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Raised car- Royal Docks

There is a saying, every picture has a story &; the mind boggles over this one!.
The police had fished this out of the KGV docks & was filmed on 7th August 1982 on a WSS London Dock tour

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It was a well known insurance scam in the late 70's and eighties when the docks were deserted to dump your car in the dock and claim it was nicked. They reckon there were hundreds in their.
I had my pride and joy, an escort MkII RS2000 nicked from Essex and it ended up in the docks stripped but not dumped in the actual dock itself. Still love that car.
 

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Hi Deebay.
With you on that.I had a white Zephyr V4,red leather bench seats,
column change etc,a great car.People who didnt have the
V4 used to say that it was underpowered,there was more than
enough for me.A great car.
Dave Williams(R583900)
Llanelli
 

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This doesn't look good for Essex does it! Wonder if my beloved Cosworth is down there somewhere, nicked off my driveway in the mid eighties and only about twelve miles from the old Royal Docks.
 

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You must be lucky David, most of those motors were a nightmare especially the rear disc brakes which went through calipers at a hell of a rate. The V4 engine was good enough but had to work hard with that body and consequently had a shortened life compared to it's service in the Corsair it was originally designed for.
 

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Now they fit either a motorbike engine or the 4 carb's off a motorbike to the 2ltr Ford Duratec engine when they rebuild the flat fronted Ford's Escort's for motorsport's. My Uncle, Freddie Dixon (Dixon Riley fame) alway's believed in a carb per cylinder. I did have a Mk 1 Ford Escort 2000 one of the last built before the flat front's came out it had been used by Ford as a development car for the Mk 2 (same floor pan). The problem with it was that there were places you would not want to leave it in case it was pinched so I decided to by a "Q" car namely a Mk2 series 2 Ford Cortina 1600E, took the engine out and sent it in a box to Broadspeed who bored it out to 1650 and blueprinted it whilst I was at sea. It was fed from twin 40 DCOE's and went like a rocket but looked like an ordinary 1600E.
 

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A very sad looking Mk. 4 Zodiac I think. Seems she's not been adequately undersealed for the conditions in her chosen parking bay.

A pity Ford went and destroyed the Zephyr/Zodiac marques with this thing and its sibling, compared to the Mk. 3 these were dead clumsy lumps IMHO.
 

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