Saturday, 30 April 2011

Ford Escort Mark one or two wanted

Ford Escort two door sedan wanted,either a mark one or mark two,must be sound body wise,paint and mechanicals accepted in any condition within reason.The car must have papers or be police cleared,no chopped up drag cars will be viewed.Cape Town area only or inclusive of delivery in the selling price to the cape.

The Mk 1 version.
Contact me on 021 790 3859 with details,

Ford Escort Mark I (1968–1974)Ford Escort Mark I

Production Jan 1968–Nov 1974

Assembly Halewood Body & Assembly, England

Saarlouis, Germany

Nazareth, Israel

Homebush, Australia

New Zealand

Taiwan (Ford Lio Ho, CKD)[1]

Genk, Belgium[2]

Body style 2-door saloon

4-door saloon

3-door estate

2-door panel van

Engine 939 cc Straight-4 OHV

1,098 cc Straight-4 OHV

1,298 cc Straight-4 OHV (1300 & GT),

1,558 cc Straight-4 (Twin Cam)

1,994 cc Straight-4 (RS2000)

1100 cc Straight-4 OHV

Wheelbase 94.5 in (2,400 mm)

Length 159.25 in (4,045 mm) (saloon)

160.8 in (4,084 mm) (estate)

Width 61.8 in (1,570 mm)

Height 58.5 in (1,486 mm)

Curb weight 1,690 lb (767 kg)

The Mark I Ford Escort was introduced in the United Kingdom at the end of 1967, making its show debut at Brussels Motor Show in January 1968.[3] It replaced the successful long running Anglia. The car was presented in continental Europe as a product of Ford's European operation. Escort production commenced at Halewood(Liverpool) in England during the closing months of 1967, and for left hand drive markets during the autumn/fall of 1968 at the Ford plant in Genk.[4] Initially the continental Escorts differed slightly from the UK built ones under the skin. The front suspension and steering gear were differently configured and the brakes were fitted with dual hydraulic circuits; also the wheels fitted on the Genk-built Escorts had wider rims

The Mk 2 Escort version.


The Twelve Apostles from Glen Beach

Taken late afternoon and about 1969,using slides which I have just scanned.

Left click the picture to view in a larger size,photo by Roy McBride

Henry takes to computers

Henry has writen some interesting words when he walks all over the PCs key board.

Henry now about ten weeks old

Hout Bays specialist shops

We need specialists,some in each field,one such place deals in electical supply,thats AC either domestic or commercial,I was fortunate a year or so back to walk in to Super Team electrical wholesalers and meet up with Philip behind the counter.

Freddie,Brian center and Philip to the right.

My needs were not straight forward,I was installing a 220 volt system in a yacht,I explained what I thought was required and Philip sorted out what was needed,wires,plugs,glands,distibution box and the breakers.Mainly ex stock but Super Team will normally do you a same day supply ex their own suppliers if you can wait untill the mid afternoon,as they have a delivery service and do collections daily,recomended!

The Super Team as it is today,Brian has recently come out of retirement to help out when his son re located.

Freddie,Philip and Brian

The team,best for good  service in Hout Bay contact them on 021 790-8724/8 or the address is 39 Victoria Road.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Hows Henry?

Henry is doing just fine,in fact very fine,he can now fly from tree to tree,down to the fence,then over the top of our double story house and to the back garden,all self taught , as neither Jean or I ever mastered the art of flying.

Henry today,cautiously free if he wants to be but at this time home is inside our house and flying through the front door still means home,we have cared for him about nine weeks now.

OK,Henry sometimes walks in,he got that from us maybe?


The Ever Ready Sky Leader LW/MW portable radio

This radio has been in the family some years,how many I had no idea untill I found the paper work for it.
It turns out to be some 51 years old and it still works!

Thats my mother on the left,the guy she is talking to is unknown to me.

My dad it seems may have  bought new old stock,that radio is dated as a 1957 model,check the link and scroll down the page.. (note,the dates do not match but this is the radio we have)

Ever Ready Sky Leader radio.
As ever I have checked up on the radio,from whats published that is a 1957 model radio,so sold as new old stock to my dad in 1960, the radio is now 54 years old!

