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NFT 44X

Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:06 pm

Some of you may have seen the recent article on NFT the latest registered Imp known. Colin Valentine had made contact with the owner and I was lucky enough to ge able to buy it.

The car was built using a new 4 headlight sport shell sourced from a dealer in 1975. It was originally built up by an employee of the Clan factory in Washington and the car has quite a few Clan bits on it!! Instruments and the fuel tank are examples! The build stalled and the car was acquired by the guy I bought it from.

He finished the car in 81 and registered it then. Hence the X reg. It was built as a full group 6 rally car but was only used on 1 or 2 events when and encounter with a large rock bent the rear rad like a banana!! The car was retired with a little over 400 miles on and hasn't seen the light of day for nearly 35 years!!

When built nearly everything was sourced new including all the running gear and 998 engine running on twin 40 Webers. It has original period touches everywhere. It's fully strengthened and seam welded including all of the suspension. It has period Spax coil overs with adjustable platforms on the front and Spax on the back. It's riding on original magnesium Minilite wheels. Viva discs up front help it stop.

The car was painted straight over the factory primer but hadn't been keyed so it's falling off in places. The shell, however, is still as new!!

I agreed to buy the car blind and bought it as having a seized engine.

We picked it up yesterday and after a couple of hours fettling with Clark we managed to get it running. It's now had a new battery, starter and genuine grp 6 rear rad. We're fully recommissioning the braking system this week and might even run it down for a test!!
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Re: NFT 44X

Post by 617sqn » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:28 pm

Lucky boy ! :mrgreen:

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Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:32 pm

I know Andy. Still can't believe I've got it!!!!

Should have it at Ecosse in an 'as is' state!!
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Post by bazzateer » Sat Mar 26, 2016 12:08 am

:D
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Post by The Nun » Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:25 am

I love how its retained its push on dropped off light lens too, talk about originality :wink:
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Post by GURNSIMPS » Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:14 am

Well done Rich. :wink:
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Post by The Nun » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:58 pm

Is it Lilac Metallic?
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Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:59 pm

It's 70s cheapo Mauve rattle can!! Bit like a Spangler!
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:09 pm

Richard Claydon wrote:It's 70s cheapo Mauve rattle can!! Bit like a Spangler!
Ford used a colour very similar - i used to respray my bicycles in it
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Post by The Nun » Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:21 pm

Could be Purple Velvet then they painted the Mk1 Escort 1300E in it, susposed to have been an exculsive Ford colour at the time, real trendy, they only did it in 2 colours i think that and gold?
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Re: NFT 44X

Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:23 pm

Not a favourite of mine. It'll be going through the body shop after the summer

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Re: NFT 44X

Post by impmann » Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:29 am

Its a bit pale for Ford Purple Velvet Metallic.... my first stiletto was painted that shade by my ex-wife (in rattle cans).
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Post by The Nun » Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:16 pm

impmann wrote:Its a bit pale for Ford Purple Velvet Metallic.... my first stiletto was painted that shade by my ex-wife (in rattle cans).
Hope that wasnt what caused the ex bit? Did she cut one leg off all your trousers too? :shock: :?
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Post by bazzateer » Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:56 pm

The Nun wrote:Could be Purple Velvet then they painted the Mk1 Escort 1300E in it, susposed to have been an exculsive Ford colour at the time, real trendy, they only did it in 2 colours i think that and gold?
I think the 'gold' was Roman bronze.
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Post by The Nun » Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:23 pm

No Roman Bronze was a very dark brown, we had a Cortina Mk 4 in that, a 1977 colour so Mk 2 Escort, the Escort Mk1, 1300E was a more Honey Gold, lighter colour?
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Re: NFT 44X

Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:40 pm

Oi!!
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Post by colin rooney » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:00 pm

I love the spark plug in the water pump

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Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:05 pm

The spare pump we got with it is the same!!
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Post by colin rooney » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:09 pm

You need to run a plug lead to it and i bet you will have people say oh i dont remember my imp having that :D
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Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:14 pm

:lol: : :lol:
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Re: NFT 44X

Post by Lars Hagermark » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:23 pm

colin rooney wrote:I love the spark plug in the water pump

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