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for the running gear, could  consider the mx5 engine and 5/6 speed, looks like the fit pretty well. 

they are a pretty good engine, the early NA model are 1.6 and later NB are 1.8 with 5 speeds, with the MY00 getting the 6 speed manual,

 

this is in a mk2 Cortina

https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/maudsland/cars-vans-utes/69-mk2-cortina-mx5-engine-and-gearbox-need-gone-asap/1212982891

 

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2 minutes ago, wok said:

for the running gear, could  consider the mx5 engine and 5/6 speed, looks like the fit pretty well. 

they are a pretty good engine, the early NA model are 1.6 and later NB are 1.8 with 5 speeds, with the MY00 getting the 6 speed manual,

 

this is in a mk2 Cortina

https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/maudsland/cars-vans-utes/69-mk2-cortina-mx5-engine-and-gearbox-need-gone-asap/1212982891

 

s-l800.jpg

on the escort you will have to cut the radiator shroud and move it forward, same as if you were fitting a 2L Pinto. 

FYI. the 2.3L Duratec from a n/a Mondeo or Mazda6 would be my choice, and the MX-5 6 speed box bolt up to those engines, and fit into a large aftermarket manual tunnel  :D 

 

if i was going to build another one, that would be my choice of running gear 

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