Ascend the stairway to the workshop mezzanine and you arrive in retro Ford heaven.
But I had a full-time job and didnt want to make my hobby a business.Some Call It Fate, have you ever thought about the direction that life takes you in, and how it came to be?Elsewhere there are clear signs of a creative mind at play and a more chaotic aesthetic ensues.The Fast and the Furious (2001) 1966 Ford Baja Bronco 1:18 Artisan Collection (19037) #37 BFGoodrich 1976 Ford Bronco 1:18 Artisan Collection (19036 new York City Police Dept (nypd) 1976 Ford Bronco 1:18 Artisan Collection (19035) "Explorer Package" 1976 Ford Bronco 1:18 Artisan Collection (19034).These interesseorganisation prostituerede are the areas in which the products are dreamt up, tweaked, tinkered with and tested to ensure a perfect fit and onward reliability.Next to it sits another piece of Retro Ford nostalgia; Daves Escort Mk2 road car that once housed a 286bhp Duratec unit.As Daves name was banded around Ford circles, the demand for his skillset increased.I questioned this notion, as he cant own all the required permutations of classic Ford chassis and try all the popular conversions out himself before designing a product, can he?
Dave took me on a short road-trip to his second unit, which houses his modest collection of classic Fords.
Retro Fords products evolved and improved, processes were refined, staff came and went but two constant forces remained prevalent Daves passion for engineering and his love for classic Fords.
Well, it turns out he can, and almost does.
This has to be one of my favourite Retro Ford products.
Supply of motor parts, heads, cams, block, etc General repairs and servicing.
Although at this point, Daves operating a strict one-in, one-out policy.Self constructed steel fittings that, although worthless to anyone else, are the invaluable foundation of Retro Fords manufacturing process.While at first Dave took on engine conversions in-house, the demand for off-the-shelf conversion and performance parts has grown exponentially in the classic Ford community.Web design and development.Dave buys original Cortina steel wheels as and when he can, and mates the centres up (so that the stock hubcaps still fit) with new, widened barrels in either.5-, 6- or 7-inch widths.Through his business Dave has built up an international network of Ford lovers, so his ear is never far from the ground when it comes to snapping up Fords for sale, no matter where in the world they reside.Theres a spotlight coming on this piece of UK Ford history very soon.When I visited, there was a production line of Cortina pedal boxes on the workbench midway through receiving a new lease of life.Want your modern Zetec to retain all of the charm of an original BDA engine?
This is where the bulk of the R D takes place, as well as assembly of the in-house manufactured products.
Historic rallying regulations state that original pedals and mounting points must be retained, so Retro Ford disassembles the stock pedal box and rehouses the refurbished original pedals with the addition of in-car cylinders.