Left click to read the deposit slips,which are dated 1961,making the radio only 50 years old?

My folks kept all bills that were important,I have had a good sort out and have found some stunners,some date to 1947! This purchase receipt says the new radio was bought in  1960,so 51 years back,when it cost seven pounds seven shillings.

My cousin,the then Sandra Jennings,now Thornell and living in Durban since around 1966,Sandra often camped with us and there she is listening to the Ever Ready Sky Leader portable radio.

More on this classic radio.

One of the first all transistor portable radios to be built in the UK, the Ever Ready Sky Leader remained in production for several years. This late example in a blue rexine covered wooden case and brass trim was built in 1962 and comes complete with its original shoulder strap.
Country: Great Britain (UK)
Manufacturer/Brand: Ever Ready Co. (GB) Ltd.; London
Year: 1958Type: Radio - or past WW2 tuner
Semiconductors (the count is only for transistors)6: OC44 OC45 OC45 OC78D OC78 OC78
PrincipleSuper-Heterodyne (Super in general); IF-Freq 470 kHz; 2 AF stage(s)
Wave bandsBroadcast (MW) and Long Wave.
Power type and voltageDry Batteries / 9 Volt
LoudspeakerPermanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) / Ø 4 inch = 10.2 cm
from Radiomuseum.orgModel: Sky Leader
MaterialLeather / canvas / plastic - over other material
ShapePortable, e.g. Portable Radio (with or without mains > 8 inch).
Dimensions (WHD)240 x 190 x 85 mm / 9.4 x 7.5 x 3.3 inch

 Dont you just want one too!


Our 1954 Morris Oxford

We used to borrow my grandads company Morris Oxford,his name was Fred Ford and he was my mothers dad,he was the CEOof the main Liverpool Morris agents,we used his car for special weekends and on main holidays,his was black.
When my grandad died from TB and related issues we ended up buying a similar car ourselves,it went everwhere and was generally reliable,my dad was ex army and very good with mechanicals anyway.

Another shot that I assume I took at a camp site in Llangwanadlle,North West Wales and right on the coast,this  was one of those days when the AA were needed,recomended!


Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Those Camping Club years

It was years too,all year while it was warm and often a January frost bite special site meeting at Loggerheads,North Wales, where heated showers and loos were made available by the local council at a local school close by.

Thats Linda,Roy McBride and John McKay posing for the shot taken by my dad, RH McBride

This picture taken by R McBride in 1968,thats his Sunbeam Stilletto parked next to his beige tent,the F in the registration plate signifies the 1968 year.

At another camp site,probably in Wales,which due to only the passage of the Mersey Tunnel out of the center of Liverppool City,then a half  hour drive through Cheshire,Wales was very accesable,we could be in the main town of Ruthin within an hour?

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Camping fun,the way it was in 1964

This large black and white picture was taken by my dad at Garth,a campsite in North Wales,it was of National Feast of Lanterns holiday weekend and fancy dress was on the menue.

Picture taken,developed and printed by R H McBride

John and Shay French at the Camping Club of Great Britain & Irelands main Liverpool and North Wales section main event of the year.John who was a coal man (delivery) saw (i hope) his son Les, rise through the years to become the clubs Chairman,this was and still is a first,in that Les started as a CCY youth member of the club,rising to the top position in the club.


John and Shay were super folk,we really all loved them a great deal R.I.P.

Robert Henry McBride,photographer.

Introducing the man,my father, who has taken many of the pictures I have
used,Mr Robert Henry McBride.Dad started as an amature photographer,then moved to the Liverpool College of  Building where he ran their copy room and did what ever camera work they required.

He later took up a post at Liverpools St Pauls Eye Hospital where he was the Senior Photographer,a job which suited him and he stayed there untill he retired.

Dad standing next to our 1954 Morris Oxford,registration OKC 475,either myself or my mother took the picture? I would guess this was around 1963?