert||1||5 |
|9th/10th May 2004||East Anglian||N||CMC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||22||Master||1 ||6 |
|5th/6th June 2004||Wessex||N||Dolphin MC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||5||Expert||1 ||2 |
|11th/12th Sept 2004||Bullnose||N||Oxford MC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||3||Expert||4 ||5 |
|16th/17th October 2004||Pheasant Plucker||N||Guildford MC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||4||Expert||4 ||5 |
|22nd/23rd Jan 2005||CarpetBagger||N||Bournmouth||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||36||Expert||9 ||10 |
|19th/20th Feb 2005||Kent||N||Sevenoaks||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||7||Expert||4 ||6 |
|23rd/24th Apr 2005||Funky Elephant||N||Wessex||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||9||Expert||Retired - Suspension||0 |
|7th May 2005||East Anglian||N||CMC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||2||F||4 ||6 |
|7th May 2005||East Anglian||N||CMC||Jaggs/Popperwell||Mexico||102||F||11 |
|4th/5th June 2005||Wessex||N||Dolphin MC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||5||Expert||3 ||4 |
|10th/11th Sept 2005||Bullnose||N||Oxford MC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||17||Expert||18 ||23 |
|2nd/3rd Oct 2005||Powerush||N||Borough 18||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||7||Expert||3 ||4 |
|28th/29th Jan 2006||CarpetBagger||N||Bournmouth||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||36||Expert||21 ||22 |
|22nd/23rd Apr 2006||East Anglian||N||CMC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||9||Master||Retired Clutch||0 |
|8th/9th July 2006||Barbara Carter||N||Exmouth||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||10||Expert||Retired Diff||0 |
|9th/10th Sept 2006||Bullnose||N||Oxford MC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||5||Expert||7 ||9 |
|20th/21st Jan 2007||CarpetBagger||N||Bournmouth||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||34||Expert||24 ||27 |
|201st April 2007||East Anglian||N||CMC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||7||Master||3 ||5 |
|20th May 2007||Motex Gymkhana||G||CMC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||8||Class E||3 ||38 |
|20th May 2007||Motex Gymkhana||G||CMC||Jaggs/Popperwell||Mexico||57||Class E||2 ||18 |
|12th August 2007||Cloverleaf||N||WECC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||Master||Retired|
|19th/20th April 2008||East Anglian||N||CMC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||109||Expert||Retired (Half Shaft)|
|22nd June 2008||Motex Gymkhana||G||CMC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||14||Historic||1 ||14 |
|22nd June 2008||Motex Gymkhana||G||CMC||Jaggs/Popperwell||Mexico||114||Historic||2 ||12 |
|24TH May 2009||Hughes||N||Blackfalfrey||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||24||Master||14 (19)||33 (58)|
|7th June 2009||Britvic Gymkhana||G||CMC||Jaggs/Brewerton||Mexico||41||Historic||1 ||21 |
|20th June 2009||East Anglian||N||CMC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||13||Master||2 ||5 |
|29th May 2010||Hughes||N||Blackfalfrey||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||50||Expert||9 ||24 |
|19th June 2011||East Anglian||N||CMC||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||14||Expert||4 ||8 |
|27th May 2012||Hughes||N||Blackfalfrey||Popperwell/Jaggs||Mexico||21||Expert||7 ||17 |